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The Politics of Anger The mind generally uses the “makes-sense-to-me” rule, where you take a position, look for evidence that supports it, and if you find some evidence, enough so that your position “makes … ...
Caffeine enhances the reinforcing effects of cocaine, a study on rats finds Caffeine enhances the reinforcing effects of cocaine and its motivational value, according to a study published this August in Psychopharmacology. The study on rats points to important implications that these effects may have in humans. It is well known that illegal drugs are often sold with other substances mixed together with the main psychoactive ingredient, [...]
Research shows backup plans may keep you from achieving your goal When it comes to setting organizational and personal goals, making a backup plan has been seen as a sensible way to deal with uncertainty — to be prepared if things don’t go as expected. However, new research from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison challenges that conventional wisdom and finds that [...]
Does marriage affect drinking? A new study provides insights Are you more or less likely to drink often and heavily when in a relationship? That may depend on the relationship. A new University of Virginia study indicates that people who are married, or cohabitating, generally tend to drink less – that’s fewer drinks, and less frequently. The findings also show that singles are more [...]
Study: We understand that social media does not equal social interaction If you worry that people today are using social media as a crutch for a real social life, a University of Kansas study will set you at ease. Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of communication studies, found that people are actually quite adept at discerning the difference between using social media and having an honest-to-goodness social [...]
What People Really Want to Know About Sex (My... A few weeks ago I agreed to host a Reddit AMA without actually knowing what I’d agreed to do. So I did a quick bit of research and found out … ...
This is what anxiety looks like What happens when you feel anxious? Does your heart rate rise? Do your palms get sweaty? Would you like to run away? We all experience some form of anxiety and worry, but for people who live with an anxiety disorder, these feelings are more extreme. In this infographic by Mental Health America, we learn that […]
Poison Pills? When Meds Strike Back This narrative details my personal experience with medications. Medications impact each person differently; please consult with your psychiatrist if side effects persist. The medication bottle gravely intones, “May cause drowsiness, use care operating a vehicle, vessel, or dangerous machinery.” If only. Over 15 years ago, … ...
How to Understand Honor Killings To combat a horrific practice, it helps to understand the motivations behind it.
Your brain on Google Glass: Scientists measure mental workload from smart eyewear “Smart” eyewear — that can integrate augmented reality with your own, feed you live information about your surroundings and even be used in the operating room — is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Wearable displays also have the potential to enhance cognitive ergonomics, or more simply, make it less mentally taxing to complete [...]
Effects of circadian clocks and sleep loss vary across brain regions, new study finds Ever wondered what happens inside your brain when you stay awake for a day, a night and another day, before you finally go to sleep? In a new study published today in the journal Science, a team of researchers from the University of Liege and the University of Surrey have scanned the brains of 33 participants [...]
Researchers ‘reprogram’ network of brain cells in mice with thin beam of light Neurons that fire together really do wire together, says a new study in Science, suggesting that the three-pound computer in our heads may be more malleable than we think. In the latest issue of Science, neuroscientists at Columbia University demonstrate that a set of neurons trained to fire in unison could be reactivated as much [...]
Targeting the gut-brain connection can impact immunity There’s a reason it’s called a gut feeling. The brain and the gut are connected by intricate neural networks that signal hunger and satiety, love and fear, even safety and danger. These networks employ myriad chemical signals that include dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter most famous for its role in reward and addiction. Duke University researchers [...]
Is Monogamy a Thing of the Past: 5 Reasons... Dating and relationships can be a really trick balancing act for most people. We have all heard stories of love at first sight, meeting our soulmate, living happily ever after, … ...
Burnout is caused by mismatch between unconscious needs and job demands New research shows that burnout is caused by a mismatch between a person’s unconscious needs and the opportunities and demands at the workplace. These results have implications for the prevention of job burnout. Imagine an accountant who is outgoing and seeks closeness in her social relationships, but whose job offers little scope for contact with [...]
#PhelpsFace and the Neuroscience of Getting “in the Zone” What explains the swimmer's snarling face toward Chad le Clos before Monday's 200m butterfly?
How did primate brains get so big? Virtual brains reconstructed from ancient, kiwi-sized primate skulls could help resolve one of the most intriguing evolutionary mysteries: how modern primates developed large brains.
Best Ways to Deal with Pain “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa Pain is an equal-opportunity phenomenon. It strikes the rich and poor alike, is not dependent on age or gender or socio-economic … ...
How Social Constructionism Created the Sex Addiction Model An ideological belief in the malleability of sexuality has given rise to the sex addiction movement.
Narcissist or Sociopath? Similarities, Differences and Signs Narcissists and sociopaths are often confused for one another, can be tough to spot, and can wreak havoc on your life. Here are 7 reasons why that's so and how to see them coming.