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Body Image Battles We indoctrinate our children to the ideals of beauty before they are out of diapers. These images come in the form of dolls such as Barbie and G.I. Joe, providing guidelines of what we are supposed to look like. These images are only validated and expanded upon as we get...
The Power of Mindfulness On-the-Go During the day many of us are moving so fast, sometimes physically, but almost always mentally. Our neurons are firing in hyper speed with so much to do and so much to pay attention to. We’re all working so hard to get somewhere that we forget to be here. Sometimes...
Do people with autism struggle with driving? In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether [...]
Discovering the Purpose for Your Life Life is constantly changing; very few things remain the same. Most people will have multiple jobs, and live in different houses, different states and even countries in this day of globalisation. Relationships change and even if you stay with the same person, there are changes in the dynamics of that relationship as each of you […]
What Rots Your Brain More? The Internet or Television? Pundits have been debating whether media destroys our brains for at least 70 years. Strangely, the terms they used to criticize TV decades ago sound a lot like the ones they use to criticize the internet now. See if you can guess which of these quotes are about TV, and which are about the internet....
Little or poor sleep may be associated with worse brain function when aging Sleep problems are associated with worse memory and executive function in older people, new research concludes. Analysis of sleep and cognitive (brain function) data from 3,968 men and 4,821 women was conducted in a study where respondents reported on the quality and quantity of sleep over the period of a month.
Detecting brain activity in coma patients can actually be a scary thing for their families By Gabby Samuel, Brunel University It’s often argued that technological innovation in medicine is key to improving healthcare, and there is no doubt that brain-scan technology such as fMRI is at the forefront of our understanding of the brain. While this kind of scan is providing answers to many difficult questions about how we think, [...]
Social Anxiety Feeling nervous before a presentation or in some social settings can be normal. But in social anxiety, everyday interactions can cause irrational fear and can hinder you from moving forward. According to Wikipedia, “Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in social interactions that involve...
Delusional Thinking 101: How Blaming Mental Illness Won’t Help We’ve written in the past how there’s is a real delusional disconnect between the desire to act to stop future mass shootings, and people constantly pointing the finger at mental illness as being the root of the problem. I say “delusional” because the leap of logic it takes to utter...
Selective Perception and Attention at the World Cup Even though we all watch the same World Cup games, because of selective perception and attention, people may report what they saw very differently.
What Happens to the Animals Who Are Used to Treat People in Therapy? Dogs, horses, and even dolphins are used in animal-assisted therapy. While some animal "therapies" are bad news all around (looking at you, dolphins), others have had positive results. Trained, domesticated animals like dogs or horses can be quite beneficial for humans. But how do therapy animals themselves fare?...
A Helpful Pamphlet About Heart Disease? There’s Just One Did his insurance company not get the memo that his heart disease was discovered via autopsy?...
Blocking key enzyme minimizes stroke injury, research finds A drug that blocks the action of the enzyme Cdk5 could substantially reduce brain damage if administered shortly after a stroke, research suggests. The development of a Cdk5 inhibitor as an acute neuroprotective therapy has the potential to reduce stroke injury, researchers report.
Brain circuits involved in stress-induced fevers identified When we feel mentally stressed, we often also feel physiological changes, including an increase in body temperature. This increase in body temperature is known as psychological stress-induced hyperthermia. Stress for people in today's society can last a long time and cause a chronic increase in body temperature, a condition called psychogenic fever. Researchers now have identified a key neural circuit connection in the brain that's responsible for the development of psychological stress-induced hyperthermia.
Decoding characteristic food odors How are we able to recognize foodstuffs like strawberries, coffee, barbecued meat or boiled potatoes by smell alone? Foodstuffs contain more than 10,000 different volatile substances. But only around 230 of these determine the odor of food. Narrowing it down further, between just three and 40 of these key odors are responsible for encoding the typical smell of an individual foodstuff. These compounds are then decoded by around 400 olfactory receptors in the nose.
The Secret to Great Relationships of Any Kind Gerry Spence, the famous attorney who has an amazing record for winning in court, says that people have “truth tentacles.” That’s how he became so successful — by telling juries the truth. I agree; I think people can tell when they’re being lied to. Sometimes we may put blinders on...
Risk and the Paranormal Do you believe in the paranormal? Are you a good judge of risk? My guess is that if you answered ‘yes’ to the first question you should answer ‘no’ to the second.
Depression: Do You Suppress Your Anger? Andy wanted his daughter, Cheri, to be perfectly beautiful. He rewarded her when she looked sweet and cheerful, he punished her when she expressed disappointment and worry. He shaped her according to his selfish specifications. He thought he was a terrific father. His wife, Mara, was a passive, pleasing wife....
Coping with Repetitive Dreams Not everyone is a “dreamer.” However, I am. What I mean is, I have always had exceptionally vivid dreams. In fact, sometimes the dream-me can pack in several different dreams in a single night. Often (and increasingly as I get older) I also have repetitive dreams. While I do realize...
Emergency Room Serenity   Early Sunday morning, I was awakened by a telephone call. On the other end of the line was my sister, and her voice sounded worried and dramatic. She told me that our mother is experiencing increased heart rate and blood pressure, and is being rushed to the hospital. My...