My Brain And Me

A brain's perspective to everyday life

7 brain myths debunked

Brain myths. I always get annoyed when I read or hear things about the brain that are just not true. Isolated facts get blown out of proportion or nuanced theories oversimplified and totally distorted and we end up with something that sounds plausible, often even scientific … but isn’t at...
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Multilingualism in Kids

A couple of weeks ago, Jefferson enjoyed an international holiday in the Netherlands: the Carnival party for the children was held by neighbors, a half-American, half-Dutch couple. Besides ladybug antennas, monster horns or mermaid tails, every single nipper at the party had another...
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Our brain on love

You might have often heard people say that the brain is the most important organ of love. Science tends to agree. While falling in love might move you in unfathomably mysterious ways, researchers have a very good idea as to what is actually happening to the brain. Being in love opens a...
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You had me at ‘Halo’

These days, my wife and I were looking for a piano teacher for our son. She loves the idea of developing his natural artistic and musical talents. I’m a huge fan of the amazing neuronal benefits that comes from playing an instrument. Each time we play an instrument, it’s like giving our brain...
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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

I’m pretty sure you’ve done it too, at one moment or another. Somewhere between the bubbles of Champagne slowly rising to the surface of your crystal glass. You assembled your courage and made a solemn vow to improve your life by changing that one thing standing between you and your future...
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The Christmas double Dopamine rush

I was heading back to my car, both my hands holding on to all the bags with Christmas gifts I had just bought. I had just spent a little fortune and not a single one of those bags was for me. And best of all, I was actually feeling quite good about it. Did I do it out of a sense of duty?...
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Nature versus Nurture

I can’t help myself. Each time I observe my kids (yes, I love watching them when they’re not aware of it, and no, that’s not creepy…) I see parts of myself and parts of my wife combined. But to be honest, also parts of their grandparents that somehow had to be dormant in my wife’s and my own...
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Neuroplasticity: How to rewire your brain

As you might remember, I took up piano a couple of months back. Now before you get all excited and think I found an easy brain hack to become the new Mozart, let me remind you what I wrote last week about the myth of effortless learning. Now regardless of my skills for playing the piano and...
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The myth of effortless learning

Do you remember how Keanu Reeves, in the Matrix, gets a program downloaded into his brain in a matter of seconds, after which he opens his eyes and says the legendary words: “I know Kung-Fu”. Effortless learning or change, it’s the wet dream of all procrastinators and of many students. But...
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Black Friday And Our Inner Caveman

Black Friday. It’s almost that time of the year again. A huge mass of potential buyers will flood malls and shops all over the country again in a collective buying frenzy triggered by the media and savvy marketers. As used as we have become to this annual ritual, still, have you ever wondered...
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