Freedom (part 2)

Developing maturity is, at the neurological level, developing an inhibition of the brainstem by the cerebral cortex. In doing so, we notice improvements in the areas of recognition, working memory and the appearance of anxiety of separation. Read more

Freedom (part 1)

It can be quite easy for us to ask for freedom from our governments, for instance. What if freedom, true freedom, was within us? Read more

Mind… full?

Mindfulness is trendy… there is no doubt about that; but is it worth your time? To “let go” and to “feel your breath”… sounds like a great idea, right? Read more

Right brain – Left brain

Since 1865 we have know that the right brain and the left brain are responsible for specific tasks. Read more

The brain as a 3 story house

Is it possible to schematize the brain of children to better understand how they manage emotions? That’s what Daniel Siegel, a neuroscientist, tried to do! Read more

Of Posture and Personality

Could it be that there is a link between body posture and personality? Sylvain Guimond assessed 100 subjects (50 males and 50 females) to figure it out.

Subjects were all French-Canadian and between the ages of 18-82. Personality was determined by using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire.

If it’s true that posture is the neuromuscular strategy developed to resist gravity, it could be that it is also associated to our mental and emotional state.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire is a psychological tool that assesses scientifically 16 different personality types.

MBTI contains four separate dichotomies:

  • Extraversion-Introversion;
  • Sensing-Intuition;
  • Thinking-Feeling;
  • Judging- Perceiving.

4 types of posture were classified, based on Kendal and Kendal’s work:

  • Ideal posture;
  • Kyphosis-lordosis;
  • Flat back;
  • Sway back.

Pain was also reported using a scale from 0 to 10.

Of the 100 subjects studied, 22 of them had ideal posture, 36 were kyphotic-lordotic, 19 had flat back posture, and 23 had sway back posture.

Overall, 65% of the subjects tested as extraverted and 35% as introverted.

In ideal posture, 21 of the 22 subjects were extraverted. In kyphotic-lordotic postures, 30 of the 36 subjects were extraverted. In flat back postures, only 8 of the 19 subjects were extraverted. Finally, in sway back postures, 17 of the 23 subjects were introverted.

In summary, these results clearly demonstrate a relationship between a person’s demeanour and their posture.

So the question is, if we optimize posture, do we modulate personality?

The cerebellum and addiction

This is not my first blog post on the non-motor roles of the cerebellum and, based on where research is heading, it won’t be my last! Read more

Of balance and the blues

Most of us consider that when dealing with an ear problem, what you are managing is a difficulty with hearing. Read more

L’équilibre, le TDAH et la dépression

La plupart d’entre nous considérons que, face à un problème d’oreille, vous gérez une difficulté à entendre. Read more

The psychological cerebellum

It’s only been since just about 1998 that the cerebellum has been considered as more than just a brain part responsible for motor competencies. It was researcher Schmahmann that published three back-to-back game-changing papers in 1990, 1997 and 1998. All three investigated the role of the cerebellum in cognition, to some extent. Read more