|What We’re Up Against
||I like to eavesdrop. I make no apologies, although I know it’s not polite. Sometimes people have incredibly interesting conversations, and it’s not like I butt in with unasked-for advice … ...
|Boundaries in a Stepfamily
||Boundaries. As a stepmom that word makes me cringe. It’s something that’s taken for granted before finding yourself in a stepfamily: the ability to always see, know, and understand someone’s boundaries. I have … ...
|Is Mindfulness Meditation Safe?
||There has been some growing concern recently about the safety of mindfulness meditation. Some claim that the practice can have severe side effects, such as panic, depression, and confusion. Are these concerns well founded? Maybe. The main study cited by opponents of meditation is a … ...
|Want to Change a Habit? Three Things You Should...
|| Changing habits is tough. For one thing, it always seem like whatever we want to change, there is someone (or thing) out there encouraging us not to. Just look … ...
|What Scientists Know and Need to Share with the Public
||Many scientific studies fail to replicate and this is okay. It is part of the process. However, scientists and the journalists who write about science need to do a better job explaining to the public how science works.
|Psychological disorders in parents linked to suicidal behaviors in children
||Research was recently published in PLoS ONE linking psychological disorders in parents with suicidal behaviors in offspring of various ages. The study, which examined 2,942 participants in Brazil, sought to distinguish between different types of suicidal behaviors and determine how they correlate with various disorders exhibited by the parents. The study was also aimed at [...]
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|Political polarization on Twitter depends on the issue
||Twitter offers a public platform for people to post and share all sorts of content, from the serious to the ridiculous. While people tend to share political information with those who have similar ideological preferences, new research from NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation Lab demonstrates that Twitter is more than just an “echo chamber.” [...]
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|Natural languages aim to be efficient, but are also limited by cognitive load
||Subject, verb, object: a triad that in spoken discourse (as well as written) can be arranged in different positions (six, in principle) although in the overwhelming majority of world languages, 86%, they occur in two forms: SVO (“Johnny eats the banana”) and SOV (“Johnny the banana eats”). In particular, the latter is the most common [...]
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|Study finds fair trade logo boosts consumer’s willingness to pay
||Products labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets. In an experiment conducted at the University of Bonn, participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared to their conventionally produced counterparts. The neuroscientists analyzed the neural pathways involved in processing products [...]
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|Jammed up cellular highways may initiate dementia and ALS
||Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered some of the first steps in how a very common gene mutation causes the brain damage associated with both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). They report that the altered C9orf72 gene, located on human chromosome 9, causes RNA molecules to block critical pathways for protein [...]
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|Staring into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes can induce hallucinations, study finds
||There’s a new kind of high you can get — legally — no drugs required. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychiatry Research, staring into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes can induce hallucinations, from seeing distorted faces to monsters. Eye contact is seen as a great way to foster intimacy, because you [...]
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|Utterly unsurprising study finds goth teens are more likely to be depressed
||When does self-expression mirror an inner truth? New research from Oxford University suggests goths might be at an increased risk for depression and even self-harm. “Our study indicates that self-expression, or perhaps even more so self-identification, may be an important factor to consider when assessing vulnerability to depression and self-harm,” Dr. Lucy Bowes, a research [...]
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|A Simple Exercise for Dealing with Self-Doubts
||Many of us let our self-doubts or previous missteps and mess-ups dictate our actions. We adopt an all-or-nothing perspective, assuming that if we can’t do something perfectly, if we’ve made … ...
|Dreams and Fears
|| What is your tiniest dream in your heart for yourself and your biggest fear? Do you embrace it all or do you allow factors to effect it all? Maybe … ...
|Borderline personality traits linked to lowered empathy
||Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.
|10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Depression, Anxiety, and Schizophrenia...
||The first time my older brother Pat told me about something that wasn’t real was less than two months after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A large number of Hispanic construction workers came to New Orleans from Texas to fix storm-ravaged homes. Pat believed the roofers … ...
|Spike activity 28-08-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Vice has an excellent documentary about how skater Paul Alexander was affected by mental illness as he was turning pro. The US Navy is working on AI that can predict a pirate attacks reports Science News. Apparently it uses Arrrrgh-tificial intelligence. I’m here all […]
|Warning: Take That Miracle Morning Routine Advice At Your...
||There’s a stupid mistake that goal-oriented people make when they try to squeeze more productivity into their day that annihilates their ability to get to that successful place they’re seeking. Have … ...
|The Stories We Tell Shape Our Lives
||We can free ourselves from all forms of emotional suffering, even many forms of physical suffering, when we learn how to change the way we make meaning. But here’s the … ...
|The Nomophobia Test: Fear of Being Without Your Mobile Phone
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