Brains & Personality

By Pam Fox Rollin | Neuroscience, MBTI, Personality Psych by Silicon Valley exec coach PFRollin

How to Refresh Your Brain In a Matter of Seconds When You're Stressed

Experiencing a massive brain shutdown? Try these 3 ways to restore your higher-level thinking.<p>Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.<p>For example, let's say you're in a meeting with someone. You could be processing:<p>what happened in your last meeting with her;<br>• the concerns that …

The Brain

Can Neuroscience Make Your Message Stickier?: A cutting edge technique pinpoints how our brains react to fear appeals in marketing.

Several years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a national advertising campaign highlighting the grisly dangers of …

Northwestern University

The Many Ways to Map the Brain

It takes both science and art to make sense of the organ’s complexities.<p>Brain mapping has come a long way since the days of Korbinian Brodmann. The German neurologist was cutting edge for the early 1900s, using newly invented chemical stains that made it possible to see individual neurons through a …

The Brain

Researchers just doubled what we know about the map of the human brain

Scientists like to say the human brain is the most complex object in the universe — three pounds of fluid and tissue, about which we understand only a fraction.<p>That fraction just grew dramatically.<p>In a study published Wednesday online in Nature, a team of researchers more than doubled the number of …

The Brain

Research: Sleep-Deprived Leaders Are Less Inspiring

Leaders have demanding schedules, and often find themselves trading sleep for more work time – effectively trading away work quality to get more work quantity. Some of my recent research indicates that this idea of compromising quality applies to the concept of leadership as well, with important …

Leadership

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance

So there you are, when suddenly you hear <i>that song</i> that reminds you of <i>that person</i>. And you’re emotionally hijacked—just like that. Good or bad, the song interacts with your neural net and triggers the emotions you have associated with it. Emotional hijacks happen every day, often unconsciously, …

New Insights Into Brain’s Signaling Network

A new study reports researchers have taken an important step toward deciphering the brain's complex neuroelectric communication system that could …

Neuroscience

People with more friends have higher pain thresholds, study suggests

Link between larger friendship circles and pain tolerance may be down to the way the the brain’s endorphin system has evolved, researchers say<p>People with a larger circle of friends are better able to tolerate pain, according to research into the pain thresholds and social networks of volunteers.<p>The …

Psychology

7 Habits That May Actually Change The Brain, According To Science

The brain is by far our most precious organ–others are good, too, but they all pale in comparison to the mighty brain. Because the brain works so hard around the clock (even while we’re sleeping), it uses an extraordinary amount of energy, and requires a certain amount of nutritional support to …

The Brain

Researchers Find An Unexpected Benefit of Caffeine: Honesty

Approximately 33% of — or about 83 million — Americans receive less than the recommended amount of sleep. Lack of adequate sleep has been linked to a …

How to Manage Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

Source: Selen Harry, used with permission<p>The only things we can control in life are our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. If we can manage those, we …

How our ancient brain learns new science

To learn relatively new physics concepts, like gravity and velocity, modern humans repurpose the same brain systems ancient humans used to survive.

LSD May Chip Away at the Brain's "Sense of Self" Network

From Tom Wolfe’s account of the LSD-loving Merry Pranksters and their bus ride across America in <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> to Roger Sterling's …

Lsd

Three Habits Of The Most Creative Problem Solvers | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Try to create large swaths of certainty in the rest of your life so you can be, as Gustave Flaubert wrote, “violent and original in your work.”

Creativity

Psychologists Have Invented a Test to Measure Your Secret Need for Drama

<i>(Photo: Chip Simons/Getty Images)</i><p><i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>Years ago, in a left-behind version of his professional life, psychologist Scott Frankowski worked in an office. Seated next to him in this office was a particularly memorable colleague, who was perfectly nice, but who each day seemed to have some …

Personality

Understanding why some people take their lives – and some don’t

Researchers are starting to grasp the biological underpinnings that can make the difference between depression and being suicidal.

Study: Brain Variance Affects How Anxiety Sufferers See the World

<b>It’s just how you’re wired.</b>Anxiety isn’t something people choose to experience — it’s connected with how their brains see the world.A new study …

Anxiety

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Psychology

If You’re House Is Still Available, Send Me an Email: Personality Influences Reactions to Written Errors in Email Messages

Abstract<p>The increasing prevalence of social media means that we often encounter written language characterized by both stylistic variation and …

Selfish or altruistic? Brain connectivity reveals hidden motives

Often, it is hard to understand why people behave the way they do, because their true motives remain hidden. Researchers have now shown how peoples' …

The Brain

The surprising ways the body works with the brain to shape our sense of self

On a bitingly cold winter’s day in 2013, a woman whom I’ll call Laurie took me to the terrace of a tall building in a city about two hours west of London, England. Years earlier, she’d tried to jump from the terrace and kill herself.<p>It had been a harrowing time for Laurie. She’d started hearing …

The Brain

Our brain sabotages all efforts at breaking bad habits, Johns Hopkins study finds

It hardly comes as a surprise that we’re our own worst enemies, but new research appears to conclusively prove that our brain is the biggest saboteur …

Brain's Memory Capacity Rivals World Wide Web

Illustration of the human brain (Image: Pixabay / public domain)<p>Neuroscientists say the human brain can store 10 times more information than previously thought.<p>The researchers calculated the amount of storage by measuring connections between brain cells, then translated that number into bytes, the …

Neuroscience

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?

Nearly 30 years ago, Lilly Love lost her way. She had just completed her five-year tour of duty as an Alaska-based Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, one of an elite team of specialists who are lowered into rough, frigid seas to save foundering fishermen working in dangerous conditions. The day …

Unicorns

How the Brain Reacts to Scrambled Stories

Research shows that people tend to prefer linear narratives, but can also be engaged by just the right amount of disruption.<p>On May 2, 1941, <i>The New York Times</i> published a review of a movie that the paper’s film critic, Bosley Crowther, called “far and away the most surprising and cinematically …

Storytelling

How I Thrived As an Introvert in an Extroverted Work Environment

So your job leaves you feeling like you've been in a marathon you didn't sign up for, eh?<p>I've been there, and well ... it sucks. No simpler way to put it. And you start to wonder if you'll ever get better at it. You wonder if you'll ever learn to thrive as an introvert in an extroverted work …

Introverts

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Who is the happiest man in the world? If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up.<p>Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p>That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led …

Buddhism