Sunday, August 9, 2015
Positive words to change your brain
A new study shows that positive words can change the expression of genes, strengthening areas in our frontal lobes and promoting the brain’s cognitive functioning.
According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, in their book, Words Can Change Your Brain, a single negative word can increase the activity in our amygdala (the fear center of the brain). This releases dozens of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters, which in turn interrupts our brains’ functioning, especially with regard to logic, reason, and language. They said, “Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes.”
On the other hand, the longer someone concentrates on positive words, the more the positives begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes a person’s perception of themself and the people around them. People perceive reality with less suspicion and mistrust and their logical thinking is much clearer.
The full story is here: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/11/30/words-can-change-your-brain/
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