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World cup: Why mirror neurons play a part in jubilation The FIFA World Cup starts next Thursday in Brazil. When you, as a soccer fan, join in the celebrations because your favorite team wins or are extremely crestfallen at a defeat then the so-called mirror neurons are in play.
Eating is Yoga   The Sanskrit root of the word “yoga” means “to yoke.” Therefore, yoga is literally union. In truth, all of your existence is yoga. You are made of this world. You depend on this world. If this world ends— locally or globally—you end too. There is no absolute self-sufficiency, and therefore...
Do You Ever Feel Invisible? Every Tuesday, my post features a theme from my upcoming novel, “Don’t Try to Find Me” (available July 8.)  Today, I’m writing about how feeling invisible can cause people to seek validation in all the wrong places.  This is especially true for teenagers and young adults, but even for older people, there’s...
The 4 Roles Fathers Play When Mothers Are Unloving As Father's Day approaches. some daughters (and sons) will find themselves re-thinking the roles their dads played in their lives and may come up a bit short when it comes to celebrating them sincerely. For some children, Father's Day is painful.
How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory The physical changes in the motor cortex that result from learning and sleep.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss
Quality vs. Quanity I know many of us worry about the time we spend with our children. I for one, having a large family worry daily if I’m spending enough time with each of my children. Between running to social activities, counseling services and the other activities we find ourselves engulfed in, it...
Best of Our Blogs: June 10, 2014 Every moment is a choice. You can choose to be the slow moving sand under the fast changing current. You can be the rock or you can be flexible like the branches of a tree. You can choose to be your circumstance, your illness, your childhood, your tragedy. But you...
Need to Bounce Back RIGHT NOW? Try these 4 things If you’re in a spot where you feel like you need to bounce back right now, here’s what I want you to do:  1. Take a deep breath. Now, before you roll your eyes, let’s look at why this is important. Taking a deep breath does a couple of very...
Addicts Will Always Find a Way to Get High When the makers of OxyContin reformulated the drug to minimize abuse in 2010, the sudden unattractiveness of one of the most widely abused painkillers prompted a dramatic surge in heroin abuse. Onlookers expected OxyContin to lose its huge following, but few expected such a widespread shift to heroin. Yet studies...
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Game technology teaches mice and men to hear better in noisy environments The ability to hear soft speech in a noisy environment is difficult for many and nearly impossible for the 48 million in the United States living with hearing loss. Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and Harvard University programmed a new type of game that trained both mice and humans to [...]
Tangled path of Alzheimer’s-linked brain cells mapped in mice By studying laboratory mice, scientists at The Johns Hopkins University have succeeded in plotting the labyrinthine paths of some of the largest nerve cells in the mammalian brain: cholinergic neurons, the first cells to degenerate in people with Alzheimer’s disease. “For us, this was like scaling Mount Everest,” says Jeremy Nathans, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience, [...]
Depression in the elderly linked to Alzheimer’s risk Many people develop depression in the latest stages of life, but until now doctors had no idea that it could point to a build up of a naturally occurring protein in the brain called beta-amyloid, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, late-life depression could become a major risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s faster than [...]
Angry faces back up verbal threats, making them seem more credible We’ve all been on the receiving end of an angry glare, whether from a teacher, parent, boss, or significant other. These angry expressions seem to boost the effectiveness of threats without actual aggression, according toresearch published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research findings show that angry expressions lend additional weight to a negotiator’s [...]
Can You Absolutely See the Warning Signs of Depression   I just got back for my first therapy at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care in Punta Gorda.  I got sent home with a few work sheets and at the top of one was titled “Warning Signs of Depression.” I thought, hey that would be a great update of my 2008...
"High-Functioning Alcoholic"--A Badge of Honor? Our tendency to romanticize illness, including alcoholism, can lead us down a slippery slope.
To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected states Anesthesia makes otherwise painful procedures possible by derailing a conscious brain, rendering it incapable of sensing or responding to a surgeon’s knife. But little research exists on what happens when the drugs wear off. “I always found it remarkable that someone can recover from anesthesia, not only that you blink your eyes and can walk [...]