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Today I Love This Windy Morning I love that the clouds look like a thin glaze dragged and streaked across blue silk. I love that the sun sees right through their sad attempt to block its light from blasting through my windows....
A Postmodernist Vision of Counseling “If the patient doesn’t fit the book, throw away the book, and listen to the patient” Betty Friedan James T. Hansen’s (2010) abstract entitled “Consequences of the Postmodernist Vision: Diversity as the Guiding Value for the Counseling Profession” shares that many realms of the counseling … ...
How the magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford. If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a coma: we all know […]
How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness We all want to be happy. It’s a desire almost as strong as our need to breathe. Some would rather not be alive than to be alive and miserable. Our instant gratification generation is obsessed with chasing happiness, like it’s some kind of achievement or … ...
A Real ADHD Retreat, Sort Of? So, on Monday I told you about my writers' retreat. I told you, in my own way, that everything you might think was going to be a problem for me was, in actuality, a benefit. And then I hinted, rather blatantly, that ......
5 Possible Reasons We Are Attracted To Narcissists Do you personally know a narcissist who seems perfect in every way of the word perfect? Is it possible that this person is a great actor/actress with a thin layer … ...
4 Smart Ways to Save $10 on Your Next Grocery Shopping Trip Use research from consumer psychology and marketing science to outwit grocery marketers & save money.
Success in New Situations: Five Key Skills Ever find yourself reluctant to meet new people and join new groups? Get better at these five fundamental newcomer skills and you’ll be more willing to put yourself out there and take advantage of life’s opportunities.
My Postpartum Depression I got depressed after one of my daughters was born.  I had been depressed before and after for spells, but nothing to this day has compared to those feelings. It was a weird space to live in.  On the one hand, I was over the … ...
21 Characteristics of a Smart, Anxious Misfits Are you a smart, anxious misfit? If these words describe you, then compare the qualities listed below to your life. If the majority of them are true for you, then … ...
Couldn’t Be Happier I know being beautifully bipolar is hard at times. Today is a bit hard actually because I am exhausted. Just bone weary tired. I slept fine last night and slept … ...
Psychologists tried and failed to use telenovelas for mind control “Very Special Episodes,” a staple of network TV in the 80s and 90s, attempted to turn already schmaltzy sitcoms and family dramas into Important Works of Art. On a “very special episode” of Saved by the Bell, for instance, Jessie Spano caffeinated herself into a psychotic break. On a VSE of Full House, Stephanie Tanner nearly went for a [...]
Brain activity map reveals how infant vision develops in the 7-week-old cortex Visual functions, such as the perception of motion direction, start to develop soon after birth and continue to mature over time as infants gain more experience with the world. However, direct evidence of how this maturation process unfolds in the brain has been lacking because there has been no functional imaging study testing very young [...]
New study examines how bullying by bosses emerges As anyone who has experienced it will attest, dealing with a boss who acts abusively can be a very difficult and confusing experience. However, the process by which such behavior emerges has received little attention from researchers. A new study by researchers Charlice Hurst, Ken Kelley and Timothy Judge from the Department of Management at [...]
Chimpanzee personality linked to anatomy of brain structures, study finds Chimpanzees’ personality traits are linked to the anatomy of specific brain structures, according to researchers at Georgia State University, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and University of Copenhagen. The findings, published online in the journal NeuroImage in August, reveal that both gray- matter volumes of various frontal cortex regions and gray-matter volume [...]
The brain perceives motion the same way through both vision and touch The brain uses similar computations to calculate the direction and speed of objects in motion whether they are perceived visually or through the sense of touch. The notion that the brain uses shared calculations to interpret information from fundamentally different physical inputs has important implications for both basic and applied neuroscience, and suggests a powerful [...]
Sleep may strengthen long-term memories in the immune system More than a century ago, scientists demonstrated that sleep supports the retention of memories of facts and events. Later studies have shown that slow-wave sleep, often referred to as deep sleep, is important for transforming fragile, recently formed memories into stable, long-term memories. Now, in an Opinion article published September 29 in Trends in Neurosciences, [...]
The Wrong Crowd The jocks, the cheerleaders, the pom squad, the nerds, and the “others”. The others who don’t quite fit into any of the typical high school stereotypes and thus are coined … ...
Are you addicted to shopping? A new and unique method to measure shopping addiction The new method is based on core addiction elements recognised as diagnostic criteria for other addictions, and is the first of its kind worldwide. When shopping goes into overdrive “Modern technology has made shopping extremely accessible and convenient, with the potential of sending problematic shopping into overdrive – especially along with sociocultural factors such as [...]
Kids allowed to be kids make better parents, study finds Mothers who took on burdensome caregiving roles as children — and weren’t allowed to just “be kids” — tend to be less sensitive to their own children’s needs, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar. The findings suggest these parents do not understand appropriate child development and end up parenting in a [...]