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Becoming A Professional Screenwriter – Best Advice Anyone who takes a serious interest in writing for film ultimately wants to make it as a professional screenwriter. It’s the goal of hundreds of thousands of writers all over … ...
Sleep research high-resolution images show how the brain resets during sleep Striking electron microscope pictures from inside the brains of mice suggest what happens in our own brain every day: Our synapses -- the junctions between nerve cells -- grow strong and large during the stimulation of daytime, then shrink by nearly 20 percent while we sleep, creating room for more growth and learning the next day.
Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain's ability to form new memories, mouse study shows Studying mice, scientists have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory so the animals can 'solidify' lessons learned and use them when they awaken -- in the case of nocturnal mice, the next evening.
Study points to a universal immune mechanism as a regulator of sleep Sleep may be regulated in part by several brain-based immune proteins collectively called inflammasome NLRP3, suggests new research conducted in mice.
What’s the Link Between Mediterranean Diet and ADHD? If you read Daily Mail or Huffington Post, you might’ve already heard the news: researchers have found that children who follow a Mediterranean diet are less likely to have ADHD. … ...
Will We All Just Get Used to Trump? Although many believe that public resistance to Trump will increase over time, basic psychological principles predict otherwise.
Donald Trump: Is He as Unpredictable as He Seems? Writers have struggled to figure out just what is guiding our new President’s decision-making. This post should illuminate a subject that may have made you wonder, too.
Scientists utilize innovative neuroimaging approach to unravel complex brain networks A research team has used an innovative neuroimaging tool to interrogate the complex brain networks and functions.
How to Focus Better & What’s Really Getting In... Focus isn’t something you do only when you need to get something done. Focus is an ‘achiever’ thing not a ‘goal setter’ thing. How many goal setters do you know … ...
Is Self-Confidence Inherited? A Renewed Debate New research suggests that self-confidence may have a significant genetic component.
How Folate and a Genetic Mutation Can Impact Depression... Research has linked folate deficiencies to depression. According to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, one-third of depression patients were deficient. Folate, also known as vitamin B9, is available in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, oranges, nuts, beans, and whole grains. The vitamin … ...
Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #4: Goal Setting People of all ages love to set goals. In fact, according to the stats, the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2017 were to: 1) Lose weight or eat healthier … ...
Why Do People Follow Tyrants? We need to examine the reasons human nature leaves us vulnerable to tyranny.
Chatting with Chickens The truth is, if it has feathers, I’m probably going to like it. If it doesn’t have feathers, I would probably like it better if we added some. Even now … ...
Politics and Poison: Casualties of Fake News The FDA warns that some natural remedies contain poison. Meanwhile partisan rhetoric poisons the body politic.
A Checkup From the Neck Up As I am writing this article, my neck is wrapped in a warm compress, leaning against a hot pink airplane pillow.  For the past few weeks, I have utilized all … ...
Scientists identify two brain networks influencing how we make decisions Scientists have pinpointed two distinct mechanisms in the human brain that control the balance between speed and accuracy when making decisions.
Stress hormones underlie Indigenous health gap in Australia Scientists have made a disturbing finding about some young Indigenous people's biological reaction to stress, but one that could help close the health gap for indigenous people.
Immune system suppression may be related to problem drinking Cytokines are small proteins in the immune system that act as chemical messengers between cells. Prior research suggests that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are dysfunctional during alcohol dependence and may contribute to the progression from healthy to problem drinking. This study compared social and non-dependent problem drinkers on the impact of alcohol-related changes in the body’s immune response to stress, alcohol-cue induced craving and anxiety, motivation to drink, and alcohol consumption.
Addicted individuals less responsive to reward-anticipation It may be difficult for addicted individuals to learn when they can expect a reward. This learning problem could perhaps explain why they are more prone to addiction and find it difficult to kick the habit. Researchers reached this conclusion on the basis of an extensive meta-analysis of the brain imaging literature.