|Self-awareness not unique to humans, study shows
||Humans are unlikely to be the only animal capable of self-awareness, a new study has shown. Conducted by University of Warwick researchers, the study found that humans and other animals capable of mentally simulating environments require at least a primitive sense of self. The finding suggests that any animal that can simulate environments must have [...]
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|People living in disadvantaged cities are at greater risk of suicide
||The city where an individual lives can influence the risk of dying by suicide, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. “Suicide in the City: Do Characteristics of Place Really Influence Risk?” appears in the latest edition of Social Science Quarterly. The study found that [...]
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|Researchers look into the brains of chronic itch patients
||It’s long been known that scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Now, researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) may be closer to understanding why. Using advanced fMRI imaging, the researchers looked at activity in the brain while 10 [...]
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|Best Inspirational Books About Filmmaking: Part 2
||Where does inspiration come from, especially for creative people, and especially for writers? In any career path, we tend to look to the people who came before us, our heroes. … ...
|Love and money: How low-income dads really provide
||Low-income fathers who might be labeled “deadbeat dads” often spend as much on their children as parents in formal child-support arrangements, but they choose to give goods like food and clothing rather than cash, a Johns Hopkins-led study found. In the first examination of the magnitude of in-kind child support, published this month in the [...]
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|Researchers develop new technique for modeling neuronal connectivity using stem cells
||Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between regions of the brain. In a new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, researchers report [...]
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|Group memberships boost self-esteem more than friends alone
||Belonging to multiple groups that are important to you boosts self-esteem much more than having friends alone, new research has found. CIFAR fellows Nyla Branscombe (University of Kansas), Alexander Haslam and Catherine Haslam (both University of Queensland) recently collaborated with lead author Jolanda Jetten on experiments to explore the importance of group memberships for self-esteem. [...]
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|Letting Go of Childhood Rebukes
||Are there rebukes from your childhood that are still ringing in your ears? Now that you’re an adult, you need to respond to them differently. Here’s what I mean: Sit down and listen. Listening to others is only one of many ingredients that will help you … ...
|Why my mental illness made me decide not to have kids
||Growing up, I was kind of on the fence about having kids, but then in college I figured out a plan: Marry by 28, kids by 30. I am 34 … ...
|How I Quit My Job and Became a Writer
||When at age 33 I quit corporate law to become a writer, most people I knew, including my very own self, thought I was nuts.
|Hooking It Up
||Mobile apps like Tinder and The Grade not only make hooking up easier, but they also provide far more equal opportunity.
|Why Patients with Borderline Personality Don't Get Better
||People who exhibit symptoms of borderline personality disorder, despite being intelligent and showing no signs of psychosis, persist tenaciously in their troublesome, self-destructive behaviors. They will not stop no matter what other people try to do to get them to. They will not tell you about the horrifying reactions they get from family members when they act better.
|Why is scratching an itch so rewarding?
||Researchers may be closer to understanding why scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Using advanced fMRI, they looked at brain activity while chronic itch patients and healthy subjects scratched. They found areas of the brain involved in motor control and reward processing were more activated in chronic itch patients while they scratched. This may help explain the addictive scratching experienced by these patients.
|Scientists grow multiple brain structures and make connections between them
||Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between regions of the brain. Researchers now report successfully growing multiple brain structures and forming connections between them in vitro, in a single culture vessel, for the first time.
|Three Unexpected Ways to Get More Innovative
||If radical change is what you seek, then what you need is a stable foundation on which to build that innovation. Think of it this way: the infrastructures that support our modern world have done the heavy lighting for you.
|Is My Massage Therapist Judging My Body?
||In the dim room I’m told to undress to my comfort level. When the therapist gets to my legs I blurt out, “Sorry they’re not shaved. I have a waxing appointment tomorrow.” She runs her forearm up the back of my thigh and I imagine … ...
|All in the name of Shame…
||Funny how you can learn something about the mind many times with no change in behavior. Then, one day, you hear the same notion again, and the psyche transforms. Decades … ...
|The Genetic ‘Advantage’ to Madness? Common Belief Supported by Study
Genetic study supports common belief about bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
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|Unraveling the link between brain, lymphatic system
||A surprising finding that challenges current anatomy and histology textbook knowledge has been released by researchers: Lymphatic vessels are found in the central nervous system where they were not known to exist. Researchers discovered the meningeal linings of brain have a lymphatic vessel network that has direct connections to the systemic lymphatic network elsewhere in the body.
|Elder Orphans, Part 2: What People Are Already Doing...
||In Part 1 on the topic of elder orphans, I talked through the actual risks of finding yourself, in your old age, ill and in need of help, but with … ...