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  • 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....
  • 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.
  • How much sleep do you need? Your sleep pattern
    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. Sleep journal reports the findings, based on 1.5m people in 16 studies.... iPhone App
  • 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.
  • Right Brain vs Left Brain
    Brain Tests LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical safe — RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses …
  • 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 …
  • 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: …
  • 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 …
  • 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. …
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 …
  • 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 [...]
  • 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.
  • 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. [...]
  • 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 …
  • Do you think you can Model Nature? A different perspective
    Video Do you think you can Model Nature? A different perspective Milton Erickson often asked his clients to observe nature to draw inspiration and resolve life’s challenges. When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Can we Model Nature to improve our life? Watch the video [on TED] or here… See also A publication by Janine Benyus – The 2002 book, Biomimicry, describes a new science that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for industry …
  • Derren Brown with Saachi and Saachi, Rapport and Mirroing
    Many of the skills that Derren Brown is using are pure genius. Not everything here is meant to be done at home – that is not our intention for showing these. These videos are brilliant examples in some cases of deep rapport, language skills and anchoring – showing just how things can happen. You will notice that in most of the cases where Derren is primarily involed, he is extremely focused on the subject and very congruent with what he is doing. As to Derren’s intentions, the only time I have seen him share this was in one presentation, he …
  • Podcast: Making a Decision? Take Your Time
    A recent study shows that when faced with a decision, it’s best to take some time–relax and cool off–so logical thinking can guide us to the best choice. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100417 or from Scientific American’s Website (Note that this broadcast uses stereo features and for part of the time, sound only comes from one channel) Brain imaging studies show that low offers activate the anterior insula, an area associated with feelings of disgust or anger. So the authors note that the delay allows us to chill out and accept the most logical and …
  • Mixed Impressions: How We Judge Others on Multiple Levels
    A few contrastive articles on how we percieve ‘others’ unconsciously in those initial moments of encountering a person. Researchers are developing a new understanding of how we judge people. By Marina Krakovsky, Scientific American Excerpt from We’ve all heard that people favor their own kind and discriminate against out-groups—but that’s a simplistic view of prejudice, says Amy Cuddy, a professor at Harvard Business School who studies how we judge others. In recent years she and psychologists Susan Fiske of Princeton University and Peter Glick of Lawrence University have developed a powerful new model. All over the world, it turns …
  • Podcast: Neuroscience Is Everywhere
    From literature to architecture, academics and entrepreneurs are using neuroscience to explain everything from why we like a complex narrative thread to why round tables are more social. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100403 or from Scientific American’s website …all sorts of industries are jumping to use any new brain information to support their work. Neuromarketing claims to get objective truth about peoples’ preferences by decoding the “reactions” of our neurons. Companies like No Lie fMRI, Inc., are capitalizing on the potential for tools that can “read the brain” to replace the polygraph in lie detection. …
  • Podcast: Using Light to control the Brain
    Podcast: Using Light to control the Brain…..this approach—called optogenetics—could return controlled movement to mice suffering from Parkinson’s. Beyond controlling neural firing in the brain, scientists have recently found that by inserting another gene cells will glow green when they fire. …
  • Podcast: Manipulating Moral Judgment
    Scientists find that when the area of the brain responsible for understanding the intent of others is disrupted, moral judgment is also affected. Christie Nicholson reports (Scientific American) Play the Podcast here: sa_p_podcast_100329 or from Scientific American’s website The researchers disrupted the activity in this brain area using what’s called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). And they asked subjects to consider the morality of various acts. Some where the perpetrator had the intent to harm, others where they had no premeditation. When subjects had their brains affected by TMS, they focused less on the intention of the perpetrator and more on …
  • How we keep Track of Time
    We can’t touch time, or smell it. Yet it is utterly inescapable. But, research shows, time is – at least partly – something we control in our heads. Although we rely on other ques when they are available, have you ever woken from a good sleep because you have told yourself you must get up at a certain time? I know many times when I set an alarm for getting up for a specific event, my body wakes me about 2-10 minutes early. The Caveman experiment (from BBC article) The body clock determines our most fundamental behaviours: when we wake …
  • The Critical Seconds
    ...Another fundamental skill that one can learn from NLP Practitioner training is how to re-program our own responses or neural-pathways to create change. The simplest way that you can do is remember a time that you might have lost your temper and reacted very strongly, only to regret what you said or did later. This is a bit like ...
  • Change Your Thinking – Change Your Feelings
    Change your thinking, change your feelings Integrating Professor Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Therapy & Philosophy (REBT) We often live by many rules in our life. These rules express themselves in the use of language we use which consists of ‘musts’, ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’. Professor Albert Ellis calls them ‘mustabatories’. He also coined the phrase awfulising. Here are some samples of both: I must have love or approval from everyone that I meet. I must perform all my tasks perfectly, making no mistakes, if I am to be worthwhile Because I want people to treat me fairly, they must do so. …
  • Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate
    Dean Ornish is a clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He’s a leading expert on fighting illness — particularly heart disease with dietary and lifestyle changes. Dean Ornish talks in this video about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body’s natural desire to heal itself. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase. Stop wringing your hands over AIDS, …
  • Philip Zimbardo prescribes a healthy take on time
    Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives. Philip Zimbardo was the leader of the notorious 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment — and an expert witness at Abu Ghraib. His book The Lucifer Effect explores the nature of evil; …… Read more at
  • The Peeriodic Table of Illusions
    The Peeriodic Table of Illusions from an article on 12 November 2009 by Richard L. Gregory, Magazine issue 2733. © Copyright Reed Business Information Ltd. Excerpt…. FOR all the fun we have with them, illusions do serious work in illuminating how our brains work, and in particular how perception works. They may also help us understand how consciousness developed, and tell us about our “neuro-archaeology” and the behaviour patterns laid down in the nervous system over evolutionary time. But let’s concentrate on perception: it is tricky enough. I’ve tried to classify illusions in a way that shows the principles …
  • Loneliness is infectious – Is this the work of those Mirror Neurons again?
    Loneliness is infectious according to a study cited in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology for Dec/09. Is this the work of those Mirror Neurons again? “Before losing their friends, lonely people transmit feelings of loneliness to their remaining friends, who also become lonely. Because loneliness is associated with mental and physical diseases that can shorten life, Cacioppo said it is important for people to recognize loneliness and help those affected before they move away to the edges.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology for Dec/09. Any wonder our mothers told us to stay away from people …
  • How to Get Smarter, One Breath at a Time (TIME)
    How to Get Smarter, One Breath at a Time By Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (Time Magazine) Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 One recent study found evidence that the daily practice of meditation thickened the parts of the brain’s cerebral cortex responsible for …

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