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Forbes: The Top 10 Brain Science and Psychology Stories of 2012

December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope that all of you had had a wonderful Christmas. I am still away for Holidays and wanted to share an important article by one of the most prestigious publications in the country that i was honored to be featured on Forbes. You can check my clip on “From Finance to Fitness” Although in this compilation there are not specific studies related to movement that is my area of passion and research i wanted to share some of the “regular studies” about the brain or what i call more popular. I will try by the New Year write a compilation of the best stories related to the brain and movement a really exciting and emerging field.

The Top 10 Brain Science and Psychology Stories

of 2012

1. Humans Aren’t the Only Apes that Have a Midlife Crisis 2. Receiving a Compliment has Same Effect as Receiving Cash  3. Could We One Day Switch Off Bad Habits in Our Brains? 4. How One Flawed Study Spawned a Decade of Lies 5. What Makes Presidents and Psychopaths Similar? 6. Why Jerks Get Ahead 7. How Stress Damages Your Mental Health Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans (Oct 13-17, 2012) presented studies showing how stress, no matter its cause, alters brain circuitry in ways that can have long-term effects on mental health. The American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” report provides a useful table, shown below, indicating the effects of stress on your body, your mood, and your behavior.

Common effects of stress …
… On your body … On your mood … On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

Source: American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” Report 8. Are Two Heads Really Better Than One? 9. Sleeplessness Causes Our Mental Circuits to Overheat 10. How Your Brain Could be Keeping You Fat You can find a couple terrific lists highlighting the best of the best in psych and brain science here and here. You can find the writer of this article on Twitter @neuronarrative and at my website, The Daily Brain. Related on Forbes…


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