From the Editor: The Resilient Brain; July / August 2013; Scientific American Mind; by Sandra Upson; 1 Page(s)
What does it mean to be resilient? As our art director Patti Nemoto put it, “It's kind of like being Gumby.” The green clay character bounces back from any setback—becoming stranded on the moon, getting turned into a robot, dissolving into a puddle. In the U.S. Marine Corps, where flexibility in changing circumstances can be lifesaving, a common saying is “Semper Gumby.”
Adaptability in the face of challenges predicts success across many pursuits. As psychologists Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney write in our cover story, “Ready for Anything,” taming our emotions, exercising regularly and strengthening our social ties can help us shake off misfortune. Turn to page 32 for more.