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Do You Have Emotional Integrity? Here is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of Integrity: The quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole; incorruptibility; soundness. What, then, is Emotional Integrity? It’s knowing what you feel and why, and being able and willing to share it with others, even when it’s painful...
Swings are like life Swings are like life, they have their ups and downs, their backs and forth’s, some times they twist out of balance, they may not always be smooth as we hope, there is not always stable foot when we touch the ground, there are many factors that are beyond our control,...
Hallucinogenic bullets An article in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology discusses the history of ‘modern toxic antipersonnel projectiles’ and it has a short history of ammunition designed to introduce incapacitating hallucinogenic substances into the body. As you might expect for such an unpleasant idea (chemical weapon hand guns!) they were wielded by some fairly […]
Fanaticism Is a Disease Like Alcoholism We get distracted by the beliefs of particular fanatics and fail to see fanaticism's common traits. It's not what they belief but how they believe it. Fanaticism is a disease much like alcoholism. We hate the fanatic, which makes it hard for him to change. We need a AA-style approach instead: Don't blame the beliefs or the believers, blame the disease.
Thinking about the long-term impact of your food choices may help control food cravings A new study adds evidence to the current thinking that individuals with obesity can successfully reduce cravings using distract tasks. For this study, researchers tested the effects of three, 30-second distraction techniques to reduce cravings for the study participant’s favorite foods. They found that the effect of tapping one’s own forehead and ear with their index finger, tapping one’s toe on the floor, or a control task of staring at a blank wall, all worked significantly to reduce the cravings; however, forehead tapping worked best out of all techniques.
Granger Causality test can make epilepsy surgery more effective A new statistical test that looks at the patterns of high-frequency network activity flow from brain signals can help doctors pinpoint the exact location of seizures occurring in the brain and make surgery more effective, according to researchers.
Major Cause of Dementia Identified Which Could Lead to New Treatments Previously 'untreatable' dementias could be managed with lifestyle changes. 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:The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia How To Detect Dementia Before Any Symptoms Appear How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Discovered: How The Brain Repairs Itself After a Stroke
Was Skinner Wrong? Operant Conditioning & Down-Voting in Online Psychologists have long known that while B.F. Skinner is a founding father of behavioral psychology, some of the foundations he built his theories upon haven’t held up under the scrutiny of modern research. One of Skinner’s core contributions to modern psychology was a theory called “operant conditioning.” In it, he...
Brain anatomy differences between autistic, typically developing individuals are indistinguishable 'Our findings offer definitive answers regarding several scientific controversies about brain anatomy, which have occupied autism research for the past 10 to 15 years,' says one expert. 'Previous hypotheses suggesting that autism is associated with larger intra-cranial gray matter, white matter and amygdala volumes, or smaller cerebellar, corpus callosum and hippocampus volumes were mostly refuted by this new study.'
Radiation a risk factor for brain tumors in young people, study finds In people under age 30, radiation is a risk factor for a type of brain tumor called a meningioma, a study has found. Researchers analyzed records of 35 patients who were diagnosed with meningiomas before age 30. Five had been exposed to ionizing radiation earlier in their lives. They include two patients who received radiation for leukemia at ages 5 and 6; one who received radiation at age 3 for a brain tumor known as a medulloblastoma; and one who received radiation for an earlier skull base tumor that appeared to be a meningioma. The fifth patient had been exposed at age 9 to radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine.
Three Ways To Handle Mild But Upsetting Racing Thoughts When worrying or disturbing thoughts race through your mind, what can you do?...
Troll Wars and Narcissistic Rage With the recent Gamergate and Kathleen Hale controversies and more, the toxicity of online trolling is coming into prominence. There are effective ways to avoid the trap of getting sucked into internet troll wars, by examining your own narcissistic vulnerabilities.
Gonna make you, make you, make you notice… Earlier this year I watched two swallows feeding their chicks. When mom or dad returned to the nest, the hatchlings jostled for attention, pushing each other aside, their bright yellow throats agape. Sometimes I think we humans are no different in our clamor for recognition. In my writings I’ve sometimes...
The Scientists Who Confirmed That Drugs Make Movies Better Ever been dragged to some horrible film and wondered what it would take to mak!e it bearable? All the way back in the '60s, scientists had the answer for you: It's drugs! (And possibly a better screenwriter.)...
We Should All Be Ashamed For those suffering from severe mental illness, this is the worst of times. Because of inadequate treatment and housing, the mentally ill are extremely vulnerable to arrest for avoidable nuisance crimes- it is as simple as stealing some food from a store, sleeping on a bench in a public park, or shouting back at voices in the middle of the night.
Invest in Your Appearance and Boost Your Self-Confidence Last Saturday was cold, rainy, and—in my opinion—the perfect day to go to the mall. I had no plans and I needed things. Now, you might be thinking, “Did you really need things or did you just want things?” Yes, I needed them. I needed jeans. I needed skin care....
Can (and should) happiness be a policy goal? How does an individual's happiness level reflect societal conditions? A new article finds that similar to how GDP measures the effectiveness of economic policies, happiness can and should be used to evaluate the effectiveness of social policies.
How exercise could reduce relapse during meth withdrawal Even brief workouts can reduce the risk of relapse in rats withdrawing from methamphetamine, research shows. In addition, the research team found that exercise affected the neurons in a brain region that had never before been associated with meth withdrawal, suggesting a new direction for drug development.
Conservative and liberal brains may be wired differently Study finds that depending on their political point of view, people respond differently to disgusting pictures.
Researchers look at why autism cases are increasing It's not clear whether the rise is due to changes in how doctors diagnose autism and report cases, or if there is some factor in children's environment that is affecting autism rates.