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Mindfulness: Sugar Free, Zero Calories, and Hours of Energy You’ve heard it before, we’re a sleep deprived nation. If you took a poll, you’d likely find most of your friends feel more tiredness than they would like. That is why 5-Hour Energy Drink and other products like that are so popular. They perk us up, make us more engaged...
The Difference Between Stable and Unstable Relationships Does it bug you when your partner can't see the forest for the trees? Or can't focus on crucial details? If so, what do you do about it? Your answer matters, because it turns out that how you handle disagreements about the right level of analysis is crucial to a relationship's sustainability.
Mind games: The psychiatrist hoping to help England stay in the World Cup By Simon Rea, The Open University England play Uruguay tonight in a crucial match that, if lost, could leave the team with one foot already on the flight home. It’s for situations like these that Steve Peters, England’s sport psychiatrist, was invited to accompany the team to the World Cup. It’s worth considering why England’s [...]
Thinking about breaking up? You may as well flip a coin By Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Monmouth University In their latest book, Think Like a Freak, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner urge readers to think about the world differently by training readers’ brains to approach problems in unique ways. In the final chapter, the Upside of Quitting, Levitt and Dubner suggest that, contrary to what many [...]
Managing Anger in the Workplace Recently, Duncan featured on a podcast for In this enlightening interview hosted by Ken Burgin, Duncan discusses the topic ‘Managing Anger in the Workplace’ addressing how it is caused and strategies we can use to best deal with it. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.
Reflected Selfies Selfies are obnoxious and self-serving. Reflected selfies achieve the same goal but with style, class, and finesse.
Neurostimulator for epilepsy seizure control implanted in patients Neurosurgeons have implanted a new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures in patients with difficult-to-control epilepsy called a responsive neurostimulator. It marked the first time in the Southeast United States that the RNS system by NeuroPace had been implanted since the device gained FDA approval in November 2013.
Social-Emotional Learning is a Must to Reduce Bullying I’ve heard it said too many times: Social and emotional learning shouldn’t be taught at school because that’s a job for parents. Good in theory, but in reality, there are many children who lack supportive, loving and safe home environments that promote good values. Instead, these children often experience an...
Baby Rituals The earliest interactions between moms and infants are ritualized interactions. Ritual is the means by which we draw infants and children deeper and deeper into the adult social world.
Parents of children with autism less likely to have more kids Parents of children with autism may be concerned about having another child with autism, or may not have the resources to care for more children.
Would you want to know if you’re likely to get Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers struggle to recruit volunteers for promising drug to treat widely-feared disease.
Study: Less-structured time correlates to kids' success Research found that young children who spend more time engaging in more open-ended, free-flowing activities display higher levels of executive functioning.
Passive Aggressive vs. Assertive Behavior in Relationships One of the most common reactions people have when I talk about my work in addressing passive aggressive behavior is an impassioned, “Passive aggression is so frustrating! I can’t stand passive aggressive people!” followed up by a quick and more sheepish, “Wait, what exactly is passive aggression again?”
Seeing the inner workings of brain made easier by new technique Scientists have improved on their original technique for peering into the intact brain, making it more reliable and safer, researchers report. The results could help scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise. When you look at the brain, what you see is the fatty outer covering of the nerve cells within, which blocks microscopes from taking images of the intricate connections between deep brain cells. The idea behind this study was to eliminate that fatty covering while keeping the brain intact, complete with all its intricate inner wiring.
Tiny molecule could help diagnose, treat mental disorders According to the World Health Organization, such mood disorders as depression affect some 10% of the world's population and are associated with a heavy burden of disease. Now, scientists report that they have 'fingerprinted' a culprit in depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.
Stem cell-based transplantation approach improves recovery from stroke Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in developed countries, and there is an urgent need for more clinically effective treatments. A study reveals that simultaneous transplantation of neural and vascular progenitor cells can reduce stroke-related brain damage and improve behavioral recovery in rodents. The stem cell-based approach could represent a promising strategy for the treatment of stroke in humans.
Scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit A particular brain circuit has been linked by researchers to mammals' tendency to interact socially. Stimulating this circuit -- one among millions in the brain -- instantly increases a mouse's appetite for getting to know a strange mouse, while inhibiting it shuts down its drive to socialize with the stranger. The new findings may throw light on psychiatric disorders marked by impaired social interaction such as autism, social anxiety, schizophrenia and depression, said the study's senior author.
Self-Care And Asking For What You Need I talk a lot on Weightless about exploring and responding to our needs. This is a powerful way to cultivate self-compassion and a fulfilling life. But I know it can get tricky when our needs involve other people — which is often. Personally, I used to assume that others, if...
Brain tumor cells move, damage tissue; research points to possible therapy Researchers have shed new light on how gliomas migrate in the brain. The findings show gliomas disrupt normal neural connections and hijack control of blood vessels. The study provides insight on how glioma cells spread throughout the brain and potentially offers a tantalizing opportunity for therapy. A hallmark of gliomas is that the cells can migrate away from a central tumor, invading healthy brain tissue. Even if a tumor mass is surgically removed, malignant cells that have migrated are left behind, and can grow into a new tumor.
The Importance of a Support Structure After a Mental When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia eight years ago it was like walking in a fog. I was lost in my delusions, I was confused about what was happening to me and I was trying to grapple with what exactly reality was. My family was suffering too. They had no...