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Are you a thought leader?

Are you a thought leader?

Recently, Laura Garnett in an article at deliveringhappiness.com outlined some major characteristics of the ‘thought leader’. According to Forbes magazine a thought leader is “an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization” and that “significantly profits from being […]

Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Child Cognitive Development & Intelligence

Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Child Cognitive Development & Intelligence

A study published in the September 2013 issue of JAMA Pediatrics indicates a causal relationship of breastfeeding duration with receptive language and verbal and nonverbal intelligence later in life. Previous research suggests that there is a link between breastfeeding and health benefits in infancy, but the long-term effects of breastfeeding on cognitive development remain poorly […]

How to Keep Your Brain Innovative

How to Keep Your Brain Innovative

In a recent article at Inc.com Geil Browning, PhD, Founder and CEO, Emergenetics International, outlines some key principles to keep your brain innovative. The problem with being “crazy busy” is that it does not allow freewheeling thought. Tim Kreider wrote recently in The New York Times that there is a default response when you ask […]

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

According to a report and survey published in Psychooncology a substantial part of women who had survived breast cancer believe that there is a link between breast cancer and psychological stress. In this report, Stewart DE et al., from the University Health Network Women’s Health Program, University of Toronto, Canada surveyed 378 women breast cancer […]

The new BRAIN Initiative

The new BRAIN Initiative

The new BRAIN Initiative is launching with approximately $100 million in funding for research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, Maryland, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State […]

Grid-like connections between neurons

Grid-like connections between neurons

A study published in the March 30, 2012 issue of the journal Science indicates that the cerebral connectivity and architecture of the pathways in the human brain — the connections between neurons — are almost perfectly grid-like. In this study, Van Wedeen and co-workers from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Massachussetts […]

Oxytocin & vasopressin and human emotional and behavioral systems

Oxytocin & vasopressin and human emotional and behavioral systems

A study, published on June 12, 2012, in PLoS One, provides perhaps the first evidence that oxytocin and arginine vasopressin are both dysregulated in Williams Syndrome. Human emotion and social behavior are linked to neuroendocrine function, and two hypothalamic neuropeptides, oxytocin (OT) and arginine vasopressin (AVP) appear to regulate reproduction, social behaviors and emotionality in […]