The Single Most Important Thinking Skill Nobody Taught You

February 11th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw said that. And Einstein also said, “The measure of intel­li­gence is the ability to change.” Life is neither static nor unchanging, it’s fluid. Nothing stays the same. Elastic thinking (experts may call it cogni­tive flex­i­bility) allows us to shift gears and think about some­thing in more than one way. Flex­ible thinkers consider a range … Continue reading

Falling for Sleep

February 6th, 2019 - By jen in Sleep, Uncategorized

In Evelyn De Morgan’s numi­nous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. The painting and the Greek gods it captures depict a radi­cally different way of under­standing and relating to sleep. In antiq­uity sleep was person­i­fied, tran­scen­dent, even romantic. Read full article: aeon — Pocket, “Falling for Sleep.”

Kids Can Eat Free if Parents Don’t Use Their Phones at This Restaurant

December 10th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Parents who give up their phones during dinner will be rewarded with free meals for their kids at one U.K.-based restau­rant chain. For the first week of December, Frankie & Benny’s is running its “no-phone zone” campaign in an attempt to improve family inter­ac­tions at the dinner table. Read full article: Fatherly, “Kids Can Eat Free if Parents Don’t Use Their Phones at This Restau­rant”

THE EDUCATIONAL TYRANNY OF THE NEUROTYPICALS

October 16th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum, Uncategorized

Neurotyp­ical” is a term used by the autism commu­nity to describe what society refers to as “normal.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 59 chil­dren, and one in 34 boys, are on the autism spectrum—in other words, neuroatyp­ical. That’s 3 percent of the male popu­la­tion. If you add ADHD—attention deficit hyper­ac­tivity disorder—and dyslexia, roughly one out of four people are not “neurotyp­i­cals.” … Continue reading

To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

August 8th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

What hasn’t received nearly as much atten­tion from memory researchers is how the brain forgets. “The vast majority of the things that are happening to me in my life — the conscious expe­ri­ence I’m having right now — I’m most likely not going to remember when I’m 80,” said Michael Anderson, a memory researcher at the Univer­sity of Cambridge, who has been studying forget­ting since … Continue reading

Escape to another world

August 2nd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are drop­ping out of the job market to spend their time in an alter­nate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the begin­ning of some­thing big Read full article: The Econ­o­mist 1843, “Escape to another world.”

Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.

July 23rd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion last month added “internet gaming disorder” to its manual of psychi­atric diag­noses, and the reac­tion was, shall we say, muted.  At a time when millions of grown adults exchange one-liners with Siri or Alexa, the diag­nosis seems years overdue, doesn’t it? Read full article, The New York Times, “Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental … Continue reading

Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition

July 3rd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

The elec­trical oscil­la­tions we call brain waves have intrigued scien­tists and the public for more than a century. But their function—and even whether they have one, rather than just reflecting brain activity like an engine’s hum—is still debated. Many neuro­sci­en­tists have assumed that if brain waves do anything, it is by oscil­lating in synchrony in different loca­tions. Yet a growing body of research suggests many … Continue reading

4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility

June 25th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Our atten­tion gets hijacked by every­thing from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuro­sci­en­tist Amishi Jha shows how we can culti­vate the ability to focus on what really matters. “I think, there­fore I am distracted.” Read full article: TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing, “4 simple exer­cises to strengthen your atten­tion and reduce distractibility.”    

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

June 18th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of…But deep in the comment threads, some have also been debating a more uncom­fort­able ques­tion: What do you do when a friend is depressed for such a long time that you’ve started to feel that that nothing you can do will make a differ­ence, and your empathy reserves are tapped out? There are no easy answers. Read full … Continue reading