The curious thing about memory is that you don’t have to have a good one to have a great one. Moonwalking with Einstein tells the story of Josh Foer, who went from a typical journalist to US memory champion in a year. Anyone who has read it can tell you that memory athletes have normal
Neurons do something strange when starved of oxygen. First, they start firing randomly. Then they start to shut down. If they don’t receive precious oh-two soon, they start to die. This sequence is, of course, an oversimplification. You’ll find counter examples all over the place. Even so, this sequence explains a lot. When certain parts
The power of meditation is the power of your mind. It trains useful mental skills that lie at the heart of everything you do. For example, focus. Learn to do that and nothing won’t become easier. For example… If you want techniques that improve your memory, the best place to turn to is the latest
Now, this is not a universal experience. It’s pretty common. It happens to me all the time and I see it in others, too. Some of you will read this and nod your head. For everyone else, keep this in the back of your mind. You might find it useful one day. There’s a curious
For a long time, the brain was a black box. No one knew what it did or how it worked. History is rife with hilarious misconceptions, from Aristotle thinking the brain cooled the blood, to Descartes who thought the pineal gland was the home of the soul. It wasn’t until we were able to peek
If you are feeling tense, stressed and strung out for no reason, then something in your life is unbalanced. Tension should rise in the face of challenges, then quickly drain away. If it doesn’t, then something is amiss. Now, this could have a psychological cause. If you spend all day fixating on what can go
Serotonin is on everyone’s lips lately. This strange little neurotransmitter shows up in all sort of weird places. Its role in mood regulation is so critical that many researchers call it the ‘happy molecule.’ It regulates appetite too. Hypnotists – I hope you’re paying attention. This little bundle of joy is worth paying attention to.
Hypnotists need a certain state of mind when working with clients. In a therapeutic context, the relationship is everything. I’m not saying anything strange here – how you see each other shapes everything else. Rapport is king and without it, hypnosis is impossible. To say that a single neurochemical triggers the perfect state for this
Pain. It would be a funny thing if it weren’t… well, painful. It’s your body’s response to harm and danger, and it’s so much more. You know that when you feel it, it’s more than just a voice whispering warnings in your ear. It wears you down, distracts you from life and leaves you floating
To want something with every part of your body feels like a psychological state. It seems as though it’s all in your thinking. And, of course, it is. And it’s also chemical. When you desire something, your neurochemistry releases dopamine, which changes every part of you. Imagine a young man who’s sick of his body.