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Breaking Down the Feeling of Overwhelmed

It’s normal to experience anxiety when something new, uncertain or extreme happens.  When you sense there may be no way to win or cope in the situation, a feeling of ‘overwhelmed’ is easily tri ...

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Strengthing Your Muscle of Self Control

You make thousands of decisions throughout your day: get up or snooze?  Stairs or elevator?  Cookie or apple? Gym or early night home? Making healthy decisions is much easier said than done.  Whe ...

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The Secret of Optimists

It now seems clear that there is a reason why some people are more stressed than others and the secret lies in a single word. Optimism. In fact new research shows that the optimists amongst us deal mu ...

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Negative Thinking: Necessary for Survival; Limiting for Success

Falling into a rut of negative thinking has enormous flow on consequences to many parts of your life. It can impact your personal life and how you interact with your self and others, and can significa ...

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Two paths lead to forgetting

Ever wish you could just forget THAT ever happened? New research suggests that you can, and that your brain has two methods to try and erase that memory. Published in the journal Neuron, these finding ...

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Skip the cake? Self-regulation processes in the brain explained

Competition between two brain regions influences the ability to make healthy choices. Almost everyone knows the feeling: you see a delicious piece of chocolate cake on the table, but as you grab your  ...

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Memory improves for older adults using computerized brain fitness program

UCLA researchers found that older adults who regularly used a brain fitness program played on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills. The team studied 59 participant ...

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Linking emotion, perception and memory

Memories are funny things. Sometimes we can remember every detail of an event that happened years ago, while at other times we forget what we did just last weekend. Scientists are continuing to examin ...

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The Power of Your Positive Brain

You can challenge your negative thinking. Positive feelings enhance your wellbeing and happiness, yet we naturally tune in more to negative than positive feelings. That’s just the way our brains ...

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Stress changes your strategy for learning

Different brain regions are activated and different strategies for learning are used when subjects are stressed, say authors Schwabe and Wolf in an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience. S ...

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Brain food basics

What is it about omega-3s in fish oil that is so good for your brain? We’ve all heard that eating fish is good for our brains and memory. But what is it about DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fis ...

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Focus your attention

A recent article in the New York Times describes the “Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill.” Teenagers are taking (and in some cases snorting) Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of ...

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Relaxation Room

Demo of Relaxation Room, one of the many brain health exercises on MyBrainSolutions.

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The plastic brain: Behavior is modified by experience

Neuroscience has demonstrated that the brain changes, for better or worse, and that brain “plasticity” can be evaluated. Stress, for example, can physically alter not only the connections between  ...

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Mediterranean diet and brain health

We have all heard about the Mediterranean diet being heart-healthy, but it may also be good for your brain. Recently published research in the Archives of Neurology found that people who eat a Mediter ...

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While the importance of physical exercise is widely understood, numerous studies have shown that there is a strong link between a healthy brain and one’s overal ...

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Omega-3s in walnuts may lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish, chicken and nuts, may be associated with lower blood levels of a protein called beta-amyloid, which is thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s dis ...

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It Doesn’t Mean You’re Crazy -Talking To Yourself Has Cognitive Benefits

Most people talk to themselves at least every few days, and many report talking to themselves on an hourly basis. What purpose is served by this seemingly irrational behavior? Previous research has su ...

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Creativity and reasoning during decision-making

Our ability to adapt to our environment often relies on considering multiple behavioral strategies and potentially creating a new strategy to succeed. The frontal lobes of our brains, which make execu ...

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Brain benefits from berries

Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other  ...

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