The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

…carries the information from the intestines, heart, muscles and bones upward from the spinal cord. As it comes up, part of it goes to the deepest part of the brain called the brainstem, which influences our heart rate and respiration.
Also a twig of it will go over to an area called the hypothalamus, where it will govern what to do with our endocrine system, and influence your hormonal environment…. Continue reading The Brain Science Behind Gut Decisions

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Placebo – Medicine in our minds

They are the miracle pills that shouldn’t really do anything. Placebos come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work…… Except that Paul hadn’t been given his medication – he’d been given a placebo. Continue reading Placebo – Medicine in our minds

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How much sleep do you need? Your sleep pattern

By Mark Spencer, ITA Certified New Code and Classic Code NLP Trainer and Change Agent

In NLP we often focus on how to assist individuals and groups to perform at their best.Sleepy manOne thing that NLP doesn’t usually explicitly mention is that to perform well, you need to be in a state of readiness, which includes every aspect of your well-being.

One of the most important factors that will be impacting on your “State of Readiness” and flexibility is sleep. Identify your own sleeping pattern and ensuring you get the sleep you need is something that everyone can do to increase their capabilities. This article contains sections on Sleep debt, iPhone apps, and the recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation and what you can do and finally, Our opinion and what we might do as an NLP Practitioner which also contains some practical tips for you.
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[quote style=”1″]Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds. ~ JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002[/quote]

Insomnia

Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’ from the BBC.

Not too little sleep, yet not too much, the experts advise in the BBC Article cited below.
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Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned. They said people regularly having such little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to eight hours. They also found an association between sleeping for more than nine hours and early death, although that much sleep may merely be a marker of ill health.[/box]

Sleep journal reports the findings, based on 1.5m people in 16 studies.
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Ethos (Video Documentary Review)

Too often the media celebrates aspects of our society that belong in the dark ages, while at the same time ignoring or ridiculing progressive thinking or ideas. Many aspects of the way our systems work almost guarantee our destruction as a society and that’s what this film is about. Ethos, the Movie examines the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy and the environment. From conflicts of interests in politics and unregulated corporate power, to a news media that serves the interests of powerful elites; ETHOS explores the systems that lead us into over consumption and warfare. Continue reading Ethos (Video Documentary Review)

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Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” — Albert Einstein The context is a review of the book A Whole New Mind. Oprah and Dan talk about the move from Left Brain (Logical, Analytical, Fact Based, Detailed, Past/Present, Rational Mind – rational mind is a faithful servant) to Right Brained (Intuition, Feelings, Now/Present, Emotions, – intuitive mind is a sacred gift). Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind, Part 1 from Daniel Pink on … Continue reading Oprah Winfrey talks to Dan Pink about A Whole New Mind

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On Being Sane in Insane Places

This article has little to do with NLP directly, but does have relevance to coaching and working with people. It also provides a good background to the downsides of labeling people or labeling conditions in people. This article also may give an insight into the author’s experience of powerlessness, subjective experiences, impact of environment, process of depersonalization, impact of segregation, mortification, self-labeling, and (in the opinion of the original authors) counter-therapeutic which may be of relevance to clients that a practitioner may have. Quoted Text Follows { Science 19 January 1973: Vol. 179. no. 4070, pp. 250 – 258 DOI: … Continue reading On Being Sane in Insane Places

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Study: Experiences, not possessions, make you more popular

University of Colorado, Boulder Study: Experiences, not possessions, make you more popular This article has little to do with NLP directly, but as our readers are often coaches who deal with people searching for self-improvement, success, emergence, or having a better life, this study is a relevant perspective for either themselves or their clients. Quoted Text Follows { People who go on fun vacations or rock out at concerts are better liked than those who use their money to buy fancy cars and jewelry, according to findings from a University of Colorado-Boulder psychology professor. [ref]Leaf Van Boven University of Colorado … Continue reading Study: Experiences, not possessions, make you more popular

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Walking to protect your memory

It is great to use NLP and other tools to expand your choices in life, make better use of your mind and body, develop yourself and improve, but we must not neglect our mind and body from an holistic point of view. This article Walk Much? It May Protect Your Memory Down the Road suggests that walking at least six miles (nearly 10k) per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age, according to a study published in the October 13, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. … Continue reading Walking to protect your memory

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Major depression associated with impaired processing of emotion in music?

Previous studies have found that the processing of faces and voices is negatively biased in major depression. Naranjo and colleagues were the first to investigate possible effects of major depression on the recognition of emotion in music. According to the authors: as music is not directly linked to interpersonal communication, comparing a musical task with […] Continue reading Major depression associated with impaired processing of emotion in music?

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Do you have Change blindness?

We often talk in our training about the concept of changing ones intention, changes the person’s attention and then we focus on certain aspects in our field of view. Our attention fixing is both useful (focussed), but also limiting because we miss very obvious changes in the world around us too. Using our peripheral vision can assist us in seeing larger patterns, but we may miss something that was meant to be obvious. See what you notice as you watch the video and the summary after that shows what you might have missed.

Change blindness is a phenomenon in which a very large change in a picture will not be seen by a viewer, if the change is accompanied by a visual disturbance that prevents attention from going to the change location.

Inattentional blindness is at the basis of one of the main causes of road accidents: people “Look but fail to see” (LBFTS) some quite obvious and perfectly visible obstruction in the road.

I like this quote:

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” Albert Einstein

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Romantic Songs Make Women More Open To Dates…

Many studies have showed that that media with violent or aggressive content (such as violent videogames) may increase aggressive behaviour and thoughts (Bushman & Huesmann, 2006). Moreover, music and lyrics can influence people’s behaviour; prosocial songs were found to be associated with a significant increase in tipping behaviour (Jacob, Guéguen & Boulbry, 2010), male customers […] Continue reading Romantic Songs Make Women More Open To Dates…

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How could the theatre of the mind be generated by the machinery of the brain?

What Hallucination Reveals about Our Minds Added by Sonya Yeh Spencer, ITANLP Trainer, Educator & Coach Did you know that about 10 percent of the hearing impaired people get musical hallucinations and about 10 percent of the visually impaired people get visual hallucinations? How do we do it? In this facinating video, you will learn a little bit more about how our brain works. Dr. Oliver Sacks shares with you some interesting insights. Continue reading How could the theatre of the mind be generated by the machinery of the brain?

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Dopamine, Mental Illness and Creativity

A new study by researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet supports the hypothesis that there is a link between mental illness and creativity. More specifically, they showed that highly creative people – with high scores in divergent thinking – had a lower density of D2 receptors in their thalamus than less creative people. […] Continue reading Dopamine, Mental Illness and Creativity

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Podcast: Michael Arbib on Mirror Neurons

Added by Mark Spencer, ITANLP Trainer, Educator and Coach A mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal or human acts and also when the human or animal observes the same action performed by another. From an NLP perspective, we would say that the functions of Mirroring were discovered 20 years earlier by Grinder and Bandler during the earliest days of the creation of NLP and it took some years for the Scientific community and the associated instruments (such as fMRI) to prove or rediscover them. Brain Science Podcast #39: Michael Arbib on Mirror Neurons Originally Posted … Continue reading Podcast: Michael Arbib on Mirror Neurons

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