Article Description
Being kind to others does make you 'slightly happier' Researchers conclude that being kind to others causes a small but significant improvement in subjective well-being. The review found that the effect is lower than some pop-psychology articles have claimed, but also concluded that future research might help identify which kind acts are most effective at boosting happiness.
4 Questions Every Child of an Unloving Mother Asks it’s almost impossible to overstate the effects of not having your emotional needs met in Infancy and childhood; yet the culture, fed by the myths that hold that mothering is … ...
Infants use prefrontal cortex in learning Researchers have long thought that the region of the brain involved in some of the highest forms of cognition and reasoning -- the prefrontal cortex (PFC) -- was too underdeveloped in young children, especially infants, to participate in complex cognitive tasks. A new study suggests otherwise. Given the task of learning simple hierarchical rules, babies appeared to employ much the same circuits as adults doing a similar task.
Today I Love Cotton Candy Clouds Today I love cotton candy clouds in perfect blue skies. I love that we are in the middle of a perfect October week, the mornings are cool and the afternoons … ...
Should We Let Them Eat Dirt? Recent research suggests that contact with some forms of bacteria might promote the development of a healthy immune system.
You Can’t Go Home We used to go to the cottage every year. My wife and I would pack up our gear and head out for a week or two. It wasn’t our cottage. … ...
How the brain consolidates memories during sleep Researchers have studied which brain processes consolidate memories during sleep. They found clear parallels to findings from experimental animal studies.
3 Ways to Navigate the Emotional Side of Pregnancy Pregnancy is a beautiful and miraculous time. You’re growing a baby for goodness’ sake. And for many moms-to-be, it’s also a tough time. There are the physical symptoms—marathon-level fatigue, nausea, heartburn, appetite loss—which ensure that you don’t feel like yourself. The days might be limping … ...
Irisin: The "Exercise Hormone" Is a Fat-Fighting Phenomenon A new study reports that the exercise-induced hormone irisin can reduce the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 percent. If you want to lose weight, irisin production can help.
When To Say Enough! 10 Ways To Escape Toxic People How would you know a person is “toxic?” What about them or their behaviors would signal to you that they are toxic? For me, a toxic person is someone who … ...
How My Life Mirrors The Angel Tree The 8th anniversary of my first suicide attempt has passed. It makes me happy – like, another year under my belt. Even though to be honest there have been multiple … ...
Neuroimaging study finds spaceflight results in significant changes in brain activity, performance A long period of head-down tilt bed rest, which mimics the effects of spaceflight, results in significant changes in the functional connectivity of motor, somatosensory, and vestibular areas of the brain, according to a recent study published online this July in Neuroimage. The study found that several of these functional changes were also significantly associated [...]
What motivates prosocial behavior in narcissists? Investigations of narcissism often focus on aggression and other negatively perceived traits, but a new study by Sara Konrath, Meng-Han Ho and Sasha Zarins instead examines the factors that motivate narcissists to engage in behaviors that are considered to be prosocial in nature. Prosocial behaviors can take many forms and may be a result of altruistic (self-sacrifice) or self-serving intentions, as it [...]
Scientists find new path in the brain to ease depression Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a new pathway in the brain that can be manipulated to alleviate depression. The pathway offers a promising new target for developing a drug that could be effective in individuals for whom other antidepressants have failed. New antidepressant options are important because a significant number of patients don’t adequately improve [...]
Failed replication study shows reading literary fiction doesn’t boost social cognition When a 2013 study published in Science concluded that reading literary fiction for as few as 20 minutes could improve someone’s social abilities, it made quite the splash. However, when researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Pace University, Boston College and the University of Oklahoma tried to replicate the findings using the original study materials and [...]
Can you zap your brain back to health? Rather than taking medication, a growing number of people who suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy and drug cravings are zapping their skulls in the hopes that a weak electric current will jolt them back to health. This brain hacking — “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS) — is used to treat neurological and psychiatric symptoms. A [...]
New genes linked with bigger brains identified A number of new links between families of genes and brain size have been identified by UK scientists, opening up a whole new avenue of research to better understand brain development and diseases like dementia. A team of scientists from the Universities of Bath and Lincoln compared the genomes of 28 mammals with differing sizes [...]
Sex before sport doesn’t have a negative effect on the athlete and could even benefit performance Over the course of the Rio Olympics, 450,000 condoms were distributed around the athlete’s village. This may be surprising considering the common view that abstinence from sexual activity can boost athletic performance. These long-standing views have now been challenged by a recent analysis of current scientific evidence, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Physiology. [...]
Psychotherapy sessions are best in the morning when levels of helpful hormone are high Patients make more progress toward overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when their therapy sessions are scheduled in the morning, new research suggests. The study found that morning sessions helped psychotherapy patients overcome their panic and anxiety and phobic avoidance better, in part, because levels of cortisol — a naturally occurring hormone — are at their [...]
Protein linked to high risk of Alzheimer’s can be removed from brain without hindering learning A protein linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s can be removed from the brains of mice without hindering memory and learning, according to a study that addresses whether potential therapeutics targeting this protein would have detrimental side effects. The study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute also showed, however, that the protein’s absence in [...]