|Best of Our Blogs: July 3, 2015
||The upcoming 4th of July holiday conjures up images of freedom. What does freedom mean to you? If you could dream up what freedom really looks like in your ideal life, which definition rings most true to you? Freedom from negative thoughts, a break from illness, a … ...
|ADHD Epidemic … Not
||Is ADHD an epidemic? Or a conspiracy? Or neither? Here's what I think ......
|Parent Self Care
|| Care for Yourself There is allot involved in the care of a child who is diagnosed with bipolar. Supporting … ...
|Performance Anxiety: Don’t Be A Dud!
||Matchstick Stew: Go! Go! Go! FLY! Go Sky-high for Bob & Mike. Don’t be a dud!! Rockets flying in the air: Ka-Boom Boom! Blam! Pow! Ka-blam Old Bottle Rocket: trying … ...
|Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others
||Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL. In contrast, the dopamine-boosting Parkinson’s drug levodopa made healthy people more selfish, eliminating an altruistic tendency to prefer harming themselves over [...]
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|Researchers find mass killings and school shootings are contagious
||Mass killings and school shootings in the U.S. appear to be contagious, according to a team of scientists from Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University. Study author Sherry Towers, research professor in the ASU Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, explained, “The hallmark of contagion is observing patterns of many events [...]
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|Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events
||When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust has now revealed how this might happen in the brain. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that when someone tries to remember one aspect of [...]
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|Traders’ hormones may destabilize financial markets
||The hormones testosterone and cortisol may destabilise financial markets by making traders take more risks, according to a study. Researchers simulated the trading floor in the lab by having volunteers buy and sell assets among themselves. They measured the volunteers’ natural hormone levels in one experiment and artificially raised them in another. When given doses [...]
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|Intrusiveness of old emotional memories can be reduced by Tetris computer game
||Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New research shows that even once intrusive memories have been laid down, playing a visually-demanding computer game after reactivating the memories may reduce their occurrence over [...]
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|Online reader comments can provide valuable feedback to news sites
||For years, news organizations that post content on the Internet have allowed readers to leave comments about stories. Often, these readers’ comments become a forum for political debates and other communication that the news organizations do not consider important to their journalistic practices. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found [...]
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|Research: Bad sleep habits linked to higher self-control risks
||Poor sleep habits can have a negative effect on self-control, which presents risks to individuals’ personal and professional lives, according to Clemson University researchers. In a study titled “Interactions between Sleep Habits and Self-Control,” Clemson psychologists concluded a sleep-deprived individual is at increased risk for succumbing to impulsive desires, inattentiveness and questionable decision-making. “Self-control is [...]
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|Researchers show how our sense of smell evolved, including in cave men
||A group of scientists led by Dr Kara Hoover of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and including Professor Matthew Cobb of The University of Manchester, has studied how our sense of smell has evolved, and has even reconstructed how a long-extinct human relative would have been able to smell. The sense of smell plays a [...]
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|Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones….
||“But names will never hurt me.” I get the point of this rhyme and I do think that it’s a good way to remind children to remain calm and good-natured … ...
|Long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins
||Research from Eric Kandel’s lab at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time. And paradoxically, it works in the same way as mechanisms that cause mad cow disease, kuru, and other degenerative brain diseases. In four papers published [...]
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|5 Great Reasons to Have a Dry July
||Around this time each year, the words ‘Dry July’ come up. They pop up as a discussion point on morning television, and we see it on our news feed as friends rally up the courage to put down alcohol for July. But why actually have a Dry July? The campaign means that by simply giving […]
|What Can You Learn About People from Facebook?
||As anyone who uses Facebook knows, different people post updates about different things: Your high school friend sharing photos of her kids, your colleague opining on politics, your friend posting funny animal videos. But what drives people to post what they do? A new study examines how our personality relates to the type of content we present on Facebook.
|Craving Mindfulness? Here Are 3 Ways to Start Meditating...
||Meditation. It’s just a glorious thing for those who have experienced it. But many people have trouble either beginning a practice or maintaining one. However, there are several simple meditation methods that you can do to encourage a happy, meditative mind. In the time it … ...
|The Sexism in Science Controversies
||Are scientific claims of sexism in science overstated?
|The Difference Between Male and Female Narcissists
||Too often, narcissism is portrayed as an overly aggressive male disorder. It is not. Females can be narcissistic as well although it might look a bit different from males. Meryl … ...
|Suicide Prevention Should Be Taught Everywhere
||Do you ever wonder what you would do if your house caught on fire? Do you see yourself rounding up the children, pets, and photo albums and hustling out the … ...