Category Archives: Stress

A Good Attitude Supports Good Health

Stress can often lead to poor health, but the way you react to stress can change that. A study from Penn State University finds that responding positively to everyday stressors can limit the risk of poor health as a result of stress. They found that reacting negatively to stress increased the risk of inflammation, which…

Green Areas in Urban Communities Can Reduce Stress

How can people in cities reduce stress? A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Perelman School of Medicine finds that people who walk near newly ‘greened’ community areas have lower heart rates. The study examines the connection between urban environments and stress, concluding that greened areas in cities can help reduce stress. It…

Working More Linked to Sleeping Less

If you are not sleeping enough, the time you spend at work may be to blame. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine analyzed a large set of data about how Americans spend their time. They found that individuals were more likely to be “short sleepers”—people who sleep fewer than six hours…

Listen to Classical Music to Relax and to Learn

What do you do to relax? Many people enjoy settling down with some of their favorite tunes. It turns out that some types of music are better than others for relaxation. A variety of studies demonstrate that classical music can help people relax, sleep, and learn. Music for Relaxation Evidence suggests that classical music affects…

Stress Connected to Aging, Depression in Girls

Girls who are more stressed may age more quickly, reports a study from Stanford University in collaboration with Northwestern University and the University of California – San Francisco. The new study finds that girls with a family history of depression exhibit a more pronounced stress response and that their telomeres—a genetic marker of age—appear older….

Walk with Others to Reduce Stress, Improve Well-Being

Walking can make you feel better about your life. Many people have experienced the benefits of walking in their own lives, but a new study confirms it. According to researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) in collaboration with De Monfort University, James Hutton Institute, and Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom, group walks…

Media Use Not Always a Stress Relief

Having a hard time relaxing? When recovering from a stressful day at work or school, many people turn towards television, video games, or other media. Researchers from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany and the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands find that, for the exceptionally stressed, stress relief by using media is not…

Mindfulness Meditation for Less Stress

Many people use meditation to support well-being, but relatively few studies have examined what benefits meditation may provide. According to new research, there are concrete benefits to meditation. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University investigated how a short course of mindfulness meditation—just 25 minutes for three days—affected stress. They found that people who mediated feel less…

Manage Stress to Avoid Insomnia

As many as 20% of adults experience short-term insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Why is insomnia so prevalent? Research from the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit finds that the way people respond to stress can be a mediating factor between stress and insomnia. This is…

How the Brain Uses Unconscious Learning When You’re Stressed

Learning while stressed involves the brain’s unconscious, not conscious, processes. Neuroscientists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Bochum, Germany have identified the element of the brain that makes this switch and what triggers it. They have also investigated how the shift to unconscious processing while stressed can affect the ability to learn. When the brain switches…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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