Neuroscience

Dogs Are As Smart As We Think They Are

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Have you ever tried fooling a dog into getting excited for the wrong thing? Perhaps testing their instincts by offering something boring to the tune of a tasty treat? It turns out that while they may very well be excited by the amped up sound of your voice, they are most likely on to your trick.

Olympic Gold Medallist Penny Oleksiak Is Every Canadian Teenager

Ilona Dougherty | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Ilona Dougherty

When Penny's mom said last week that Ms. Oleksiak is in fact "a very typical teenager," she reminded us of something important. Ms. Oleksiak is one of many young Canadians just waiting for their opportunity to shine. If we surround them with support, they will no doubt live up to the challenge just like Ms. Oleksiak did in Rio.

Ontario Teen Has The 'Best Brain' In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living

The competition was an academic nailbiter.

Positive Thinking Isn't Always The Answer When Life Sucks

Brigid Dineen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Brigid Dineen

Sometimes things suck. Please don't force yourself to think positively about it. Feel what you feel. Give yourself space. Embrace vulnerability with people you trust (or in your journal), and enjoy the natural sun after the storm.

Why Is It Taking So Long To Find A Cure For Parkinson's Disease?

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

Even though research in the Parkinson's disease field continues to progress, there is still no cure for this disease that affects an estimated seven million to 10 million people worldwide. Still, progress is being made as we are beginning to understand the complexity of this disease.

Have Researchers Found A Way To Turn Off Food Cravings?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Canada is dealing with an obesity challenge. At the moment, one in four adults and one in ten children are defined as being obese. One might believe the answer to obesity is simply to eat less and exercise more. Yet, over the last few decades, researchers have learned this condition is far more complex than initially believed.

What's Written All Over Your Face?

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada
Deri Latimer

Your face reflects the internal narrative that you allow to take up space in your brain. It mirrors the voice in your head. Have you tuned into yours lately?

Couples: Are You Fighting Again? Blame Your Brain

Susan Valentine | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

You and your partner get into a spectacular fight. And let us guess... it's his fault. Or hers. Definitely not yours. It's never really our fault. Even if we apologize, we may still think our partner provoked us to act that way. If only he listened better. If only she stayed out of it. As couples therapists we see this often.

Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

On the whole, my many years of research on substance use has taught me a major overarching lesson: we are much more likely to demonize drugs for their negative effects than consider their neutral or potentially positive impacts. Or -- in scientific terms -- there is a built-in bias in the scientific literature, textbooks, and popular press towards highlighting the negative aspects of drug use.

Will I Be Paralyzed Like My Mother Once Was?

Jake Kivanc | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jake Kivanc

Now, I patiently wait on a list nine months long in order to see if I drew the short end of the stick. It's both comforting and frightening to know that, no matter the outcome, it's completely out of my control, and in a way I'm okay with that.

How Writing it Down Helps Get it Done

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 06.26.2016 | Canada Business
Eileen Chadnick

Overwhelm is a complex and multifaceted affair. We need many strategies and approaches to deal with the volume, pressure, complexity of today's work and lives. Including super basic ones like the to do list.

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 ...