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September 2009

What to Know About Hyperfocus | ADDitude

Attention deficit disorder is all about distraction…until it’s not! One of the most surprising aspects of ADHD is hyperfocus—a person’s ability to home in on a specific task, sometimes to the exclusion of everything else.

Someone with an interest in computer programming may happily hunt for a bug in thousands of lines of code, regardless of the fact that he usually can’t sit still. A musician may write a symphony in only a few weeks.

A Blessing and a Curse

Unfortunately, hyperfocus can’t be reliably sustained or controlled. When parents tell me how their daughter breezed through a challenging science fair project only to settle into a spotty classroom performance, I know that she was hyperfocusing. Adults can find that kind of focus in a new job—working intensely for a year, say, to fix major problems in their department. When things finally run smoothly, they lose interest and move on.


ADD – ADHD: Do You Want To Be More Awake? | ADDed Perspective Blog

Occasionally, I will provide a recording of my post in order to provide the information in a format that is as accessible to as many people as possible. My goal is always to help you learn and apply the information in whatever way is most useful to you. Toward that end, I have also included a link to a PDF of the transcript. If I can do anything else to help, please let me know.


ADD / ADHD Coaching Blog: Manage Negative Beliefs to get Rewarding Results

Many people with ADHD were told as children (or even as adults) that they're lazy or not good enough in some way. When you are given the same message over and over again, a cycle begins where the other person's message becomes your belief (even if it has no bearing in reality) and it can negatively impact the rest of your life.


The Secret to Weight-Loss Success Is In Your Brain | Amen Clinics

How many times have you dieted and lost weight only to gain it back again? What makes some people able to keep the weight off while other people continue to struggle? The answer appears to lie in the brain.

According to a study using a brain-imaging technique called functional magnetic resource imaging, there is a difference in brain activity patterns in people who successfully maintain weight loss and those who don’t. The study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed images of high-calorie and low-calorie foods as well as nonfood objects to three groups of individuals: people who had lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least three years, obese people, and normal-weight people.


Entrepreneurs and ADD: Are Your Business Relationships Working? | ADDed Perspective Blog

When you are a small business owner / entrepreneu r with ADD the way in which your ADD symptoms manifest themselves can absolutely have a positive effect on your relationships with others. You may be outgoing and able to talk to many different people, for example. This ability allows you to easily integrate into a variety of social and business situations which may serve you well in building and sustaining your business.

However, many of you recognize that, depending on the context, your ADD symptoms may also prove to be a challenge in creating the types of quality relationships upon which the success of your business rest.


Dr. Leon Eisenberg, Pioneer in Autism Studies, Dies at 87 - Obituary (Obit) -

Dr. Leon Eisenberg, who conducted some of the first rigorous studies of autism, attention deficit disorder and learning delays and became a prominent advocate for children struggling with disabilities, died on Sept. 15 at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 87.


A passing worth noting.

Someone had to get the ball rolling.

Mental time travel : Neurophilosophy

Mental time travel

Category: MemoryNeurosciencePsychology
Posted on: June 15, 2009 12:10 PM, by Mo

MEMORY, Blake wrote, enables us to "traverse times and spaces far remote". It constitutes mental time travel, with which we can recollect, in vivid detail, events that took place many years ago. We have known, for the best part of a century, that memory is reconstructive rather than reproductive. That is, recollection involves piecing together specific details of the event, and mixing these with our own biases and beliefs. While not being completely accurate, our memories are, in most cases, reliable enough.


Making a Long-Term Memory? Don't Forget to Tag it! : Neurotopia

Making a Long-Term Memory? Don't Forget to Tag it!

Category: Behavioral NeuroNeuroscience
Posted on: September 2, 2009 12:51 AM, by Scicurious

I'm sure you all know that you have both a short-term and a long-term memory. Many people think of those as separate things, and to us, it may seem that way. But in fact, the formation of short and long term memories in the brain is very intertwined, and a short-term memory can become a long-term one. What we don't really know is HOW this happens. What makes the difference between remembering a phone number for a few minutes and remembering it for months? Turns out, it's a simple tag.


A useful bit of information ...

... if I can remember where to find it.

I know ...

... I'll "tag it."

Faces of Drug Abuse Research: Laura E. O'Dell, Ph.D. : DrugMonkey

Faces of Drug Abuse Research: Laura E. O'Dell, Ph.D.

Category: Diversity in ScienceDrug Abuse ScienceNicotine
Posted on: September 24, 2009 12:55 PM, by DrugMonkey

ODellLaura05.jpgLaura E. O'Dell, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (CV, PubMed, O'Dell Lab, Department Profile, Research Crossroads) where she investigates the rewarding and dependence-inducing properties of nicotine using rodent models.