|Psychologists combine Freud with virtual reality to change how people think about themselves
||The illusion of being in another body affects not only our perception (as is already known) but also our way of thinking. Thanks to virtual reality, some subjects embodied Sigmund Freud and proved better at giving themselves psychological advice compared to when they were simply themselves. The volunteers participating in Sofia Adelaide Osimo’s experiments may [...]
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|Sound focus on health or eating disorder in disguise?
||According to Norwegian fitness bloggers, the ideal female body is supposed to be slim, muscular, feminine and strong. However, the eating and workout regimes they promote are so strict, that even the bloggers themselves almost fail to follow them. Ever searched for workout tips online? Or recipes for healthy food? Googled “knee bend”? Or even [...]
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|Study explores whether internet campaigns motivate users to respond to crises
||Online campaigns about humanitarian crises need to be more surprising if they are to successfully engage the public, according to an academic from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Research by Dr Martin Scott, published in the journal International Communication Gazette, aimed to explore why UK citizens respond to some online campaigns and communications concerning [...]
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|Fruit and vegetables aren’t only good for a healthy body — they protect your mind too
||Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with preventing the onset of depression, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. A large study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with nutrient deficits. Following [...]
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|You don’t have to be human to like a good horror flick, Kyoto scientists show
||Remember the scene in the classic movie Alien, when that creepiest of creatures bursts out of John Hurt’s belly as he writhes in pain? Well, according to a study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 17, great apes are pretty good at remembering and anticipating memorable events they’ve seen on-screen too–even [...]
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|How your brain decides blame and punishment — and how it can be changed
||Juries in criminal cases typically decide if someone is guilty, then a judge determines a suitable level of punishment. New research confirms that these two separate assessments of guilt and punishment – though related — are calculated in different parts of the brain. In fact, researchers found that they can disrupt and change one decision [...]
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|You Don’t Have to Resort to “Punishment” to Get...
||As parents, we have the best of intentions. We love our children unconditionally. We want them to behave, do what they are told (immediately), and not do what they are not supposed to do. We want our children to act appropriately when we go out … ...
|New method could help nurses spot delirium quickly
||Asking just two questions may be able to help nurses and doctors quickly and easily identify delirium in hospitalized older adults, according to health researchers. Delirium is a reversible cognitive condition that can be resolved if caught and treated early. “Delirium can be very costly and deadly — and with high-risk patients, time matters,” said [...]
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|Researchers explore cocoa as novel dietary source for prevention of cognitive deterioration in AD
||The potential benefits of dietary cocoa extract and/or its final product in the form of chocolate have been extensively investigated in regard to several aspects of human health. Cocoa extracts contain polyphenols, which are micronutrients that have many health benefits, including reducing age-related cognitive dysfunction and promoting healthy brain aging, among others. Dr. Giulio Maria [...]
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|Steven Pinker: Want to be a good writer? Be an avid reader
||Harvard linguist and psychologist Steven Pinker has used his knowledge of language to author a book about how to write well. Pinker thinks that many academics — despite their education — are terrible communicators who have trouble conveying their ideas. His book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st [...]
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|WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how ‘left brain vs right brain’ is making us stupider
||Science popularizer and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is sick of hearing about people being “left-brained” or “right-brained.” He said such categorizations are a convenient way for people to avoid thinking. “I’m disappointed with some aspects of civilization,” Tyson said in a recent interview with FastCompany. “One is our unending urge to bypass subtlety of character, [...]
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|Rewarding Executive Incompetence
||Researchers at Notre Dame’s business school “have found a correlation between generous option grants and the incidence of serious product recalls.”
How could that be?
|Self-Care Sunday: 500 Things to be Happy About
||I recently bought a sweet book called Happiness Is…500 Things to Be Happy About by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. (The above and below images are from the book.) It’s … ...
|How Criticism Can Save Your Marriage
||A love without reproof is no love. ~ Rabbi Yosi ben Chanina (1) Reproof is defined as rebuke or criticism. You may feel safer by seething silently when irked by a potential or actual marriage partner’s behavior. But sometimes speaking up, with kindness and respect, … ...
|4 Funky Mind Hacks That Reduce Errors, Boost Attention and Memory
These four straightforward activities have surprising mental benefits.
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|Moderately following the Mediterranean diet may cut risk of developing depression
||Research continues to identify the specific benefits, but the Mediterranean diet seems to boost overall health, from the heart to the brain.
|Is mental health 'parity' law fulfilling its promise?
||Many families and advocates complain that the discrimination in the treatment of mentally ill people persists.
|Feeling Stuck? Maybe You Need to Grieve
||Jared has done everything he can think of to make himself feel better since his father unexpectedly passed away two years ago. But he still feels blah and numb much … ...
|Today I Love People Who Are Joyous
||I love that often you cannot see the joy in their expression because they are concentrating on the thing that they love so much, but you can see it in the care they take and the passion that overflows their actions....
|Thinking About “The Rationality of Rage”
||In The New York Times, Matthew Hutson surveys some recent research pointing to the social benefits of anger. But might anger be too difficult to control to use strategically? Let's ask some philosophers what they think.