Debra Donaldson

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Could Stress Really Be Good for You?

<b>Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.</b><p>I was just about to put on one of my standard seminars on why stress is bad for you when a man from the audience came up to me and asked if I'd seen a certain TEDTalk with Dr. Kelly McGonigal. He explained that in her talk, Dr. McGonigal, a …

Who's In Charge Here: The Surprising Science of Self Control

You are not running the show—that’s one of bigger lessons from the cutting edge of biology.<p>In recent years, scientists have identified over 100,000 viral elements in your genome, compared to the 20,000 human protein coding genes. Eight to nine percent of our DNA belongs to them and not us. Or, as …

For Depression Treatment, Meditation Might Rival Medication

On the list of ways in which meditation appears to benefit the brain, depression treatment may be the latest to gain scientific backing. A new review study, out yesterday in the <i>Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine</i>, finds that mindfulness meditation may rival …

The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)

<i>This post originally appeared on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I have a pretty bad memory, it seems. I know people say that all the time, but here’s why I think it actually applies to me:<p>In pretty much all of my childhood memories, I’m around 10 years old, as if nothing ever happened before that.<br>• My poor …

4 Ways Your Brain Can Ruin Your Chances For Success

What's really tripping up the ones who barely make it out of the starting gate? The economy, of course, doesn't make things easy. But perhaps there's something much closer to home that increases the challenge.<p>Our brains are powerful processing tools, but just like most technology, they can be …

Live by Your Values and Everything Else Will Fall into Place

<b>“Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.” ~Doris Mortman</b><p>As I sit here writing this, I am still in the …

Are Brains of Artists Different?

With more and more brain imaging studies in the media, relating to different areas of human behavior including being creative, it is worth noting …

Get Your Head in the Game: 3 Easy Skills to Master Your Mind

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success in life is what you do with your ideas and vision. While action is important, the first step of success deals with training your mind.<p>While your brain can be a powerful tool for any entrepreneur, it can cause someone to stray from …

40 Ways to Achieve Peace Of Mind and Inner Calm

1. Listen to music<p>It doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as you enjoy it and it makes you feel relaxed. Music is food for the soul and an …

10 Things You Didn't Know About Your Mind

<i>The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind. ~ Auden</i><p>What if I told you that your unconscious mind actually controls your conscious mind?<p>Not exactly what you had in mind, now is it?<p>In my studies of neuroscience and neuro-practices, I've learned that many of the beliefs we've been …

5 mind-bending facts about dreams

As scientists become increasingly able to probe deeper into our minds, they are beginning to shine some light on the mysteries of what happens when …

How 20 Million Minds Uses Tech to Disrupt Education

Once a mother who dropped her son off at his public elementary school, I've now become the art teacher and started a book club to compensate for cuts in vital programs due to lack of funding. Meanwhile, the rote memorization and repetition of our agrarian education system can no longer compete with …

Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

<b>Listen · 6:42</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When does our brain become our mind? Our heart? How does it become us, whatever we are? And how do we live with memories when they begin to burst inside?<p>E.L. Doctorow's new novel is called <i>Andrew's Brain</i>, and it plunges inside the brain of a man who …

Want An Unconquerable Mind? Try Stoic Philosophy

Members of a brainy movement across the pond are reviving ancient stoic thought and coupling it with modern psychology to strengthen mental resilience. Their ideas hold fascinating promise for business and government leaders tackling global problems in a turbulent, post-recession slump.<p>This week, …

The 'Corporate Creative' -- Five Essentials for an Imaginative Business Mind

Creativity and innovation are critical to any business enterprise if it is going to thrive in our fast-changing world and craft a future of expanded opportunity. In this complex and volatile business context, everyone -- a Fortune 100 CEO with a long tenure, a newly minted serial entrepreneur, as …

Choosing Art as a Career

So you want to be an artist. Is this a realistic career choice, or are you going to live in a cockroach-infested flat for the rest of your life, …

How to Master Time: 5 Steps to Living a Timeless and Powerfully-Creative Life

It may be time for our idea of time to change.<p>Time is our most precious resource, yet each year, we seem to have less and less of it as our lives get busier and busier. Every day, we have a new set of tasks to complete and there are now so many distractions, and there is so much information coming …

With human ancestors, the devil is in the details

Photo by Kate Wong<p>See the notches at the top of these two casts of ancient hominid mandibles? If you were a paleoanthropologist, you would spend your …

Chinese man kept alive by self-built dialysis machine

In perhaps the most desperate display of Chinese ingenuity yet, a 43-year-old man has been kept alive for 13 years by a home-made kidney dialysis machine.<p>Hu Songwen was studying to be a meteorologist in Nanjing when he was diagnosed with renal failure in 1993.<p>For six years, he paid a visit every …

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Bay Watched

How San Francisco’s new entrepreneurial culture is changing the country.<p>The way to meet up with Johnny Hwin, one of the best-connected kids in San Francisco, is to stand at the garage door of a small repair shop in the iffy section of the Mission District and dial his cell phone until it stops …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

Helmet Haute Couture: The Invisible Helmet Revolutionizing Bike Safety

Biking is the perfect form of transportation, until you factor in clunky helmets that ruin your ’do. But a new fashionable—and largely …

10 Ingenious Bike Hacks

Upgrade your cycle with some of our favorite add-onssome silly, and some essential.<p>Upgrade your cycle with some of our favorite add-ons—some silly, and some essential.

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How Apple's Understated Technology Can Transform Entire Industries

A little over a month ago, Apple released their much-anticipated iOS 7 update. Hidden well under the covers of iOS7 is a new technology that could potentially transform the way businesses engage with their customers and power entirely new business models.<p>iBeacon is a technology based on Bluetooth …

Gigabit-To-The-Home And Contributions From Broadband Providers Hot Issues In Seattle's Mayoral Race

Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the city would be collaborating with a company called Gigabit Squared to roll out gigabit fiber to homes and businesses throughout the city. The service is expected to be affordable, or at least when contrasted with broadband offerings from the …