Train Your Brain To Become More Productive

Being more productive in the work place or on your own business is a habit that anyone can develop. You can train your brain to become more productive, all it takes is a little consistency and a dedicated effort. Being more productive is generally the result of being more organized. Doing this can reduce the amount of work related stress you have to endure on a daily basis. Which has a direct impact on your brain health and overall health. Organize your morning Have everything you need for prepared the night before, from the clothes you are going to wear and other important choirs you normally have for the morning. This will ensure that you not rushing around on the morning trying to do everything at once and starting your day off in a frenzy. It's important to try and set the pace for the day. Running out of the house with one shoe in your hand...

How To Help Someone With Depression

Pathological sadness, better known by specialists as depression, affects about 5% -10% of the population, although it is estimated that a much higher percentage of people will go through a state of depression at some stage or multiple stages of their lives. Many experts predict that depression will become a massive epidemic and one of the leading causes of mental disability worldwide. The paradox of the situation is that as more and more people turn to anti-depressants yet more and more people are being diagnosed with depression. Often the first people to detect depression are not physicians but the people closest to the patient as they are the ones who are directly effected by the patients depressive behavior. Seeing someone you care about going through depression can be very distressing and frustrating. Often before anyone actually realizes...

The Two Hemisphere’s Of The Brain

We all know that the brain has two separate hemispheres but many people are not exactly sure what the function of each of these hemispheres are. The left hemisphere is responsible for logical thinking and communication skills. While the right hemisphere is responsible for symbolic thought and creativity, although recent research has been contradicting, proving that there are parts of the right hemisphere for creativity and vice versa. In left-handed people the functions are reversed. The left hemisphere is said to be dominant because of two specialized areas: Broca's area (B), motor cortex responsible for speech and Wernicke's area (W), the cortex responsible for verbal comprehension. The corpus callosum is located deep in the interhemispheric fissure, or sagittal fissure is the structure responsible for the connection between the two...

The Effects Of Natural Light On Our Brains and Bodies

Most people don't realize that natural light has a direct impact on our sleep, mood, memory, learning ability, immunity and overall wellbeing. Light enters the body via the cells of the eye connected to the brain which sends information about it being "day" or "night" to our biological clock, a small area near the hypothalamus. During the day our biological clock secretes hormones required for optimum physical and brain activity whereas when the eyes perceive darkness then it signals the brain to begin producing “sleep” hormones like melatonin. Natural light regulates mood It is known that in winter, a number of people suffer from a lack of energy and motivation, coupled with an excessive need for sleep and attraction to sweet foods. This is known as seasonal mood disorder, highlighted in 1982 by researchers at the National Institute of Mental...

The Brain is Not Effective At Multitasking

According to some, the more you do things at the same time, the greater your success! Even companies look for this capability during recruitment interviews. But in reality, our brains can not cope with several things simultaneously. Multitasking is simply impossible. It's more a question of quickly switch from one task to another. Our brain is most effective when we can completely dedicate ourselves to a task. Do several things at the same time is less effective as quickly perform one after the other. As such, one can attend to several parallel activities such as reading a newspaper while enjoying breakfast. But this only works if the brain places eating on autopilot so we can concentrate on our reading. As soon as you try to concentrate on two things at once, the brain starts to determine which task should take priority. This is also why at the...

The Effects of Stress On Brain Function

When a situation is perceived as unpleasant or dangerous, a general response to stress is taking place in our body. Depending on the situation and previous experience, the individual will adopt a behavioral response to try control the situation. This is commonly knowns as the fight or flight response. From the perception of danger to the secretion of hormones the brain prepares the body to deal with it, putting into play: 1) the limbic system, 2) the hypothalamus, 3) the pituitary and 4) the adrenal glands. They secrete glucocorticoids (such as cortisol in humans, for example) which will interact with serotonin receptors of the brain. When someone experiences a stressful event, blood glucocorticoid levels increase. Stress causes activation of the hypothalamus, which then secretes the hormone CRH (for "corticotropin-releasing hormone"). This...