|Does Dissociative Identity Disorder Truly Exist?
||Last week we explored dissociative identity disorder – DID (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) and some of the challenges with studying it, teaching about it, diagnosing it, believing it … ...
|How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place
||Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?
|Prayer to Reduce Anxiety and Depression
||Prayer Heals If you are someone who is active in a faith based community, or you have a spiritual orientation, you may have experienced the feelings of being uplifted, and … ...
|A neural network model predicts whether a bank can go bust
||The learning mechanism of neurones has inspired researchers at the University of Valladolid (Spain) to create algorithms that can predict whether a bank will go bust. The model was correct for 96% of the banks that went bust in the USA in 2013 after analysing their financial indicators from the previous decade, marked by the [...]
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|‘Tangles’ trigger early-stage Alzheimer’s abnormalities in neocortical networks
||Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition that strikes at the heart of what makes us human: the ability to think, to feel, to remember and to communicate with those around us. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that there is currently no cure, no treatment, and no diagnostic method capable of identifying Alzheimer’s [...]
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|Late-night snacking: Your brain’s fault? How brains respond to food images at night
||After gobbling the fourth Oreo in a row while bathed in refrigerator light, have you ever thought, “That wasn’t enough,” and then proceeded to search for something more? Researchers at BYU have shed new light on why you, your friends, neighbors and most everyone you know tend to snack at night: some areas of the [...]
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|How noise changes the way the brain gets information
||Cells that relay information from the ear to the brain can change in significant ways in response to the noise level in the environment. That’s one major finding of a study out today in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Expose the cells to loud sounds for a prolonged [...]
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|Studying Down syndrome might help us understand Alzheimer’s disease better
||Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older adults. At the moment there is no cure, but many clinicians feel that the earlier one is diagnosed, the better the possibilities are for treatment or slowing the disease. But developing treatments or prevention approaches for Alzheimer’s disease is difficult. There is no biomarker [...]
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|Childhood maltreatment linked to sleep problems among adult Canadians
||Adults who experienced multiple incidents of childhood maltreatment were more than two times as likely to have trouble sleeping than their counterparts who were not maltreated during childhood, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, and Western University. The study appears online in the journal Sleep Medicine. [...]
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|7 Creative Ways to Soothe Sadness and Anxiety
||One of the best parts about creativity is that we can use it to cope during difficult times. We can channel our pain into all sorts of creative pursuits — … ...
|Can Something Become Important Simply Because We’re Paying Attention?...
||I take giant amounts of notes, and I’m constantly copying passages from books that I read. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also one of my favorite things to do. Oddly, I’ll often take notes, or copy passages where the meaning isn’t clear to … ...
|Stanford researchers observe the moment when a mind is changed
||Researchers studying how the brain makes decisions have, for the first time, recorded the moment-by-moment fluctuations in brain signals that occur when a monkey making free choices has a change of mind. The findings result from experiments led by electrical engineering Professor Krishna Shenoy, whose Stanford lab focuses on movement control and neural prostheses – [...]
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|Popular electric brain stimulation method tDCS is detrimental to IQ scores: study
||Using a weak electric current in an attempt to boost brainpower or treat conditions has become popular among scientists and do-it-yourselfers, but a new University of North Carolina School of Medicine study shows that using the most common form of electric brain stimulation had a statistically significant detrimental effect on IQ scores. Published in the [...]
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|Thoughts drive dieting plans but feelings drive dieting behavior, study finds
||A majority of American adults say they’ve tried dieting to lose weight at some point in their lives, and at any given time, about one-third of the adult population say they’re currently dieting. Yet 60 percent of American adults are clinically overweight or obese and more than 16 percent of deaths nationwide are related to [...]
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|"Where Are You From?" Can Be a Complicated Question
||The question is ambiguous. Depending upon what the questioner wants to know, it can mean a number of different things, but where you are right now can only be understood in relation to where you came from and where you are going.
|Imagining an Authentic Life
||Stop trying to be true to yourself, because there's no self to be true to. You are a character in a fiction of your own making, constantly revising your narrative to adapt to your circumstances. If you don't like your life, change your story.
|Popular electric brain stimulation method used to boost brainpower is detrimental to IQ scores
||Using a weak electric current in an attempt to boost brainpower or treat conditions has become popular among scientists and do-it-yourselfers, but a new study shows that using the most common form of electric brain stimulation had a statistically significant detrimental effect on IQ scores.
|3-D models of neuronal networks reveal organizational principles of sensory cortex
||Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the elementary units of sensory cortex -- cortical columns. The scientists say that this study marks a major step forward to advance the understanding of the organizational principles of the neocortex and sets the stage for future studies that will provide extraordinary insight into how sensory information is represented, processed and encoded within the cortical circuitry.
|5 Reasons Why The Fairy Tale (almost) Always Dies
||The cultural roots of the warrior/hunter man and the feminine/passive-gatherer woman are reflected in the princess and knight in shining armor mentality promoted today. Although compelling, fairy tale expectations set many men and women up for eventual romantic defeat. Here are five reasons why fairy tale dreams often lead to misery in romance.
|Researchers observe the moment when a mind is changed
||Researchers studying how the brain makes decisions have, for the first time, recorded the moment-by-moment fluctuations in brain signals that occur when a monkey making free choices has a change of mind. This basic neuroscience discovery will help create neural prostheses that can withhold moving a prosthetic arm until the user is certain of their decision, thereby averting premature or inopportune movements.