I’m constantly impressed with the leaps and bounds neuroscience is taking these days. The combination of technology and advocacy is helping to make the science of the brain easier to understand while also helping spread the message that we need to understand and take care of this most vital organ. As well, the more we understand about how our brain works–sometimes for us and sometimes against us–we can better understand how we perceive and react to the world around us. This page is a place where I can link to some of my favorite contributors to the conversation.
Dr. Paul Nussbaum: Dr. Nussbaum is one of my personal favorites in the field of brain health. From his website: “Doctor Nussbaum educates the general public on the basics of the human brain and how to keep the brain healthy over the entire lifespan.” It is his vast expertise matched with his ability to make the complexities of neuroscience easy to digest that make his so informative and approachable. His key concepts that resonate most with me are: brain plasticity (at any age), brain reserve, and his five factors for brain-healthy living.
Change Management: This is an interesting article from CIO that addresses change from a neurological perspective and then applies that knowledge to organizational management. One part science, one part leadership… all interesting.
Neuroscience of Change: This is a blog post that discusses a presentation by Alison Adcock, M.D. P.h.D., for the Brain Awareness Week lecture series. Since I cannot find the actual presentation, this concise blog will have to do.
Relationships: I wrote a post recently about relationships and I included a section on how we have hardwired emotional reactions to our environment. Frequently these reactions are not in line with our intention or our usual ways of operation. Put another way, we often react to a given situation with old, outdated neural roadmaps and we need to: acknowledge this, forgive ourselves for reverting to these behaviors, and go about making slow and steady change. All this “brain stuff” is about halfway down the page under the heading “It’s not you, it’s me“.
A Contemplative Science: Huffington Post writer Sam Harris attends a retreat with “physicists, neuroscientists, psychologists, clinicians, and a philosopher or two; all devoted to the study of the human mind”… a silent Buddhist meditation retreat engaging participants in vipassana. Harris notes:
In the West, if you speak to yourself out loud all day long, you are considered crazy. But speaking to yourself silently — thinking incessantly — is considered perfectly normal. On the Buddhist view, the continuous identification with discursive thought is a kind of madness — albeit a madness that is very well-subscribed. As some of the retreatants discovered, when thoughts are seen to be mere phenomena arising and passing away in consciousness (along with sights, sounds, sensations, etc.), the feeling that there is a “self” who is the thinker of these thoughts can disappear.