Brain Science

Weed and Yoga, Maybe Not?

Weed and Yoga, Maybe Not?

[The following contains “woo-woo” language. Feel free to swap out “electromagnetic field” for words like “aura” and “subtle energy.”] Contrary to popular myth, weed is not the magical doorway to higher consciousness that many hope for. I understand it’s possible you didn’t want to hear […]

Nerdo Science

Nerdo Science

In an earlier post I gave a simplified introduction to four key regions of the brain that influence how we feel. The most important take-away is the understanding of how the neural circuits work. There is a circuit for every thought, feeling, and action we […]

The “Feeling” Brain

The “Feeling” Brain

Most people know by now that the human brain developed in three stages. The first to come along was the stem brain which we inherited from dinosaurs, next came the limbic followed by the prefrontal cortex, which – for better or worse – sets us […]

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

I’m loving the intersection of science and psychotherapy. Did you know negative emotions narrow people’s perception, reflected by significantly reduced blood flow in a particular area of the brain called the parahippocampal? By contrast, positive emotions broaden and build perception. This data suggests what we […]

Resilience

Some people, either genetically or intuitively, are born with more resilience than others. They’re the ones who smile in the face of adversity, reframe bad events as opportunities, and adopt a wait-and-see attitude about future threats. This doesn’t mean that they don’t feel pain. Resilient […]

Love 101

In this series, Love 101, I’ll be sharing bits of information gleaned from the most recent research in Positive Psychology and neurobiology. There will be some “sciency” stuff, some experiential exercises to help bump up your capacity for giving and receiving of love, as well as my […]