The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain: A 24 hour Journal of What's Happening in Your Brain as you Sleep, Dream, Wake Up, Eat, Work, Play, Fight, Love, Worry, Compete, Hope, Make Important Decisions, Age and Change
August 2009, Jossey-Bass
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You gotta know the territory: A short tour of your brain.
Charting the day: Your body clocks.
The best of times?
Coming to consciousness: Awake and aware. 5:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.
5:00 A.M. Waking to the world.
Your inner alarm clocks.
Your brain chemicals.
Larks and owls.
Coming to our senses.
An orchestra of sensory harmony.
Touch and movement: Feeling our way.
Varieties of touch.
6:00 A.M. Coming to consciousness.
The seat of consciousness.
Emotion, memory, and consciousness.
It’s always about networking.
Little gray cells and big white matter: Myelin in your brain.
Prime time for heart attack and stroke.
7:00 A.M. Those morning emotions.
Reason needs a neurochemical boost.
Can meditation help master those emotions?
Is there a God spot in your brain?
Practice makes compassion.
8:00 A.M. Finding your way.
Why his brain may not ask directions.
How we know where to find our lost keys.
Engaging the world: Getting out and about. 9:00 A.M. to Noon.
9:00 A.M. Encountering others.
That face, that familiar face.
Friend or foe? Read my face.
Mirror, mirror: Copycat neurons in the brain.
The broken mirror: Autism insights from mirror neurons and face perception.
10:00 A.M. Peak performance-or stress?
Stress in the brain.
The alarm that doesn’t stop: Why chronic stress is so bad.
Stress destroys neurons.
Stress ups the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The very thought of it is enough.
The limits of multitasking.
How your brain helps your job kill you.
You can lull your brain away from stress.
Flow versus stress.
11:00 A.M. Decisions, decisions, and more decisions.
The brain’s CEO.
"Chemo brain" can ambush your CEO.
Making an emotional moral choice.
Choosing wearies your brain.
The brain has a section for regret.
Noon The hungry brain.
How hunger works in your brain.
We’re losing our scents.
Still hungry? When hunger goes awry.
Why calories taste delicious.
Addicted to _______ (fill in the blank).
Self-control sucks your energy.
Yes, there is such a thing as brain food.
The guts of the day: Getting down to business. 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
1:00 P.M. The tired brain.
Partial recall: Why memory fades with age.
Can you help your brain stay young(er)?
Predicting Alzheimer’s disease.
How forgetting is good for the brain.
Asleep at the wheel-almost? It could be narcolepsy.
1:54 P.M. Just time for a six-minute power nap.
2:00 P.M. Bored bored bored.
Can’t get no satisfaction? Maybe it’s ADHD.
ADHD and risk taking could be good--sometimes.
Wired and hooked: Addicted to technology.
3:00 P.M. Your pain is mainly in the brain.
How pain hurts your brain.
Mind under matter, mind over brain.
Is hypnosis real?
A window into traumatic forgetting.
4:00 P.M. Exercise your brain.
Exercise grows neurons and improves memory.
Why we get food cravings.
The most dangerous time for teens.
The teen brain is still changing.
But don’t forget hormones.
Time out: Letting go and coming home. 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.
5:00 P.M. The dimming of the day.
Is it really depression? Or just a bad patch?
Searching for the pathway to depression.
Maybe you’re just SAD.
Magnetic energy may work when meds fail.
A peak time for suicide.
Good grief: Addicted to grieving.
6:00 P.M. Coming home.
An oxytocin high.
Nobody home? Loneliness hurts.
Oh, those comforting cravings. Or is it addiction?
Bottoms up: Where many alcoholics end.
Is addiction the result rather than the cause of brain damage?
Still crazy after all these years? Aging isn’t stopping drug use.
7:00 P.M. Gotta sing, gotta dance.
The musical path to the brain.
Music survives brain damage.
Your brain expands to store music.
So you think you can dance?
Born to rock.
The creative brain.
Right brain, left brain?
Don’t oversimplify that right brain stuff.
The musical ear is learned, not born.
8:00 P.M. Humor is healthy.
The best medicine.
Tracking your internal laugh track.
TV addiction is no mere metaphor.
Winding down: Fear, sex, sleep, and dreams. 9:00 P.M. to Midnight.
9:00 P.M. Things that go bump in the night.
How fear works in your brain.
Who’s afraid? Not these brain cells.
When the brain decides it’s time to scram.
The many parts of a violent brain.
10:00 P.M. Lust, sex, and love.
You’ve got that loving feeling . . . .
Your brain on sex.
Women, men, and orgasms: How alike are they?
Does the penis have a brain of its own?
What’s love got to do with it? Plenty, it turns out-for women.
Are you born gay? Sexual orientation is biology, not choice.
11:00 P.M. Falling asleep.
The five stages of sleep.
Insomnia: Curse of the night.
Perhaps less is more?
Interrupted sleep? Don’t call it insomnia. It’s normal.
Call me sleepless.
Still awake? Can you catch up on lost sleep?
Is insomnia worse for night owls?
Midnight. Sleeping in the midnight hour.
Strolling in your sleep.
Drifting into dreamland.
Was Freud right about dreams?
Do banished thoughts resurface in dreams?
Want to dream more? Try sleep deprivation.
Night crew at work: 1:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M.
1:00 A.M. Night crew at work.
Cleaning up your neural garbage.
Why your brain doesn’t take a break already.
The 10 percent myth.
2:00 A.M. Going against the clock in your brain.
Disasters on the night shift.
Lack of sleep affects doctors as much as alcohol.
Less sleep? More fat.
Biorhythm and blues: Faulty clocks.
Resetting your body clock.
3:00 A.M. Awake and anxious.
Where the nightmare begins.
A false alarm.
That pill to fix your ills has a price.
3:30 A.M. Night nurse on duty.
4:00 A.M. Last sleep.
4:30 A.M. Awake so early?
Your brain tomorrow.
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