Importance of autobiographical memories For 30 years, I have talked to people about their memories and, as a neuropsychologist interested in amnesia, I am very interested in brain areas that mediate learning and forgetting. How memories work A core brain structure for memory is the hippocampus. The hippocampus (the Greek word for seahorse) is shaped … Continue reading “Memories: Learning, remembering, (not) forgetting”Read More
“Love and understanding are not two different things. Love and understanding are in fact one thing… When you understand and empathize with someone well, you can never hate, only love. You cannot go away angry… If we love someone, we need to really understand. When our love is only the desire to possess, is not … Continue reading “Love”Read More
Vision of pleasure Psychologist, Robert Ornstein, and Dr. David Sobel authored the book Healthy Pleasures where they detail their own vision of pleasure. The human brain has many ways to transmit the signal of pleasure from one nerve cell to the other. What is interesting, is the evolution of our human ability to experience pleasure. … Continue reading “The therapeutic power of friendship”Read More
Every hearing naturally decreases with age, and people often have one ear that hears better than the other. According to a study published in the August edition of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, there are about 66,000 new cases of SHL (hearing loss) per year in the United States. But these numbers are difficult … Continue reading “Listen: Don’t ignore sudden hearing loss!”Read More
It was very fitting: I had just finished a square of 86% cacao dark chocolate when I got the e-mail about yet another study suggesting health benefits of dark chocolate. In addition, I had just returned from vacation in Guatemala, the land of the Maya. It was the Maya who discovered the usefulness of the … Continue reading “Can dark chocolate improve vision?”Read More
Flavonoids in this guilty pleasure help blood flow. If you’re giving out dark chocolates this Halloween, think about keeping some for yourself. A recent study in the journal BMJ found that consuming dark chocolate can help prevent cardiovascular disease over the long term, and may even be a cost-effective way to do it . … Continue reading “Dark chocolate protects arteries?”Read More
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