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Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking; awareness of dreaming To control one's dreams and to live 'out there' what is impossible in real life -- a truly tempting idea. Some persons -- so-called lucid dreamers -- can do this. Researchers have discovered that the brain area which enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers. Thus, lucid dreamers are possibly also more self-reflecting when being awake.
The psychological power of princess movies Psychologists say the success of "Frozen" involves universal themes about family and being good.
Lose weight using just your mind Researcher says people may be able to control their hunger pangs (to an extent) if they try to remember the last food they’ve eaten.
Happiness can be learned Researchers suggest that happiness is a skill that can be cultivated.
Why all-nighters don't work: How sleep, memory go hand-in-hand Scientists have long known that sleep, memory and learning are deeply connected but how has remained a mystery. The question is, does the mechanism that promotes sleep also consolidate memory, or do two distinct processes work together? In other words, is memory consolidated during sleep because the brain is quiet or are memory neurons actually putting us to sleep? In a recent paper, researchers make a case for the latter.
5 More Tips for Finding Love with a Mental Illness In a previous post, we discussed five tips for finding love with a mental illness. Here are five more. 1. When to discuss your mental illness? It’s a dilemma: When should you reveal your mental illness? The first date should be fun and light so you can find common ground, but...
Sexual Reintegration Therapy: Healing Solutions for Sex and Porn Couples who are trying to heal from sex addiction, according to Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw, face considerably greater obstacles than those facing other addictions, such as substance abuse. Because of the trauma associated with sexual addiction, healing and rebuilding a relationship will require extensive efforts. Authors of “The Couple’s Guide to Intimacy:...
Loss Aversion – Why Packer Fans are Still Suffering At work this week, I heard two colleagues speaking words of consolation in gentle tones, as if at a funeral. I immediately understood that one was a Packers fan. This past Sunday, in the NFC conference championship game, the Green Bay Packers experienced one of the most heart-breaking defeats in...
A Handful of This Everyday Food Improves Memory, Concentration And Processing Speed Just 13 grams of this regular food improves brain function across the ages. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles:Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease Green Tea Improves Working Memory Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration Can Doodling Improve Memory and Concentration?
A Mindful Minute: A Dose of Loving-Kindness to Reduce What is it? Loving-kindness is a meditation focused on nurturing compassion, kindness, goodwill, and love for oneself and others. While the loving-kindness meditation or LKM originates in Buddhist traditions, it’s now practiced widely across cultures and is the focus of extensive research by social scientists. Why is it good? LKM has the...
Beyond the Bucket List: Focusing On Tiny Thrills I think bucket lists are wonderful. It’s important to have a place for contemplating and listing your ultimate dreams, for reflecting on the experiences, activities and actions that inspire you. The experiences, activities and actions you just know you need to do. The things that are calling you. But I...
5 Keys to Effective and Joyful Independent Parenting: Part Bella’s intro: In the previous post, guest blogger Tricia Parker shared her difficult and painful experiences from when she first became an “independent parent.” Eventually, though, she learned quite a lot about how to be an independent parent in ways that were enriching to herself, her children, and other...
The Four Universal Needs to Help You Live Your “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” – Abraham Maslow There are certain basic needs we have for survival. We need water, shelter, food, and clothing. If you’re reading this now I imagine you...
Creativity and Sensory Gating It is possible that some risk factors that are associated with elevated psychopathology, such as leaky sensory gating, might also, in combination with other protective factors, be a "risk" factor for increased creative achievement.
New brain pathway offers hope for treating hypogylcemia A novel pathway buried deep within a region of the brain produces a brain hormone that acts as a crucial sensor of blood glucose levels. Learning how the hormone helps orchestrate responses around the body when levels drop too low offers hope for treating hypoglycemia.
New 'systems genetics' study identifies possible target for epilepsy treatment A single gene that coordinates a network of about 400 genes involved in epilepsy could be a target for new treatments, according to research. Epilepsy is a common and serious disease that affects around 50 million people worldwide. The mortality rate among people with epilepsy is two to three times higher than the general population. It is known that epilepsy has a strong genetic component, but the risk is related to multiple factors that are 'spread' over hundreds of genes.
Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of human brain specialization Studying the brain activity of blind people, scientists are challenging the standard view of how the human brain specializes to perform different kinds of tasks, and shedding new light on how our brains can adapt to the rapid cultural and technological changes of the 21st Century.
The brain's electrical alphabet: Timing, rate underlie neural information, study shows The brain’s alphabet is a mix of rate and precise timing of electrical pulses, researchers have revealed. The study shows that the nervous system features a “multichannel” language that makes up the neural code, or the alphabet that processes information in the brain.
Free Training: Niche Development in Private Practice Whether you are starting out or have been in practice for over 20 years, it’s important to know how to articulate who you help. But do you need a niche? Is this something crucial to the success of your practice? And once you have an niche, how do you market...
What if No One Ever Calls You? Last week’s cartoon was about how dread about the future is kind of a waste of time. Some things are never going to happen, or they may be much better than you predict. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My main cartoon site is here....