|Is it time to ditch annual performance reviews?
||Most of us have had annual or semi-annual formal performance reviews, but a new paper by psychologists at Rice University reinforce the importance of continuous feedback on employee performance, and how the social environment can either encourage or inhibit that feedback. Although there is little disagreement that companies need to evaluate and obtain accurate information [...]
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|Finish Your Screenplay Now: Motivational Tricks Part 3...
||As a screenwriting coach, I tell my clients their number one goal is to finish your screenplay. Writing the same project can go on for months, and even years. When … ...
|Mediterranean diet plus olive oil or nuts associated with improved cognitive function
||Supplementing the plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts was associated with improved cognitive function in a study of older adults in Spain but the authors warn more investigation is needed, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Emerging evidence suggests associations between dietary habits and cognitive [...]
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|Researchers discover how cocaine, amphetamines disrupt the brain’s normal functioning
||In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. This discovery paves the way for developing treatments that could blunt the effects of cocaine and amphetamines in [...]
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|WATCH: The neuroscience of how Adderall helps you focus
||More than 25 million people rely on Adderall™ and other similar drugs to help treat narcolepsy, depression and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But how does amphetamine, the active ingredient in Adderall, work?
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|Narrow misses can propel us toward other rewards and goals
||Whether it’s being outbid at the last second in an online auction or missing the winning lottery number by one digit, we often come so close to something we can “almost taste it” only to lose out in the end. These “near wins” may actually boost our motivation to achieve other wins, leading us to [...]
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|Dopamine signals the value of delayed rewards
||Dopamine is the chemical messenger in the brain most closely associated with pleasure and reward. Recent scientific advances now shed light on precise roles for dopamine in the reward process. A new paper published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry implicates dopamine in a person’s ability to be motivated by delayed rewards. People like [...]
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|#149 Art Appreciation as a Family Value
||Alicia Bernal via Compfight An appreciation of music, poetry and the visual arts is a wonderful gift to give our children. Just as we teach them an enjoyment of the … ...
|Congress approval rating tanking over poor choice of words
||U.S. Congress approval ratings are at record lows. Now a new study suggests that this may be partly due to a decline in the use of warm, agreeable language in the House. The study, co-authored by University of British Columbia business professor Karl Aquino, found that the use of prosocial words — language such as [...]
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|Brain cells capable of ‘early-career’ switch
||Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered that the role of neurons — which are responsible for specific tasks in the brain — is much more flexible than previously believed. By studying sensory neurons in mice, the Salk team found that the malfunction of a single molecule can prompt the neuron to make an “early-career” [...]
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|For children with autism, trips to the dentist just got easier
||Going to the dentist might have just gotten a little less scary for the estimated 1 in 68 U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children with dental anxiety, thanks to new research from USC. In an article published on May 1 by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, researchers from USC [...]
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|Healing plants inspire new compounds for psychiatric drugs
||Treatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria have inspired scientists at Northwestern University to synthesize four new chemical compounds that could one day lead to better therapies for people with psychiatric disorders. In a paper published online in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, the scientists detail how they created these natural compounds by completing [...]
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|Overcoming the Unconscious Mind
||Each individual has a unique set of life experiences. It is within these life experiences that we develop beliefs, values, and perceptions. Often, these beliefs are limiting, irrational, and faulty. How we perceive the world, and how we make meaning of each situation, is then … ...
|Our Journey Begins
||Our Journey Begins “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Our journey together begins now. Maybe some of you reading this are on step one … ...
|Breaking through the blood-brain barrier
||The bacteria that sneak past the brain's defenses to cause deadly bacterial meningitis are clever adversaries. New research investigates the molecular tricks bacteria use to convince their host that they are harmless and cause disease.
|Brain protein linked to binge-drinking behavior
||Scientists have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking -- defined as drinking to the point of intoxication -- puts people at greater risk for health problems such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease and neurological damage.
|Seeking the Approval of Others
||I have a confession to make. I want you to like me. And not just a little bit — I really, really want you to like me. But it’s not just you. I want everyone everywhere to like me, to approve of me, to think … ...
|School segregation still impacts African-Americans’ minds decades later
||As the nation observes the May 17 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools, a new study has found that desegregated schooling is tied to better performance for certain cognitive abilities in older African American Adults. This research is published in an article titled “Education Desegregation and Cognitive Change [...]
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|Scientists link brain protein to binge-drinking behavior
||Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. They found that deleting the gene for this protein in mice ramped up alcohol consumption and prevented the brain from signaling the rewarding properties of alcohol. “Alcohol hits a lot of [...]
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|An important step in artificial intelligence
||In what marks a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have demonstrated the functionality of a simple artificial neural circuit. For the first time, a circuit of about 100 artificial synapses was proved to perform a simple version of a typical human task: image classification. “It’s a small, but important [...]
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