|7 fascinating facts about your sexual fantasies
||Sexual fantasies, whether kinky or mind-blowing, reveal our innermost desires. As sexual creatures, we at times secretly daydream, but how much do we know about these lustful thoughts? The human tendency to indulge in a range of erotic fantasies stems from the need to satisfy our sexual needs while heightening our feelings of contentment and [...]
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|Guys need to fight over women, biologists say
||Exploring the matter of sexual reproduction, biologists at the University of East Anglia found sexual competition ices the cake of ordinary selection. Because it provides many unseen genetic perks, the researchers say, the process of sexual selection, rife with male rivalry, is a dominant mechanism for reproduction among many populations. If you look at sex [...]
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|The Most Harmful Kind of Parent, Part 2
||Narcissism seems to be on the rise in America and therefore so is narcissistic parenting. One of the biggest problems is that narcissistic parents do not have any inkling that … ...
|Mindfulness: Paying Attention (Part 3 of 6)
||In my last post, I explored the importance of setting an intention to pay attention as a crucial part of mindfulness. Now it’s time to talk about paying attention. Paying … ...
|Optimizing adaptive behavior: Meditation has immediate impact on information processing
||Certain meditation techniques can promote behavior to vary adaptively from moment to moment depending on current goals, rather than remaining rigid and inflexible. This is the outcome of a study by Lorenza Colzato and Iliana Samara from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition at Leiden University, published in Consciousness and Cognition. Different meditation types, different [...]
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|The psychology of assassins: Hitmen bury their feelings for a successful kill
||Hitmen succeed in contract killing where they successfully bury any feelings or emotions, a study into the psychology of novice assassins has found. Hired killers who consider themselves strategists or businessman, doing ‘just a job’ as one hitman described it, can convince themselves they are dealing with a target rather than a person, research by [...]
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|‘It’s delicious!’ Study examines how people defend eating meat
||Meat eaters who justify their eating habits feel less guilty and are more tolerant of social inequality say researchers. An international team of researchers led by Dr Jared Piazza of Lancaster University examined the ways in which people defend eating meat. They found that the vast majority of omnivores defend consuming animals by rationalising their [...]
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|Mobile phone bans lead to rise in student test scores
||Banning cellphones in schools reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study co-authored by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin. “New technologies are typically thought of as improving productivity, however this is not always the case,” said Richard Murphy, an assistant professor of economics. [...]
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|Air pollution and impaired lung function are independent risk factors for cognitive decline
||Studies have shown that both air pollution and impaired lung function can cause cognitive deficits, but it was unclear whether air pollution diminishes cognition by reducing breathing ability first or whether air pollution represents an independent risk factor for cognitive deficit. Now a new study conducted by German and Swiss researchers has answered that question: [...]
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|Study examines the effects of accented speech on memory
||Struggling to understand someone else talking can be a taxing mental activity. A wide range of studies have already documented that individuals with hearing loss or who are listening to degraded speech — for example, over a bad phone line or in a loud room — have greater difficulty remembering and processing the spoken information [...]
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|Stable overall suicide rate among young children obscures racial differences
||The overall suicide rate among children ages 5 to 11 was stable during the 20 years from 1993 to 2012 but that obscures racial differences that show an increase in suicide among black children and a decrease among white children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Youth suicide is a major public health [...]
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|Following the crowd: Brain scans show neural and social signals align
||The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt — trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from [...]
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|Brain learning simulated via electronic replica memory
||Scientists are attempting to mimic the memory and learning functions of neurons found in the human brain. To do so, they investigated the electronic equivalent of the synapse, the bridge, making it possible for neurons to communicate with each other. Specifically, they rely on an electronic circuit simulating neural networks using memory resistors. Such devices, [...]
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|What hundreds of biomolecules tell us about our nerve cells
||Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), of the University of Luxembourg, have, under Dr. Manuel Buttini, successfully measured metabolic profiles, or the metabolomes, of different brain regions, and their findings could help better understand neurodegenerative diseases. The metabolome represents all or at least a large part of the metabolites in a given [...]
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|Going my way? We think so, if we really want to get there
||Whether we’re buying a ticket to a movie, catching a train, or shopping for groceries, the more committed we are to achieving that goal, the more likely we are to assume others have exactly the same objective, a study by New York University psychology researcher Janet Ahn shows. The findings, which appear in the European [...]
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|Study examines concussion, cognition, brain changes in retired NFL players
||A preliminary study of retired National Football League (NFL) players suggests that history of concussion with loss of consciousness may be a risk factor for increased brain atrophy in the area involved with memory storage and impaired memory performance later in life, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. While most individuals recover [...]
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|Small is Big
||Reality was nice to me today: rain washed my car, grass shined my shoes. Small is big....
|Obesity may exacerbate inactivity, due to poor motor skills
||Obese adults have very poor motor skills which makes fine movements difficult for them, according to a new study. The findings suggest inactivity may not be a cause of obesity, but instead a result of poor motor skills associated with the condition. The work changes perceptions about inactivity in obese people as well as improving their quality of life.
|Who Do You Know Who’s Afraid of Relationships? You?
||Last week’s cartoon was about how clutter in your home can make you feel guilty. For any cartoon you enjoy, you’re invited to share it anyplace except Pinterest. And thank … ...
|Reject Yourself First (Before Everyone Else Does)
||For those of us prone to feelings of rejection, this is a common scenario. I’d rather consider myself a failure, unworthy, and feel rejected up front, before taking any social … ...