|Bats use both sides of brain to listen — just like humans
||Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and American University have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of sounds. Aside from humans, no other animal that has been studied, not even monkeys or apes, has proved to use such hemispheric specialization for sound [...]
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|New study shows how artificial activation of brain circuit can remove feelings of hunger
||Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it’s no fun to feel hungry. In fact, the drive to tame gnawing hunger pangs can sabotage even the best-intentioned dieter. But how exactly is it that fasting creates these uncomfortable feelings – and consuming food takes them away? Working to unravel the complex wiring [...]
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|Giving books to kids before summer break can stem reading losses
||It’s common knowledge among teachers that when students return to school after the long summer break, they likely will have lost some academic ground — a phenomenon known as “summer slide.” A new study, presented on Saturday, April 25 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego, shows that giving students books [...]
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|Lack of safety at school and poverty linked to childhood obesity
||A lack of safety at school is one of the correlates of childhood obesity, say researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Research Centre at CHU Sainte Justine children’s hospital. “Childhood obesity is caused and sustained by a complex range of factors. Our research reveals a complex intertwining of feelings of being unsafe [...]
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|How to Awaken Your Soul After a Broken Heart
||“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” — Cynthia Occelli There are no two ways about it. Heartbreak … ...
|Dating with Mental Illness
||If you’ve read the previous blog, you know that I was confronted by stigma once again. Two ladies at a live music show acted like I had some horrible contagious … ...
|Understanding the link between bullying and suicide
||Bullying, most of us probably know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. Stories about teens like Phoebe Prince or Amanda Todd who killed themselves after experiencing bullying have driven this point home. All 50 states have some kind of anti-bullying law, and schools are increasingly being called upon to implement bullying [...]
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|Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Diet Apps
||There are many apps designed to help people lose weight. The bad news is that it takes more than a cool app to do so. Weight loss is about sustainable behavior change and it requires emotional and cognitive commitment. The good news is that apps are, in fact, very cool tools that can provide motivation, structure and feedback to get you started and keep you on track.
|It’s Ok to Say No
||For so many of us the word “No” is one of the hardest words to say, but I believe that it is also one of the most important. Let me … ...
|If You Love Something, Set It Free
||“If you love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours. If not, it was never meant to be.” What is behind this old saying? Some interpret it as a description of fate. Only fate can determine whether a relationship was meant to be. But a more plausible interpretation turns on your behavior in relationships.
|Hostages to our Fear
||I stand behind a podium looking out into an empty auditorium that will soon be filled with young students and their teachers. My stomach is in knots, my heart is … ...
|3 Tips for Creating a Home Meditation Practice
||Being in a peaceful, sacred place gives us the opportunity to come back to ourselves. But as Brother Phap Dung writes in the book Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice, this peaceful place doesn’t have to be a church or synagogue. It can be … ...
|Why You Should Seek Fulfillment Instead of Happiness
||There’s something about the idea of feeling fulfilled. Most people seek happiness, and it’s a strange thing that society almost makes us feel insufficient if we don’t maintain a standard … ...
|Why Fidgeting May Help with ADHD
||For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fidgeting is often seen as a negative symptom. But what if it’s actually a functional component of the disorder — something that helps a person with ADHD concentrate? An intriguing new study points to the possibility that … ...
|The Most Common Mental Health Problem is ‘Contagious’
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|A less hysterical reaction
||There’s a fascinating article in The Guardian about one of the least understood aspects of human nature: experiences like blindness, paralysis and seizures that seem to mimic gross damage to the nervous system but aren’t explained by it. People can experience profound blindness, for example, but have no detectable damage to their visual system. These […]
|What Women Need to Know about the Bystander Effect in Men
||The problem of sexual aggression toward female students by their male peers is becoming an increasing matter of concern on college campuses. Alcohol is known to be a risk factor in fueling violence against women but new research shows that sexist attitudes greatly compound the dangers.
|Psychology Around the Net: May 16, 2015
||This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at one woman’s mental illness photography project, clothing designed to combat mental illness stigma, sex and happiness, and more. Happy reading! The Psychology of Greed: Three Attitudes That Explain the Worst Behaviors of the One Percent: … ...
|Tattoos: Rebellion or Conformity?
||There has been a remarkable and relatively sudden increase in the number of people with tattoos in western society. If the trend continues, more than a half of people will be tattooed. Why?
|Is Your Depression And Bipolar Medication Harming You?
||Depression medication Bottle: Get him, get him Good! Caption: Do your depression meds harm you? In this Over-Medicated Mental Health Humor cartoon, we look at some pro’s and con’s of taking … ...