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He has published many peer-reviewed papers on the brain systems supporting learning, memory, cognition and decision-making; brain systems affected by stress, anxiety, depression and motivation.
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'Informative and persuasive enough to rouse the most ardent couch pototo' New Scientist
Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It defines us as a species.
It enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. It freed our hands and freed our minds. We put one foot in front of the other without thinking – yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us? In this hymn to walking, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits it confers on our bodies and minds, and urges us to appreciate – and exercise – our miraculous ability.
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Behaviour change is hard, but O’Mara shows that by adopting strategies that are well-founded in the science of brain and behaviour individuals and organisations can adapt to the demands of the modern world.
The brain matters in business. The problem is that our brains have many biases, heuristics and predilections that can distort behaviour and decision making. The good news is that we know more about how these work than ever before.
O’Mara’s starting point is that, as our behaviour arises from the structure and function of our brains, careful examination of a series of brain–based (‘neurocognitive’) analyses of common aspects of human behaviour relevant to business and management practice reveals lessons that can be used at work.
He begins by looking at neuroplasticity and how it is enables a shift from a restrictive ‘fixed mindset’ to an enabling ‘growth mindset’. He shows how this changing mindset approach – where the focus is on task and improvements based on effort – is scalable within organisations.
Next, as the brain is a living organ like the heart and lungs, O’Mara shows how to keep it physically in the best possible shape before examining how we exercise control over our behaviour, build resilience and create positive brain states. He also considers the implications for business of our brains wiring for status and illustrates how research shows that it is possible to de-bias assumptions about gender and race – and the impact that this has on performance.
El neurocientífico O’Mara celebra la milagrosa habilidad de nuestra especie.
Este libro aborda los beneficios del paseo desde una perspectiva neurofisiológica. Y es que caminar a diario tiene efectos muy positivos sobre la mente y el cuerpo: contribuye al desarrollo de la capacidad cognitiva del cerebro, del sistema nervioso y los músculos, ayuda a regenerar los órganos, evita el envejecimiento cerebral, nos ayuda a pensar de manera más creativa y a eliminar el estrés. Este libro parte de rigurosos estudios científicos para lanzar una propuesta contra el sedentarismo de las sociedades occidentales y estudia las muchas ventajas físicas y mentales de algo tan sencillo como caminar.
The Opioid System as the Brain’s Interface between Cognition and Motivation, Volume 239, focuses on the opioid system as the interface between the brain’s cognitive and motivational systems. As the opioid system is widely distributed through the brain, particularly in areas implicated in cognition (hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, claustrum, thalamus) and motivation (hypothalamus, amygdala, pontine nuclei, periaqueductal gray and medulla), this book provides chapters that address ongoing research on topics such as the Brain’s cognitive system, the Brain’s motivational system, Antidepressant prescription patterns, Antidepressant-like effects of opioid receptor modulators, the Behavioral effects of antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs, and more.
- Contains contributions from both academia and industry to maximize the cross-fertilization of differing perspectives on opioid system function in health and disease
- Studies the opioid system as the interface between the brain’s cognitive and motivational systems
- This well-established international series examines major areas of basic and clinical research within neuroscience, as well as emerging subfields