|Brain changes in college football players raise new concerns
||A new study found subtle differences in the brains of college football players when compared to other students.
|The psychology of loves that last a lifetime
||Science supports the idea that romantic love can last, and more than our culture gives it credit for.
|Mating rituals: Why certain risky behaviors can make you look hot
||Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal.
|Breakthrough: Nasal spray may soon replace pills for delivering drugs to the brain
||When the doctor gives us medicine, it is often in the shape of a pill. But when it comes to brain diseases, pills are actually an extremely inefficient way to deliver drugs to the brain, and according to researchers, we need to find new and more efficient ways of transporting drugs to the brain. Spraying the patient's nose could be one such way.
|Seeing is a matter of experience: Visual perception for faces, letters similar
||Faces are of tremendous importance for human beings. That's why in the course of the evolution our visual perception has specialized in the recognition of faces in particular. Until now researchers assumed that these distinct adaptation mechanisms are unique to the perception of faces. But, as scientists now have proven, a similar effect can also occur in the perception of letters.
|Rhythmic bursts of electrical activity from cells in ear teach brain how to hear
||A precise rhythm of electrical impulses transmitted from cells in the inner ear coaches the brain how to hear, according to a new study. The ear generates spontaneous electrical activity to trigger a response in the brain before hearing actually begins, said the study's senior investigator.
|How touch can trigger our emotions
||While touch always involves awareness, it also sometimes involves emotion. Now, scientists describe a system of slowly conducting nerves in the skin that respond to gentle touch. Investigators are beginning to characterize these nerves and to describe the fundamental role they play in our lives as a social species. Their work also suggests that this soft touch wiring may go awry in disorders such as autism.
|Can Faith & Belief Help Prevent Depression?
||Should we be asking more about the spiritual reasons for depression?...
|Enduring Happiness: Why is my Partner so Mean to Me?
||Greg came into his second counseling with the question – “Why is my wife so mean to me? Does she enjoy it?” This is the wrong question because it puts the problem into the hands of another party. In effect, he is trying to figure out someone else’s motivations, which...
|3 Tips for Dealing with Anxious Thoughts
||Negative, worry-filled thoughts perpetuate our anxiety. They also paralyze us from taking action and can prevent us from leading a fulfilling life. Sometimes, we mistakenly assume worry helps us circumvent potential catastrophes: If we aren’t worried, something terrible will happen. But as licensed psychologist and anxiety expert Tamar E. Chansky,...
|Anger and Resentment. Are You Setting Yourself Up?
||Feeling a little resentful or angry at someone? Annoyed with a friend? Fed up with a co-worker? What about your honey bunny? Want to scream when he enters the room? Then you have probably set yourself up for some resentment. How? The Unconcious Deal I have found that when resentment rears its...
|Device for stopping uncontrolled seizures implanted in patient
||Last month the first hospital outside of a clinical trial site implanted a pacemaker-like device in the brain of a patient. This may be a game-changer for patients with epilepsy. The device, called the RNS System, was implanted April 17, 2014 in a patient with seizures that previously could not be controlled with medication, or intractable epilepsy. The patient has recovered completely from the surgery.
|Forgiveness: The Wonderful Psychological Perks
||Studies show that being forgiving benefits mental and physical health.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Narcissism: Identifying Key Traits, Definition, Symptoms and Risk Factors
||nate2b via Compfight In contrast to a person with codependency tendencies, described in a previous article as a rigid pattern of relating to self and key others with little or no sense of self or own wants and needs as valuable, significant or even viable, a person with indicators for...
|Narcissism: Key Traits, Symptoms and Risk Factors
||nate2b via Compfight In contrast t0 codependency tendencies, described previously as a rigid pattern of relating to key others (and self) with little or no sense of own wants and needs as valuable, significant or even viable, those with indicators for narcissism have a rigid pattern of relating to others as...
|Narcissism: Identifying Key Traits, Symptoms and Risk Factors
||nate2b via Compfight In contrast to codependency tendencies, described in a previous article as a rigid pattern of relating to key others (and self) with little or no sense of own wants and needs as valuable, significant or even viable, those with indicators for narcissism have a rigid pattern of...
|Executive function deficits can lead to attentional impairments during alcohol dependence
||Previous research has shown that alcohol-dependent (AD) individuals exhibit frontal lobe abnormalities. A focus on memory-executive dysfunctions, however, has led to a neglect of several other high-level cognitive functions, such as attentional biases and deficits. A study of the integrity of three attentional networks – alerting, orienting, and executive control – among AD individuals has
|Yoga Lessons: The More You Resist, the More It
||Have you ever heard the phrase, “The more you resist, the more it persists”? One of my yoga instructors used this phrase at the end of class last week. My fellow yogis and I were relaxing in savasana (or, the corpse pose). The keyword here is “relaxing.” Yoga Lessons: Don’t...
|Taste of Longevity: Long Life is Sweet
||Fascinating new research: “Bitter tastes could have negative effects on lifespan, sweet tastes had positive effects,” reports Science Daily. At least, in fruit flies. Michael Waterson, a Ph.D graduate student in U-M’s Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, explains: “Findings help us better understand the influence of sensory signals, which we...
|Eat With Your Eyes Closed
|| Close your eyes to see—with the mind’s eye of mindfulness—what you are eating. Mindfulness is a kind of “super-vision” because it allows you to see with the eyes shut. Mindfulness “over-sees”… and, thus, serves as a platform for self-control. - Adapted from “Reinventing the Meal” (Somov, New Harbinger, 2012) Share...