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What Makes You Come Alive? In my interview series “How I Create” I pose this question: Why is creating important to you? In one of my favorite interviews, writer Anna Lovind said, “Because the alternative is repetition. … ...
Does Vulnerability Have an Evolutionary Advantage?   Brene Brown, the author of Daring Greatly, states, “vulnerability is the birthplace of empathy.” But does vulnerability have an evolutionary advantage?   Witnessing a person in a vulnerable state enacts … ...
New study shows LSD’s effects on language The consumption of LSD, short for lysergic acid diethylamide, can produce altered states of consciousness. This can lead to a loss of boundaries between the self and the environment, as might occur in certain psychiatric illnesses. David Nutt, professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, leads a team of researchers who study how this psychedelic substance [...]
Zika virus infection may affect adult brain cells Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among [...]
Unhealthy diet during pregnancy could be linked to ADHD New research led by scientists from King’s College London and the University of Bristol has found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy may be linked to symptoms of ADHD in children who show conduct problems early in life. Published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, this study is the first to [...]
Neural stem cells control their own fate To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. A research group at the University of Basel now describes for the first time a mechanism by which hippocampal neural stem cells regulate their own cell fate via the protein Drosha. The journal Cell Stem [...]
Study supports new strategy to fight cocaine addiction An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell receptors can reverse signs of cocaine dependency in rodents. Prior experiments targeting this receptor, known as the TrkB receptor, [...]
Study confirms long-term effects of ‘chemobrain’ in mice Women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer have long complained of lingering cognitive impairments after treatment. These effects are referred to as “chemobrain,” a feeling of mental fogginess. A new study from the University of Illinois reports long-lasting cognitive impairments in mice when they are administered a chemotherapy regimen used to treat breast cancer in humans. [...]
Smoking marijuana provides more pain relief for men than women Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that men had greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana. Results of the study were recently published online in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. “These findings come at a time when more people, including women, are turning to the use of medical cannabis for pain relief,” said [...]
101 Best Personal Development bloggers We are thrilled to announce that Guided Mind has named WatersedgeCounselling as one of the 101 Best Personal Development and Self Help bloggers of 2016! As part of their Best and Most Inspiring Personal Blog Awards for the year, we have been named alongside New York Times best selling author Michael Hyatt, as well as […]
Ode to the Duke I saw my shrink today. I call him “The Duke.” We had a perfectly fine half-hour meeting. He wrote me some scripts and listened to my current take on my life. Mainly, we talked about my son Tommy’s fear of entering sixth grade. The Duke … ...
Obesity’s Impact on the Brain A good friend of mine complains incessantly about not being able to lose weight. She’s tried it all: Diets ranging from Atkins to South Beach, shakes, powders and supplements. It’s … ...
Should Screenwriters Go To Film School? – Part 2 “To this day I actually think that…rather than go to film school, just get a camera and try to start making a movie.” Quentin Tarantino Should screenwriters go to film … ...
Inhibited Sexual Desires and Romantic Relationships   Inhibited sexual desire (ISD) refers to a low level of sexual interest resulting in a failure to initiate or respond to sexual intimacy. People with ISD may lack interest … ...
Talking All Night On the heels of one of my most popular blogs to date, making a friend before a lover, I am once again baffled by at least half a dozen kids … ...
Who Blames the Victim? Moral values constitute a core framework that organizes psychological processes to motivate predictable patterns of condemnation toward victims. Still, language matters!
How to Tell a Narcissist by Their Writing It is easy to spot a narcissist by their speaking. The constant references to self, comparing them with others always coming out on top, the verbal assaults to disarm and belittle others, and insisting they deserve admiration for some achievement are all indicators. But when … ...
How People With Asperger’s Can Be Charismatic When someone is different and not liked, they call them weird. Awkward. Creepy. They wrinkle their noses and they say in that disgusting faux-puzzled tone: “There’s something *strange* about her.” … ...
Using our Sports Culture to Ignite Mental Health Discussion... It’s a strange dichotomy. Endless chatter about sporting minutiae is common, while serious discussion on mental illness remains rare. But inject sports into the mental health conversation, and you find a plethora of Outside the Lines reports, peer-reviewed studies on sport-induced chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and … ...
Alternate Sleep and Study for More Efficient Learning Remembering new things like words in a foreign language can be tough, but an international team of researchers has a trick to make memorization a little easier on yourself. When I was browsing recent psychology research and came across an article titled Relearn Faster and Retain Longer: Along With Practice,...