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East-west asymmetry of jet lag recovery due to oscillation of brain cells Travelers frequently report experiencing a significantly slower jet lag recovery after an eastward vs. westward flight. While some are quick to dismiss this complaint as being 'all in their head,' new research suggests it may be caused by the oscillation of a certain type of brain cells.
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Five Ways to (Mostly) Get What You Want The idea that you can always achieve what you want is certainly tempting, but clearly it’s unrealistic. However, with some grit and reasonable goal-setting, you can get very close.
5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.
Shackled by Fear? I’ve got the key..   The Intro: At times, I feel scared as hell. Fear is something that, as a person with Bipolar, grips me and, at times, shackles me through delusions, body sensations, … ...
Are brain changes fueling overeating in the obese? Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain, finds a new study.
Middle-age memory decline a matter of changing focus The inability to remember details, such as the location of objects, begins in early midlife (the 40s) and may be the result of a change in what information the brain focuses on during memory formation and retrieval, rather than a decline in brain function.
6 Tips for De-escalating an Argument Arguments are a part of most relationships, friendships, and work places. Humans are social creatures, and inevitably we will come across a person’s perspective or a topic area with which we disagree. While we try our best to be respectful, it can be difficult keeping … ...
3 New Findings On Human Intelligence The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.
Cancer drug restores brain dopamine, reduces toxic proteins in Parkinson, dementia A small phase I study provides molecular evidence that an FDA-approved drug for leukemia significantly increased brain dopamine and reduced toxic proteins linked to disease progression in patients with Parkinson’s disease or dementia with Lewy bodies.
A Definition for Faith For those of you who have been following my progress for this year’s intention, “The Year of Having Faith,” you are no doubt aware there have been many starts and … ...
New antidepressant target discovered Scientists have shown how manipulating a novel target in the brain using gene therapy could lead to new treatments for depression. Decreasing a set of proteins in the hippocampus reduced depression-like behavior in mice. If replicated in humans, the findings could inform fresh therapies for millions of patients who do not respond to existing treatments for depression.
Just add water? New MRI technique shows what drinking water does to your appetite, stomach and brain Stomach MRI images combined with functional fMRI of the brain activity have provided scientists new insight into how the brain listens to the stomach during eating. Researchers show -- for the first time -- real time data of the brain, the stomach, and people's feelings of satiety measured simultaneously during a meal.
Stress relief by 'comfort foods' may vary between sexes and across the estrous cycle Researchers have found that the brain networks that mediate stress relief after eating highly palatable foods may vary between males and females, and may also depend on the stage of the estrous cycle. The study used a rodent model of 'comfort food' to investigate the neurocircuitry behind this phenomenon.
Brain pathway contributes to restraining from food temptation triggered by environmental cues It is often difficult to resist the presentation of a dessert tray or a display of candy bars near a cashier. Eating those excess calories can contribute to overweight and obesity and is often driven by environmental cues -- the sight of beautiful dessert or the colorful wrapper of a candy bar -- rather than metabolic need. Researchers have identified a pathway in the brain responsible for the ability to control this impulsive behavior.
Overeating in obese mice linked to altered brain responses to food cues Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain, finds a new study by neuroscientists.
Today I Love Musical Adventure Today I love musical adventure and the way that my band is taking me on one that I never expected to get a chance at. I love that we are … ...
Best of Our Blogs: July 12, 2016 Everything going on in the world has amassed a feeling of unrest. Anger, even. When anger is thrown at us professionally, personally and at a societal level, we often respond with more anger. None of that is productive, and can be destructive. To get to … ...
4 Things That Influence What Foods You Like We don’t all have the same preferences when it comes to food. I know this to be true because if everyone had the same likes and dislikes as me, the cauliflower industry would have gone belly up a long time ago. What’s more mysterious, though, is where these preferences come...
Planning with ADHD: Looking at the Bigger Picture I had planned a long weekend of camping, hiking and working a half-day cleaning a vacation cottage on the rocky coast of Maine’s Downeast region. The kids were gone with … ...