Mindful Games are coming soon! I’m working with Susan Kaiser Greenland on her new project, Mindful Games—a book and a companion set of cards that helps parents and caregivers teach mindfulness to children. Mindful Games is scheduled to be published by Shambhala Publications in the Fall of 2016.
Wait But Why I highly recommend Tim Urban’s blog, Wait But Why, and his latest post on colonizing Mars is especially great. Tim jokes that he’s been “seriously dating astronomy” since he was three-years-old, and his excitement and passion are contagious!
An Endorsement From Betsy Brown Braun Betsy Brown Braun is a Child Development and Behavior Specialist. She is author of the best sellers Just Tell Me What to Say and You’re Not the Boss of Me.
“What a special book I Wonder is. The gentle text is like climbing into a warm bath, and the illustrations are just delicious—each is a complete work of art. I look forward to sharing I Wonder with my clients, as the message of the book is of critical importance.”—Betsy Brown Braun
Stardust An excerpt from The Universe Within by Neil Shubin
All the galaxies in the cosmos, like every creature on the planet, and every atom, molecule, and body on Earth are deeply connected. That connection begins at a single point 13.7 billion years ago… Continue Reading
What Will I Say Next? An excerpt from How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains? by Max Velmans
…In speech, for example, the tongue may make as many as twelve adjustments of shape per second—adjustments which need to be precisely coordinated with other rapid, dynamic changes within the articulatory system. According to Lenneberg (1967), within one minute of discourse as many as ten to fifteen thousand neuromuscular events occur… Continue Reading
The Power of Believing That You Can Improve A TEDx Norrkoping Talk, by Carol Dweck
Dr. Dweck explains the power of responding to children with “Not Yet” when they’re having trouble understanding. If they are told “Not Yet”, they experience a problem as one they can solve given time and guidance, rather than something they have “failed”. Instead of setting children up for failure, low self-esteem, and cheating, we can help them become curious, interested in learning, and excited by a challenge!
2015 TED Talk: How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are By Rob Knight This is a truly fascinating subject, and it reminds me of the research on parasites that affect behavior. If you’re interested in reading more, there was a great article in the New York Times by Natalie Angier in 2007: In Parasite Survival, Ploys to Get Help From a Host
My Plastic Alternative Recommendations After reading the recent Mother Jones article “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics,” I started to take health concerns about plastic more seriously. Previously, I figured that the problem of BPA had been addressed, and that as long as products were free of this toxic ingredient, our sippy cups, bottles, and containers were safe. However, it turns out that even more hazardous chemicals are being used in the production of plastics, and when the same guys (literally) who tried to help protect the tobacco industry are now helping protect the plastics industry, we know we have a problem. I’ve spent some time looking for alternative products for our children, and I thought others might benefit from my research and trial and error.
A Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy On January 5, NASA released an image of the Andromeda galaxy, our closest galactic neighbour, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The full image is made up of 411 Hubble images, takes you through a 100 million stars and travels over more than 40,000 light years. The awe inspiring video below by @daveachuk zooms in on the photo. There are no words…
Sebastian Seung’s Quest to Map the Human Brain
by Gareth Cook Using crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence, a Princeton neuroscientist is hoping to map the intricate wiring of the human brain. If he succeeds, could we live forever as data?
Your Inner Fish An excerpt from Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion-Year
History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
… No matter how different the species look as adults, as tiny embryos they all go through the same stages of development. To fully appreciate the importance of this, we need to look again at our first three weeks after conception…
The Emotional Past An excerpt from Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph LeDoux
…According to the mood congruity hypothesis, memories are more easily retrieved when the emotional state at the time of memory formation matches the state at the time of retrieval. For example, we are more likely to remember sad than happy events when depressed…