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A Mathematical Model Explains Why All Hipsters Look The Same When enough contrarians actively resist mainstream trends, their nonconformity may actually align. Ergo beardsplosion....
Depression, overwhelming guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes A key brain region involved in emotion is smaller in older children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, and predicts risk of later recurrence, according to researchers. Pathological guilt can be a symptom of clinical depression, as well as other psychiatric disorders including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder. One expert said it's relatively easy to spot the problem in children because they excessively blame themselves for things they've done -- and haven't done.
The backwards brain? How brain maps develop to help us perceive the world Scientists reveal that physically moving forward actually trains the brain to perceive the world normally. The findings also show that, the order in which we see things could help the brain calibrate how we perceive time, as well as the objects around us.
Soylent Bad: America's Toxic Relationship With Food The Soylent trend represents the worst in American food culture: the tendency to disregard the simple joys of natural culinary delights and sensual living for a bottom-line, work and efficiency-driven lifestyle. Eating should be about pleasure, mindfulness and relationships, not about concerns over wasting time.
Ethical Parenting: Integrity in Parenting “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ~ Confucius. This is the third blog on an Ethical Code of Conduct for Parents in a series on Ethical Parenting. In this blog we will look at Principle C: Integrity. When we look at integrity in the practice...
Hope for those with social anxiety disorder: You may already be someone's best friend Making friends is often extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder and to make matters worse, people with this disorder tend to assume that the friendships they do have are not of the highest quality. The problem with this perception, suggests new research, is that their friends don't necessarily see it that way.
How to Refrain from Getting Too Excited about Potentialities A lot has been happening in my life. I’ve had a lot of really exciting opportunities, for which I’m incredibly thankful, but I’ve also had many potential opportunities that fell through. Sometimes they fell through based on my inability to do the work, sometimes it just wasn’t the right fit...
Important brain reward pathway confirmed by researchers Details of the role of glutamate, the brain's excitatory chemical, in a drug reward pathway have been identified for the first time. This discovery in rodents shows that stimulation of glutamate neurons in a specific brain region leads to activation of dopamine-containing neurons in the brain's reward circuit.
‘Smart’ drugs won’t make smart people smarter, research concludes It is claimed one in five students have taken the ‘smart’ drug Modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam success. But new research into the effects of Modafinil has shown that healthy students could find their performance impaired by the drug. 
Brain protein influences how the brain manages stress; suggests new model of depression Discovery of new molecular and behavioral connections may provide a foundation for the development of new treatments to combat some forms of depression. The findings challenge the current thinking about depression and the drugs currently used to treat the disorder.
The Difference Between “Curing Mental Illness” and “Improving Mental Position One: Curing Mental Illness If I have an “illness” I can seek a “cure.” If I seek a cure I am likely to—since pills cure so many things—look for the magic bullet of a pill.  If I am “sick” you can’t blame me or expect me to be responsible...
Thich Nhat Hanh is Dying, But He Will Never Leave Us Today I received a message that one of the greatest mindfulness and compassion teachers to grace this planet is passing away. It may very well be that Thich Nhat Hanh has already passed as you read this. If you’ve been a reader of this blog or any of my work...
Thich Nhat Hanh is in the Hospital, But He YesterdayI received a message that one of the greatest mindfulness and compassion teachers to grace this planet was in the hospital after experiencing a “severe brain hemorrage.” Signs show that he may pull through, but what a scare this has been for those who have been blessed by the teachings of...
Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to researchers. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger," said the lead investigator.
Genetic variant linked to better memory performance found People with a newly identified genetic variant perform better on certain types of memory tests, a discovery that may point the way to new treatments for the memory impairments caused by Alzheimer's disease or other age-associated conditions, experts report.
United Nations asks United States to clarify its position on torture A 2005 interpretation of a law banning torture or cruel treatment of U.S. detainees overseas did not apply “with respect to aliens overseas."
Cities 'way ahead' of states in LGBT equality Cities have pushed ahead of states to pass laws barring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
12 Quotes to Refresh Your Body and Mind This Although he’s not quite here yet (there are still a few red and orange leaves clinging for dear life), Old Man Winter is definitely heading up the driveway. Personally, I love winter. I love snow and fireplaces and hot chocolate. I love snuggling up with my dog (and other loved...
The Long-Term Consequences of Marijuana Use For The Brain Study reveals how long-term marijuana use affects the brain's structure and function. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Teen Myth: Marijuana is a ‘Safe Drug’ Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory
Are You Living Authentically or According to Others’ Expectations? Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done? You’re not heading in the right direction or being productive enough with your time? There may be a general malaise that creeps over you at the end of the day because you still haven’t gotten that raise or started working out...