|Three Ways To Become More Emotionally Self Reliant
|| There are not many things in this world we truly have to handle ourselves. We don’t have to hunt down our own food, build our own houses, or transport ourselves upon our own power. Instead, we have become tremendously reliant on having things done for us — from...
|Potential New Drug Target for Protection against Certain Neurodegenerative Diseases
||Hypermethylation - the epigenetic ability to turn down or turn off a bad gene implicated in 10 to 30 percent of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) - serves as a protective barrier inhibiting the development of these diseases, researchers have found. Their work may suggest a neuroprotective target for drug discovery efforts.
|Who Loves Who More?
||Last week’s cartoon was about telling your psychology professional what you really think about him or her. Yeah, he did. For any cartoon you enjoy, you are, of course, invited to share on any media site, except for in Pinterest. But I must especially thank you for your many many...
|How Can You Tell if He’s Interested in You?
||Last week’s cartoon was about telling your psychology professional what you really think about him or her. Yeah, he did. For any cartoon you enjoy, you’re invited to share it anyplace except Pinterest. And I must especially thank you for your many many shares last week, which was so rewarding...
|Changes in a blood-based molecular pathway identified in Alzheimer's disease
||New research identifies a bridge between the mechanisms that spur the destruction of neurons in Alzheimer's disease - accumulation of the amyloid-? peptide (the main component of plaques found in Alzheimer's patient brains) and chronic inflammation.
|The End of Stigma
||Brazil's campaign to tackle mental health discrimination.
|ADHD Could Lead to Obesity
||Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could be at greater risk of becoming obese, a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry shows. “We found that ADHD was a risk factor for later obesity,” said Alina Rodriguez, a visiting professor at Imperial College London,...
|How a Suggestion Can Change Your Life
||We are influenced by all kinds of things. But knowing that, we can use those external influences to shape success.
|Setting Healthy Expectations for Your Children
||One of the challenges of parenting is figuring out when to accept your children as they are, and when to push them to be more. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for how to begin to set healthy expectations for your kids, and for yourself. 1) Learn about child development....
|Whatever Doesn't Kill You, Will Only Make You Stronger?
||When bad stuff happens to resilient people, it appears that in the short-term they don’t do anything different from what nonresilient people do. Instead, they feel something different about their ability to handle things. And as a result, they fare better physically and psychologically over the long-term.
|Women who sleep more also have more sex
||Researchers suggest that each additional hour of sleep increases the next day's possibility of sex by more than ten percent.
|Happiness Greatest Hits
||Today is the International Day of Happiness, launched last year by the United Nations to promote subjective well-being as a legitimate goal of public policy and social progress.
That’s a goal we share at the Greater Good Science Center, and through the years we’ve covered happiness research from every conceivable angle. Here are some highlights—the most interesting, provocative, or helpful pieces we’ve published on the science of happiness.
What is happiness anyway?
Many scientists use happiness interchangeably with “subjective well-being,” which they measure by simply asking people to report how satisfied they feel with their own lives and how much positive and negative emotion they’re experiencing. Leading researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky describes happiness more precisely as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” Here are some pieces that explore the nuances of happiness.
Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One? by Jason Marsh and Jill Suttie
Sonja Lyubomirsky on the Myths of Happiness (podcast)
The Neuroscience of Happiness: A Q&A with Rick Hanson
What are the benefits of happiness?
In addition to making us feel good, studies have found that happiness actually improves other aspects of our lives, as well as the lives of the people around us.
Is Happiness Good for Your Health? by Caroline Wilmuth
|A Reminder for Loving Our Bodies And Ourselves
||Barbara Abercrombie wrote one of my favorite books called A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement. In it she includes a powerful quote from Richard Rhodes which actually makes the perfect reminder for learning to love our bodies and ourselves. “If writing a book is impossible,...
|7 Ways to Break Clutter’s Emotional Grip
||Except in cases of compulsive hoarding, the word “clutter” is associated more with annoyance than with addiction. Yet as with all dependencies, the piling up of possessions, obligations or worries creates a powerful comfort zone. It also brings pain at any thought of major change. There can be an emotional...
|Troops who don't pass the smell test likely have traumatic brain injury
||Decreased ability to identify specific odors can predict abnormal neuroimaging results in blast-injured troops, according to a new study. The olfactory system processes thousands of different odors, sending signals to the brain which interprets the smell by linking it to a past memory. If memory is impaired, as is the case with Alzheimer's disease, sleep deprivation, and acute traumatic brain injury, the task is not entirely possible.
|Glimpse into the regulation of water exchange in the brain
||The mechanism that regulates the flow of water in brain cells has been discovered by researchers. The human brain is 80 percent water, which makes the constant regulation of the amount of fluid in the brain very important. Disruptions in the regulation of the direction or speed of the water flow are associated with medical conditions, including hydrocephalus ("water in the brain"), for example.
|Coping with Comparison Envy
||“Comparison envy.” For me at least, this is what happens when I start thinking about how I want my life to be different. Then I start thinking about people I know (or don’t know). Then I start assuming their lives are working out in ways mine is not. Then I...
|Different Mental Powers Peak At Wildly Different Ages
Brains work quicker at 18, but some mental powers peak surprisingly late.
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|Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time
||The functional differences between autistic and non-autistic brains have been isolated for the first time, following the development of a new methodology for analysing MRI scans.
|Neuropsychology: Power naps produce a significant improvement in memory performance
||Psychologists have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance. The study involved examination of memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Once the learning phase was over, the participants were tested to determine how much information they could remember. About half of the participants were then allowed to sleep, while the others watched a DVD. After that, the participants were re-tested and those who had taken a nap were shown to have retained substantially more word pairs in memory than the participants in the control group who had watched a DVD.