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Study reveals a network within the brain that plays a role maintaining consciousness Philosophers have long struggled to define human consciousness. Now, a team of researchers led by neurologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has pinpointed the regions of the brain that may play a role maintaining it. Their findings, which have already garnered multiple awards from the American Academy of Neurology, were published today in [...]
Study finds female scientists collaborate differently Succeeding in the male-dominated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines can be very challenging for female faculty. Now, a Northwestern University study of the collaboration patterns of STEM faculty publishing 4 November in the open-access journal PLOS Biology has found that the playing fields in some disciplines are not as level as they first [...]
People with low oxytocin levels suffer reduced empathy People suffering medical conditions causing low levels of oxytocin perform worse on empathy tasks, according to new research presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Brighton. The research is the first to study humans with reduced oxytocin and suggests that hormone replacement could improve the psychological well-being of those living with low [...]
Research finds the brain needs to be retrained after ACL injury Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that regaining full function after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is more than just physical – it requires retraining the brain. A new study, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, shows parts of the brain associated with leg movement lagged [...]
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Use Your Clean Record to Your Advantage I don’t want to call down the evil eye, but I’ve never been arrested, and I’ve been issued one traffic ticket in my whole life. I remember the ticket vividly. It was 1992. I was living in a small town in Pennsylvania, the kind with … ...
Do’s and Don’ts When Dealing with a Break-Up: Lessons... I just saw a great movie about dealing with loss and break-ups, Begin Again, and have been listening to the soundtrack over and over again for the past 24 hours. I had no … ...
Are White Men Really the Problem? Cultural resistance to gender equality comes from more than just men.
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Can You Cheat at Mindfulness and Self Compassion? I have a client who laughingly says she loves to “cheat the system” — find a short cut, an easier way, a faster route and get “more bang for her buck.” She remembers doing it as a child at school. When she was supposed to … ...
Today I Love The Rising Sun Today I love the rising sun as it finds it’s way up through a new day in a new time scheme. I love that the sun felt so warm and … ...
Romantic Photos, Texts with Boyfriends, and Other Everyday Ways... It all seems so innocent. The romantic photographs. The enthusiastic conversations about great dates. Texting a boyfriend. Thinking about a boyfriend as Prince Charming. Yet research shows that all these … ...
5 Crucial Reasons You Should Talk More Have you ever been sitting on a subway or plane and felt annoyed because the person sitting next to you keeps trying to chat and chat and chat with you? … ...
‘I cried and dreamt of pizza’: Drew Barrymore’s recent... Do you suffer from an unhealthy relationship with food and your body? Are you one of the millions of people that are perpetually engaged in a yo yo diet cycle? … ...
Where’s Maslow? A Lifelong Search for Security Since the late 1980s, I have seen dozens of therapists due to depression and low self-esteem caused by financial distress. One of these therapists once told me that everyone deserves a certain level of comfort. Whether this is factually accurate has been subject to much … ...
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Don’t Confuse Self Doubt with Self Esteem Congratulations. Sobriety suits you. You’ve got a week sober. Or maybe a month. Perhaps a year. It doesn’t matter. Self-doubt always lingers in the shadows for those of us who … ...
Sexual Harassment: Do we have “Larger Problems” to Worry... How important is this issue of men getting away with unwanted or humiliating sexual behavior toward women?  I would argue that it has a very long tail.  A New York … ...
New Study Reports Diabetes Medication Could Treat Addiction... A relatively new class of drugs, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, have had much success in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Now, these drugs may offer support in the treatment of addiction and drug abuse. A new study, published in Translational Psychiatry, reports that … ...