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Slowing down in an age of speed: How to overcome time-sickness When I was around 10 and living in Sri Lanka, a new Chinese ambassador was appointed to the country. I had the honor of meeting him on several occasions because his wife, who missed her own children back home, often invited us for family dinners. Seated at the large round dining table, I remember being [...]
Can quitting smoking for ‘Stoptober’ really help you kick the habit? Giving up’s no longer just for Lent. Campaigns asking us to quit vices like drinking and smoking for a month, sometimes in aid of charity and sometimes for our own good, are now frequent features of our calendar. As well as an annual post-new year detox in January, in the autumn we’re now encouraged to [...]
How gonadal hormones like testosterone and estrogen affect our mood “It’s that time of the month – stay away from her!” The process of shedding the uterine lining with vaginal bleeding every month has an obvious reproductive focus, but it has also long been linked with changes to mood and behaviour. Unfortunately, this has often been an attempt to consign women to a “biologically” determined [...]
Gene suppression helps form memories A new study has identified a number of genes that are repressed at various time points after memory formation, providing important clues as to how long-term memories are formed.
Neuroscientific evidence that motivation promotes recovery after spinal cord injury The nucleus accumbens, that control motivation in the brain, activates the activity of the motor cortex of the brain, and then promotes recovery of motor function during the early stage of recovery after spinal cord injury, new research shows.
Single neuron may carry over 1,000 mutations A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it, according to new research. The majority of these mutations appear to arise while genes are in active use, after brain development is complete.
A natural history of neurons Our brain cells have different genomes from one another. The study shows for the first time that mutations in somatic cells -- that is, any cell in the body except sperm and eggs -- are present in significant numbers in the brains of healthy people. These mutations appear to occur more often in the genes a neuron uses most. Patterns of mutation allow researchers to trace brain cell lineages.
Don’t Let Shame Weaken Your Retirement Plans How can you get power to save for retirement? Retirement planning is possible. Three tips that will empower anyone to plan better without despair and shame.
Putting Trump and the GOP on the Couch The GOP presidential candidates appeal to needs for safety and security through grandiosity and paranoia. Psychologists can help us understand how American Exceptionalism and xenophobia function to counteract feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, isolation, and self-blame, all of which are on the rise. Paranoia and grandiosity are pathological solutions.
There's a Reliable Therapy for Sex Offenders -- But Nobody Wants Them to Get It In June of 1994, a convicted child molester named Charlie Taylor moved into a small apartment in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, across the street from a community center. He had no family. He had no parole officer. At the time, sex offenders deemed too dangerous to be let out of prison early were, paradoxically, released at the end of their sentences with no ongoing oversight or treatment from the Correctional Services of Canada. ...
How Gratitude Can Help Your Career I was opening the mail (the real mail, the one delivered by an actual, live person) and between the bills and solicitations, was a single letter, addressed to me, in sloppy — but recognizable — handwriting. Recognizable because the handwriting was mine.
Infants Have Personal Empowerment Goals, Too There is no better feeling than looking down at your sweet baby’s face, and seeing a big grin looking right back at you. But is there a motive to the … ...
Introvert Heaven? Location, Location, Location. Very few decisions in your life feel as daunting. It seems like your choice could either be wonderful or devastating. But new research lends a helping hand to those on … ...
The Specific Forgiveness ‘Ability’ that Protects from Depression... The true test of a person’s character, in my opinion, is their ability to forgive others when they make mistakes. Being someone who has made many mistakes in my day, … ...
Brain networking: Mechanism behind cognitive control of thoughts Researchers use brain scans to determine the mechanism behind cognitive control of thoughts.
Glutamate: Essential food for the brain Glutamate is an amino acid with very different functions: in the pancreas, it modulates the activity of the pancreatic ß--cells responsible for insulin production, whereas in the brain it is the main excitatory neurotransmitter. In recent years, it has been suspected to play an additional role in the functioning of the brain. By discovering how the brain uses glutamate to produce energy, researchers confirm this hypothesis and highlight unexpected links with the rest of the body.
3 Things All Certified Peer Supporters Need to Know I have been an official peer supporter (completed course work, passed the test for the state of Ohio) for almost a year. Before that, I was trained to facilitate support … ...
How Bad Is Your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? Have you ever wondered how bad your fear of missing out (FOMO) really is? As a reminder, the fear of missing out is the psychological phenomenon where a person has extreme anxiety whenever they’re doing something — watching TV or a movie, eating dinner out, … ...
Why Does Misinformation Continue to Affect Thinking? Vaccination for childhood diseases like Measles and Whooping Cough was one of the most significant public health victories of the second half of the 20th century. When I was in elementary school in the 1970s, these diseases had been relegated to the past.
Brain Most Sensitive to New Memories and Stress At This Stage of Life In this phase of life the brain is especially sensitive to new memories, social stress. » Continue reading: Brain Most Sensitive to New Memories and Stress At This Stage of Life