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Dopamine key to vocal learning, songbird study finds New research found that a reduction in dopamine levels in a small region of the basal ganglia in the finches' brains caused a reduction in their ability to correct vocal errors, while having no detectable effect on their ability to sing.
This ‘Superfruit’ Improves Memory and Cognitive Function The group eating the super-fruit had improved memory and better access to words and concepts. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Being Danced By Life “Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.”-Arianna Huffington The music is playing, sweet and slow. The swaying begins, feet slide, hips sway, held in the … ...
How Healthy are Your Defense Mechanisms? Everyone uses defense mechanisms but not everyone uses the same ones. Your ability to use the more mature ones may turn out to protect your health.
Parenting or Teaching the Curious Observer Child The 5-Observers didn’t toot their own horns at all, but when they felt listened to and comfortable they revealed fascinating inner lives.
Keep Your Brain Younger With One Physical and One Mental Activity Gray matter ageing slowed significantly by these two factors. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Deep Down, Are You a Murderer? A man killed his in-laws while asleep. You could too.
Angry Thoughts You need to look carefully at your angry thoughts and try to see if you are making errors in the way your interpret situations. It can help to examine long … ...
Mindfulness or Savoring? How To Tell Them Apart. Many times I hear people say that they enjoyed the practice of mindfulness because they loved the prolonged and concentrated feeling of calmness they felt as they turned their attention … ...
How Well Do You Know Your Facebook Friends? I didn’t know her, but she said she lived in Newark, Del. (where I was raised and went to university) and she wanted to be my friend on Facebook. So I did what many of us do and accepted her friend request. Turns out she … ...
Today I Love This Foggy March Morning Today I love this foggy march morning and its misty, mysterious ways. I love the fog, especially when it is light and does not limit visibility on the roads enough … ...
When memories age For our brain it makes a great difference whether we remember experiences from long ago, or if we recollect recent events. Neuroscientists were able to show that distinct brain-networks are involved.
Little Goals with a Big Impact A few weeks ago I blogged about my experiences with reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic.” In particular, I mentioned a personal, quite little but longtime goal that the book … ...
You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think A belief is healthy if it catalyzes positive emotion. Negative, self-defeating or self-deprecating beliefs are unhealthy because they catalyze emotional distress and bodily stress, which is very bad for our … ...
Complex learning dismantles barriers in the brain Scientists taught Braille to sighted individuals and found that learning such a complex tactile task activates the visual cortex, when you'd only expect it to activate the tactile one.
Do you Have a Craving for Facebook Likes? It feels good to be mentioned in social media Accepting friend requests from people we don’t know
Do You Crave Facebook Likes? The craving for social media acceptance may be related to personality.
How to Help Your Military and Veteran Clients Quit... Approximately one in three active duty service members uses tobacco, compared with one in five adult civilians. In combat veterans, the number can be as high as one in two. This statistic amounts to several hundred thousand uniformed men and women who start and end … ...
Best of Our Blogs: March 15, 2016 Are you hiding a secret? Do you judge others for buying/eating/gossiping too much, but do the same thing yourself? Are you afraid that your husband will find out how much you’re really spending online, or your friend will discover you’re secretly sabotaging your health? Gretchen … ...
What Exactly is Hypomania? Hypomania is not a familiar attribute of bipolar disorder for most of the general public. It’s a characteristic of bipolar II, which, again, isn’t quite as well-known as bipolar I. … ...