|Be authentic! Study finds hiding your true colors makes you feel morally tainted
||The advice, whether from Shakespeare or a modern self-help guru, is common: Be true to yourself. New research suggests that this drive for authenticity — living in accordance with our sense of self, emotions, and values — may be so fundamental that we actually feel immoral and impure when we violate our true sense of [...]
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|Study: Fine particulate air pollution increases risk of childhood autism
||Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in [...]
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|Emoticons may signal better customer service
||Online customer service agents who use emoticons and who are fast typists may have a better chance of putting smiles on their customers’ faces during business-related text chats, according to researchers. In a study, people who text chatted with customer service agents gave higher scores to the agents who used emoticons in their responses than [...]
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|Lowly ‘new girl’ chimps form stronger female bonds
||Low-ranking “new girl” chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study of social relationships in the wild apes. The study is available online and is scheduled to appear in the July 2015 issue of the journal Animal Behaviour. Unlike most primates, female chimps are loners compared to males. “They spend [...]
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|Researchers show that mental ‘map’ and ‘compass’ are two separate systems
||If you have a map, you can know where you are without knowing which way you are facing. If you have a compass, you can know which way you’re facing without knowing where you are. Animals from ants to mice to humans use both kinds of information to reorient themselves in familiar places, but how [...]
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|It doesn’t itch.
||Unfortunately, I have fallen back upon a compulsion – the ‘C’ in “OCD.” For probably 5 or 6 years now, I haven’t done it and I think it is simply … ...
|Letting go with Compassion
||Letting go with Compassion means remembering the good times and letting go of the not-so-good...
|Keys to A Happy Relationship: The Gentle Start-Up
||I need a gentle start up in the morning. Ideally, a cuppa in bed helps do the trick. Without the advantage of a cup of tea, I am a great procrastinator about getting out of bed. This has the ‘run on’ effect of being late for work, and as a consequence my whole day is […]
|3 Tips to Better Communicate with Your Partner
||Effective communication is the key to any successful relationship. We’re always told how important good communication is to make a relationship work, but what does this really mean? On the surface, it seems straightforward and logical, right? So you and your partner need to talk … ...
|What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?…A Quick Summary &...
||Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a science which is founded on the principles of learning and behavior. The BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) provides examples of uses for ABA including “building the skills and achievements of children in school settings; enhancing the development, abilities, … ...
|Jared Padalecki’s Open Battle with Depression
||Supernatural is a show with one of the biggest cult followings in history with fans that are notoriously supportive and protective of its stars, including Jared Padalecki. In recent months, … ...
|Severe mental health problems decline in kids, but more...
||Mention the topic of kids and psychiatric medication, and certain buzzwords are likely to spring to mind: “overdiagnosed,” “overmedicated,” “overtreated.” According to the often-repeated storyline about children and mental illness in … ...
|Obese teens' brains unusually susceptible to food commercials, study finds
||TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teenagers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and -- most surprisingly -- the mouth, suggesting they mentally simulate unhealthy eating habits that make it difficult to lose weight later in life.
|Study on neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb
||The integration of new neurons in the adult brain is a phenomenon more generally compromised in the brains of depressed patients, new research shows. This new work confirms that neurogenesis in the human olfactory bulb is a marginal phenomenon in adults. These findings shed light on the special features of the human brain.
|Intuitive control of robotic arm using thoughts alone
||Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a 34-year-old paralyzed man is the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made, giving him the ability to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture, drink a beverage, and even play 'rock, paper, scissors,' using a robotic arm.
|Proteins may slow memory loss in people with Alzheimer's
||Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking new study. The researchers found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein called neuronal pentraxin-2 may slow cognitive decline and reduce brain atrophy in people with Alzheimer's disease.
|How to Cut Cravings
||Chips. Chips and dip. Ruffles and onion dip, to be precise. Yeah. I could go for some of that right now. Seems like every afternoon I’m seeking something salty. The latest food craving. Other times it’s ice cream after I get my daughter in bed. … ...
|Memories influence choice of food
||The stronger our memory is of a certain food, the more likely we are to choose it -- even if it is the more unattractive option. Psychologists conducted a study on how memory influences our choices by offering various foods and using scans to track brain activity. The researchers were able to show that the influence of memory is mediated by increasing communication between the relevant brain areas.
|Why We Should Listen to Our Inner Critics
||Have you found yourself in this situation: You’re working on treating yourself with more compassion. But then your inner critic starts: You’re enormous. Ugly. Stupid. Undeserving. Lazy. Are you sure … ...
|Switching off brain circuit renders mice 'out of touch' with environment
||New research suggests that the apparent simplicity of tactile sensation comes from a clever two-stage brain circuit. By manipulating this circuit with light-driven optical genetic tools, researchers made laboratory mice literally "lose touch" with their surroundings as their feet became unable to sense rough or smooth surfaces.