Neuroscience

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

The Right Support For Children With Developmental Disabilities

Mitchell Parker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Mitchell Parker

There are simply not enough hours in the day for parents of children with developmental challenges to manage the complicated care needs of their sons and daughters. There are a number of ways in which "the system" can work well to support better outcomes for families dealing with developmental challenges.

Don't Attribute Posts That 'Go Viral' To Neuroscience

Neil Seeman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Business leaders so desperately want to understand how the brain works in order to improve their bottom line such that they will invest oodles of cash in the offerings of digital companies that claim to have neuroscientific validity. And an article about "going viral" in Harvard Business Review by a best-selling author and esteemed academic from Harvard will, by definition, go viral.

10 Brain "Must-Knows" to Live + Work with More Ease

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

I've been thinking about my brain a lot these days - and so should you. Neuroscience is now the "it" topic and this hot (and really cool) area of science is no longer the exclusive domain of neuroscientists, brainiacs and academics. We are all getting in on the action and that's a good thing.

Turns Out, Honesty Is The Best Policy

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A University of Toronto report based on two neural imaging studies that monitored brain activity has found a reward given for telling the truth gives people greater satisfaction than the same reward given for deceit.

Share Your Holiday Stories

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Ali and Max 2000 Christmas morning, 2000. Max was 3 and Ali was 6. Our tradition had been (and still is) that Randy headed downstairs to turn on the...

Your Career Ain't Over Till It's Over

The Purple Fig | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

A better day comes along, and I tell myself that it's not that I'm unwilling to commit, it's that I haven't found my career true love yet. I am unwilling to settle. I'm making progress, improving and learning with each step I take, getting stronger at understanding what I love and what I won't grit my teeth through anymore.

The Importance of Being Inauthentic: My Talk at TEDxToronto

Mark Bowden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark Bowden

On September 26, I challenged more than 900 delegates at the TEDxToronto conference to examine how much our primal behaviour guides daily interactions...

When Learning Disabilities Disguise Themselves

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

For children and youth with learning disabilities, school is complicated and back to school can be very different. Academic performance is interrupted by any number of difficulties, and for some students, expectations of social etiquette and self-sufficiency frequently create an environment ripe for true catastrophes.

Why You Should Question Your Brain

Mark Bowden | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Living
Mark Bowden

Here is a challenge: thinking back on all the people you have passed by today, how many do you actually remember? I would bet good money that even though you may have crossed paths with hundreds or even thousands of people today, you can only remember just one or two new faces, if any at all!

Sammy Yatim: Cause of Death? Stigma

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I want to know what was going through the mind of the man who shot Sammy Yatim. Was this officer's decision-making clouded by an internalized fear of the mentally ill because of his training? When he sees someone like Sammy acting erratically, does he automatically think of axe murderers and images from Psycho? Had that officer been given more empathetic training regarding the mentally ill, more empathetic stories, perhaps he would have acted differently and never fired his gun. Perhaps he would have taken the time to talk to this obviously unstable, frightened young man.

Is Your Brain Blocking Climate Action?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Overfishing, wildlife poaching, climate change etc., are not only causing species extinction, but also bringing human civilization closer to the brink of collapse. Fortunately, there is reason for hope that in the future evolution of man, human love and enlightenment will prevail over the forces of violence and destruction.

Misinterpretation of The Holy Book Is Destroying Our Natural World

Sangita Iyer | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

"And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and...

The Ten Commandments: They're So Yesterday

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I had the opportunity to attend several lectures on healing provided by a variety of religious teachers. One of the speakers questioned God's purpose ...

Living As Pioneers

Naomi Azrieli | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada Living
Naomi Azrieli

Any family that has had to face living with a brain disorder also knows what it is to live like a pioneer, stepping into uncharted territory and going off in unknown directions, frequently without the aid of any scientific "map" or treatment options. My family certainly did.

Five Steps to Calm Your Brain

Trevor Blake | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Living
Trevor Blake

Most highly successful people got that way from having a great idea -- a moment of insight. A study found that when people take the time to quiet down the left brain solutions often percolate up from the subconscious. Once we stop distracting the brain with menial everyday worries and tasks, we release it to work at its maximum speed long enough for the brilliant ideas that are constantly fired at us to come into our awareness. Want to generate brilliant insights? Here's how to do it.

Berman on the Brain: This is Your Brain on Art

Marc Berman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Living
Marc Berman

The potential economic benefit of trained mathematicians and scientists may be obvious to policy makers, and as scientists we can appreciate this. It can be difficult to envision how a third grader's piano lessons will lead to future economic gains; however, the hidden benefits of language and music training on cognitive health and brain function should not be overlooked. It's time to put what's "extra" back into the curriculum and embrace arts programming in schools as an essential part of building and maintaining cognitive health both in the present and into the future.

Are You Really Conscious Right Now?

Jeff Fraser | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada
Jeff Fraser

While the world celebrates the discovery of the Higgs boson, these scientists are hard at work on one of the most profound mysteries left: Why, and how, did humans become conscious? Until we can figure out what consciousness physically is, there won't be any consensus on what function it serves, or indeed whether it serves any function at all.

10 Tips for Staying Sane at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

2012-05-07-mentalhealth1.jpgMore and more, people in workplaces everywhere are reporting that they are experiencing a constant state of 'overwhelm' and mental exhaustion. Here are 10 tips for practicing positive mental health at work -- whether you're the new guy or the boss.

Criminals Can't Blame Bad Brains: Scientists

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Criminal behaviour can't be blamed on how someone's brain is wired, at least not yet, says a report from British experts who examined how neu...

Using Exercise to Enhance Your Brain Power

Stacy Irvine, D.C., M.Sc. | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada Living
Stacy Irvine, D.C., M.Sc.

The idea of exercise as a tool for brain development should be very attractive to anyone involved in education. A simple way to benefit from this idea would be to use exercise as a "primer" to enhance your brain's ability to function. This is such a simple concept that is rarely utilized in our busy world.

Chores, Activity Can Reduce Cognitive Impairment In Seniors

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO -- Some studies have seen a link between exercise and a reduced risk of cognitive impairment, but a new study focuses on...