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Synapses in the brain mirror the structure of the visual world New research has discovered why our brain might be so good at perceiving edges and contours. Neurons that respond to different parts of elongated edges are connected and thus exchange information. This can make it easier for the brain to identify contours of objects, report scientists.
How Narcissistic Bosses Dull Productivity It took several committee meetings for Jill to put together a thorough proposal for the management of a new department. She did the work under the presumption that her narcissistic boss would be open to suggestions and recommendations from the committee. But even given that … ...
Craving More Meaningful Trips? Guest blogger and constant traveler Steve Barber reviews an unusual travel guide, one that helps you figure yourself out in order to plan and take better trips.
Feeling Frazzled? The Cure Might Be in Your Kitchen A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology late last year found that individuals who frequently take a stab at small creative projects, report having a higher state of mental health and functioning. In a more recent study, it was discovered that little bursts … ...
Detecting long-term concussion in athletes Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred.
Function of cerebellar interneurons probed with new technique Researchers have developed a technique for selectively targeting and controlling the interneurons of the cerebellar molecular layer relying on a genetically engineered mouse model that exploits a unique gene encoding c-Kit to differentiate interneurons from other cell types. By using the c-kit mice in this study, the team was able to specifically access molecular layer interneurons and manipulate their activity using both optogenetic and chemogenetic methods in vitro.
The Crisis of Meaning Now is the time to address the crisis of meaning in life, work, and society.
Do Dogs and Cats Have the Same Emotional Responses? Although both cats and dogs show basic emotions, new data suggests that cats are less likely to show complex emotions than dogs.
Free Live Webinar: Overcoming Fear of Flying Overcoming Fear of Flying will be focused on understanding flying anxiety, as well as learning what it takes to overcome this common phobia. In particular, we will discuss what from our lives contributes to developing and reinforcing this fear. We will also discuss the Balanced … ...
The Harm of Solitary Confinement Solitary confinement does damage.
First aid in the brain: When language suddenly fails After a stroke a person often suffers from language problems. In some cases certain linguistic abilities can be regained, whereas others are lost forever. Now scientists have found one possible explanation: The injury of some brain areas can be well compensated, whereas this is not the case with others. These findings could not just be relevant for therapy after a stroke but also prove the hierarchical structure of language.
Creating music by thought alone Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument. They hope that this new instrument will help empower and rehabilitate patients with motor disabilities such as those from stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The Impact of Vocational Interests on Life There are many characteristics of people that affect the choices they make in life. We often focus on personality traits. But what about interests in work?
Insufficient levels of Vitamin D in pregnancy detrimental to child development Vitamin D deficiency in expectant mothers during pregnancy has a negative effect on the social development and motor skills of pre-school age children, a new study reports.
Programs that teach emotional intelligence in schools have lasting impact Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later.
Are You Keeping Busy to Avoid Your Feelings? Something really upsetting happened yesterday. But you have too much to do to think about it. In fact, it always seems like you have too much to do. Naturally, you refocus on your to-do list. Maybe you even add another seemingly necessary commitment. After all, … ...
Gender Variation and Same-Sex Relations in Precolonial Times And what we can learn from them.
Teachers should foster emotional intelligence in their students but not be graded on it, report finds If emotional intelligence is a key -- and possibly the most important -- component to student success, how do we ensure schools foster it?
Is sexting good or bad for you? Psychologists study the consequences of sending sexts Past research has found that more than eight out of 10 people are sexting. Now psychologists are investigating the positive and negative consequences of using your phone to send sexually suggestive or nude images of yourself. The study, published in the scientific journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sexts sent in casual relationships tend [...]
The openness of a floor plan could affect how much you eat, study suggests New research indicates that the floor plan where you are eating can influence how much you consume. Open floor plans may lead to more eating. “As an architect and environmental psychologist, I am interested in how the built environment – spaces, buildings, and cities – affects our physical and mental health and health behaviors,” explained [...]