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Better Than Coffee: Surprising Ways to Boost Energy

By now, most of us are familiar with the morning wake-up blues. Sometimes even after a good night’s sleep, it can be difficult to get alert and ready for the day.¬†Conventional wisdom points to coffee or tea as a good source of caffeine for a morning pick-me-up, but research suggests this may not be as helpful as previously thought. Researchers took a look at some other intriguing ways to boost energy, like chewing gum or even taking sage as a supplement! The results on how caffeine affects us are especially surprising. To read more, click here.

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Beyond Willpower: The Science Behind Breaking Bad Habits

How many of us have ever tried to break a bad habit, only to fall back into our old patterns despite our best intentions? This blog by PsychCentral writer Dr. Elisha Goldstein discusses the ways in which habit-forming — and -breaking — is about so much more than willpower. While there is only so much we can do about the unavoidable dopamine rush we get when we see a tasty hamburger or pick up our smartphones, mindfulness practice has been shown to widen the gap between impulse and response in our brains. In addition to treating a wide array of …

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Putting Workplace Stress in Its Place

Stress is one of today’s most pervasive health concerns, affecting tens of millions across the United States and causing an estimated $300 billion in loss every year to the economy. Between diminished productivity, absenteeism and direct medical costs, stress has earned a spot as the World Health Organization’s “health epidemic of the 21st century.” Many workplaces responding to employee stress have developed techniques and programs to help people de-stress throughout the workday, but even if you’re not among the lucky Google employees receiving massage retreats, you can start to minimize your own stress levels anytime! Whether by using neurofeedback, spending …

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5 Ways to Cut Stress and Increase Calm

These days, it’s hard to get away from all the stress that comes along with modern living. Here are a few tips to help you fend off stress and its negative effects. 1. Don’t forget to breathe. It seems so simple, but this is one of the most important first steps to slowing down and regaining a sense of balance. Try sitting up straight with your feet level on the floor and your hands resting gently in your lap. Breathe in deeply through your nose and feel your abdomen expand slowly. Sit with this practice for a few minutes at …

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Could a Mind-Controlled Google App Help You Meditate?

Concentration and meditation was one of neurofeedback’s earliest applications. Newer technologies have sought to create smaller, lower-cost alternatives for users to access some of neurofeedback’s benefits at home. Now, an app for Google Glass seeks to make the benefits of neurofeedback wearable for seamless use. The app, developed by user experience company MindRDR, works by interacting with the Neurosky EEG biofeedback headband, allowing you to control the app simply by thinking commands. In a world where technology is often a source of constant distraction, the app hopes instead to help individuals improve their focus and concentration. To read more, click …

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The Brain Science Behind Human Bias

As our society continues to fight prejudice in the workplace, the concept of unconscious bias has become a hot topic of discussion. The idea that individuals may be unaware of certain prejudices they carry is, as the author states, perhaps the greatest “enemy of diversity.” The article discusses how Dr. Tara Swart, a neuroscientist who used her background to become a leadership coach, uses her knowledge of the human brain to help address the issue of bias — and you might be surprised by what exactly might be affecting your decisions. To read more, click here.

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Empathy, Affection and Neurofeedback

There are few couples who haven’t heard or said something like this during an argument: “I’m not a mind reader.” This article from Scientific American¬†discusses a fascinating study that suggest neurofeedback may hold a key toward helping couples communicate better. Researchers focused on the part of the brain associated with affiliative emotions — the “warm and fuzzy” (though not specifically romantic) emotions people feel for family members and close friends. By using the therapy to study the differences between complex social emotions such as affection, pride, tenderness, and more, and how these affected participants’ affiliative emotion levels, the researchers believe …

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Simple Tips to Manage Anxiety

Neurofeedback is fast emerging as an amazing way to treat anxiety without medication. But there are other steps you can take right now to ease your anxiety symptoms. This article from Psychology Today lists 22 quick tips to help you relax, starting right now! For people struggling with anxiety on a regular basis, neurofeedback as well as simply daily practices like these can go a long way. To read more, click here.

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Neuroplasticity and the Brain

The ability of the brain to adapt to new situations and bounce back from trauma can be absolutely amazing. In the past, it has been widely believed that intelligence was more or less fixed, and that there was little individuals could do to increase their brain power. Science is increasingly finding that this is not the case — and that further study of this neuroplasticity could have tremendous implications not only for those simply wishing to boost their mental strength, but also for those healing from traumatic brain injuries. This article from Wired magazine tells the success story of one …

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Video: Neurofeedback for Peak Performance

This is a fantastic video resource from EEGInfo.com. Most people already know that neurofeedback is a great option for helping individuals cope with ADHD, autism, chronic pain and numerous other conditions. But even individuals without any of these conditions can benefit from neurofeedback to help them boost their focus and get “in the zone.” The video features the work of neurofeedback practitioners Rae Tattenbaum and Sue Othmer, who use the technology to help individuals learn techniques to find a state of relaxed alertness that contributes to optimal performance. Check out the video to learn more: For more videos, click here.

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