|Research solves mystery of memory and mood
||Researchers have identified two types of stem cells in the hippocampus, a region of the brain crucial for learning and memory.
|Researchers tie unexpected brain structures to creativity — and to stifling it
||Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body’s movement-coordination center. In designing the study, the researchers drew inspiration from the game Pictionary. The cerebellum, traditionally viewed as the [...]
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|Study identifies neural circuit involved in making emotional decisions
||Some decisions arouse far more anxiety than others. Among the most anxiety-provoking are those that involve options with both positive and negative elements, such choosing to take a higher-paying job in a city far from family and friends, versus choosing to stay put with less pay. MIT researchers have now identified a neural circuit that [...]
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|From a Sense of ‘I’ to a Sense of Awe
||Years ago, I kept talking about experiencing awe – namely, about shifting from a sense of ‘i’ to a sense of ‘!’ (awe). Notice the graphic reversal here – the … ...
|Health factors influence ex-prisoners’ chances of returning to jail
||Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. Those who are obese, are chronically ill or have attempted suicide are more likely to remain in the community. These are some of the findings from an exploratory study into health-related factors that could [...]
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|Brain training induces lasting mental health gains for veterans and civilians with brain injury
||In the first study of its kind, veterans and civilians with traumatic brain injury showed improved cognitive performance and psychological and neural health following strategy-based cognitive training. The Department of Defense-funded study, published this week in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of cognitive neuroscientists, rehabilitation specialists, and neuroimaging experts from the Center for [...]
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|Regular exposure to stereotypical news coverage creates racial bias, study finds
||A recent University of Houston (UH) study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social groups. Temple Northup, assistant professor at UH’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, studied the influence of news coverage on an individuals’ unconscious attitudes towards social groups. His study “Effects of Long-Term Exposure to News [...]
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|Cybersex can harm real world relationships
||The term addiction often brings thoughts of drugs or alcohol, however, other serious types of addictions exist, such as sex addiction (or compulsive sexual behavior). Sex addiction refers to individuals who continually pursue new sexual partners, have multiple and often sexual encounters, partake in compulsive masturbation, and use pornography habitually. Just like alcoholics who cannot [...]
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|Using Creativity to Gain Clarity
||Creativity “facilitates inner resources like flexibility, openness, compassion and a sense of perspective,” said Joy Malek, MS, a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of SoulFull, where she offers … ...
|Genuine Love: Four Elements of Love (Practices for Awakening...
||Whether you and your partner are just getting started in building your love relationship, or struggling to get back the love and connection that once came naturally, the wise and … ...
|How to Choose the Right Therapist for Your Child
||Searching for the best therapist for your child can be challenging. The New York area has the highest concentration of therapists in the world. How do you know who to choose? Which therapist is the best for your child? As one parent recently said in … ...
|Happy Birthday Edward Gibbon
||227 years ago this month, the last installment of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire came out. Gibbon was wrong about Roman emperors, and he was wrong about the Church. But he was right that democracy depends on the ability to sail away from a tyrant.
|Johnstown Flood: Anniversary of a Catastrophe
||May 31, 1889, a small river near Pittsburgh grew to the size of the Mississippi when the South Fork Dam overflowed and then broke apart, releasing 20 million tons of … ...
|How to Practice Forgiving Yourself
||Self-blame is a human dilemma. We may blame ourselves for shouting at our kids or not protecting our siblings from abusive parents when we were young, or hating ourselves for … ...
|Diary of a Self-Help Book Junkie
||Diary of a Self-Help Book Junkie My name is Lisa and I’m a Self-Help book junkie. Yes. There. I can admit it. I’ve read them all, from Dr. Phil … ...
|Regret And Worry: A User’s Guide
||Regret and worry have their place. Here's some background on them, helpful to keeping them in their place.
|Bomb blasts may cause early aging in brains of troops
||Scientists have discovered signs of early aging in the brains of war veterans caught near roadside bomb explosions, even among those who felt nothing from the blast.
|Self-Care Sunday Links 5.31.15
||It’s been a while since I’ve shared a list of self-care links. With today being the last day of May (wow, this month flew by!), it seems like a fitting … ...
|Targeted drug can ‘diminish the suffering’ of myelofibrosis
||Use of the targeted agent pacritinib significantly reduced the symptoms and burden of advanced myelofibrosis in patients, says a Mayo Clinic researcher who co-led PERSIST-1, the worldwide phase III clinical trial that tested the therapy. Specifically, pacritinib substantially reduced severe enlargement of the spleen, a typical feature of advanced myelofibrosis, in more than 20 percent [...]
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|The Surprising Mental Benefit To Glancing At a Grassy Rooftop for 40 Seconds
The surprising effect of glancing at a grassy rooftop for just 40 seconds.
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