An introduction to The Healthy Mind Platter

Daily Life, Neuroscience, Theoretics

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The Dutch and the US government have the food pyramid – the diagram that’s been with us for decades that is supposed to remind people how to eat well. The model is called Choose my plate , is a big improvement. However, there’s a different epidemic happening out there that’s getting less attention, perhaps because it is less obvious than …

Congress in Berlin 2019

Congres & Symposium, Humour, Way of Life

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On the 28th of Februari and the 1st of March 2019 I was invited to give a presentation about Humour as a Nursing Intervention at the 28th International Conference on Neurology and Therapeutics 2019. On this congress I found myself the odd duckling because there where all doctors (except for 2 others, a physiotherapist and a researcher).

Are Girls with Autism Hiding in Plain Sight?

Autism, Daily Life, Neuroscience

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Autism primarily affects boys, right? Officially, boys exceed girls with autism by 4 to 1 (and 10 to 1 in “high-functioning” autism).1 In fact, almost everything we know about autism comes from studying boys. But now some scientists are making discoveries that are challenging common assumptions about autism, girls and gender.

Humor and Those Aha Moments

Humour, Laughter, Neuroscience, Theoretics

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Hearing just the first few words, your brain springs into action. The path of neuronal activity is a complex one that enlists various brain regions: the frontal lobe, to process the information; the supplementary motor area, to tap learned experience to direct motor activities such as the movements associated with laughter; and the nucleus accumbens, to assess the pleasure of …

Neuroplasticity: Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain

Daily Life, Neuroscience

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Neuroplasticity has become a buzzword in psychology and scientific circles, as well as outside of them, promising that you can “rewire” your brain to improve everything from health and mental well-being to quality of life. There’s a lot of conflicting, misleading, and erroneous information out there. So, exactly how does it work?

Neuroplasticity: Easy things to do to get a Happier Brain

Daily Life, Neuroscience

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We’ve come a long way in the science of happiness and have a pretty good idea of what happy looks like in your brain these days. It’s now known that what you do in your life every day, because of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change both physical form and function based on your behaviors, emotions, and thoughts, …