|Small Ways to Honor Our Bodies and Ourselves
||Lately, right before bed, I’ve been washing my feet. For just a few minutes. I feel silly writing this. But it’s become an important ritual: Putting my feet under the … ...
|How Does Physical Experience Affect Learning?
||Go to a typical classroom, and it looks like a show. A teacher stands in front of the room. The teacher talks and demonstrates things from the front of the room. Unlike a show at a theater, the audience (the students) do get a chance to talk on occasion. But, most of the work students do is done from their seats.
|Statins linked to lower aggression in men, but higher in women
||In the first randomized trial to look at statin effects on behavior, researchers report that aggressive behavior typically declined among men placed on statins (compared to placebo), but typically increased among women placed on statins.
|Brain activity predicts promiscuity and problem drinking
||A new pair of brain-imaging studies suggest that researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or risky sexual behavior in response to stress. The research is part of the ongoing Duke Neurogenetics Study or DNS, which began in 2010 to better understand how interactions between the brain, genome, and environment shape risky behaviors predicting mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and addiction.
|10 Tips for Supporting Your Spouse During Mental Illness...
||What you need to know to be the BEST support system. If your spouse or significant other is suffering from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression, here are a few things to keep in mind that can help them — and help you … ...
|Regret vs. Remorse
||The borderline or narcissist is often regretful, but how often do they really fee remorse for hurting others?
|Human brain study sheds light on how new memories are formed
||In the first study of its kind researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better understanding of memory loss and new methods to fight it in Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.
|Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says
||A new mechanism that makes neuronal plasticity and, as a result, learning possible has been discovered by researchers. This discovery centers on a specific type of histone, proteins that support DNA and help control its expression.
|Human brain may contain a map for social navigation
||A study reveals how the hippocampus contributes to social behavior. The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others and how they rank them socially.
|Revised view of brain circuit reveals how we avoid being overwhelmed by powerful odors
||Scientists report the discovery of a neural circuit in the mouse olfactory bulb that explains how our mammalian cousins (and by extension, we) are able to dial down powerful odor signals sampled from the environment, for the simple reason that they would otherwise overpower the nerve cells that receive and process them.
|Why (Almost) everyone is Happy about Same-Sex Marriage
||On Sunday morning I flew back from Orlando to New York, after attending the World Congress on Positive Psychology. To my good fortune, the airplane had TV service, so I … ...
|Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization
||Often we hear about unethical and egregious behavior of organizations and their leaders that seem intent on screwing their customers, lying and cheating, and laughing all the way to the bank.Yet, there are many ways that organizations can create a culture that supports and nurtures ethics. And good ethics is good business in the end. What have so many not gotten the memo?
|Electrical nerve stimulation can reverse spinal cord injury nerve damage in patients
||Researchers find that nerve stimulation can improve the function of peripheral nerves damaged by spinal cord injury (SCI). This technique may be a new approach to preventing long-term changes in nerve and muscle function after SCI and improving SCI rehabilitation outcomes.
|What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer
||Dylan is a short film written and directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, and is based on a interview done with Dylan Winn Garner. The film follows a young trans man as he explains his story, his exploration in the trans community, his family's acceptance of his identity, and ultimately his physical and emotional transformation.
|Guilt Trip: Denying Your Mistakes
||We may describe Mark as irresponsible, lazy, rebellious or stubborn. He won’t cooperate with us in accomplishing the routine tasks of everyday life. To him, everything is “boring,” and he … ...
|For argument’s sake
||I have (self) published an ebook For argument’s sake: evidence that reason can change minds. It is the collection of two essays that were originally published on Contributoria and The Conversation. I have revised and expanded these, and added a guide to further reading on the topic. There are bespoke illustrations inspired by Goya (of […]
|Sleep deprivation could reduce intrusive memories of traumatic scenes
||A good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But a new study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong thing to do.
|Women’s Wellness Corner Returns!
||“The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus When I posted my last blog back in January, there was no way I could anticipate all the changes that … ...
|The Ironic Effect Depression Has On Managing The Emotions
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|Symposium: The Wisdom of Happiness All in One Place
||For as long as we can remember, happiness has been a hot topic. Who doesn’t want to be happy? The Dalai Lama once said, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” But what does happiness even mean? It’s such an elusive term … ...