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So, What Is Distraction Again? Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.
How To Get The Unobtainable Meds As you all may know, I take quite a few meds. Many for my mind, others for things like my thyroid. The pharmacy knows me and I’ve been here 5 … ...
'Resting bitch face' is real, scientists say Cultural differences and gender bias may play a role in people's perception of someone's underlying emotions.
Research explores consequences of revealing embarrassing details Research finds that people distrust withholders of details more than they dislike revealers of unsavory information.
'Suicide prevention app' trial An NHS mental health trust is working with US researchers to develop an app that may stop people from killing themselves.
5 Kinds of People You Should Ignore If You Have ADHD You can learn a lot by listening. There’s no skill more valuable than being able to really listen to someone. That said, being able to ignore people is a close … ...
Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health Over the past decade, mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve a broad range of health and disease outcomes, such as slowing HIV progression and improving healthy aging. Yet, little is known about the brain changes that produce these beneficial health effects. New research from Carnegie Mellon University provides a window into the brain changes [...]
Unconscious religious priming has robust effects on the behavior of religious people Priming is defined by Explorable as “exposure to a stimulus [that]influences response to a later stimulus.” Research on priming has shown that you can affect people’s behavior by subtly reminding them of certain concepts. The scientific community has raised several questions related to religious priming in particular: Is it a real phenomenon? Does it positively affect [...]
Mesh-like scaffold is disordered in Alzheimer’s-affected cells Brain cell death in Alzheimer’s disease is linked to disruption of a skeleton that surrounds the nucleus of the cells, a researcher in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio said. The finding is expected to open new avenues of study of how to prevent the earliest [...]
Researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep If you find yourself toggling over to look at Facebook several dozen times a day, it’s not necessarily because the experience of being on social media is so wonderful. It may be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep. In a recently completed study, researchers at the University of California, Irvine demonstrated that lack [...]
Gambling is associated with ‘risk-taking behavior’ in young teens Gambling among young teens may be associated with increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana according to a study that surveyed sixth- to eighth-graders in Italian schools. The research is reported in the February issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The [...]
Researchers hone in on why female newborns are better protected from brain injury Each year, thousands of newborn babies suffer complications during pregnancy or birth that deprive their brains of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood and result in brain injury. This deprivation results in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which can lead to long-term neurological issues such as learning disabilities, cerebral palsy or even death. Researchers have known for some [...]
Meaningful media may push altruism across bounds of race and age People who watch meaningful entertainment may be more willing to lend a hand to people they consider different, according to researchers. After watching a meaningful clip from a television show, participants in a study were more likely to help someone from a different age and race than they were people in their own age and [...]
Modelling how the brain makes complex decisions Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from mistakes. The mathematical model, developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, is the first biologically realistic account of the process, and is able to predict not [...]
The Nightmare of Trying to Separate or Divorce a... Narcissists are partially defined by their lack of intimacy with others. This is most clearly seen in a marital relationship. In a dating relationship however, narcissists appear to be very intimate, almost too much so, which is why a person easily and quickly moves from … ...
Been here before? How the brain builds place memories Tübingen neuroscientists have succeeded in activating dormant memory cells in rats. Using weak electrical impulses targeted at previously inactive cells in the hippocampus, the researchers induced the cells to recognize the exact place where the impulse had been first administered. In rodents as well as humans, the hippocampus is the brain area responsible for memory. [...]
Psychology by numbers: A brief history of personality tests Were you born with a timeclock in your mind? If your immediate response to that question – from the 1964 edition of the Gray-Wheelwright Jungian Type Survey – is general bemusement, then the multiple choice answers that follow are unlikely to help you. The two options are simply “no” or “yes”. How about “Is the [...]
Study: Children on autism spectrum more likely to wander, disappear A new study by researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (CCMC) suggests that more than one-quarter million school-age children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disorders wander away from adult supervision each year. More than 26% of children with special needs in the study had wandered away from a safe [...]
Are children who walk and talk early geniuses in the making? From rolling over to walking and saying words, most parents will remember the exact age at which their child achieved a certain “milestone”. They will often also compare these early “rites of passage” to the progress of a sibling, cousin or friend, or to charts in the myriad parenting books setting out the ages at [...]
Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks The brain still has a lot to learn about itself. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain’s cells can change through experience. Their results were published this week in PLOS ONE. “Neurons can undergo long-term changes in response to experience such [...]