The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease finds that mothers’ stress levels at the moment they conceive their children are linked to the way children respond to life challenges at age 11. SFU health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy led an interdisciplinary research team on this first cohort study.… Continue reading Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Gratitude. It’s a buzzword for personal growth. We’re told from the time we’re just tiny tots to say thank you and show gratitude, even when we don’t feel like it. But gratitude has power. Real power. Gratitude can change your outlook on life.Gratitude can change your hormone balance.Gratitude can influence behavior.Gratitude can ease anxiety and… Continue reading Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Youth Concussion Recommendations Updated

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its concussion recommendations to support children and teens engaging in light physical activity and returning to school as they recover. The report, revised for the first time in eight years, also advises against complete removal of electronic devices, such as television, computers and smartphones, following a concussion.… Continue reading Youth Concussion Recommendations Updated

Over-training? 9 Signs to Watch For

When you were a kid, did you ever over-indulge in something you loved? Maybe you ate ice cream, pizza or some other treat until your belly felt like it would bust. Maybe you spent too many hours in front of the TV or playing video games and your eyes got all googly and blurry.  … Continue reading Over-training? 9 Signs to Watch For

Is There a Link Between Fast Food and Depression?

I’ve written before about the connection between nutrition and mood. In particular, about the connection between what we eat and depression, anxiety and mental/emotional disorders. Here, I’m sharing a study showing a linkage between the consumption of fast foods and depression.   While this is a relatively small study, performed in an area of the… Continue reading Is There a Link Between Fast Food and Depression?

Be Nice to Your Employees and It Will Pay Off

Want the best results out of your employees? Then be nice to them. New research from Binghamton University, State University at New York finds that showing compassion to subordinates almost always pays off, especially when combined with the enforcement of clear goals and benchmarks. “Being benevolent is important because it can change the perception your… Continue reading Be Nice to Your Employees and It Will Pay Off