Bethany Janka

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Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

A <i>New York Times</i> article last week argued for the importance of handwriting instruction. Therein Maria Konnikova made a strong case, supported by several research citations, that cursive writing should not become a relic of the past. She wrote, "New evidence suggests that the links between …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Higgs Boson

How to Be Happy in Your Current Situation

Too often we complain about being unhappy with our current situation. However, what would happen if you decided to just be happy anyway?<p>If you have ever taken the subway you should be familiar with booth attendants. You know the people that you ask for directions or purchase your subway ticket …

4 Weird Brain Hacks That Make You a Better Person With Almost No Effort

We tend to think of our personalities as pretty set in stone. If you have always been short-tempered or shy or change-averse, you may think that it's …

Frugal Living

How to Rewire Your Brain for Success

The latest neuroscience suggests you can literally "edit" your memory. Here's what this big breakthrough means for you.<p>The most recent edition of <i>The New Yorker</i> magazine contains an article about neuroscientists who study the way the brain retrieves memories. What they've found out is probably the …

The Brain

It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Writer, Entrepreneur and Behavior Science Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I was lifting with the owner of my gym. She was doing clean and jerks. I was squatting.<p>In between sets, I asked if she had ever competed in an Olympic weightlifting meet. “You should do one. …

Self-improvement

Sanjay Gupta Shares 4 Ways To Strengthen Your Memory

By Sanjay Gupta, MD<p>When I was younger, I had little trouble rattling off lots of information—phone numbers, names, random facts—but these days, remembering anything with that level of detail seems a lot harder. It's easy to blame a forgetful mind on aging. The real culprit, however, may be a kind …

How To Mute Your Negative Inner Dialogue

Stop being your own worst critic. Here’s how you can clear your mind chatter and live in the now.<p>You’ve heard that voice in your head. You’ve lived with it for so long, you probably don’t even notice it anymore. What you do know is that this voice drives you crazy because it just won’t stop. It’s …

7 weird things money does to your brain

The emerging field of neuroeconomics helps explain what your brain looks like on cash. It’s not always pretty<p>Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, our relationships, and how we think. As you might imagine, a lot of stuff is going on in our brains when we think about money, …