|Self-Care Sunday: Decluttering to Create Meaningful Spaces...
||On Friday I shared valuable insights from Lauren Rosenfeld and Dr. Melva Green’s book Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home. Because decluttering is a powerful way to … ...
||I’ve got an article in The Observer about childhood hallucinations which are much more common than we previously imagined. You tend to get one of two reactions when you discuss children hallucination: that’s obvious – children live in a fantasy world, or that’s horrendous – there must be something very wrong with them. The answer […]
|Dogs Can Predict Human Personality Traits
||The symbiotic relationship between dogs and their owners has developed to the point where dogs can predict personality traits.
|Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity
||“The unconscious is our best collaborator.” Director Mike Nichols added, “I try to let the participants in my movies have downtime before shooting and after rehearsal, so our secret collaborator … ...
|For Efficient Studying, Clear the Decks!
||I hear more and more students complaining about the hours they’re spending on homework, and how long they study for tests (but then they still don’t do well). The culprit … ...
|Artificial Intelligence Creates Personality-Targeted Email
||A new email assistant uses social media to analyze your recipient's personality and tells you how to customize your message to best get their attention. Is the future of human-interaction going to be mediated by artificial intelligence that tries to optimize our communication?
|Tell a Story that Begins with a Random Note
||One of my old friends gave me this book called “Writers Bock” over a decade ago. I’ve never experienced writers block but I randomly picked it up while cleaning my … ...
|How I Fought My Depression and Found Inner Peace
||The journey to beating my depression still continues, but I’m getting there. For the first 15 years of my life, I was a relatively happy person. But about the time my parents got divorced, I became angry and cynical. Now I realize that I was … ...
|School ‘EMPATHY’ program helps youth cope with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts
||Peter Silverstone knows that, of all his professional accomplishments, none are more important than the work he’s doing right now. “I said to my wife that this is probably the most important thing I’ll ever do in my life, if I can get this going and make a difference.” Silverstone, a professor in the University [...]
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|Study suggests hyper-functional brain circuits drive autistic behaviors
||A new study in Frontiers in Neuroscience shows that social and sensory overstimulation drives autistic behaviors. The study, conducted on rats exposed to a known risk factor in humans, supports the unconventional view of the autistic brain as hyper-functional, and offers new hope with therapeutic emphasis on paced and non-surprising environments tailored to the individual’s [...]
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|Neuroimaging findings generally nondiagnostic in kids with sports-related concussions
||Researchers from the Canada North Concussion Network in Manitoba examined neuroimaging studies obtained in children and adolescents with sports-related concussions and found that the images appeared normal in 78% of cases. Detailed findings of this study are reported and discussed in “Neuroimaging findings in pediatric sports-related concussion” by Michael J. Ellis, MD, and colleagues, published [...]
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|No improvement in cognition with post-menopausal hormones
||Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) given to recently postmenopausal women in the US for up to four years does not improve cognition, but may have some positive benefits for some mood symptoms, according to a study published by Carey Gleason and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, in this week’s PLOS Medicine. The researchers [...]
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|Maternal use of antidepressants found to pose little risk to newborn
||Use of antidepressants late in pregnancy has been controversial since the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory in 2006 warning that the use of antidepressants in late pregnancy may increase risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a condition that typically occurs in term or near-term infants and presents within hours of birth [...]
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|Aging couples connected in sickness and health
||As the world’s population of older adults increases, so do conversations around successful aging — including seniors’ physical, mental and social well-being. A variety of factors can impact aging adults’ quality of life. Two big ones, according to new research from the University of Arizona, are the health and cognitive functioning of a person’s spouse. [...]
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|Overcoming Common Obstacles to Change
||Change is hard. One big reason is that old habits are stubborn. (The adage “old habits die hard” couldn’t be truer.) “When we decide that we want to change, we’ve probably been repeating the same habits for decades,” said Gail Brenner, Ph.D, a psychologist for … ...
|We All Manipulate People, What if We Didn’t?
||In reading a column about prayer and prosperity in religion this week, it occurred to me that there are times when I try to manipulate people. The column was talking … ...
|The Mood Most People Are In Most of The Time, Everywhere
How people feel, on average, most of the time, wherever they live in the world.
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|Just 3 More Weeks Until Our Meetups!
||As a part of our 20th anniversary celebration all year long, we’re holding a set of international meetups for anyone and everyone who wants to come out and celebrate with us! The meetups will be held in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. on Saturday, … ...
|Transgender children's books fill a void and break a taboo
||A group of emerging authors are writing children’s literature that centers on transgender characters, hoping to fill the void they felt as young readers.
|Build Your EQ with These 7 Constructive Thinking Tools
||The quality of your emotional intelligence, or “street smarts,” can help you achieve greater success in your daily life. These 7 types of constructive thinking will help you understand and improve your ability to put your EQ to use.