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Is It Possible To Rewire The Brain To Improve Health? I have lived my entire life with chronic illness. And as a psychotherapist, I worked exclusively with people living with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. Through all of these experiences, I have learned that we can increase the odds of improving our health and wellbeing through mindfulness-based practices, especially those...
Foraging Through Our Memories The idea that human thought processes arose suddenly and fairly recently in our past is just as improbable as angels’ wings.
John Mayer: “I Would Have Rather Killed Myself Than Being just a few months younger than him, I’m a huge John Mayer fan. I love his music and I feel like his style is always evolving. What always struck me most was the honesty of his lyrics and how he was able to tap into how our generation must...
Bipolar disorder really is a disability. I just found out I have a disability. I knew that I had a mental illness, obviously, but what I didn’t know what that bipolar disorder is among the illnesses and disabilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. For those that may not be aware, the goal of the...
Make Your Dreams Come True, Be Extreme If you push yourself to extremes and find out what your true talents are.
Much Ado About Penis Size A new study reports that the average male penis size is about 5 inches in length. Should this finding reduce men's anxiety about their size, or are there other factors to consider?
Straight Talk to Artists Who Want to Make Money The artistic temperament is antithetical to making money. You better fight that if you expect to make a living from your art. Otherwise you have a hobby.
Sex and Energy and Creativity “If I was in denial about my sexuality, I’d be in denial about aspects of my work, which deals with personal revelations.” Artist Tracey Emin “Sexuality is the greatest gift we’ve been given. Its energy is the basis of creativity, love, ambition, desire, life. Sexuality has gotten all these bad...
Alzheimer’s breakthrough uses ultrasound technology to break up neurotoxic amyloid plaques Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. University of Queensland researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline. Welcoming the findings today at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk [...]The post Alzheimer’s breakthrough uses ultrasound technology to break up neurotoxic amyloid plaques appeared first on PsyPost.
How marijuana use affects people with Bipolar Disorder The first study to examine the use of cannabis in the context of daily life among people with Bipolar Disorder has shown how the drug is linked to increases in both manic and depressive symptoms. Around 2% of the UK population has Bipolar Disorder, with up to 60% using cannabis at some point in their [...]The post How marijuana use affects people with Bipolar Disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Why Super Mario runs from left to right There may be a fundamental bias in the way people prefer to see moving items depicted in pictures according to research. An analysis of photos of people and objects in motion revealed a common left-to-right bias. Psychologist Dr Peter Walker of Lancaster University said this widespread evidence for such a left-to-right bias could indicate a [...]The post Why Super Mario runs from left to right appeared first on PsyPost.
Listening to classical music modulates genes that are responsible for brain functions Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a latest study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes [...]The post Listening to classical music modulates genes that are responsible for brain functions appeared first on PsyPost.
Nearly 70 percent of evangelicals do not view religion, science as being in conflict Media and popular culture might portray religion and science as being at odds, but new research from Rice University suggests just the opposite. Findings from the recently completed study “Religious Understandings of Science (RUS)” reveal that despite many misconceptions regarding the intersection of science and religion, nearly 70 percent of evangelical Christians do not view [...]The post Nearly 70 percent of evangelicals do not view religion, science as being in conflict appeared first on PsyPost.
Analysis of worm neurons suggests how a single stimulus can trigger different responses Even worms have free will. If offered a delicious smell, for example, a roundworm will usually stop its wandering to investigate the source, but sometimes it won’t. Just as with humans, the same stimulus does not always provoke the same response, even from the same individual. New research at Rockefeller University, published online March 12 [...]The post Analysis of worm neurons suggests how a single stimulus can trigger different responses appeared first on PsyPost.
Prolonged shortened sleep increases blood pressure at night People exposed to prolonged periods of shortened sleep have significant increases in blood pressure during nighttime hours, Mayo Clinic researchers report in a small study of eight participants. Results of the study will be presented Sunday, March 15, at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego. In this study, eight [...]The post Prolonged shortened sleep increases blood pressure at night appeared first on PsyPost.
Yale leads test of new device that protects the brain during heart-valve procedure In the first multicenter trial of its kind, Yale researchers tested a new device that lowers the risk of stroke and cognitive decline in patients undergoing heart-valve replacement. The preliminary findings of the DEFLECT III trial were presented by Alexandra Lansky, M.D., associate professor of medicine (cardiology) at Yale School of Medicine, on March 15 [...]The post Yale leads test of new device that protects the brain during heart-valve procedure appeared first on PsyPost.
How Laura Ingalls Wilder Got a Rebel to Learn I’m a huge fan of children’s literature (in fact, I’m in three reading groups where we read children’s and young-adult literature), and Laura Ingalls Wilder has always had a special place in my heart. So I was thrilled when I found out that her book Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, was...
Test of new device that protects brain during heart-valve procedure In the first multicenter trial of its kind, researchers tested a new device that lowers the risk of stroke and cognitive decline in patients undergoing heart-valve replacement. "One of the major findings is, for the first time, we're showing that with protection, 55% more patients have completely clean brains -- with no ischemic brain lesions at all," said a researcher. Brain lesions increase risk of dementia and stroke two- to three-fold.
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You Always Have A Choice Sometimes with bipolar disorder, things can seem black and white. Depression. Mania. Mood swings. Or maybe they just seem black and it’s hard to find the white – the light. I know how this feels. This week was tough, but I distracted myself. Bought myself a whole milk latte before...