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7 Strong Women To Inspire You Strong Women To Inspire You A friend of mine adopted two adult kitties from the pound recently (homeless kitties finally homed, yes!). “I wanted them to name them after strong women in history,” he said. He chose Thatcher (Margaret) and Abigail (Adams). So that inspired me to talk about other...
Violence Against Women: The Washington Post’s Sad, Sloppy Journalism One would hope that one of the last bastion’s of good journalism wouldn’t just publish some researchers’ thoughts on a topic without vetting the research they’re based upon. Not at the Washington Post. In an article originally entitled, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get...
These Are The Most Depressing Jobs In America Our jobs have a profound influence on our mental health. A new study shows the extent to which certain industries give rise to clinical depression. ...
Cognitive performance can be improved in teens months, years after traumatic brain injury Traumatic brain injuries from sports, recreational activities, falls or car accidents are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents. While previously it was believed that the window for brain recovery was at most one year after injury, new research shows cognitive performance can be improved to significant degrees months, and even years, after injury, given targeted brain training.
Mechanism explains complex brain wiring How neurons are created and integrate with each other is one of biology’s greatest riddles. Now, a researcher unravels a part of the mystery by describing a mechanism that explains novel aspects of how the wiring of highly branched neurons in the brain works. These new insights into how complex neural networks are formed are very important for understanding and treating neurological diseases.
Being Bored Can Fire Up Your Creativity Some writers swear by a solid dose of boredom to help them seek out new ideas.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Get Inspired! The Psychology of Creativity 6 Ways to Kill Creativity Duck/Rabbit Illusion Provides a Simple Test of Creativity Boredom Explained (in under 300 words) Creativity for the Cautious
DARPA Brain Implant Project: Mind Control Redux? A new $71 million program at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, working with Massachusetts General Hospital and UCSF, focuses on developing implants to place in the brain for the purpose of “treating depression, anxiety and symptoms of PTSD.”  If this doesn’t make the hair on the back...
Beyond Awareness: Mental Health Empathy Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a good time to look back on what two great writers have said about their experiences with mental illness. These accounts remind us that even though we’ve made great progress with diagnosis and treatment, we are a long way from fully understanding the...
Hit The Deck, ADHD In Active Settings The word deck has been in my speech a lot lately. Some of you know that I’m a contractor when I have work. And some of you know that the word deck is a common one for contractors. Last week I built an outhouse for friends who have a get-away...
10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven For those unable to watch the video on my blog, you can watch it directly on YouTube (University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven), http://youtu.be/yaQZFhrW0fU. This is an inspiring and powerful 20-minute commencement speech by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the […]
Why Kendra’s Law Should Spread Across the Nation In the winter of 1999, a man with a history of repeated hospitalizations and mental illness (by the name of Andrew Goldstein) pushed Kendra Webdale onto Manhattan’s subway tracks in New York city. Kendra never saw it coming. Not only were Kendra’s parents devastated but Governor George Pataki immediately pushed to...
Yes, It's True, Introverts Are Less Happy Than Extroverts However, when it comes to happiness, extroverts do better. This is true even when they are alone, extroverts are happier alone than introverts. Other very important finding, whether introverted or extroverted, both tend to enjoy socializing more than spending time alone.
Who Should Know How You Are Feeling? Paul Ekman writes on facial recognition technology, privacy concerns, and the urgent need to establish guidelines. Dr. Ekman's blog, Face It!
Flirting Creates Jealousy — Hannah’s view My husband, Jake Eagle, just wrote an article about flirting and jealousy from the male perspective. I appreciate what he wrote and would like to add my own perspective. In his article, Jake shared that early on in our relationship, I had a tough time with jealousy. This was true....
Flirting Creates Jealousy — Jakes view I worked with a client today whose stated problem was that he flirts too much. My first question, “Is it a problem for you, the women you flirt with, or your wife?” “My wife.” Flirting is something I know a lot about. Before I married Hannah I flirted quite a...
Gene mutation discovery could explain brain disorders in children Mutations in one of the brain's key genes could be responsible for impaired mental function in children born with an intellectual disability, researchers report. The research proves that the gene, TUBB5, is essential for a healthy functioning brain. Scientists believe that in the future this knowledge, combined with regenerative medicine techniques, could also aid the replacement of neurons in times of brain injury or disease.
3 Paths for a Hotter Sex Life Improving your sex life means focusing on more than just the physical. Has your sex life dwindled from a hot, steamy affair to a lukewarm, occasional romp in the bedroom? You’re not alone. Many couples worry that their relationship is losing its original flair when the physical fun begins to...
Inside the adult ADHD brain About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While many of these children eventually “outgrow” the disorder, some carry their difficulties into adulthood: About 10 million American adults are currently diagnosed with ADHD. In the first study to compare patterns of brain activity in [...]
Children can tell when a teacher commits ‘sins of omission’ Children learn a great deal about the world from their own exploration, but they also rely on what adults tell them. Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, [...]
Soldiers who kill in combat less likely to abuse alcohol It’s no secret that combat experiences are highly stressful and can contribute to instances of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among soldiers post-deployment. It also comes as no surprise that many soldiers afflicted with these conditions abuse alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. But new research coauthored by Cristel Russell, an associate professor of marketing with American [...]