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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Smiling The smile is one of the most common facial expressions, but what do you really know about it? Probably not as much as you think. Psychologists studying the smile have made some surprising discoveries. Be warned, though, that smiling research is pretty much a Pandora’s Box: once you learn about...
Yes, Autistic People Do Have Feelings I used to have a friend in a wheelchair. He was charismatic and well-spoken. Enough to be unnerving. There were lots of unsavory people around him. I didn’t realize how … ...
3 Ways to Stay Cool in the Face of Sarcasm Sarcastic people can be hilarious, but when you're the subject of their sarcasm, they can be hurtful. Here are some tips to help you survive their quips.
Vulnerability Practice Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~ Mary Anne Rademacher This quote speaks more clearly to me than any other of the mistake we sometimes make when we glorify … ...
Today I Love This Damp And Sultry Day Today I love this damp and sultry day with its dark moody sky and its humidity laden air. I love the freshness of the washed streets and driveways, decks and … ...
What My Cancer Remission Has Taught Me About the Human Mind The joy we feel following good news often seems more short-lived than the pain we feel following bad news. I explain why, and offer a thought to help bring us back to center.
5 More Tips for Navigating a Contentious Divorce Contentious divorces can do a number on your health and well-being. You might find that you’re struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression or a worsening of these symptoms (if you had anxiety or depression before). You might find that you have very little energy and … ...
There’s a Fungus Among Us   Hugh Barrett had a hit song in the early ‘60s: There Was a Fungus Among Us If you’ve been to the beach and noticed some ugly toenails that were … ...
How to Treat “Skin Tags” and Improve Your Self-Image...   Sometimes medical concerns aren’t dangerous or deadly. Sometimes they are just unsightly and can affect or self-esteem. A healthy self-esteem is crucial in recovery — especially the early days … ...
Practical Ethics Philosopher Peter Singer takes questions about how best to spend money for positive change and thorny subjects like human enhancement.
Disgust, Disdain, and Contempt: The Narcissist’s Favorite Emotions... One of the byproducts of being around a narcissist for any significant portion of time is that you end up feeling a deep sense of self-loathing.  This can be true in any category of relationship, such as intimate partner, parent-child, boss-employee, sibling, co-worker, or any other type of relationship … ...
Would You Talk to Someone You Love the Way... “I’m so clumsy.”   “Oh, what an idiot I am.”  “I just know I’m going to screw this relationship up.” Sound familiar? Since negative self talk is so commonplace, we … ...
Responding to Blame and Criticism Do not take hurtful words literally as if he/she means what he/she says. He/she is merely “firing for effect.” He/she wants to intimidate and uses strong words or tone to … ...
Prematurely born babies who feed on breast milk have greater brain development, study finds Prematurely born babies that feed on breast milk have greater brain development, according to a study published online this July in The Journal of Pediatrics. The findings highlighted greater deep nuclear gray matter and hippocampal volume as babies, as well as better performance on IQ, mathematics, working memory, and motor function tests at 7 years [...]
Scientists identify new method of creating long-lasting memories Imagine if playing a new video game or riding a rollercoaster could help you prepare for an exam or remember other critical information. A new study in mice shows this link may be possible. Attention-grabbing experiences trigger the release of memory-enhancing chemicals. Those chemicals can etch memories into the brain that occur just before or [...]
Emotionally invested parents give children a leg up in life Children with emotionally invested parents are more likely to be successful, a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows. Looking at 27 children aged between four and six, the study examined the quality of the emotional bond to their parents, and their cognitive control including: resisting temptation, their ability to remember things, and whether [...]
Posting personal experiences on social media may help you remember them in the future Marcel Proust’s madeleine cakes have nothing on Instagram and Twitter. But if they did, Proust’s memories could have been even more elaborate and vivid. A new study – the first to look at social media’s effect on memory – suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall. “If people [...]
Study examines risk, risk factors for depression after stroke During the first three months after stroke, the risk for depression was eight times higher than in a reference population of people without stroke, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. More than 10 million people had a stroke in 2013 and more than 30 million people worldwide live with a stroke diagnosis. Merete [...]
Americans more politically polarized than ever — independents at an all time high Results of a study using nationally representative surveys of 10 million U.S. residents from 1970 to 2015 by researchers from Florida Atlantic University and San Diego State University show that Americans are not only more politically polarized than ever but that more people are identifying as independent. In 1989, about 30 percent of adults identified [...]
Model maps out molecular roots of learning and memory formation A team of researchers has built a mathematical model that describes the molecular events associated with the beginning stage of learning and memory formation in the human brain. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, paves the way for understanding cognitive function and neurodegenerative diseases — at the molecular [...]