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Study finds link between enjoying bitter tastes and malevolent personality traits If there’s no coffee snob around to scrutinize my behavior, I will add plenty of milk and sugar to any caffeinated beverage, be it a glorified cup of brown sludge or espresso brewed from gold-flecked grounds. I generally regard my coffee tastes to be childish, but it may be time to re-interpret my unrefined palate. [...]
7 Easy Practices to Feel Better About Your Life Our thoughts condition the quality of our emotions. Knowing how to take care of our emotional health can help us to feel better about life.
Most teen mood swings decline with age Adolescence is typically regarded as a period of heightened emotionality. Although the teen years are an important time for youth to learn to regulate their emotions, little research has looked at the development of teens’ emotional stability. Now a new longitudinal study has found that adolescents’ mood swings decline gradually as they get older, which [...]
Scientists reduce belief in God by shutting down the brain’s medial frontal cortex New research involving a psychologist from the University of York has revealed for the first time that both belief in God and prejudice towards immigrants can be reduced by directing magnetic energy into the brain. Dr Keise Izuma collaborated with a team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to carry out an innovative [...]
What are daydreams, and is there an evolutionary purpose to them? A wandering mind is a natural thing. Studies indicate that nearly 96 percent of adults fantasize at least once a day. Daydreams are often about anticipating the future, particularly revolving around fantasy, says psychologist Peter Delaney. For most people, daydreaming isn’t just an escape, it’s a place where you can work out your greatest fears, [...]
Breakthrough research reveals a new target for Alzheimer’s disease treatment A research team led by Amantha Thathiah (VIB/KU Leuven) has determined that a protein – known as GPR3 – might play an important role in alleviating the cognitive deficits and reducing the generation of ‘amyloid plaques’. These abnormal clusters of protein fragments build up between nerve cells and disrupt communication in the brain, which makes [...]
Larger brains do not lead to high IQs As early as 1836, the German physiologist and anatomist Friedrich Tiedemann, in an article in the Philosophical Transactions, expressed his opinion that “there is undoubtedly a connection between the absolute size of the brain and the intellectual powers and functions of the mind”. With the advent of brain imaging methods (e.g., MRI, PET), reliable assessments [...]
Researchers: New neuroimaging method better identifies epileptic lesions Epilepsy affects more than 65 million people worldwide. One-third of these patients have seizures that are not controlled by medications. In addition, one-third have brain lesions, the hallmark of the disease, which cannot be located by conventional imaging methods. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have piloted a new [...]
In the long run, emotional abuse might hurt a child as much as violence or neglect Emotional abuse may be as harmful as physical abuse and neglect. This finding led by a team of researchers at McGill complements previous imaging research showing that emotional and physical pain both activate the same parts of the brain. Different types of abuse, same consequences Emotional abuse, which includes behaviors such as ridicule, intimidation, rejection, [...]
REAL Self-Care™ Quiz – Where Do You Need Help? Self-Care Quiz How well are you taking care of yourself? 1- Do you have a morning routine that is nourishing and allows you to start your day with some time … ...
REAL Self-Care(TM) Quiz- Where Do You Need Help? Self-Care Quiz How well are you taking care of yourself now? 1- Do you have a morning routine that is nourishing and allows you to start your day with some … ...
Antipsychotics initiated frequently and used for long term in Alzheimer’s patients Antipsychotic drugs are initiated in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) more frequently than in the general population – already 2-3 years before the Alzheimer’s diagnosis, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Most commonly, antipsychotics were initiated during the six months following the Alzheimer’s diagnosis; however, the incidence of new antipsychotic [...]
Study suggests autism disrupts connections between eye contact and facial mimicry Empathy – the ability to identify and understand other people’s emotions – has many components, some sophisticated and involving complex thought processes, others basic but essential nonetheless. The latter include joint attention – which is activated by direct eye contact between two or more individuals, and allows them to focus their attention on the same [...]
Study challenges scientific principle about Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta Scientific Reports, a Nature group journal, has recently published results that challenge the findings of studies to date on the initial aggregates formed by amyloid beta, a protein closely associated with the onset and development of Alzheimer’s disease. Headed by Natàlia Carulla, a specialist in biomedical chemistry at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB [...]
Why Won’t My Boyfriend Commit? The One-Foot-Out Guys &... Why won’t my boyfriend commit? ONE-FOOT-OUT GUYS You’re seeing a great guy—he’s everything a girl could ever want. Only problem is, he just can’t commit to anything more serious. He … ...
Suicide and the Werther Effect: A Message from the... At the close of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I learned that suicide rates peak when a celebrity commits suicide. Reviewing posts on social media researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found “increased suicidal ideation” after the suicide of 10 famous … ...
Do You Worry A Lot? This Can Help For me self-care means supporting my well-being. It means focusing on my emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health. This week I came across a wonderful tip for boosting my emotional … ...
New neuroimaging method better identifies epileptic lesions One-third of epilepsy patients have seizures that are not controlled by medications. In addition, one-third have brain lesions, the hallmark of the disease, which cannot be located by conventional imaging methods. Researchers have piloted a new method using advanced noninvasive neuroimaging to recognize the neurotransmitter glutamate, thought to be the culprit in the most common form of medication-resistant epilepsy.
How Do Academic Prodigies Spend Their Time? Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field. So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently in accruing those 10,000 hours needed to become masters of their field?
Sister Wives Daughter Maddie Brown Won’t Be Polygamist... Kody Brown and his four wives have been the subject of TLC’s show, Sister Wives, for years but that doesn’t mean that their expansive brood intend to follow in their … ...