avatar Do We Only Use 10 Percent of Our Brains? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jul 21, 2014

This could be a really short blog. As for the answer to the question of “Do we  only use 10 percent of our brains?” : No! Now here’s the longer answer. This myth bothers me because it been proven wrong long ago but is still commonly passed around. It has my hackles up because I heard the quote recently  …Read More

avatar How to Get Kids Off the Screen During Summer Vacation Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 30, 2014

Well, we are thick into summer, and I hope that yours is going well! If you are a parent, you might be faced with the common struggle of getting your kids away from the screen (in whatever format – TV, iPad, Playstation, Nintendo DS, iPhone). When I was a kid, screen entertainment didn’t offer near  …Read More

avatar Can Brain Training Games Be Harmful? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 19, 2014

In my previous blog, I covered the controversial topic of brain training and whether it really makes us smarter. A brief addition to that blog is whether these games and techniques can actually be harmful. Here are some of my thoughts on this issue:   In general, I don’t think brain training games are likely  …Read More

avatar Do Brain Training Games & Techniques Make Us Smarter? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 5, 2014

We’ve all seen and heard the ads – brain training games will make you smarter! Partly fueled by the engagement, variety, and dynamic interaction that video games offer, various brain training games (e.g., Lumosity, NeuroActive, Big Brain Academy, Brain Age) and other software (e.g., CogMed) promise to (or suggest might) improve specific cognitive abilities such as working  …Read More

avatar Engagement Leads to More Happiness, Mind-Wandering Leads to Less Happiness Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 14, 2014

I recently watched a TED talk by Matt Killingsworth entitled, “Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment” that reinforces what countless sages, philosophers, psychologists, spiritual teachers, etc., have been saying regarding the power of being engaged in the present moment. He created an app called “Track Your Happiness” for the iPhone that periodically pings  …Read More

avatar Some Mindfulness Meditation “Hacks” Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 12, 2014

In my previous blog, I discussed how/why mindfulness is the “master” key to change. Mindfulness is being in the present moment nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness is a tool that can help us to focus our attention better. Improving any aspect of our behavior – being kinder, listening to others, modifying our forehand in tennis, remembering where we  …Read More

avatar Why Is Mindfuless is the Master Key to Change? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Feb 26, 2014

You might have seen the recent cover story on “The Mindfulness Revolution” in Time magazine. It gives a nice introduction to the practice as well as why it can be so helpful. Mindfulness is simply being in the present moment non-judgmentally.  I’ve blogged about mindfulness countless times over the years. Here’s a blog about what mindfulness  …Read More

avatar There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad But Thinking Makes It So Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 22, 2014

There is no doubt that William Shakespeare had an exceptionally brilliant mind. I listened to a story on NPR once that listed out many of the phrases and expressions that we use daily that come from Shakespeare – it was mind-boggling! Here are just a few: *All that glitters is not gold. *I have not  …Read More

avatar A “Life Hack” – The 5-Minute Rule Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 16, 2014

Whether you have made any New Year’s resolutions or not, we are almost always looking for ways to change and grow. Indeed, many believe that continued growth throughout our lifespan is one of our main purposes in life. We also know that sustaining positive life changes can be extremely difficult. As a psychologist, I am  …Read More

avatar The Power of an Apology Part 3 – When to Apologize Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 18, 2013

I can’t say that this is the best timing for the holiday season, but things just worked out such that I’m trying to finish my series on apologies.  So there you have it! Now, on to the issue of when do we apologize. The obvious answer is, of course, when we are wrong. But there’s something  …Read More