|Cecil – Neural Tribe Perspective
||By now we’ve all seen the captions: “An American dentist kills Cecil the Lion.” The relevant facts are: a man pays $55k for the right to kill a lion; his … ...
|Sex & Depression: Just Add Fifty Shades of Grey
||I’m reading Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s come to that. I’m not very far, just at the elevator scene when they finally kiss. It’s the safest, cheapest, easiest solution so far that I’ve found to my problem: a libido that exists somewhere on the back … ...
|Couples who Quibble and How to Stop
||Do couples who argue a lot realize how unproductive they are being and how much damage they are doing? The clients I work with are pretty self-aware people, so when … ...
|You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks
||I have the opportunity to work with groups who are trying to develop creative solutions to problems. One thing I have noticed is that groups often try to end the task of generating new potential solutions fairly quickly. After they have generated a couple of good ideas, they want to move on to evaluating those ideas and planning a way to execute those ideas.
|Three Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Self-Control...
|| Self-control is the capacity to override one’s impulses and automatic habitual responses, and it seems vital for almost everything we do. The conscious and effortful form of self-regulation … ...
|Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Stupid?
||Changing technology stimulates the brain and increases intelligence. But that may only be true if the technology challenges us. In a world run by intelligent machines, our lives could get a lot simpler. Would that make us less intelligent?
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|Brain surgery saved Russian general who helped defeat Napoleon: Scientists 'rewrite' history books
||After more than two-years of international investigation, scientists have concluded that Napoleon likely would have conquered Russia in 1812 if not for the life-saving brain surgery performed on Russian general Mikhail Kutuzov by the French surgeon Jean Massot, who operated on Kutuzov after bullets twice passed through his head.
|Compliance with guidelines for treating brain injuries doesn't guarantee better outcomes
||Two decades ago, the Brain Trauma Foundation published its first set of guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury. Now, a study has found no evidence that compliance with the guidelines led to lower mortality rates.
|Spreading Misinformation About ADHD
||John Rosemond, MS is a nationally-syndicated columnist and parenting expert who’s made a name for himself by promoting a lot of old-fashioned parenting skills. You know, like spanking. I suppose there’s nothing wrong with ignoring research data and science that’s been published in the past … ...
|Naturally occurring protein fragment found in the brain inhibits key enzyme implicated in Alzheimer's disease
||A natural protein fragment produced in the brain can act as an inhibitor of a key enzyme implicated in the onset of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have discovered for the first time. This is a finding that could lead to the development of new drugs to treat the disease, they say.
|Key factor for stability of capillaries in brain identified
||The brain needs a lot of oxygen – so every last corner of the brain’s tissue is served by a dense network of fine blood vessels. When these capillaries are damaged by high blood pressure or age, doctors call the condition cerebral small vessel disease. They estimate this is the cause of around one in five strokes, and that the condition may also lead to certain forms of dementia.
|Study finds brain chemicals that keep wakefulness in check
||Mice that have a particular brain chemical switched off become hyperactive and sleep for just 65 per cent of their normal time, a new study shows. This discovery could help researchers to develop new drugs that promote better sleep, or control hyperactivity in people with the medical condition mania.
|Social groups and emotions
||The semantic representation of social groups involves areas of the brain associated with processing emotions.
|The Psychology of Killing Sprees
||A lone gunman stood up in a packed movie theater about 20 minutes into the showing of the newly released “Trainwreck” and started shooting into the crowd, killing two and … ...
|When Music is the Language Between Us
||I spend a lot of time thinking about relationships in autism. This is especially true in a toy aisle when I become queasy over all the so-called “interactive” toys that are battery-powered, embedded with flashing lights, 15-seconds of whiny music and spinning parts. An immediate … ...
|What Would Yalom Do? Wisdom for Counselors
||During the winter of 2014, I bedded down for a long deserved rest. As a counselor educator, I basked in the idea that after posting final grades, the university would be closed for the holiday season. I made myself a cup of Jasmine tea, started … ...
|Pets as Therapy
||Growing up, I’d fantasize about what it would be like to have a dog. Besides the cuteness and fluffiness and opportunity to have an extra playpal, I rationalized that I could “talk” to this canine about my problems. And it would dutifully listen and lick … ...
|Things ADHD Has Taught Me
||" ... Once the subtleties of the day of inspiration have vanished, the attractive assets of the idea are often less obvious. ... "...
||To say that one is better than average is a famous bias from the social psychology textbook. In this better-than-average post, I show that it is not irrational to do so.