My Brain And Me

A brain's perspective to everyday life

The Dark Side (of Oxytocin)

I’m a huge fan of Oxytocin. You know: the love hormone or the cuddle chemical. When I want a hug from my wife, I tell her: gimme some Oxytocin. It makes her smile, and I get my hormone-shot. Oxytocin, the side that we know Oxytocin has had positive connotations such as benevolence and trust...
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Rockstar Teachers … or not.

How much do teachers make? Not nearly enough! I know, I know, this statement just made me the new hero of teachers all over the world. As much as I enjoy the sudden rise in sympathy, the statues being raised in local schools, and other spontaneous displays of attention towards me, I actually...
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4 strategies to overcome the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Charles Darwin once said that ignorance tends to beget more confidence than knowledge. In a nutshell, it explains the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is a cognitive bias where incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their skill, cannot perceive the magnitude of their own inadequacy and will...
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Sex and the Brain

Sex and the Brain. That sounds like pure pyrotechnics. But more than fireworks, I like to think of it as dancing. If you have ever danced and let the rhythm take control of your body, you know how invigorating, liberating and therapeutic it can be to let go on the dance floor. Dancing with a...
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Screen Time and Kids

In a world where teens are inseparable from their screens, and younger children are even more irresistibly drawn to spending inordinate amounts of time in front of screens – TV, smart phones and video games – parents are often left wondering how they should react to it. Some argue it is...
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10 Groundbreaking social studies and experiments

Before scientists were able to analyze what was happening inside the brain, they were solely relying on observing behavior to draw conclusions and gain understanding on why we do the things we do the way we do them. Obviously, not all research was useful. But amidst the probing and searching,...
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Muscle Memory or not? Does it really matter?

How I learned about muscle memory Let me tell you how I learned about muscle memory, or the absence of it. A couple of years back, with my cousin, we ended up at the beach. When he took off his T-shirt I was blown away. He had been exercising and his upper torso was just huge. I mean really...
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Don’t mess with me… I’m a parent!

Some time ago, I was picking up my kids from school. Whilst crossing the street, a car arrived and gently pulled the breaks, letting us pass. We started crossing the street and at the same moment, another car came from the same direction at full speed, overtaking the first one, and if it...
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What the hell is wrong with me !?

The Power of subconsciousness A dear friend of mine always ends up in the wrong relationships. Each time she falls for a guy, it turns out he’s a drunk and often an aggressive one too. It’s absurd, because she’s beautiful, cool, smart, and definitely should know better. It’s as if she...
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Our brain on terror

Terror is probably as old as civilization. It has been used throughout the ages as a dissuasion strategy. From the powerful kings of Babylon over the crusader knights in the holy land, to the Spanish Conquistadores or the SS from the Nazi regime. Today is a dark and sad day, as history has...
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