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Finding Your Flock Lessons From the Geese   As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% … ...
How Far Can Our Empathy Go? I read this quote today and I had three thoughts almost simultaneously: “Now, with regard to the people who have done things we call “terrorism,” I’m confident they have been expressing their pain in many different ways for thirty years or more. Instead of our … ...
The brain can reveal drinking status even after death Scientists who use postmortem brain tissue to study alcohol’s effects on brain structure and function will find this research interesting. Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) is an alcohol metabolite and its concentration in whole blood samples is a biomarker of drinking habits. For this study, scientists examined PEth levels in postmortem brains of individuals known to have had alcohol use disorders (AUDs).
Bike Desks May Improve Cognitive Performance We’ve all heard about biking to work. But here’s a slightly more radical concept: biking at work. Along with standing desks and treadmill desks, pedal desks are a way furniture designers have tried to address the health consequences of sitting too much. There are a lot of different reasons you...
Why I Never Want to Go Back to Kindergarten... I will never EVER forget my first day of kindergarten. Unfortunately, there are no words I can find to adequately describe the mind-numbing shock of opening that classroom door and … ...
Effective Up and Down the Line A recent study finds that antidepressants work across the spectrum of major depression, for patients with severe, moderate, and mild forms of the disorder. Will the press notice?
Today I Love Those Determined Predawn Clouds Today I love those determined predawn clouds that marched resolutely south as the sky grew lighter. I love the way my camera seems to be able to capture what I … ...
Managing Stress in Compassion Fatigue In honor of National Stress Awareness Day, I want to share with one of my all-time favorite ways to fight stress and induce relaxation. One of the most helpful ways … ...
Carpe Demens If you have ADHD you have problems. Period. End of story. Yes, yes, I know. It’s a gift. You’re exactly the way you’re supposed to be. You’re amazing and all … ...
3 Quick Mindfulness Practices for Your Workday Our culture glorifies the idea of being busy. Additionally, multi-tasking has become increasingly common.  Many individuals are constantly connected to their smartphones and email notifications. Thus, it makes sense that many people are turning to time-tested practice to help them to find a sense of … ...
Best of Our Blogs: November 4, 2016 In  episode 202 of author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons, a photographer named Anne describes life with a brother battling addiction: “Having a family member with an addiction, it feels like it never ends like you have so much hope and then the relapse.” The thought … ...
Narcissistic Men and their Mothers There comes a time when the boy of a narcissistic mother will come across to the mother as a mysterious and dangerous testosterone-filled creature.
Millennials In Therapy Millennials are experiencing new challenges and unique stressors. What keeps them from getting the help they need during one of life's most important transitional periods?
When You’re A Burned-Out And Depressed Ex-Slut Who Wants... I’m bored. I’m so bored. I’m about to turn 30 in a couple of months. I’m an attractive, if a bit chunky, woman who’s got dark impulses and not many … ...
Researcher explains why PTSD is more like a physical illness than an ‘invisible injury’ Post-traumatic stress disorder is associated with physical changes to the brain, according to neuroimaging research published in the journal BMC Neuroscience. The study used magnetic resonance imaging technology to compare the brains of 24 soldiers with PTSD and 23 soldiers without PTSD. The researchers uncovered that soldiers with PTSD had reduced cortical thickness, primarily in [...]
Why some songs get stuck in your head — and how to get rid of them Almost all of us get songs stuck in our heads from time to time but why do certain tunes have the ‘stick factor’? The first large-scale study, led by Dr Kelly Jakubowski at Durham University, may have some answers to this musical stickiness. It has shown that songs that get stuck in your head – [...]
Scientists find fMRI brain scans can spot more lies than polygraph tests When it comes to lying, our brains are much more likely to give us away than sweaty palms or spikes in heart rate, new evidence from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, found that scanning people’s brains with fMRI, [...]
Brain ‘reads’ sentences the same in English and Portuguese An international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain “reads” or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same. Published in NeuroImage, the study is the first to show that different languages have similar neural signatures for describing events and scenes. By using [...]
Pupil response to negative facial expressions predicts risk for depression relapse Pupil dilation in reaction to negative emotional faces predicts risk for depression relapse, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Researchers at Binghamton University, led by PhD student Anastacia Kudinova, aimed to examine whether physiological reactivity to emotional stimuli, assessed via pupil dilation, served as a biological marker of risk [...]
Sunshine matters a lot to mental health, study finds Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn’t exactly new, but according to a recent BYU study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most. Your day might be filled with irritatingly hot temperatures, thick air pollution and maybe even [...]