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From 99U; Finding the right space to do creative work can be difficult. Inside the office, there are constant interruptions, last-minute meetings, and an often unbearable amount of uncontrollable noise. On the other hand, locking yourself away in quiet isolation can sometimes be just as counterproductive (not to mention boring). For most creatives there is a “Goldilocks” zone of just the right amount of noise, but not too much.
From Daniel Amen: The study revealed how brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging can help clinicians more accurately diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental conditions by looking at the organ responsible for the decision-making, behaviors and overall cognitive functioning.
From Knowledge@Wharton: The title of Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work is no hyperbole: A 2010 Pew Research study survey found that 65% of adults keep a handheld device at or near their heads while sleeping. Are the tools designed to make us more efficient and more productive actually making us less so? That question is the initial point of departure for Harvard Business School professor Leslie A. Perlow in her new book, the story of a modest experiment with unexpectedly profound consequences.
From SharpBrains: Dr. David Rabiner shares an excellent review of a new study that analyzes the benefits of mindfulness for adolescents and adults with attention deficits. He writes that “although this is clearly a preliminary study, the results are both interesting and encouraging.”
From SharpBrains: With a better understanding of the neurobiology of stress, the LD — ADHD — stress connection becomes clear. Students with learning disabilities or ADHD, confronted with the stress created by exposure to tasks that are in reality or in their perception too difficult (and thus threatening), exhibit the protective behavior of any organism under extreme stress: They fight, they flee, or they freeze. When these kids don’t understand why they can’t do what other kids can do (master the stressor), and they can’t see any way to get out of a situation that won’t go away, they begin to shut down. Trapped in this situation, from which there is no apparent exit, they may lash out with words or fists. They may tear up papers, throw books, or overturn desks. As much as they love their teacher, they may bite the hand that feeds them. If they override their impulse to act up or act out to escape the stress caused by a feeling of cognitive incompetence, these kids may freeze like the proverbial deer in the headlights.
From Dumb Little Man: Whatever you do during the day, there are probably times when you need to concentrate. Perhaps you’ve got a project at work that requires focus (it could be anything from writing a report to carrying out some important lab tests). Or perhaps you’re studying – for a degree, for a vocational qualification, or just for your own enjoyment.
From SharpBrains: A 6-part series on the Neurobiology of Stress, excerpted from the recent book Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It, by SharpBrains contributor Dr. Jerome Schultz.