More Tips for Retaining Memory

As we age, retaining certain memories can pose as a problem.  Actually, research shows that our brains change structurally and functionally, as we age, which can trigger memory and thinking impairment.    Specifically, short term or new memories tend to be the hardest to preserve.   Neuroscientists have discovered that the part of the brain that holds episodic memories (specific events and their context)... called the hippocampus... tends to be 'less engaged' in older people.  They believe that this cognitive aging is most likely influenced by a combination of multiple genes.   Continue reading

Movement: Waking Up the Brain

"Don’t fidget. Sit still." Children are expected to sit in the classroom, sometimes for hours. But, many professionals now claim that they need to move around and play more often. They need to climb trees, hang upside down, and do all of the other fun running-around games that kids love to do. Continue reading

HeartMath Goes to South Africa

HeartMath Institute is sponsoring an international effort called The Global Coherence Initiative, with the goal to activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. Their hypothesis is that Earth’s magnetic field carries biological information that links all living systems. Continue reading

Mapping the Brain

Want to know how the brain works? Allan Jones, Ph.D., CEO, of the Allen Institute for Brain Science provides a fascinating Ted Talk on how the brain works. Continue reading

What's the Purpose of Your Brain?

Believe it or not, neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert does not believe the brain evolved to think and feel. Instead, it evolved to control movement. This fascinating and unique Ted Talk perspective gives us a view on how the brain creates motion. Enjoy! Continue reading

Memory Tips

Many of us have tendencies to forget other people’s names. Then, as we age, it can become even more frequent. But, the saving factor here is that most of us tend to forget names, and therefore, it becomes less of an embarrassment. Continue reading

Being Grateful for the Simple Things

Being Grateful can have such a powerful impact on our attitudes and perspectives. Now, science is proving that even simple things, such as being grateful for everyday outcomes and situations, can benefit our selves both mentally and physically. Continue reading

The Next Generation of Bionics

We have learned how the study of animals and insects can teach us so much about ourselves. Take for example, fruit flies– the little pests that get into our fruit and veggies in the grocery stores and then come home with us. These little insects share similar proteins in the genes that form memory and by studying them, we learn about our own memory development. Continue reading

Tasting Memory

If you’ve ever been told that you have the "memory of a fruit fly," take it as a compliment. The common fruit fly, or the Drosophila melanogaster, is used as the model for researching memory issues in humans. Continue reading

The Power of Body Language

Did you know that our Body Language affects not only how others see us, but also how we see ourselves? Studies have shown that the more open and relaxed we are (as opposed to closed and guarded), the more confident we will appear to others and feel within ourselves. Continue reading