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Forget 1 in 4: Everyone Has Mental Health Concerns A few weeks ago, I got a call from an older male family member asking me about panic attacks and anxiety. Turns out he has been experiencing them for the … ...
Study helps fill in gaps in our visual perception A Dartmouth College study sheds light on how the brain fills in the gaps of how we visually perceive the world around us. The findings appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Visual images and other raw sensory data must reach the cerebral cortex to be perceived, but the data are often [...]
Be SMART and Avoid Failing at New Year’s Resolutions Do you know people who have a hard time maintaining their big New Year’s goals past February? Who are the people around you who joke, “Yeah, I made a resolution to lose weight, but then Valentine’s Day came around.” Or “I made a resolution to … ...
Mixed emotions a sign of emotional depth, not indecision, say researchers Experiencing mixed emotions shows emotional complexity, not indecision, and people living in different parts of the world vary in their ability to distinguish between multiple feelings they’re having at once, according to new research. A project from the University of Waterloo examined how people across 16 cultures vary in their tendency to see situations as [...]
You May Have #FOMO, or is it #FOKU? Even though I have an awareness of my relationship to my smartphone, even though I take measures to limit my use, even though I have strong boundaries with my kids … ...
5 Strategies to Cope with Social Anxiety at Events I’ve struggled with an anxiety disorder for years and the familiar sensation of a butterfly trying to erupt from my stomach is like an old (annoying) friend. It was only recently though, that I realised I also have social anxiety. It’s different from my standard fears about irrational, illogical things. Normally I can conquer them […]
Is Your Relationship Worth Saving? Twelve criteria for evaluating a relationship
Designer Genes Rejecting sperm and egg providers because of ADHD and Dyslexia? Cultural myths abound surrounding "disability" and genetics.
Leadership study hints that age beats height Professor Mark Elgar, an expert in evolutionary biology and animal behaviour from the School of BioSciences, analysed data from elite-level team sports to shine a light on the nature of leadership. “Conventional wisdom holds that leaders, in business and politics, are picked on the basis of their physical stature, where taller and bigger suggests a [...]
Soldiers with PTSD more ‘tuned’ to angry faces because of over-connected brain circuits Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more ‘tuned’ to perceive threatening facial expressions than people without PTSD because of more over-connected brain circuits, according to a new study published in the journal Heliyon. The researchers behind the study, from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces, [...]
World’s stupidest drugs laws enacted by Britain Yesterday, the UK Parliament approved the Psychoactive Drugs Bill which will become law in April. New Scientist pulls no punches in an uncharacteristically direct article and tells it like it is: It’s official – the UK ban on legal highs that will begin in April is going to be one of the stupidest, most dangerous […]
Video Game Research Shows Promise for Autism Xavier has big brown eyes and freckles to match. He is a take-charge kid with sandy blonde hair and boundless energy. Xavier is also on the autism spectrum, diagnosed when he was 3½. Today, Xavier is visiting UW-Madison, where Brittany Travers is studying kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to learn more about how helping kids improve their motor skills may have a positive impact on their symptoms.
Create a Habit to Find More Engagement There is a famous quote: “Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow … ...
For Kids Like Me…. I know how trapped you feel, how desperate you think your situation is, and that you have absolutely no idea how in the world you are going to make it … ...
Begin the Year By Noticing Student Progress Change takes time, but kids DO make progress. It’s often easier for me to see the growth in my students, because I don’t see them every day. Parents are pleasantly … ...
Teens, Digital Devices, and Sexual Problems Tech: Sex Ed for All, Sex Problems for Some The holidays are over and young people are diving headlong into use of their brand new digital devices. In addition to … ...
Read Any Good Memories Lately? Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.
Why are habits so hard to break? Taming that sweet tooth for your New Year's resolution might be harder than you think. New research suggests that forming a habit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, which in turn seems to prime us to further feed our cravings. The research deepens scientists' understanding of how habits manifest and may suggest new strategies for breaking the bad ones.
Why mistakes slow us down, but not necessarily for the better Taking more time to make decisions after a mistake arises from a mixture of adaptive neural mechanisms that improve the accuracy and maladaptive mechanisms that reduce it, neuroscientists have found. Their study also potentially offers insights into afflictions that impair judgments, such as Alzheimer's Disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Chronic stress, anxiety can damage the brain, increase risk of major psychiatric disorders People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper warns.