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The Toxic Effects of Childhood Stress

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a fascinating, and potentially transformative, statement a couple of weeks ago about something that would seem to be a simple, almost insignificant problem: Stress.

Bob Burton visits IFTF

Author & neurologist Robert Burton visited IFTF today and treated us to a conversation building from the principles of his book, On Being Certain:  Believing You're Right Even When You're Not.

 

Blue Mind: A look at the ocean through the field of neuroscience

"We are more than logical. We are human." Jacques Cousteau.

Why do books and symposia about the human brain, the most complex object in the universe, contain no mention of the ocean, the single greatest feature of our planet? Why do books and conferences on protecting and restoring the world’s oceans entirely overlook the field of cognitive neuroscience? The BlueMind Summit seeks to answer these questions by combining the fields of neuroscience and oceanography through presentations from practitioners and visionaries in both fields. 

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Neurocentric Health: Moving into the Mainstream

In our recent research, the Health Horizons program has been tracking the continuing maturity of what we call neurocentric health--the idea that the brain is becoming the focal point of a wide range of medical research and a whole host of new diagnostic and treatment tools. Taking a 10-year view, these big shifts in medical paradigms help guide long-term thinking and planning, including, for example, a shift in how we think about the concept of normality. 

 

This is your brain. This is your brain on meditation. Any questions?

Studies of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are taking off, with the recent addition of a study to be published in Neuroimaging today.  Will more people be nudged to meditate if they can measure and visualize the impact on their physical and emotional well-being in increasingly compelling ways?

Coming Soon: Personal Neuroscience?

What do you get when you cross DIY with neuroscience?

We talk a lot about both of these phenomena at IFTF, but rarely together. Beer van Geer has one answer to this question. His recent talk at the Quantified Self Amsterdam meetup is now the most popular talk among self-trackers worldwide.

Brain health is on my mind

Even as I write this, the Health Horizons team is in the middle of participating in the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, which you can follow on Twitter at IFTFHealth and/or using the hash tag #sharp2010. It turns out that today is a busy day for thinking about the brain.

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