Articles by Corey

Sometimes, peering into the fridge I think, “what am I looking for and how did I get here?” The short answer (at least to the second question) is habit, a kind of autopilot that got me from my desk to the fridge without being fully aware of it. This type of automatic behaviour is the… read more


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Ancient brain, modern world

Hunter, hipster, gatherer or governor, the nervous system responds to the environment in basically the same way.


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Imagine being stopped at a red light, waiting to go through the intersection. The turn arrow goes green and there is an impulse to take your foot off the brake and get going, but you manage to stay put. This is an example of response inhibition and it’s a skill that can be developed to do more than help us keep a good driving record – it can help improve almost every aspect of our emotional lives.


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It seems meditation is the new black. However, saying “I am a meditator” is a bit like saying “I am a musician.” It doesn’t convey whether I am first violinist in a renowned symphony orchestra, playing washboard in a Louisiana zydeco band, or the drummer of a punk band disturbing the neighbours from a suburban garage.


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