amygdala

There are many fronts in the campaign against bias, both implicit and explicit, but they all have one thing in common: us. We are all potentially part of the problem--and we can all become a part of the solution.
The amygdala is essential for the experience of fear and the hippocampus for the formation and recall of memories. However
Women share in ways that I totally get but my husband never would. To me, this reveals a scientific truth: Men's brains and women's brains are wired differently.
Ha. Free time. Now he only finds time to collapse on the couch as a last resort, allowing his infant son to sleep on his
The idea that the amygdala is the home of fear in the brain is just that--an idea. It is not a scientific finding but instead a conclusion based on an interpretation of a finding. So what is the finding, what is the interpretation, and how did the interpretation come about?
Lately, in my morning meditation sessions, I've been doing a mental happy dance every time I notice myself absorbed in and distracted by thought. Huh? Isn't the goal to focus on my breath and not let my mind run and wander?
There is a time and place for action and reaction, but there's also a place for the pleasure of stillness. You may not be able to get to the yoga mat, your barbells, or your sneakers. But you can take a moment to lean back and relax into the peacefulness of just sitting there.
There is a part of the brain called Amygdala that has only one job -- to react. Centuries ago, the job of the amygdala was to come up with a "flight or fight" response to threats. We have evolved now you generally don't need to exercise your "fight or flight" response often.
Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you've experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it's also shrinking your brain?
In the current election campaign, Republicans are organizing their message around a theme of fear. That is hardly surprising given scientific evidence that the brains of conservatives are more strongly reactive to threats.
The executives used "telling statements" 85 percent of the time, leaving a paltry 15 percent for questions. What's more, almost all the questions they asked were actually statements in disguise.
Most of us would acknowledge that building trust is a key part of our lives. But, if everyone thinks along similar lines, why does it always seem like no one trusts each other?
Human beings have a need to belong that is now considered by neuroscientists and psychologists to be more powerful than the
Imagine wearing a vest-like device while reading a book, so that when you come upon a scene brimming with heart-racing tension, the vest emits vibrations to increase your heart rate.
The decision to trust or distrust someone occurs instantly. That moment -- whether it is a handshake, a telephone call, or an email -- locks in a relationship trajectory that may last for weeks, months, or a lifetime.
Making space for idea generation while you are cutting back or redesigning how work gets done is the most powerful ingredient for innovation to flourish.
At the core of every endeavor, relationship and communication is a personal, mystifying and sometimes paralyzing question, Who am I?
The reason we react is that our alarm thinks there is a problem for us to solve or danger to escape. Don't let your brain make work feel like everything's dramatic and falling apart. Even on your worst days, you can refocus with just a little intention.