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Today I Love That Hope Is There To Be Found Today I love that hope is there to be found if I look for it. I love that the eastern sky lights up every morning without fail, whether the sky … ...
Is Perspective-Taking a Skill? When we study psychology, there is a tendency to think about the tasks that we do as if there were built-in modules in the brain dedicated to those tasks. So, we talk about memory and assume that there is a particular thing in the brain that helps us remember information.
What to Do When Your Family Comments on Your Weight Recently, a reader, Jen, left an excellent question on my post about what to do when you gain weight. She wrote: “Also, I was wondering if you could write on … ...
How to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder (Part 1) Research has been conducted on the effectiveness of schema therapy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), which shows that the treatment is a very effective intervention for people struggling with the disorder. (Giesen-Bloo, et al, 2006). A schema is a deep seated, felt … ...
Do You Have a Setback Strategy? Here’s what I know for sure: If you are a human being who has lived more than five minutes on this planet, you are going to face some adversity. Challenge is a part of our experience. As a friend, a former Buddhist monk, says, “challenges … ...
Video: The Mind Changes the Body People in emergency situations have been known to achieve physiological feats that seem biologically impossible. What is happening during these extreme situations? Adrenaline is most likely one attribute, however, we … ...
Fear-Based Appeals Effective at Changing Attitudes, Behaviors After All Effects are most apparent in women and for one-time behaviors, says study
Music and other creative activities can improve the quality of life in people with dementia Creative activities, such as designing musical instruments, can improve the quality of life of people with dementia, according to researchers at Lancaster University. The ‘Ageing Playfully’ research project also found activities that stimulate multisensory experiences, including tactile, auditory and visual, and encourage physical exercise, such as upper body movement, increase group engagement and social inclusion. [...]
Hippocampal hierarchies: Different memory resolutions map onto different brain locations Neuroscientists from Radboud University’s Donders Institute have shown that memories of the same events co-exist at different resolutions in the brain. Coarse and fine memory scales are distributed across different parts of the hippocampus, a brain area that plays an important part in memory. Nature Neuroscience publishes the results on October 19. Our memories exist in different [...]
Study reveals the thalamic reticular nucleus allows the brain to multitask Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center say 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. The process, they suggest, is done by individual TRN neurons that act like [...]
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.