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Buying Local Food Won't Save the Planet We are all concerned about the environment and about what life will be like for generations yet unborn. So the idea of local sourcing is becoming very popular.
Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed to Kill You—Deal With It A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimize casualties during a crash, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem—and we’re going to have to get over it....
Sleight of mind in fMRI I’ve written a piece for the BPS Research Digest about a fascinating study that caused people to feel their thoughts were being controlled by outside forces. It’s a psychologically intriguing study because it used the psychology lab to conduct the study but it also used the psychology lab as a form of misdirection, so participants … Continue reading "Sleight of mind in fMRI"
Precise control of brain circuit alters mood By combining super-fine electrodes and tiny amounts of a very specific drug, researchers have singled out a circuit in mouse brains and taken control of it to dial an animal's mood up and down. Stress-susceptible animals that behaved as if they were depressed or anxious were restored to relatively normal behavior by tweaking the system, according to a study.
New study provides unprecedented insight into the fine details of neuronal communication For communication between neurons to occur, an electrical impulse, called an action potential, must travel down an axon to its synaptic terminal. A major technical challenge impeding the direct examination of this process, axonal excitability, is the small diameter of a typical axon -- less than 500 nanometers. Researchers have now optimized optical and electrophysiological recordings from single neurons to study axonal excitability with unprecedented detail.
Not only trauma but also the reversal of trauma is inherited Behaviors caused by traumatic experiences in early life are reversible. Researchers could demonstrate that environmental enrichment allows trauma-related symptoms in mice to be reversed. This is the first evidence that positive environmental factors can correct behavioral alterations which would otherwise be transmitted to the offspring. The symptoms and their reversal are associated with epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene.
How Do You Know that You’re with the Right Person? At some point in most relationships, people ask themselves the same question, “Is this one the right person for me?” Whether you’re brand new or seven years in, it’s an inevitable question in most relationships. The question isn’t necessarily born out of doubt or insecurity. … ...
Skilled Performance Takes More Than Practice There has been a big debate in psychology about whether elite performance reflects talents or skills. A new meta-analysis helps to resolve this question.
Scientists learn more about how star-shaped brain cells help us learn A molecule that enables strong communication between our brain and muscles appears to also aid essential communication between our neurons, scientists report.
Teens and Trauma: 3 Telltale Signs Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, … ...
Empathy Vs Sympathy Or Apathy: Can Adults Learn Empathy?... Can Adults Learn Empathy? “The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.” (Helen Keller) Can Adults Learn Empathy? YES, we … ...
Addicted to Lost Causes? 5 Reasons You’re Stuck For all that the culture exhorts us to hang in and never quit, the truth is that human beings tend to be resistant to change and, additionally, tend to overstay … ...
Loving Self-Care Builds Self-Empowerment We are fully capable of practicing all the behaviors leading to optimal health and wellbeing. In some cases, we may need help from someone else or from a supportive community … ...
3D Brain-on-a-chip To study brain cell’s operation and test the effect of medication on individual cells, the conventional Petri dish with flat electrodes is not sufficient. For truly realistic studies, cells have to flourish within three-dimensional surroundings. Researchers have developed a sieve with 900 openings, each of which has the shape of an inverted pyramid. On top of this array of pyramids, a micro-reactor takes care of cell growth.
When Fear Always Seems to be the Answer Less than 2 weeks ago, 50 people were shot inside an Orlando, FL, nightclub. A few days before that, “The Voice” finalist Christina Grimmie was shot to death after her Atlanta … ...
You Don’t Outgrow the Effects of an Alcoholic Parent Alcoholism has a lasting impact on children. ***** Most of the adult children of alcoholics that I know, underestimate the effects of being raised in an alcoholic family. Perhaps it’s wishful … ...
The Two Faces of Nostalgia It’s a well-known fact of life that “you can’t go home again,” and it’s how we deal with that realization that determines the emotional quality of our memories.
Today I Love Brilliant New Days Today I love brilliant new days full of potential and possibility. I love fresh starts, new starts, and restarts, chances to make a better attempt at what has gone before. … ...
United States parents not as happy as those without children, researcher says Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to non-parents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a new report.
Why Don’t Counselors Blog More? There are two main reasons for a counselor to blog: To build authority and trust with clients. To rank higher in Google.  That’s it. It’s not to find yourself, become a great write, monetize your blog or get a bunch of passive income from affiliate … ...