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Goal Directed or Avoidance Directed?

  • February 19, 2013
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Science is showing us that the left prefrontal cortex activates more with individuals who are goal-directed, and the right prefrontal activates more with individuals who are avoidance-directed. Consider this ad: "Floss regularly to avoid gum disease" vs. "Floss regularly to…

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Seeing in Black and White…Not Just a Metaphor

  • October 24, 2012
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We sometimes refer to perspectives as "black and white" where there's little room for moral negotiation.  This is actually more than just a metaphor.  Recent studies show that when one reads information on a black and white background, such as…

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Conflicting Truths

"David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, says in his book Incognito: Secret Lives of the Brain that the brain functions like  a democracy--where different factions make overlapping decisions then battle it out until a dominating opinion wins and…

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Anti-depressants vs. Meditation

IF you are on antidepressants...PLEASE understand this post is not meant as a critique of your healing process. Based on many studies, including one published in JAMA in 2010 by Fournier, antidepressants were no more effective in changing serotonin levels…

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Us and Them

"As the world has sped up and become more efficient, we have the luxury of time in which to think, reflect, ponder, stew, and even fester.  how I define me derives from a story I constantly tell myself, and the…

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