Kids are feeling anxiety as the world opens up again

July 28th, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Recently, I scheduled a playdate for my 6-year-old with a good friend she hadn’t seen in months because of the pandemic. She was so excited — until, suddenly, she wasn’t. As the day approached, my daughter grew more and more irritable. The day before, she demanded that we bake cookies and make signs for her friend. When I told her we couldn’t, she exploded in … Continue reading

Managing attention deficit disorder by training the brain

July 19th, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

Scientists explored a technique called ‘neurofeedback,’ which enables ADHD patients to train their attention, based on instant feedback from the level of their brain activity. The team of neuroscientists found that not only did the training have a positive effect on patients’ concentration abilities, but also that the attention improvement was closely linked to an enhanced response from the brain — the P3 wave — … Continue reading

Who Needs the Grand Canyon? Try a Microadventure.

July 12th, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

  Who Needs the Grand Canyon? Try a Microadventure. How to find a sense of awe and discover a miraculous world right outside your door. For most people, the first time they see the Grand Canyon or Yosemite Valley or Niagara Falls, their eyes widen, their jaws hit the floor and life is quiet for a moment. In other words, they are in awe. Researchers … Continue reading

An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory

May 14th, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients. Read full article: BBC Future; An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory, By: David Robson

Calm a Distressed Mind by Changing Your Environment

April 26th, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

  One of the biggest contributors to our happiness is something we barely pay attention to: the voice inside our own heads. As psychologist Ethan Kross describes in his new book Chatter, that voice is constantly analyzing the situations we’re in, reflecting on the past and future, and telling us who we are. While sometimes friendly and optimistic—it’s OK, everything’s going to work out!—it can also … Continue reading

A complete beginner’s guide to human memory

April 21st, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

What actually is memory? Memory, in short, is a process. It begins with an ‘encoding phase’ when experiences are represented in webs of interconnected neurons. Over the short term – imagine briefly memorising a phone number – this takes place at the front of the brain. If you process information deeply enough it will work its way through into longer-term storage, which involves the hippocampus … Continue reading

Need to Dust Off Your Social Skills?

April 12th, 2021 - By Melisa in Uncategorized

After a year of virtual gathering, getting back to real-life relationships can be intimidating. These eight simple exercises can help.           Read full article: NY times; Need to Dust Off Your Social Skills?, By Bonnie Tsui.