|Balderdash! 3 Positive Thinking Myths You Need to Let...
||You must not allow yourself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought. -Emmet Fox Call me crazy, but I think the above quote from an … ...
|Research grasps how brain plans gripping motion
||A new study significantly advances neuroscientists' understanding of how a region of the brain formulates plans for the hand to grip an object. The findings could lead to direct application to improving brain-computer interface control over robotic arms and hands.
|Probiotics improve behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases in mice
||Probiotics may improve the behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases by altering communication between the immune system and the brain, according to an animal study.
|Why Do We Love Humble Leaders But Promote Narcissistic Ones?
||Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.
|3 Powerful Ways Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness
||Don’t hold back, shop ’til you drop… as long as you spend that cash the “right” way. When you need a little lift, do you like to go shopping? Oh wait … or do you feel guilty shopping because it’s bad, consumerism is wasteful, others aren’t … ...
|The Greatest Gifts My Dog Gave Me
||My best friend of 14 years has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We called her Peanut. She was a rescue dog. A beagle mix. When my ex-wife Nikki suggested we get a dog all those years ago, I resisted. I had many excuses. Excuses that hid … ...
|Specific cardiovascular risk factors may predict Alzheimer’s disease
||Specific cardiovascular risk factors, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and diabetes, are associated with smaller regional brain volumes that may be early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia according to a study published online in the journal Radiology. “We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive impairment,” [...]
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|Study: Gut bacteria and early life stress play important role in anxiety and depression
||Scientists from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University have discovered that intestinal bacteria play an important role in inducing anxiety and depression. The new study, published today in Nature Communications, is the first to explore the role of intestinal microbiota in the altered behaviour that is a consequence of early life [...]
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|Striving To Maximize Both Charm and Chutzpah
||Etiquette is no longer enough to make a gentleman or gentlewoman, and actually never was. Aspiring gents must strive to maximize etiquette and character, humility and boldness, always seeking for better ways to speak their minds and be heard.
|Researchers discover the stress hormone cortisol can reduce heroin cravings
||Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and demonstrated that the stress hormone cortisol can reduce addictive cravings. The findings from the research have been published in [...]
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|Brain disease scenarios revised by step-by-step imaging of toxic aggregation
||Diseases like Alzheimer’s are caused when proteins aggregate and clump together. In a world first, EPFL scientists have successfully distinguished between the disease-causing aggregation forms of proteins. The finding can help change pharmaceutical treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Because of our increasing lifespan, diseases like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s are on the rise. They are caused [...]
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|Anti-social personality disorders explained: Here’s the difference between psychopaths and sociopaths
||Psychopath and sociopath are popular psychology terms to describe violent monsters born of our worst nightmares. Think Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (1991), Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) and Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990). In making these characters famous, popular culture has also burned the words used to describe them into our collective [...]
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|When Music Becomes Language
||When jazz musicians achieve the highest levels of mastery, their brain processing undergoes a fundamental change, and they begin to perceive music in a way no one else can.
|Movement tracking technology sheds light on different speech disorders in children
||Facial motion capture – the same technology used to develop realistic computer graphics in video games and movies – has been used to identify differences between children with childhood apraxia of speech and those with other types of speech disorders, finds a new study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “In [...]
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|Study on music training suggests practice doesn’t always make perfect — depending on your brain
||How do you get to Carnegie Hall? New research on the brain’s capacity to learn suggests there’s more to it than the adage that “practise makes perfect.” A music-training study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and colleagues in Germany found evidence to distinguish the parts of [...]
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|Coffee consumption habits impact the risk of mild cognitive impairment
||A new study estimates the association between change or constant habits in coffee consumption and the incidence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), evaluating 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65-84 year old, from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging a population-based sample from eight Italian municipalities with a 3.5-year median follow-up.
|The hormones testosterone and cortisol influence unethical behavior, study finds
||Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin. With cheating scandals a persistent threat on college campuses and financial fraud costing businesses more than $3.7 trillion annually, UT Austin and Harvard researchers looked to hormones for [...]
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|Illuminating mechanisms of repetitive thinking
||The ability to engage in mental time travel — to delve back into past events or imagine future outcomes — is a unique and central part of the human experience. And yet this very ability can have detrimental consequences for both physical and mental well-being when it becomes repetitive and uncontrolled. A special series of [...]
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|Mood Swings & Mother Nature
||Tomorrow the kids and I are headed out to the lake for five fun-filled nights and six lazy summer days. Other than spending time with my siblings and their families, the … ...
|What Narcissists REALLY Want—and Can Never Get
||Among other things, narcissists typically come across as arrogant, manipulative, entitled, and woefully lacking in empathy. But if these defining features are understood at a deeper level—as powerful psychological defenses to protect them from experiencing a truly frightening vulnerability—a quite different picture of them emerges. . . .