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Empathy in Old-Age: Less Heat and More Light As we get older, we become more discerning about how we spend our empathic energy.read more
Defining Success When You Have ADHD “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou Before I knew about ADHD, I often felt like a failure. Instead of summiting the mountain, I was more likely to fly into it (flying without an air traffic controller will do that...
Introducing the Blog, Thrive Many of us live our lives with little mindful regard as to where we’re going… and where we’ve been. We go from day to day, just happy with the little accomplishments and with no major problems rearing their ugly head. While I think that’s fine for a short while, it’s...
A Demonstration of the Blind Spot At the back of your eye is a tiny spot where the optic nerve and approximately one million ganglion cells extend out of the eye. In order to allow the cells to leave the eye, there is a very small spot that lacks visual receptors. Because of this gap in the receptors, we have what is known as a blind spot....Read Full Post
Taking a Walk May Lead to More Creativity than Sitting, Study Finds Free-flowing thought more likely while walking indoors or outdoors, research reveals
Rowdy friends may be more dangerous than phones Teen drivers distracted by passengers' loud talking and fooling around are more likely to be involved in serious incidents than those distracted by technology such as cell phones.
Women and stress Women's brains are more wired to worry than men's.
Parenting Expectations: Predicting Disaster Steve had been a caring child until his brother Charlie was born.  Their parents, Brad and Nancy chalked it up to “a phase he was going through.”  Steve was now twenty years old and the phase is still going on. Charlie is as giving as his brother is selfish.  They...
Are Brains of Artists Different? With more and more brain imaging studies in the media, relating to different areas of human behavior including being creative, it is worth noting there are critiques of the validity and meaning of imaging technology. The image is from an article whose authors comment, “The brain is said to be...
#89 Leaving Home Jens Schott Knudsen via Compfight   “You think your boys will be with you forever,” my dear friend Karen said to me. It formulated horrifying thoughts: My children are going to leave me? Go off to college? Do missionary service? Get married? Even though I knew from a logical perspective...
Athletic Focus: How to Make the Right Game-Time Decisions What did you do when you read the word “focus”? You probably zeroed in on the word and prepared for that big, important lesson that’s about to be thrown at you. Many of us are wired to listen only when it’s important. Think about it: when you are sitting in class,...
Higher education associated with better recovery from traumatic brain injury Better-educated people appear to be significantly more likely to recover from a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), suggesting that a brain’s “cognitive reserve” may play a role in helping people get back to their previous lives, new research shows. Researchers found that those with the equivalent of at least a college education are seven times more likely than those who didn't finish high school to be disability-free one year after a TBI serious enough to warrant inpatient time in a hospital and rehabilitation facility.
Sleep Disorders in Disney Cartoons Were Surprisingly Accurate "Sometimes," said Walt Disney, "we can recognize ourselves in animals. That's what makes them so interesting." He was more right than he knew. One group of people may have had particular insight into human sleep behavior and its disorders: Disney animators....
"Going with the Crowd" Causes Us to Make the Wrong Choices Going with the herd makes us feel safe, but herd behavior can go very wrong. It's not just crowds panicking and trampling. Enough of a crowd, and enough familiarity, will let smart people make exactly the wrong choice....
What Is Sexually "Normal?" Rethinking Pain and Pleasure Recent research suggests that what is considered sexually normal is more varied and sophisticated than what is being discussed by writers, journalists, and psychologists. Take a voyage through the love-hate relationship with the DSM-V and more.read more
The Vampire’s Bite: Victims of Narcissists Speak Out Because narcissists don’t think or feel like we do, it’s really not possible to establish a mutual relationship with them. And because we can hardly help but expect them to respond in ways similar to our own, their dissimilar reactions can confuse and surprise us--at times, deeply upset us as well. . . .read more
Finding safe drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases 'Mutant' protein clusters, long blamed for the progression of Huntington's and other neurodegenerative diseases, have been the primary focus of therapies in development by pharmaceutical companies. But according to new research, these drugs may not only be ineffective -- they may pose a serious threat to patients.
Hearing quality restored with bionic ear technology used for gene therapy: Re-growing auditory nerves Researchers have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy.
The Perils of Perfectionism When I set out to write an article on the perils of perfectionism, I didn’t realize that my own tendencies in that direction would prove to be one of my greatest obstacles. Having discovered this, it occurred to me that relating a personal narrative, rather than taking a more characteristic pedagogic approach, might be somewhat more revealing.read more
Forget VR Sex -- Here's How Tech Will Actually Change Your Love Life Our technologies are rapidly evolving, and with it, the very nature of our personal lives. Here's how the era of tech-enabled intimacy will forever change the way we go about forming and maintaining relationships....