How to Release the “Brakes” on your Brain for Better Performance

How to Release the “Brakes” on your Brain for Better Performance

Alicia Maher, MD

I’m going to step away from the heavier neuroscience teachings that I became accustomed to doing in my years in academic medicine. I think it can be much more helpful to use a metaphor to illustrate how we are using our brains to make our lives better or worse. This metaphor is to think of the different aspects of your brain as either the gas or brake pedals in your life.

Often, the ways that your brain is acting ...

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Glia: The Cinderella of Brain Cells

By David Dubin, M.D.

After Einstein’s death, his brain was preserved for future study. Scientists were naturally curious to see how the brain of this genius compared with the brain of a person of ordinary intelligence. Would there be an abundance of neurons (grey matter) or some unusual wiring of the neurons that distinguished his brain? When the brain was dissected, however, the only difference was that the numbers of cells that were not neurons (white matter) was dramatically increased. It ...

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