Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

How the sound of nature helps us relax

Playing ‘natural sounds’ affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows. The gentle burbling of a brook or the sound of the … Continue reading

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Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed

Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers, who were among the first to document stress-buffering effects of pets for children. Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re … Continue reading

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What’s right with children who grow up in high-stress

Researchers say children’s unique traits could be used to tailor education, jobs and more effective interventions. More attention should be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments, suggests a study, so their unique strengths and … Continue reading

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Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society

Don’t let your own reaction to stress negatively affect the children in your care! With new evidence indicating that undesirable stress is likely to have its roots in childhood, Childhood Stress in Contemporary Society is a much-needed resource for anyone … Continue reading

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Stress for the mother affects the baby through amniotic fluid

If the mother is stressed over a longer period of time during pregnancy, the concentration of stress hormones in amniotic fluid rises, as proven by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Short-term stress situations, however, do not seem to have an … Continue reading

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Stress negatively affects chances of conception

Women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month than other less stressful months, research shows. Highly-stressed women 40-percent less likely to conceive during ovulation window What many have long … Continue reading

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Long-term stress erodes memory

Sustained stress — such as that experienced in bad marriages or when working for a beastly boss — erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role, according to a new study. Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune … Continue reading

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How the brain adapts to stress

Scientists now have a better understanding of the way that stress impacts the brain. New research reveals pioneering evidence for a new mechanism of stress adaptation and may eventually lead to a better understanding of why prolonged and repeated exposure … Continue reading

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It’s Fine If Your Kid Doesn’t Want to Stick to a Bedtime

Sometimes we don’t give kids enough credit — as easy as childhood can seem to those of us who are on the other side of it, it’s also essentially a long slog through a bunch of things you don’t want … Continue reading

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Health Check: can your brain be ‘full’?

The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime’s knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity? In other words, can the brain be “full”? The … Continue reading

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