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Selfish or altruistic? Brain connectivity reveals hidden motives Often, it is hard to understand why people behave the way they do, because their true motives remain hidden. Researchers have now shown how peoples' motives can be identified as they are characterized by a specific interplay between different brain regions. They also show how empathy motives increase altruistic behavior in selfish people.
Discovery of a 'neuronal big bang' in brain of newborns Our neurons are derived from progenitor cells, which are specialized stem cells that have the ability to divide to give rise to neurons. Today, neuroscientists shed light on the mechanisms that allow progenitors to generate neurons. By developing a novel technology called FlashTag that enables them to isolate and visualize neurons at the very moment they are born, they have deciphered the basic genetic code allowing the construction of a neuron.
When Happiness Becomes Exhausting I felt nothing but utter euphoria. I was gunning my little car up the New Jersey turnpike, passing elegant cars and sluggish trucks. I was elated. I had just ended … ...
How Not to Worry About What Others Think of You Most of us worry a little too much about what others think of us. Here are three practices that can help us overcome this tendency.
B12 and the Brain Is Vitamin B12 the key to brain health?
Therapeutic Office Design: It Matters Finding and setting up a new office as I return to private practice has meant thinking about the impact of space and design and décor. Oh, there’s a part of me that thinks it shouldn’t matter. After all, while working in large community agencies, my … ...
Smart People Are Good at Being Dumb in Politics Good quantitative abilities don't help people understand evidence when they dislike the conclusion.
Four Ways your Perception of Others Can Ruin your Life How you perceive others has everything to do with your mental well-being. This post will show you how this is the case and give suggestions to improve your moods. The … ...
Snake Oil or Cure All? Three Common Misconceptions about... Snake Oil or Cure All? Three Common Misconceptions about Marijuana   As more states decriminalize or legalize marijuana possession and use, marijuana is in the public eye like never before. … ...
30 small neurons join forces against pain Oxytocin plays a crucial role in modulating the response to pain, but until now the process leading to its release was unknown. Scientists have just identified a new pain control center situated in the hypothalamus. It comprises some thirty neurons that are wholly responsible for coordinating the release of oxytocin into the blood and spinal cord, thus reducing painful sensations.
Brain tune-up may aid self-motivation Volition powers us through innumerable daily tasks. Could we lead healthier, more productive lives if we could learn to control the parts of our brain most essential to volition? A new spin on a technique called 'neurofeedback' has allowed scientists to take the first step in understanding how to manipulate neurotransmitter circuits involved in volition using thoughts and imagery. The methods may one day inform the treatment of depression or ADHD.
People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception People with anxiety fundamentally perceive the world differently, according to a new study. They aren't simply making the choice to 'play it safe.'
Expectations, Dopamine and Louis CK According to the comedian Louis CK, “everything is amazing right now and nobody’s happy.” And it's because of dopamine signaling in a particularly important brain region.
Changing Yourself Is So Ridiculously Hard, But Do You...   “The key to everything is the way you start. “All beginnings are hard, because you need to turn things around from  one direction to the opposite direction. “But once you’ve made … ...
Is Your Attitude about Money Hurting Your Relationship?... Money can be a sensitive topic in dating and marriage. Often cited as a cause of divorce, a conflict about money is usually a symptom of something else. Often the real issue is a lack of constructive communication by partners about what’s important to each … ...
Motivation Increased 35% By One Simple Goal-Setting Instruction, Study Finds Men and women respond differently to setting goals, fascinating study finds ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Are Disabled People Fundamentally Useless? I hate being disabled. I really do. Sometimes I feel like I’m fundamentally useless. Now I know that’s not actually true. I know I have people who love me and … ...
Making Sense out of Unhelpful Advice The media is full of experts giving people advice. They tell men how to be caring parents, loving partners, good providers, and supportive friends. When you go to others with … ...
Monkeys drive wheelchairs using only their thoughts Neuroscientists have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair.
New brain stimulation target identified for Tourette's syndrome Specifically-targeted deep brain stimulation improves symptoms in patients with severe Tourette's, according to new research. Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, often just called Tourette’s, is best known for the vocal and motor tics that are the most common symptoms of the disorder. Usually, these symptoms respond to a growing array of medications. However, some patients experience severe tics that do not respond to medications and may be disabling or even life-threatening. In these rare cases, deep brain stimulation may provide relief.