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Neuroscientists finds even short-form mindfulness meditation can help soldiers perform better Rather than the calm before the storm, the period before soldiers are deployed to a conflict zone is a time of extremely high demand and intense stress. Soldiers receive intensive training for the mission, while psychologically preparing to leave loved ones to face a dangerous, high-stress, high-performance environment. Although the goal of the predeployment period [...]The post Neuroscientists finds even short-form mindfulness meditation can help soldiers perform better appeared first on PsyPost.
How much sleep do we need? Expert panel offers new guidelines Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, is a member of an expert panel that’s making new recommendations on how much sleep people need. The panel, convened by the National Sleep Foundation, is making its recommendations based on age, ranging from newborns (who need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per [...]The post How much sleep do we need? Expert panel offers new guidelines appeared first on PsyPost.
Real-time brain feedback reduces attention lapses Your attention, please. People make mistakes every day because they lose focus. Maybe your car drifts across the center line or an error slips into a report at work. In an article published online Monday by the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers at Princeton University describe a study that shows training people using real-time feedback from [...]The post Real-time brain feedback reduces attention lapses appeared first on PsyPost.
Do You Have Any Of These Borderline Traits? Just having one or two Borderline-like symptoms can be enough to derail relationships and create obstacles to personal and professional satisfaction in life....
A Recipe to Mend a Broken Heart “What is the cure for a broken heart?” someone asked. “You want a cure for a broken heart?” I replied. “And you think I can come up with it?” Well, I guess I should know it, shouldn’t I? I mean, it’s been 4 1/2 years since the Great Loss, and...
Optic nerve may help predict stroke patient death risk The diameter of the sheath that encases the optic nerve may help indicate which stroke patients are at highest risk of dying within six months. For every added millimeter of optic nerve sheath diameter, risk of death was four to six times higher.
Surprising yet Simple Tips for Making a Love Connection Three simple tips for increasing your attractiveness while on a date
Brain’s GPS system influenced by shape of environment Patterns created by the brain’s grid cells, which are believed to guide navigation, are modified by the shape of the environment, according to UCL researchers. This means grid patterns aren’t a universal metric for the brain’s GPS system to measure distance, as previously thought. Grid cells in the brain appear to form an internal map [...]The post Brain’s GPS system influenced by shape of environment appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds air pollution affects short-term memory, IQ and brain metabolic ratios City smog lowers children’s IQ. This is among findings from a recent University of Montana study that found children living in cities with significant air pollution are at an increased risk for detrimental impacts to the brain, including short-term memory loss and lower IQ. Findings by UM Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and [...]The post Study finds air pollution affects short-term memory, IQ and brain metabolic ratios appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Love online is about being real, not perfect People using online dating services are searching for a perfect match, but not a perfect person. In fact, researchers at the University of Iowa say people who are looking for love online are less apt to trust a person with a flashy profile, preferring instead a potential partner who appears not only successful, but humble [...]The post Study: Love online is about being real, not perfect appeared first on PsyPost.
Terrible at remembering names? Blame it on the music, not the memory Music may help some people relax when they’re trying to concentrate. But it doesn’t help them remember what they’re focusing on, especially as they get older. That’s the finding in a new Georgia Institute of Technology study that challenged younger and older adults to listen to music while trying to remember names. College-aged participants had [...]The post Terrible at remembering names? Blame it on the music, not the memory appeared first on PsyPost.
Epilepsy drug could aid stroke victims Retigabine, a drug approved to treat epilepsy, protected the brain against the effects of ischemic stroke in a study conducted at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Findings are in The Journal of Neuroscience. Sonya Bierbower, Ph.D., and Mark S. Shapiro, Ph.D., of the School of Medicine at the UT Health [...]The post Epilepsy drug could aid stroke victims appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Nurture’ more important than ‘nature’ in childhood obesity Parents’ lifestyles, rather than their genes, are primarily responsible for their children being overweight according to research by the Centre for Economic Performance, based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Researchers compared the weight of biological and adopted children to that of their parents to determine whether children inherit their weight [...]The post ‘Nurture’ more important than ‘nature’ in childhood obesity appeared first on PsyPost.
How the brain listens to literature When we listen to stories, we immerse ourselves into the situations described and empathize with the feelings of the characters. Only recently has it become possible to find out how exactly this process works in the brain. Roel Willems and Annabel Nijhof have now succeeded using an fMRI scanner to measure how people listen to [...]The post How the brain listens to literature appeared first on PsyPost.
How a drug for ADHD is being used to fight binge eating The US Food and Drug Administration has just approved the use of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate for the treatment of binge eating disorder. Licensed under the brand name Vyvanse, lisdexamfetamine is the first and only FDA-approved medication for this condition. But Vyvanse has already been on the market since 2007 as a daily treatment for attention deficit [...]The post How a drug for ADHD is being used to fight binge eating appeared first on PsyPost.
Got Happiness? If Not, Try What Slough Did. In 2005, psychologist Richard Stevens initiated an experiment in the town of Slough, (rhymes with cow) in the Berkshire section of England. The purpose of his project was to determine whether it might be possible to intentionally raise the happiness level of an entire community by promoting certain practices among...
Lean Back, Dad When a dad spends more time with his children, virtually everyone benefits.
Revolutionary new probe zooms in on cancer cells Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method. The team has created a powerful new intraoperative probe for detecting cancer cells. The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery.
The Hipster and the Bearded Ape Most hipsters and other bearded types walk about sporting their facial coiffures unaware of their evolved purpose. But the allure of beards is rooted in the violent past of male mate competition.
10 Ideas for Single People on Valentine’s Day!   If you are single, Valentine’s Day might be one of those “holidays” that you can do without. This point may be particularly true if you have recently excited a relationship, are unhappily attached or have been single for some time. To keep it real, February 14th can serve as...