The Value of Alone Time

You’ve probably heard that loneliness is bad for the brain—but some “alone time” might have brain benefits. What are those benefits, and how can you carve out alone time for yourself? The Chicago Tribune tells us more

Seasonal depression in the brain

Are you in the 20% of people who get the winter blues? There’s a biological basis for that. New research has found a direct pathway between a type of light-sensitive cells in the eye and brain areas that relate to mood. Learn more on

Anxiety in the classroom

When children are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems, it’s often in the classroom that they show up most starkly. Difficulty following directions, focusing on schoolwork, transitioning from one activity to the other, tolerating frustration, getting along with other kids — these can all be signs that kids are overwhelmed by emotions they’re having trouble […]

Crafting for Cognitive Calm

Are you a crafter? If not, you might want to become one! Numerous studies show that crafting—knitting, quilting, woodworking, and so on—can reduce stress and anxiety. One of the strengths of craft practice, especially as a contributor to well-being, is precisely that it can be both solitary and collective, and it’s up to the individual […]

Saving money is a challenge for the brain

A recent study shows that our brains are better at recognizing opportunities to earn money than they are at opportunities to save money. Humans would have a cognitive bias toward earning, which makes us unconsciously spend more brain power on earning than on saving.  In other words, our brains prioritize earning over saving—which may be […]

No quick fix for ADHD but a variety of different strategies

There is no quick fix for ADHD. Although medication can help treat people’s symptoms, it’s only part of an overall ADHD treatment strategy. Another significant element of that strategy are Cognitive and Behavioral training and techniques, such as the ones developed here in Hong Kong by PowerBrain Rx. For many years, it has proven to […]