How To Have A Green Thumb In Your Brain

How To Have A Green Thumb In Your Brain

I used to have a nice collection of plants. Now I have a nice collection of pots filled with dirt. Why did they die? Simple: I didn’t water them regularly. Now you’re probably wondering: “But, Renita, what does this have to do with neuroscience?” Well, every time we process new information — a thought, experience […]

‘Tis the Season to Be Emotional, Part I: How To Stay In Control (And Avoid Regret) – Part 1

‘Tis the Season to Be Emotional, Part I: How To Stay In Control (And Avoid Regret) – Part 1

RIDING THE ROLLERCOASTER Ah, the holiday season. That time of year when we experience those delightful emotional extremes — from the joy and exhilaration of spending time with people we care about to the discomfort of performance reviews and dinner with difficult in-laws. Even if, on balance, you enjoy the holidays, when your emotions start […]

Time To Shift Into High Gear

Time To Shift Into High Gear

In France, where my sister lives with her family (including two school-age children), early September is known as la rentrée, and it’s a Big Deal. It’s when everything picks up again after the two-month break that is summer holiday season (see just how deserted Paris gets in this video). Here, at The Step Up Your Game […]

Who’s In Charge, You or Your Emotions?

Who’s In Charge, You or Your Emotions?

Thanks to the Olympics, it’s been an inspiring week of seeing the most gifted and dedicated athletes in the world showing us the heights of human ability and self-control. Speaking of self-mastery, Kyla Ross, one of the ‘Fab Five’ on the US women’s gymnastics team and, at 15, the youngest competitor of the entire 530-person […]