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16 11, 2015

Jean-Paul Mari: The chilling aftershock of a brush with death

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From TED: On a reporting trip, journalist Jean-Paul Mari had a face-to-face encounter with a senseless, random death, beginning his acquaintance with a phantom that has haunted us since ancient times: post-traumatic stress. "What is this thing that can kill you without leaving any visible scars?" Mari asks. In this probing talk, he searches for answers in the aftermath of horror and trauma — and comes to a very human conclusion: we must talk. · Go to Jean-Paul Mari: The chilling aftershock of a brush with death →

3 12, 2013

The link between brain, stress and creativity

Tue, Dec 3, 2013|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on The link between brain, stress and creativity

From SharpBrains: “If the brain is experiencing highly physiologically arousing emotions associated with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excitement and seek comfort instead. Studies have shown that primates under stress, for example, will not pursue new territories or mates. Under stress, humans also hang on to the familiar. Once the brain calms, however, it becomes prone to boredom. It will then begin to seek arousal in the form of dopamine, from the excitement pathway." — Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas? (Stanford Business) · Go to The link between brain, stress and creativity →

15 03, 2012

Being clutch, or how not to choke under pressure

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From Paul Sullivan at ChangeThis: Being great under pressure is hard work. This is part of the reason why we are so impressed by people who seem immune to choking. These people come through in the clutch when others don’t. If they’re business leaders, they become gurus other executives want to emulate. In politics, the person who runs the gauntlet wins the election, but if he can do so in a particularly cunning way, he becomes an example of strategic excellence. In combat, it is the leaders who come under fire and get their men to safety who are recognized as war heroes. If the people are sporting figures, their triumphs become legendary. We are so fascinated by these feats that we have created a nearly mythical aura around clutch performers. · Go to Being clutch, or how not to choke under pressure →

8 12, 2011

Stress and the brain: To fight, flee or freeze

Thu, Dec 8, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on Stress and the brain: To fight, flee or freeze

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. · Go to Stress and the brain: To fight, flee or freeze →

22 11, 2011

The neurobiology of stress: The human brain and how it responds to stress

Tue, Nov 22, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , , , |Comments Off on The neurobiology of stress: The human brain and how it responds to stress

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. · Go to The neurobiology of stress: The human brain and how it responds to stress →

24 09, 2011

The equinox and the tyranny of modern time

Sat, Sep 24, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , , |Comments Off on The equinox and the tyranny of modern time

From Adam Frank on NPR: Your time, our time, delivered through digital devices calling out in nanosecond cadences, has only existed for a sliver of human history. Rushing through our days, we can barely recognize this new time for what it really is: an invention that is pushing society to its breaking point. · Go to The equinox and the tyranny of modern time →

23 09, 2011

How to be less stressed in everyday life

Fri, Sep 23, 2011|Filed in: Bookmarks|Topics: , |Comments Off on How to be less stressed in everyday life

From Henrik Edberg: One of the most interesting things about improving life and growing is to make the regular day even better. Reaching your goals, having really special or awesome days and learning to handle bad times and slumps are of course important but many days in life are spent in-between that. And one of the most common problems today, maybe more than ever, is that the regular day gets dragged down from maybe a good morning into a day of stress, overwhelm and being busy but barely moving forward. · Go to How to be less stressed in everyday life →

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