Mental Well-being, Travel & the Brain

On Loss: Neuropsychological Reflections at the Tikal Ruins

Following the robbery in San Marcos, loss was on our minds. We took these feelings to the Tikal ruins in Guatemala. Our brain opioids must still have been low but nevertheless, we felt ourselves rejuvenated, in awe of what Tikal and the jungle have to offer.

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Big Corn Island, the Neuroscience of Playfulness and ADHD

Big Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua has a playful spirit. It was infectious. In this article, I’ll talk about the neural underpinnings of playfulness and how the diminished opportunities for play might be contributing to the escalating incidence of ADHD in the youth.

Mental Well-being, Travel & the Brain

The Trouble with Disgust: Moral, Neural and Interpersonal Considerations

There will come a point in most journeys, having removed yourself from your comfort zone, that you find yourself reacting with disgust. This can feel like a rejection of the place and its people themselves. Disgust is an instinctual reaction evolved in the brain to protect you from biological disease. But studies show that this same primitive mechanism is how the brain regulates feelings of interpersonal disgust. … Read More The Trouble with Disgust: Moral, Neural and Interpersonal Considerations

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10 Unexpected Psychological Benefits of Blogging

A few days ago I stumbled across the line marking the first month of this blog. This is novice territory when it comes to blogging, but over this period I’ve done a lot of reflecting and equal amounts of research into the experiences of other more accomplished bloggers. Let me tell you about 10 unexpected… Read More 10 Unexpected Psychological Benefits of Blogging

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Shearing Water in Playa el Tunco: How Waterfalls and the Crash of the Surf Affect the Way you Think and Feel

Waterfalls and the hypnotic dance of the waves have fascinated humans since the beginning of time. Aside from the spellbinding sensory spectacle, the structural changes to ions in the air, which occurs as water droplets shear apart, have strangely beneficial effects on the biology of the human organism. This article was inspired by our visit to… Read More Shearing Water in Playa el Tunco: How Waterfalls and the Crash of the Surf Affect the Way you Think and Feel

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The Neuroscience of “Living Large and In Charge”: 7 Habits to Think About

Like the title of this article, the internet is in no short supply of overly simplistic, step-by-step self-help guides. Whether or not the induced nausea is all part of the cleansing process is still up for debate. What’s not in question though is that if advice is not evidence-based, its not really advice at all.… Read More The Neuroscience of “Living Large and In Charge”: 7 Habits to Think About

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Airport Anxiety and the Neuroscience of Panic Attacks

Airports are the breeding grounds for panic because they impinge heavily on our basic sense of control and agency. The neuroscience of panic disorder shows us how this takes place in the brain. 

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Wine in Chile & Argentina & The Social History of “Problem Drinking”

What is “too much” when it comes to holiday drinking? Hard to say. History shows us that attitudes towards “problem drinking” tell us as much about the ideologies of a given society than it does about alcohol itself.  Travel and vacation has a way of relaxing inhibitions when it comes to alcohol consumption. Wouldn’t you… Read More Wine in Chile & Argentina & The Social History of “Problem Drinking”

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Travel, Anxiety and Fear of the Unknown: Insights from the Brain

Fear of the unknown is a common challenge for anyone wanting to travel abroad. According to neuroscience, we fear the unknown because our brains are, inherently, prediction machines. In unfamiliar settings, the brain goes on “threat-mode” as it tries to get a handle on its surroundings.

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Minimal Living and other Zen Habits on the El Bolson Trek.

Take a trek through the mountains of El Bolson for an experience of minimal living. I have recently become quite fascinated by a lifestyle called “minimalism”. Minimalism is about being conscientious of how we consume “stuff”.