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Brain imaging reveals clues about chronic fatigue syndrome A brain imaging study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome may have reduced responses, compared with healthy controls, in a region of the brain connected with fatigue. The findings suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with changes in the brain involving brain circuits that regulate motor activity and motivation. Compared with healthy controls,
Social marketing at the movies Word-of-mouth marketing is recognized as a powerful route from long-tail sales to blockbuster, whether one is talking about the latest fishy ice cream flavor or a Hollywood romantic comedy. In the age of social media and online networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, the potential for spreading the word could mean the difference between
Personal judgments are swayed by group opinion, but only for 3 days We all want to feel like we’re free-thinking individuals, but there’s nothing like the power of social pressure to sway an opinion. New research suggests that people do change their own personal judgments so that they fall in line with the group norm, but the change only seems to last about 3 days. The research is published in Psychological Science, a
Love problems? There’s a pill for that, but Plato offers a wiser cure By Laura D’Olimpio and Richard Paul Hamilton We take pills and potions for everything from a bad back to depression. Why shouldn’t we adopt the same approach to love and the miseries it may cause? Oxford ethicist Brian Earp has proposed that we should. Is pill-popping the best way to ensure we stay in love
10 Ways Blogging Transformed My Private Practice Jodie Gale MA built a thriving practice through online presence, blogging and social media. Read about her journey in this inspiring guest post. When I returned home from the UK several years ago, I was shocked at the state of psychotherapy in Australia. There was, and still is, a lack...
50 Shades of Grey-Area Blindness Some folks never guess, bet, believe or think; they just know. You can't speculate with them. You explore; they decree. But they may not actually be as arrogant as they sound. Here are seven other explanations for a person's inability to recognize the grey areas in thought and conversation.
What is Anger? Are you angry? What does your anger feel like? Are you in control of it, or do you allow it to control you? Or perhaps, a better question: What is anger? Anger, simply put, is an emotion. It is something we feel that can result from an experience we find...
Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Unlike other forms of aggression, spiteful acts no only involve hurting another, but also involve self-harm. Historically, medieval nuns cut off their own noses to spite invading barbarians. Even bacteria are capable of acting spitefully. Yet, psychologists are just beginning to study spitefulness as a personality trait.
Does the Name-Letter Effect Prove That You're Soooo Into Yourself? Remember when you had to pick your favorite letter in elementary school, and you always picked your first initial? It turns out that little ego trip never wears off — or does it? Let's look at the name-letter effect and decide if it's narcissism or coincidence....
Active genes in neurons profiled based on connections When it comes to the brain, wiring isn’t everything. Although neurobiologists often talk in electrical metaphors, the reality is that the brain is not nearly as simple as a series of wires and circuits. Unlike their copper counterparts, neurons can behave differently depending on the situation.
Eating at Night Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind goes straight to food, which results in me getting up and walking to the refrigerator looking for something to eat. It’s really annoying cause I’m not even hungry but it has become a habit that I am...
Thom Yorke Demonstrates Why Facial Symmetry Isn't Everything While some studies have suggested that symmetrical faces are perceived as more attractive than others, the way we process facial features suggests that it is actually asymmetry that makes our mugs interesting, appealing and memorable. ...
Think Vacations Are Luxuries? Think Again One day last month Linda and I dropped everything, turned off the computer, called the cat-sitter, packed our bags and boarded a flight to Mexico. Actually it wasn’t quite that spontaneous. We had made the plans several weeks before but since we worked right up until the day of the...
The Power of Belief: Why You Have Exactly What Recent I had an eye opening dream while I was asleep. I was in a war torn region and superheroes existed (Keep in mind I have a couple younger kids). I was injured somehow, but some of these superheroes were telling me I could fly. As I tried to fly,...
Can Back Pain Be Contagious? At Times, the Answer Is "Yes." We think of back pain as being caused by an injury to the back. But a combination of stress and exposure can create the right condition for back pain. And this phenomenon is much more common than you might think.
Do You Get Tired Of Tightrope-Walking The Middle Path? We call it "finding balance" but that makes it sound easier than it is, as though once you've found it, you've got it. "Managing tensions" is more like it, and the management never ends. Still, some of us retire from managing tensions, falling into idealistic extremism a haven from the balancing act.
Why You Should Stop Worrying So Much About What You Eat Just because we don't yet know whether broccoli or brussel sprouts have a more potent benefit to our health and longevity, we know enough about lifestyle behaviors to make better decisions than most of us are currently making when it comes to nutrition.
Our Love of Guidance: Why We Crave Relationship Advice We treasure relationships, making us willing to approach them with an open mind. Most of us, both men and women, are having an affair with guidance and counsel: In short, we love advice for relationships. We read blogs, we ask our friends (well, if we’re female … guys mainly just...
More Evidence That Longevity Depends on Your State of Mind We all know that having goals is important, but a joint US-Canadian study reveals that having a sense of purpose can affect our longevity. Remarkably, it doesn't matter how old we are or what we aspire to — as long as we have goals, we live longer....
Children Become the Negative Names They Are Called A new study confirms what many skilled NLP practitioners have known for a long, long time. Calling a child a negative name (regardless of your intention) increases the likelihood that he or she will become that very thing. For example, a new study conducted by psychologists at UCLA has shown that...