Retraining Your Brain to Overcome Adversity

Retraining Your Brain to Overcome Adversity

Recently I interviewed neuropsychologist Rick Hanson about his specialty: hardwiring happiness. Using neurological techniques, Hanson says, you can change the structure of your brain by building neuropathways for feeling good. “When it comes to negative experiences, your brain is like Velcro,” he said. “With positive experiences, the brain is like Teflon.” He went on to explain that for survival purposes,…

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Learning While You Sleep

Learning While You Sleep

Ever go to bed with the name of someone or something on the tip of your tongue? You just can’t quite remember it. Then you wake up the next morning, and bang! Mystery solved. This often happens to me after I watch an old movie on TCM, the Turner Classic Movies cable station. I’ll recognize an actor from the 1930s,…

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Sleep: Our Tireless Protector

Sleep: Our Tireless Protector

It was with me at the beginning, almost before I was here myself. It will be there at the end, gently easing me closer to the secrets of the universe. It provides escape from daily stress. It makes all my problems disappear, at least for a little while. It helped me grow into what I am today. It is sleep.…

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Reducing the Anxiety of Painful Memories While You Sleep

Reducing the Anxiety of Painful Memories While You Sleep

According to study findings just published in Nature Neuroscience, targeted brain training during sleep may soften the blow of painful memories. This research may have a far-reaching impact on the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Neuroscientist Katherina Hauner and her colleagues at Northwestern University used a form of exposure therapy on volunteers to establish…

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