Be nice to yourselves!

I have a problem with nice being very nice to myself, in my own mind. When I consider myself, many times a negative thought enters my head. If I ask my own opinion of my own work, often times it is sub-par, not good enough, and I am not good enough. A lot of people have this problem!...more

Right or Left Brained?

Have you ever considered which side of your brain you dominantly use? It's just a theory, but according to some psychologists if you're right brained, you are more artsy and if you are left brained you tend to think more critically and are typically better with numbers. I took the test, and found that I am right brained! I can't say I'm surprised, I've always been artistically inclined and really bad at math. That doesn't mean that it's always the case, but I still found it really interesting!...more

5 Ways Technology Affects Our Brains

Putting aside the possible cell phone-cancer connection, there are several ways that technology is changing our brain. Some are for the better, some not. Here are 5 tidbits to ponder: 1. "The Google Effect" is about how we don't remember all our facts and information but rather where to find it online. So, you don't remember your bank account number but you remember what folder it's saved in on your computer.2. People who are Internet savvy, areas of our brain are way more active when searching online than when reading a book....more

Watching cat videos .. and other good news about your brain

Sometimes the world feels heavy with bad news and you just need to hear something positive to break the downward spiral. Or a cat video.Yes, someone surveyed 7,000 people about their cat-video watching habits and found that doing so actually increases energy and happy emotions while diminishing bad feelings. And in case you thought you were alone in your feline film enjoyment, cat videos had 26 billion views last year. That's "billion" with a B....more

Try this super cool memory trick!

I just ran across this very cool piece in Psychology Today.It's similar to another post I've written about "chunking."As the author says, most people can recall maybe 7 or 8 items on a list but not necessarily in order. If I tell you 10 things to buy at the grocery store, you might remember 7 but not where they were on the list. (If I tell my HUSBAND 10 things to buy at the grocery store, he'll come back with one and the rest will be meat.)...more

How Writing Can Affect Your Brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

We write something down every day and even many times a day, whether it's a grocery list, filling out documents at work or writing stories and articles like I do. But did you know that the act of writing can affect your brain in different ways? Well, according to this infographic below, it can!...more

Your Brain on Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, herring, etc., have long been known as heart-healthy foods and natural anti-inflammatories. However, they are often overlooked for their strong ability to increase the volume of the brain as well as offsetting the mind's aging process....more

Jacket reads your brain and changes color to match your mood

Talk about a coat of many colors!Clothing design studio The Unseen has created a color-changing jacket that "taps your brain to display your mood." Made by self-described alchemist Lauren Bowker, the coat is called "Eighth Sense." It's made of flexible ceramic material (that alone fascinates me!)Just check out the photo: idea behind it is that everyone gives off electromagnetic energy (sometimes called your "aura"). It's made with color-changing ink....more

HUGE news in the fight against Parkinson's

First, it's not a cure. But it is pretty awesome that researchers have found that a growth factor can have regenerative effect on the brain!Here's the short version of what I read:FACT: Parkinson's disease is a result of the loss of brains cells that produce dopamine.FACT: Researchers have been studying the effects of PDGF (platelet-dervied growth factor) for more than 10 years, but on animals. ...more

National Puzzle Day: Which brain skills do puzzles help?

January 29, 2015 is National Puzzle Day and by celebrating the day, you may be helping your child's cognitive skills (e.g., visual processing, logic & reasoning, processing speed, attention, memory and auditory processing)....more