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The Rational Unconscious Your unconscious mind is fully as rational as your conscious mind. Some types of learning are among the things your unconscious mind does better than your conscious mind.
A ‘fuzzy’ method for interpreting fMRI recordings Do not be misled by the word “fuzzy”: Fuzzy Approximate Entropy (fApEn) is a method that offers better sensitivity for understanding the complexity of noisy images produced by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). fMRI is a medical imaging technique which, when applied to the brain allows us to non-invasively observe neural activity associated with specific [...]
Study: Internet TV means more options, not viewing time — even for binge watchers The option of watching television online will not influence the amount of time a person spends viewing TV, but it does make the experience more pleasurable, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Dallas. “Some media reports predict that because people now have access to watch anything they want, anytime they [...]
New technique permits cell-specific examination of proteins in Alzheimer’s brain tissue Using 10-year-old archival brain tissue from patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a research team from NYU Langone Medical Center has developed a novel method to examine the structure and function of proteins at the cell level–providing greater means to study protein changes found in Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, the researchers were able to extract more than 400 [...]
Study in mice shows how brain ignores distractions In a study of mice, scientists discovered that a brain region called the thalamus may be critical for filtering out distractions. The study, published in Nature and partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, paves the way to understanding how defects in the thalamus might underlie symptoms seen in patients with autism, attention deficit [...]
Researcher finds key clues about ‘betel nut’ addiction that plagues millions worldwide For hundreds of millions of people around the world, chewing betel nut produces a cheap, quick high but also raises the risk of addiction and oral cancer. Now, new findings by a University of Florida Health researcher reveal how the nut’s psychoactive chemical works in the brain and suggest that an addiction treatment may already [...]
Follow These 7 Golden Rules for a Happy Life We won’t solve all your problems by reading a list on the Internet, but it might help anyway. As I sit here to write this, the first article produced in my new apartment, I look around and reflect on the previous few months of life. … ...
My Third Trip To A Psychiatric Facility Trip #1.  July 22, 2005. A dark room. Table, desk, chairs. With me is a staff psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse  at the Green Oaks Psychiatric Facility.  Nearby are my brothers Mark and Jeff.  As I sit and listen to the doctor’s questions, I have a … ...
The power of thank you: UGA research links gratitude to positive marital outcomes A key ingredient to improving couples’ marriages might just be gratitude, according to new University of Georgia research. The study was recently published in the journal Personal Relationships. “We found that feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and [...]
Researcher finds key clues about 'betel nut' addiction that plagues millions worldwide For hundreds of millions of people around the world, chewing betel nut produces a cheap, quick high but also raises the risk of addiction and oral cancer. Now, new findings reveal how the nut's psychoactive chemical works in the brain and suggest that an addiction treatment may already exist.
Why Do Road Ragers Kill? Hyper-aggressive people don't view their outrageous behavior as you and I do. In their minds, they are underdogs, avenging angels, agents of justice—anything but malevolent malefactors.
Just a Little OCD “You can’t be just a little OCD.” I saw that comment a few times last week, during OCD Awareness Week. And I definitely get where they’re coming from — most … ...
The Deadly Consequences of Fat Shaming It is, perhaps, the last acceptable prejudice. And it could be the most deadly. It’s weight discrimination, more commonly known these days as fat shaming. It made headlines recently when … ...
5 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity and Courage in the Workplace Results from the new Merck survey of 2,606 United States workers on the state of curiosity in the workplace. Learn about the 5 big barriers to curiosity at work. Learn 5 strategies for training companies, leaders, and employees to become more curious, courageous, and creative.
Targeting mutant proteins might be silver bullet for neurodegenerative diseases A mutant protein has been identified by scientists as culprit in Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) diseases. CMT is a group of hereditary disorders that affects about 1 in every 2,500 people in the United States, making it one of the most common inherited neurological diseases. While different forms of the disease vary in their symptoms and underlying genetic causes, the common thread is that CMT damages the nerves in a person's arms and legs.
Study reveals how brain multitasks Researchers report that they have added to evidence that a shell-shaped region in the center of the mammalian brain, known as the thalamic reticular nucleus or TRN, is likely responsible for the ability to routinely and seamlessly multitask.
Biologists discover bacteria communicate like neurons in the brain Biologists have discovered that bacteria -- often viewed as lowly, solitary creatures -- are actually quite sophisticated in their social interactions and communicate with one another through similar electrical signaling mechanisms as neurons in the human brain.
New Mammography Recommendations, Fighting Cancer Phobia Early or excessive screening for various cancers can turn up false positives or equivocal results that aren't cancer but scare us into treatments we don't really need. New breast cancer screening recommendations are trying to reduce those risks.
The Complex Emotion of Courage: Do You Really Understand It? To most of us, courage is little more than confronting a dangerous situation without flinching. The individual exhibits valor and bravery: is assured, fearless, undaunted. Doubtless, we view courage as what heroes are made of. But, to begin to question the many conventional assumptions surrounding this attribute, let’s take a look at the following quote . . .
It’s Time for Change: Sign for Global Mental Health... Right now the United Nations is reviewing mental health indicators that will hold governments accountable for progress in mental health over the next 15 years.  It is time to recognize that mental health must be a top priority.  One out of 4 lives are impacted … ...