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Study: People four times more likely to order dessert when their server is overweight Diners order significantly more food and drink when served by an overweight waiter or waitress, according to a recently published study. “In a novel approach, we showed that diners can be influenced by their surroundings in general and furthermore by their social interactions in particular,” Tim Döring and Brian Wansink wrote in their study. “This [...]
'Spectre' villain fails neuroanatomy in latest Bond film James Bond's nemesis in the most recent film likely failed neuroanatomy, says a real-life neurosurgeon and scientist. Blofeld didn't quite know his brain anatomy and would've probably hit Daniel Craig's vertebral artery and likely killed his character instead, says the expert.
Is Your Microbiome Making You Crazy? Anxiety, depression, brain fog, mood disorders, mood swings or just feeling out of sorts? It’s possible that the answers may lie in the health of the trillions of bacteria living in the intestine called the gut microbiome. There is a profound connection between gut flora … ...
Criminality: We Need to Change our Approach to Treating... People suffering from mental illness are not receiving adequate treatment, and this is leading to high rates of criminality worldwide. There is an established causal link between the mental health … ...
I Forgive You Mistakes are a basic part of the human story. And so is forgiveness.
Researchers find that in race stereotypes, issues are not so black and white Recent race-related events in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Charleston, S.C., and New York City — all point to the continuing need to study and understand race relations in modern America. These events show how race and stereotypes are intertwined and can lead to explosive situations and protests. Now, three Arizona State University researchers [...]
Study: Anxious people are better at prioritizing threats New findings by French researchers show that the brain devotes more processing resources to social situations that signal threat than those that are benign. The results in the journal eLife may help explain the apparent “sixth sense” we have for danger. This is the first time that specific regions of the brain have been identified [...]
Early-life exercise promotes healthy brain by altering gut microbes The human gut harbors a teeming menagerie of over 100 trillion microorganisms, and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered that exercising early in life can alter that microbial community for the better, promoting healthier brain and metabolic activity over the course of a lifetime. The research, which was recently published in the [...]
Study ties insurgency phase of Iraq War to higher PTSD rates Guerilla tactics such as suicide attacks and roadside bombs may trigger more posttraumatic stress than conventional warfare, suggests a Veterans Affairs study of 738 men and women who served in Iraq. The findings appeared online Dec. 14, 2015, in the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. The study authors are with the Behavioral [...]
No easy answers in study of legal marijuana’s impact on alcohol use Does legal marijuana tempt pot users to consume more alcohol — or are they likely to opt for cannabis instead of chardonnay? A University of Washington team of researchers sought to address those questions in the context of evolving marijuana policies in the United States. Their findings, published online Dec. 21 in the journal Alcoholism: [...]
Greed and "The Big Short" What can The Big Short tells us about markets and moral character?
Why Depression May Begin with Food Diets high in refined carbohydrates increase a postmenopausal woman’s chance of suffering from depression. Data was analyzed from an enormous study that analyzed data from over 70,000 postmenopausal women collected … ...
A Little Confrontation Is Good for You In order to “graduate” from the outpatient psychiatric program of Laurel Hospital in Maryland, we had to demonstrate a certain level of competence at assertion skills or confrontation. It’s no wonder it took me three times longer to be discharged than the other patients. One … ...
Inspirational Mental Health Quotes for 2016 A Story of Lost Love and a Broken Heart We were sitting in a booth, sipping on traditional Sweet Tea and waiting for our meals to arrive. It was a … ...
Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Krista... If there is anything you learn from this series, there is no exact one way to  build a practice and Krista Kilbane shares so brilliantly how her path made many turns and what it took to build the right practice for her.  Lot’s of great wisdom from … ...
In Search of Gentleness I look outside onto the ice covered streets.  I can almost feel the harsh air brushing my cheeks.  I feel my feet slip in the snow, and I seek out gentleness. I turn on the news and I see hatred and violence.  I hear all … ...
10 Ways To Be A Possibilities Thinker   In Facebook IM conversation with a friend yesterday, I made a statement which he cyber-chuckled over; since I suggested something that on the surface could have been taken as silly … ...
“Creativity Will Make Your Whole Life Beautiful” Wisdom from... Today, I’m excited to kick-start a new mini interview series here on the blog. As many of you might know, my book Make A Mess: Daily Prompts and Projects for … ...
Quarter-Life Crises: 5 Steps to Stop Floundering Common quarter-life crisis remedies are the opposite of the actual solutions. Here's how to find ourselves and figure out our purpose.
What's Really Going on in the Psychology of Pinterest Among all forms of social media, Pinterest is unique. Drawing users into its DIY world, it satisfies our needs for creative expression (and maybe a little narcissism).