From Additude: The more we “see” the ADHD brain with neuroimaging, the more we understand how it works. Read this in-depth analysis to learn about the latest discoveries and the most current research on the ADHD brain.
From strategy+business: Breakthroughs in brain research explain how to make organizational transformation succeed.
From ADDitude: Studies suggest that rhythmic, deep breathing can balance the autonomic nervous system, which helps individuals with ADHD become more attentive and relaxed. Learn more about this free, highly portable alternative treatment.
From Additude: New research suggests that ADHD comprises several meaningful subgroups — each one tied to a weak connection in the brain’s neural networks. Here, Joel Nigg, Ph.D. maps the regions of the brain that control attention, impulsivity, and emotion, and explains why scientists are studying the “white matter” connections between these circuits.
From Brain Based Biz: When you try an activity that’s totally new to you, you are building new neuron pathways in your brain. Why is this good? If you simply do the same things day to day, you create ruts and routines. I wanted to learn to play a video game like my grandsons and a physical activity, too. Today, Minecraft is one of the most challenging and problem solving games available and I decided to learn to learn do this as opposed to word games I am used to playing. Why? Disruptive activity is good for your brain. What is disruption, anyway?
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.
From 99u: There’s a reason jazz wasn’t taught at the New England Conservatory before Gunther Schuller arrived in the 1960s. Artists are protective of their work, and classical musicians are no exception; many faculty members at the renowned Boston institution didn’t want the whims of jazz improvisers to “sully” their canon. The traditionalists there believed in an unambiguous divide between the realms of classical and jazz—both for themselves, and for posterity. But Gunther Schuller, who passed away on June 21 of this year, wasn’t having it.
From Scientific American: The creative process — from the first drop of paint on the canvas to the art exhibition — involves a mix of emotions, drives, skills, and behaviors. It’d be miraculous if these emotions, traits and behaviors didn’t often conflict with each other during the creative process, creating inner and outer tension. Indeed, creative people are often seen as weird, odd, and eccentric.
From Adam Grant in NY Times: Meditation isn’t snake oil. For some people, meditation might be the most efficient way to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. But it isn’t a panacea. If you don’t meditate, there’s no need to stress out about it. In fact, in some situations, meditation may be harmful: Willoughby Britton, a Brown University Medical School professor, has discovered numerous cases of traumatic meditation experiences that intensify anxiety, reduce focus and drive, and leave people feeling incapacitated.
Evangelists, it’s time to stop judging. The next time you meet people who choose not to meditate, take a deep breath and let us relax in peace.
From FastCompany: Neuroscientists observed 35 people who were totally cut off from their devices in the Moroccan desert. The results were life-changing.
From BBC: Recalling a particular memory can cause us to forget another, similar memory — and neuroscientists have now watched this process happen using brain scans.
From Big Think: Beyond neuroanatomy and neurochemistry, flow states rely on shifts in the brain’s neuroelectricity. The brain’s default state is one of waking consciouness. Flow alters your brain waves to sit on the border of daydreaming and dreaming.
From Big Think: Best-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in “bullet time.” Like Keanu Reeves’ Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.
From Fast Company: The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common “time waster” is really a creative launch-pad.