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The Secret to Finding Happiness Two years ago the song of the summer was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” It seemed it was impossible to listen to it and not be, well, happy. In our never-ending quest … ...
Feeling connected to nature is linked to reduced anxiety, study finds People who feel more connected to nature also tend to feel less anxious, according to new psychology research from Australia. The preliminary study, conducted by Patricia Martyn and Eric Brymer, found that feeling connected to nature was directly related to small reductions in anxiety. “The results of this study align with recent research and theoretical [...]
8 Healthy Reasons to Ditch Your Bad Habits There comes a time of self-reckoning in everyone’s life. After months and possibly years of indulging in known vices and allowing yourself to slip into bad habits, you realize that this isn’t what your life is supposed to be. While you’re not quite sure where … ...
Study shows direct manipulation of brain can reverse effects of depression Manipulating the brain has been a tool used in the treatment of mental illness for centuries, and treatments have often been controversial. From psychosurgery, including lobotomy and leucotomy, to electro-convulsive therapy, which is still used to treat depression and psychotic illness today, more modern methods include deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation. These direct [...]
What hunter-gatherers can tell us about fundamental human social networks Long before the advent of social media, human social networks were built around sharing a much more essential commodity: food. Now, researchers reporting on the food sharing networks of two contemporary groups of hunter-gatherers in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 21 provide new insight into fundamental nature of human social organization. The [...]
Neural networks — why larger brains are more susceptible to mental illnesses In humans and other mammals, the cerebral cortex is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. Understanding the organization of the neuronal networks in the cortex should provide insights into the computations that they carry out. A study publishing on July 21st in open access journal PLOS Biology shows that the global architecture of the cortical [...]
Distinct stages of thinking revealed by brain activity patterns Neuroimaging data can reveal the mental stages people go through as they are solving challenging math problems, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. By combining two analytical strategies, researchers were able to use functional MRI to identify patterns of brain activity that aligned with [...]
Diabetes Drugs Also Treat This Common Brain Disease Type 2 diabetes drugs used to control the blood sugar levels can also ease this brain disease.  
Diabetes Drugs Also Treat Alzheimer’s Disease Type 2 diabetes drugs used to control the blood sugar levels can also ease Alzheimer's Disease  
Juries, Lawyers, and Race Bias Juries are a central part of the legal system. Racial bias can cause significant problems in juries. Are lawyers sensitive to the biases of jurors?
Brain activity, response to food cues differ in severely obese women, study shows The brain’s reward centers in severely obese women continue to respond to food cues even after they’ve eaten and are no longer hungry, in contrast to their lean counterparts, according to a recent study.
Rewards, Feedback and Reinforcement Make a Big Difference in... My last post was about the importance of finding your “optimal context.” My main point was that when you have ADHD, finding the environments and tasks that fit with the … ...
We Worry About the Wrong Things Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.
Think Before You Fill: Four Reasons to Reconsider Using... Think Before You Fill: Four Reasons to Reconsider Using Opioid Prescription Medications Getting a prescription from your doctor after an injury, illness or surgery seems like a no brainier. Why … ...
Therapists with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder When I first became involved in OCD advocacy about six years ago, I would occasionally come across articles or books written by therapists whose bios revealed that they had OCD … ...
Lack of sleep increases a child's risk for emotional disorders later Children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life according to recent research. The study seeks to determine the precise ways inadequate sleep in childhood produces elevated risk for emotional disorders in later years.
Research reveals why ‘smart drugs’ can impair memory and cognitive performance It is an open secret: while athletes dope their bodies, regular office workers dope their brains. They buy prescription drugs such as Ritalin or Provigil on the internet’s flourishing black market to boost their cognitive performance. It is hard to get reliable data on how many people take such “smart drugs” or “pharmacological cognitive enhancement [...]
Study finds cinnamon converts poor learning mice to good learning ones If Dr. Kalipada Pahan’s research pans out, the standard advice for failing students might one day be: Study harder and eat your cinnamon! Pahan a researcher at Rush University and the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chicago, has found that cinnamon turns poor learners into good ones–among mice, that is. He hopes the [...]
Black and White Thinking: Finding the Space Between You’ve heard it before: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!” This is a frequently used saying, but what does it really mean? Picture it. Baby, covered in strained carrots, yogurt and dried cereal. I’ve been there. You put the little chubby giggle monster in … ...
Lack of sleep increases a child’s risk for emotional disorders later When asked how lack of sleep affects emotions, common responses are usually grumpy, foggy and short-tempered. While many jokes are made about how sleep deprivation turns the nicest of people into a Jekyll and Hyde, not getting enough shut-eye can lead to far more serious consequences than irritability, difficulty concentrating and impatience. Candice Alfano, a [...]