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How we use the 'GPS' inside our brain to navigate The way we navigate from A to B is controlled by two brain regions which track the distance to our destination, according to new research. The study found that at the beginning of a journey, one region of the brain calculates the straight-line to the destination ('the distance as a crow flies'), but during travel a different area of the brain computes the precise distance along the path to get there.
What makes purkinje neurons unique? Cutting edge methods reveal Cutting edge methods have been combined to obtain a comprehensive catalogue of proteins that are manufactured in specific parts of Purkinje neurons. The study succeeded in identifying several thousand RNAs that are enriched in rat Purkinje neurons. This comprehensive list holds the key to a better understanding of molecular events within these neurons and potential insights into diseases associated with Purkinje cells, like ataxias (disorders affecting movement) and autism.
Chimps Are Better at Strategic Reasoning Than Humans Are Imagine that your boss wants you to work, but you'd rather watch cat videos. Your best strategy is to learn your boss's patterns so that you'll appear hard at work only when she's watching. New research shows that chimpanzees are better than humans at making this kind of Machiavellian deduction....
Fed Up in Your Marriage: Making Choices After four years of frustration, Sherri had come to the realization that she was married, but her husband wasn’t. Her husband came and went without telling her his plans. He spent money and didn’t bother to consider their budget. He made a mess and never helped to clean up. He...
7 Myths About Mindfulness I’ve been studying and practicing mindfulness from a Buddhist perspective for over 20 years. Its entry into mainstream culture is a positive development; studies even attest to its health benefits. But I also think there are several misconceptions floating around about it. This piece covers seven myths about mindfulness.
Couples Therapy: 6 Exercises You Can Try at Home Tips and tricks to work it out before moving out. We’ve all watched enough reality television to know things could be a lot worse with our relationships. Angry yelling matches, threats of divorce and even drinks to the face can occur. But couples therapy isn’t just for the dysfunctional pair....
When You’re Frustrated with Your Body Image And Yourself While appreciating and loving our bodies and ourselves feels good. It also can feel overwhelming. It can feel overwhelming when you’ve spent many years fighting your body, with an inner critic that shouts — and shouts — about your supposed flaws. You might feel frustrated about your body and feel...
The Narcissistic Boss Do you have an impossible boss? Or, are you the problem? It's important to know, in order to figure out what to do.
Psychologically Minded Novelist Haruki Murakami A film about imaginative novelist Haruki Murakami
What Will People Think? “What will people think?” Suddenly I feel like I am bumping into this issue all over my life. From the television shows and movies I watch to the magazine articles I read….to family disputes and conversations with friends…. To be honest, some days I wonder if this concern – even...
How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders The delicate balance between white and grey matter is disrupted by chronic stress.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Can Having Sex Make You Smarter? Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function How Easily Stress is Transferred Between People Rethinking The Stress Mindset: Can You Find The Upside of Pressure?
Rhythmic brain activity used to track memories in progress Using EEG electrodes attached to the scalps of 25 student subjects, researchers have tapped the rhythm of memories as they occur in near real time in the human brain. The new findings show that EEG measures of synchronized neural activity can precisely track the contents of memory at almost the speed of thought, the lead investigator said.
Pros and Cons of Singledom: Guest Post by Paula Coston Bella’s intro: I recently discovered UK singles blogger and author Paula Coston. One of her posts included a set of pros and cons about single life that I found particularly clever, so I asked if I could share some of them here. Happily, she agreed. Thanks, Paula! Readers, please...
New Beginnings Need a New Attitude New beginnings often are exciting, yet terrifying — no one knows what the future holds. Unlimited possibilities lie behind the door to your new beginning: successes and failures, ups and downs, and even some smiles and frowns. The past is sometimes easier to reflect upon because it is finite, it...
Bipolar Marriage and Parenting I know many of you are probably wondering what this is doing in a parenting topic, but to be honest, if you don’t have a strong marriage, parenting is going to be just that much harder. With having bipolar disorder and being a bipolar mother, I’ve learned a thing or...
Skin Cancer? – Living in Denial About Your Face Ok. There are several levels, layers, and forms of denial. Mine was my face. I’ve had these red blotches in the middle of my forehead pretty much right on top of what is known as a third eye and have left them there. It’s not like I ignored them. I just got...
Cancer? – Living in Denial About Your Face Ok. There are several levels, layers, and forms of denial. Mine was my face. I’ve had these red blotches in the middle of my forehead pretty much right on top of what is known as a third eye and left it there. It’s not like I ignored them. I just...
What's That Weird Feeling of Illusory Movement on Trains? Ever had that strange feeling, sitting on a train, where you see another train moving and you think that you are in motion instead? There's an actual term for that feeling. And you need just the slightest stimulation to feel it....
Items brought to visiting hours My mind is a bit scattered as I sit to write this – perhaps too many topics, perhaps a lack of, – but I know that by writing this, whatever this is, it may help you. Do you know how good a Starbucks Frappuccino blended and topped with whipped cream...
Beyond Homina, Homina, Homina: Tackling Tough Questions Those dreaded questions that put you on the spot—at business meetings, Q&As, job interviews, and salary negotiations—can be an introvert’s nightmare. If only you had a little time in your cocoon to collect your thoughts. But often that’s not an option. So what do you do?