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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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You are in Control of Your Stories

  • February 18, 2013
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Our prefrontal cortex regulates attention and thoughts with vast amounts of neural connections and a system of arousal and neurotransmitters. If we take no action, our default system can favor excessive stress response and disease. Science proved that focused attention…

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You Are NOT a Victim

  • February 11, 2013
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Autonomy and control wire into our brains directly into the reward center: the ventral striatum. When we perceive we don't have control, we deactivate the reward center and activate the pain/stress pathway. In 2009 the Journal of Psychosomatic Research published this…

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What a Difference a Verb can Make!

  • February 5, 2013
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I AM vs I FEEL Did you know that when the fight-or-flight center of the brain is engaged (the limbic system) saying things like I AM so angry keeps the blood flowing in that direction, feeding that center.   But when…

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Wake Up or Die More Quickly Trying

  • October 31, 2012
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Wake up or you might continue to experience each day primed for disease and negativity.  Our prefrontal cortex regulates attention and thoughts with vast amounts of neural connections and a system of arousal and neurotransmitters. If we take no action,…

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Getting Rid of Unwanted Memories

  • October 18, 2012
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There is likely an ethical debate that could ensue around the art of removing or rewriting unwanted memories.  Perhaps words like denial or delusion come to mind.  But let's pretend for a moment that neither of these things is an…

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Who’s Writing YOUR Stories?

  • September 25, 2012
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Wake up! Our prefrontal cortex regulates attention and thoughts with vast amounts of neural connections and a system of arousal and neurotransmitters. If we take no action, our default system can favor excessive stress response and disease. Science is indicating…

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Beauty…where does it live?

  • September 4, 2012
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In studies done at the University College London, it was shown that when people experienced looking at things they rated beautiful, or listened to beautiful music a consistent part of the brain, the orbito medial prefrontal cortex, became very active.…

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Couch Potato Syndrome

When we're doing "nothing" fMRIs show the brain is active in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex (MPFC), Dorsal Medial PFC, and Lateral Temporal lobe -- these are the areas correlated to thinking about oneself, and analyzing others' intentions and actions. Our…

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