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The Placebo Effect Can Make You Enjoy the Same Old Video Games More The weird and wonderful impacts of the placebo effect are well-documented for health treatments. But now a team of researchers has shown that it can help you enjoy a video game that you’re told has been updated — even when it’s exactly the same as it always was....
Remodeling Your Brain to Enhance Your Life The brain can change its neural structure and make new neurons. Here are a few tips on how to remodel your brain in order to enhance your life: Identify what you think about most often. Are you a worrier? Are you angry a lot? Paying … ...
Not Every Day Is An ADHD Day I have ADHD, and I have it every day. But I don’t notice it every day. Or at least I don’t always think about it. And the truth is that … ...
Five Simple Steps to Start Learning Mindfulness Five Simple Steps to Start Learning Mindfulness Mindfulness is a practice that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. Practiced since ancient times, modern science is now … ...
The Tragedy of a Failed Apology: Don't Make This #1 Mistake! Here's a story of a high stakes apology gone wrong—and how to get it right.
Healing Trauma: Victimization Has No Grey Area “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter An important step in healing from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse is accepting that it is in fact abuse. There is … ...
I Want Training–Where Do I Start? In a previous post, I discussed the development of my therapist toolbox, and how many therapists gradually integrate complementary skills that they can use with many different clients. Today, I … ...
Child’s depression can harm the immune system of empathetic parents, study finds Empathy, or the ability to “walk in someone’s shoes,” is widely regarded as a positive trait. But recent research on the empathy of parents published in Clinical Psychological Science shows that it could be harming them physically. The study, conducted at Northwestern University, examined the parents of children who suffer from chronic depression. The research [...]
Why does our balance get worse as we grow older? All of us have taken a tumble at some point in our lives. But as we grow older, the risks associated with falling over become greater: we lose physical strength and bone density, our sense of balance deteriorates and we take longer to recover from a fall. Alarmingly, this process begins around the age of [...]
Face-to-face social interactions guard against depression in older adults In a slight knock on digital and telephone communications, a new study points to the unsurpassed mental health benefits of regular face-to-face social interactions among older adults. Study participants who regularly met in person with family and friends were less likely to report symptoms of depression, compared with participants who emailed or spoke on the [...]
Optogenetic research shows which neurons flip fertility master switch New Zealand scientists have achieved another milestone in their world-leading efforts to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the brain’s master control of fertility. Researchers at the University of Otago Centre for Neuroendocrinology have published the first direct evidence that it is kisspeptin* neurons working in synchrony that generate the small, episodic hormone pulses that are [...]
Scientists test new gene therapy for vision loss from a mitochondrial disease Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice. LHON is one of many diseases tied to gene mutations that damage the tiny energy factories that [...]
Increases in income improve well-being — but extra work makes people more dissatisfied In a new study, mathematical economist Prof. Dr. Christian Bayer, from the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at the University of Bonn, has demonstrated a connection between long-term income increases and personal satisfaction. Overtime also affects personal levels of happiness – but in a negative way. His findings will be presented in the latest issue of [...]
Languages less arbitrary than long assumed It is a cornerstone of theoretical linguistics: the principle of arbitrariness, according to which the form of a word doesn’t tell you anything about its meaning. Yet evidence is accumulating that natural languages do in fact feature several non-arbitrary ways to link form and meaning, and these are more prevalent than assumed. A new review [...]
Are We an Enabling Society? Earlier this year DirecTV started airing a commercial that features Rob Lowe playing two different characters. In the first, he plays a handsome Rob Lowe in a fine suit touting … ...
In Praise of Demotivation You can't be self-motivated to do new things without the power of self-demotivation to stop doing old things.
5 Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that... I can’t forget to bring that paperwork with me tomorrow! I can’t forget to pay that bill! I need to call the bank! I can’t believe she said that to me. What did he mean by that? What am I going to do about that … ...
A Day In The Weekend Of A Cocaine Addict September 1987, 2:00 am. Saturday Morning.  Just hit my one-year anniversary in Dallas.  It still feels like 100 degrees.  The lack of breeze is stifling.  I am sweating like I have stepped out of the shower.  Not sure if it’s the humidity or the three huge … ...
Coming Out and Taking In As righteous, thrilling, and important as coming out is--and it is!--it is equally important to take in. Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.
7 Small and Simple Ways to Start Improving Your... How we feel about our bodies isn’t set in stone. That is, if you’ve spent years bashing and disliking your body that doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to spend your … ...