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Scientific Proof that Trees Make Us Happier | Nature on GOOD

Scientific Proof that Trees Make Us Happier | Nature on GOOD | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
A tree-lined neighborhood doesn't just look good, it actually makes you happier. That's the conclusion of a major study in the UK that followed 10,000 Brits—for 17 years—as they moved around the country.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Brains need nature!

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, April 28, 2013 11:31 AM

So true!  

 

Driving through impoverished, urban areas, I wonder what it would be like to grow, from your earliest years, in an environment like that.  As a child, I recall driving from our very middle class neighborhood to visit my aunt in an upper middle class area.  The difference, through my 8 year old eyes:  everything was green and pretty.  

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:27 PM

Living in north Idaho, I personally can attest to the benefits of looking out the window and seeing many, many trees, or better yet, the benefits of simply taking a walk down our tree lined dirt lane. -Lon

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A Case for Parenting the Dolphin--Not Tiger--Mom Way

A Case for Parenting the Dolphin--Not Tiger--Mom Way | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Today’s disturbing trend of over-parenting is interfering with kids' self-motivation and ability to adapt.
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"It was not until I became an expert on the science of self-motivation did I realize the power of play. Play is directly linked to the development of our prefrontal cortex and helps a child develop vital social, intellectual and emotional skills that cannot be acquired any other way."

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

Secrets of the Creative Brain | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 
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"If having a very high IQ was not what made these writers creative, then what was?"

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Emotional Security Key To Child Development: VoicED Panel

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"Emotional Security Key To Child Development: New research from the Sutton Trust suggests that there is a link between attainment and the emotional bonds formed between parents and young children. The study, which focuses on the psychological concept of ‘secure attachment’, said that two in five babies do not develop the strong emotional bonds with their parents which are vital for succeeding in later life."

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How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and
your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system
is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol
or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves
you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be
enjoyed in moderation.

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Teaching resilience: Imagination - @kdwashburn

Teaching resilience: Imagination - @kdwashburn | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Samantha exhales and brings her hands to the sides of her forehead. Her thoughts begin a downward spiral. “I can only get so far before I don’t know what t
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"Mindset and resilience share leading roles on the educational research stage. It is nearly impossible to attend a conference, walk through its exhibits or even listen to public radio without hearing about one or both of these topics. Second to educational technology, cognitive psychology is education’s current box office blockbuster.

And rightfully so. The finding that an individual’s perspective on intelligence and response to failure significantly influence effort, and therefore achievement, holds great potential if we can identify ways to apply the findings in teaching."

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Study finds later school start times improve sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents | PsyPost

Study finds later school start times improve sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents | PsyPost | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Julie Boergers, Ph.D., a psychologist and sleep expert from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, recently led a study linking later school start times to improved sleep and mood in teens.
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"Daytime sleepiness, depressed mood and caffeine use were all significantly reduced after the delay in school start time. The later school start time had no effect on the number of hours students spent doing homework, playing sports or engaging in extracurricular activities."

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Javier Ruiz's curator insight, May 13, 1:18 PM

I chose this article because I show evidence, information from an expert and good reasons that are very convincing. This article has alot of potential in convincing schools because of the expriments and other things concerning the topic. This could help schools around the world conduct expiriments on their schools and potentialy help students be better in school.

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5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Adopt these five easy habits every morning to channel productive energy and mindful focus throughout the day.
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Early Childhood Brain Insights: MOVING = LEARNING!

Early Childhood Brain Insights: MOVING = LEARNING! | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it

"Compared with past generations children today are living far more sedentary lives. We are tampering with thousands of years of predetermined, movement based biology, and the unintended consequences are just beginning to show up in research studies and news reports." 

  ~ Gill Connell & Cheryl McCarthy
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Newsletters « Pathways for Health

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The “Big Three” Ingredients in Modern Foods that Dominate our Modern Diet and Push Us Beyond Our Evolutionary Norm

 

With the thousands of refined, denatured and chemical food ingredients used by the food industry to make foods exciting, attractive, and “timeless,” our North Star list of verboten foods would be long, indeed.  So, let’s focus just on the Big Three—sugar; refined flour; and refined vegetable oils.  These three ingredient dominate the convenience, processed foods sold today."

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Why Do I Think Better after I Exercise?: Scientific American

Why Do I Think Better after I Exercise?: Scientific American | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Why is it that I seem to think better when I walk or exercise?
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Not Compassionate? It's OK, You Can Learn It

Not Compassionate? It's OK, You Can Learn It | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
It's possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain, according to a new study.
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How Memory Is Enhanced By An Active Role In Learning - BMED Report

How Memory Is Enhanced By An Active Role In Learning - BMED Report | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
New research confirms that having some authority over how one takes in new information significantly enhances one's ability to remember it.
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www.prekandksharing.blogspot.com

www.prekandksharing.blogspot.com | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it

Recently an increased focus is (finally) being placed on young growing brains! There is a great amount of discussion about ensuring that all four year old children have access to quality early childhood education. 

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Room to Read Blog: Girls Education

Room to Read Blog: Girls Education | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Imagine a world in which every child learns to read and every child has access to books. Room to Read is dedicated to making these dreams a reality.
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Infants 'unable to use toy building blocks' due to iPad addiction - Telegraph

Infants 'unable to use toy building blocks' due to iPad addiction - Telegraph | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads
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"Experts have warned that the growth is having a serious effect on children’s social and physical development.

Last year, a doctor claimed that rising numbers of young people – including one aged just four – required therapy for compulsive behaviour after being exposed to the internet and digital devices from birth."

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It's All About Attitude: 6 Ways To Stay Positive - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

It's All About Attitude: 6 Ways To Stay Positive - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
How we choose to start a new day can be our single most effective way to impact having a good day. Waking up with a positive outlook, hopeful about what is in store for us, excited about the myriad of possibilities will lead us down one path. Worrying about what we have to get done, anxious about having enough time to do it, confused about the best way to get it all done is an entirely different situation. And more often than not, once we start down one path, we tend to stick to it. The direction is up to each of us and the first steps we take each day will dictate which path we ultimately follow.
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Dr. James Coan, University of Virginia – The Human Brain and Empathy

Dr. James Coan, University of Virginia – The Human Brain and Empathy | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Coan of the University of Virginia reveals evidence that our brains are wired for empathy. James Coan is an associate
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Self-control isn’t in short supply (despite what it looks like) | PsyPost

Self-control isn’t in short supply (despite what it looks like) | PsyPost | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
It might be true that people have a harder time controlling themselves when they are tired at the end of the day, but that doesn't mean that self-control is a limited resource, say authors in the Cell Press publication Trends in Cognitive Sciences...
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Understanding ADHD and the Brain www.ncld.org

Understanding ADHD and the Brain www.ncld.org | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Children with ADHD learn and behave differently than other kids their age because their brains are built and function differently.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, January 14, 5:16 PM

Excellent!!-Lou

 

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"There are biological reasons why kids with ADHD don’t learn or behave like their peers. Here’s a look at how the ADHD brain is structured and functions compared to the non-ADHD brain."


"Understanding that behaviors like hyperactivity and impulsivity are caused by a medical condition can make it easier to parent a child with ADHD. Among the many ways you can help are by making some changes at home and seeking accommodations at school."

By Amanda Morin

Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, January 15, 5:10 AM

Not the usual list of symptoms of ADHD but an excellent overview of the physical differences in brain structure and function of ADHDers. 

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Sleep is the Price the Brain Pays for Learning | Neuroscience News Research Articles

Sleep is the Price the Brain Pays for Learning | Neuroscience News Research Articles | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it

"Two leading sleep scientists from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say that their synaptic homeostasis hypothesis of sleep or “SHY” challenges the theory that sleep strengthens brain connections."

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The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013 | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Putting it mildly, 2013 was an eventful year for brain science. This Top 10 list isn’t meant to be exhaustive (given how many studies are published each year, it never could be), but it’s a sturdy sampling of incredible work being conducted around...
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Feds Emphasize 7-to-1 Investment Return for Early Childhood Education

Feds Emphasize 7-to-1 Investment Return for Early Childhood Education | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Secretary Duncan spoke with the PPIC on Friday and stressed the federal push for early childhood education as the priority of the education department.
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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
This is part seven of the nine-part series from the Project Happiness curriculum. We are looking at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary scho
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Brain's Circadian Clock Disrupted in Depressed People: Scientific American

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Major or clinical depression seems to alter the genes that regulate sleep and waking
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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity | Supporting Brain Health for Every Individual | Scoop.it
Creativity is crucial to a fulfilled life, so don't sell yourself short.
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