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Best of Our Blogs: June 10, 2016 All pain culminates with a breaking open of our former selves. To grow into the person we were meant to be, we’ve got to emerge through like chicks from cracked eggshells. The type of pain doesn’t matter. The heartbreak of toxic relationship, the guilt that comes from … ...
Marrying Friends for Benefits: The Real Threat to Marriage You've heard of friends with benefits. Here's a version in which the benefits are not sexual, but deeply consequential.
Has the Media Always Stigmatized ADHD? If you pay attention to things like how ADHD is represented in the media, you’re probably aware that the New York Times is known for running thoughtful, balanced, nuanced pieces … ...
That ‘Real-Life Dream Boss’? He’s Practicing Discrimination... He’s been called the “real-life dream boss.” He is Chieh Huang, CEO of Boxed, a company that delivers groceries and household goods in bulk. His employees get workplace perks that … ...
Electroconvulsive Therapy: How Does it Work? Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) today doesn’t resemble Dr. Frankenstein’s attempts to quicken his monster or Nurse Ratched’s Shock Shop. ECT is a legitimate treatment for several categories of psychiatric illnesses like … ...
The cognitive science of how to study Researchers from the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA have created a fantastic video on the cognitive science of how to study. Despite the fact that we now know loads about what makes for optimal learning, it’s rarely applied by students who are trying to learn a subject or ace a test. This is … Continue reading "The cognitive science of how to study"
Hangry: Anger When Hungry Researchers have found a connection between being hungry and feeling angry. Why does this happen? As humans, we have the choice to listen to our hunger or ignore it. Yet, … ...
How to Find the Right Counsellor For You: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself   Seeking professional support is a huge step for anyone. If you’ve looked for a counsellor before, you know how difficult it is to even book an appointment, let alone see the therapist. As challenging as this process can be though, counselling is a safe and constructive method for finding support as you go through […]
5 Tips for Surviving Major Life Changes After several months away from reliable internet and sometimes electricity and therefore my blog, I am back.  And as I write this first post saying “hello” again, saying “I am … ...
There Cannot Be “Recovery” Until You First Establishing “Sobriety”... Here is a difficult catch-22 that many in recovery from addiction have faced: …you cannot work on a relapse prevention plan if you are still active in your addiction. It … ...
Country Music’s Changing Attitude Toward Alcohol Nobody’s singing about getting their heart broken in Nashville anymore, they’re singing about their hangovers. If there’s one song in the alcohol-soaked history of country music that tells it how it is, it’s Merle Haggard’s 1966 hit, “Bottle Let Me Down.” The title describes the tragic … ...
Why hierarchy exists in biological networks: New insight will aid development of artificial intelligence New research explains why so many biological networks, including the human brain (a network of neurons), exhibit a hierarchical structure, and will improve attempts to create artificial intelligence. The study demonstrates this by showing that the evolution of hierarchy -- a simple system of ranking -- in biological networks may arise because of the costs associated with network connections.
How the brain helps humans navigate from place to place Interactions between the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex enable humans to plan and navigate their route from one location to another, a new study reveals.
Scientists unpack how Toxoplasma infection is linked to neurodegenerative disease Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite, infects a third of the world's population. Working on mice, biomedical scientists report that Toxoplasma infection leads to a disruption of neurotransmitters in the brain and postulates that it triggers neurological disease in those already predisposed to such a disease. The researchers note that Toxoplasma infection leads to a significant increase in glutamate -- the primary and most important neurotransmitter in the brain.
Walk, Don’t Rush, to Judgment “Why isn’t my date texting me? I thought she had a good time. I mean, we had fun, didn’t we?” You check your phone again. Once again, your smiling visage greets you. No text, Facebook message, or InstaPic of you and your purported beau. As … ...
Where Do Movie Ideas Come From; The 7 Archetypal... The British columnist Christopher Booker is known for writing about the history of storytelling, and specifically for his 700 page book, “The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories” (2004). … ...
Is 'Be Yourself' Bad Advice? Should we stop telling people to "be yourself"? Wharton professor Adam Grant thinks so.
New biomarker for nerve cell damage Scientists have identified proteins in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid that reflect nerve cell damage. The results of the study suggest that the concentration of these 'neurofilament light chain proteins' could provide information about the progression of neurodegenerative diseases and the effects of treatment. Such a biomarker would be valuable for developing therapies.
Autism is not just a disorder of the brain, mouse study suggests Autism spectrum disorders are generally thought to be caused by deficits in brain development, but a study in mice now suggests that at least some aspects of the disorder -- including how touch is perceived, anxiety, and social abnormalities -- are linked to defects in another area of the nervous system, the peripheral nerves found throughout the limbs, digits, and other parts of the body that communicate sensory information to the brain.
Autism is not just a disease of the brain, mouse study suggests Autism spectrum disorders is generally thought to be caused by deficits in brain development, but a study in mice now suggests that at least some aspects of the disorder -- including how touch is perceived, anxiety, and social abnormalities -- are linked to defects in another area of the nervous system, the peripheral nerves found throughout the limbs, digits, and other parts of the body that communicate sensory information to the brain.