What really boosts brain performance?

The brain, we are told, is not unlike a muscle. Use it or lose it. The disproven notion that there’s little one can do to offset the age-related decline of mental prowess has been supplanted with many claims for how to keep your gray matter in top shape. But the claims and facts don’t always mesh.

Obesity. Is it in your genes or in your behavior?

Research into the causes of obesity continues to fuel the debate over “nature versus nurture,” and likely will for some time. Are some of us more prone to being overweight by virtue of our genetic heritage? Or does lifestyle, including diet and activity level, largely determine one’s girth? Well, on both counts . . . yes.

Road Rage… neither a perpetrator nor a victim be.

Let’s face it. Some of us succumb to road rage. We end up venting our over-the-top frustrations on some unfortunate soul. And others of us are victims of road rage, finding ourselves essentially being assaulted on the highway. Well, regardless of which side of this divide you fall on, experts have some advice to help keep things under control.

Should traumatized employees be “debriefed?”

Survivors of disasters or traumatic events are at significant risk for developing such problems as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and substance abuse. To address this risk, organizations that have suffered a traumatic event often arrange for critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for affected employees, hoping this short-term psychological intervention will prove helpful. But it’s not that simple.

Most managers overestimate their management skills… a lot.

A recent survey of frontline managers demonstrates a disturbing lack of self-doubt about their capacity to lead. In fact, 72% of the 1,100 managers surveyed indicate they have never questioned their ability to be an effective leader. While some may regard self-doubt as a liability, in moderation it helps motivate us to realistically assess our competencies and learn new skills.

Antidepressants alone not that effective

What’s the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 to 44, which includes a core demographic in the workforce? Depression. We all realize that depressed employees use more sick time than their mentally healthy counterparts, but we may not understand that this is true even when their depression is being treated.