ThinkPrint & Positive Psychology

Is the glass half-empty or half-full?  It is a valuable question. We can focus on what is wrong or missing, in our lives or ourselves, or or on what is right, what is available us to enjoy. This difference in perspective may make all the difference in our chances for health and happiness. But we Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury

The brain is well protected inside the bony encasement of the skull, cushioned by a surrounding layer of spinal fluid. But sufficient force can cause damage to delicate brain tissue, and even minor injury can result in impairment of cognitive function and disturbance or mood and behavior.  The most common causes of traumatic brain injury Continue Reading

How Attention Works (and Why it Often Doesn’t)

There are two sources of input to the brain – from the external environment (the world) and the internal environment (the body). The brain’s job is to integrate this information so that the needs of the body can be matched with the opportunities in the environment. The brain directs our attention to which particular event, Continue Reading

Autism & Pitocin: Evidence of a Link

Autism, a devasting neurodevelopment disorder of unknown cause, has increased alarmingly in recent decades. A core feature of autism is impairment of social bonding – the ability to connect emotionally with other people. This is a basic drive that supports our survival. Its development is hardwired in the brain from birth, and is controlled by oxytocin. Administration of pitocin in labor may interfere with the function of oxytocin – and the ability to connect to other people – later in life. Continue Reading