Mental Well-being

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

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.