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Living happily in a material world: Material purchases can bring happiness Researchers have shown that material purchases, from sweaters to skateboards, provide more frequent happiness over time, whereas experiential purchases, like a trip to the zoo, provide more intense happiness on individual occasions.
Wired for gaming: Brain differences in compulsive video game players Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Others are associated with distractibility and poor impulse control.
Circadian rhythm of genes in brain changes with aging, research shows Examination of thousands of genes from nearly 150 human brains shows the circadian rhythm of brain gene activity changes with aging, according to a first-of-its-kind study.
Empathy with strangers can be learned We can learn to empathize with strangers. Surprisingly, positive experiences with people from another group trigger a learning effect in the brain, which increases empathy, researchers reveal. They add that only a handful of positive learning experiences already suffice for a person to become more empathic.
How to Relax and Enjoy Some Down Time A lot of Americans get time off from work during the holidays. If you’re working customer service or in another industry where this is your busy season, maybe you can … ...
My Well-Kept Secret I’ve been an adjunct writing teacher at a major university off and on for over 25 years. I teach the freshman-level classes — College English I and II. In College English I, students learn how to organize a variety of essays around thesis statements. The … ...
The underground smart drug amendment Last week, some amendments were quietly slipped into the disastrous Psychoactive Substances Bill that’s currently going through parliament. Surprisingly, a new list of permitted substances has been added. Almost all are poorly evidenced substances used informally as ‘smart drugs’. The bill is an embarrassingly bad piece of legislation that aims to ban all psychoactive substances […]
The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder The turbulence and trauma of borderline personality disorder make self-harm and suicide attempts frighteningly common. But recovery is common, too.
Hollywood Myth; All You Need Is A Great Idea When you’re just starting out, you’re full of excitement about screenwriting. You think about lots of what you think are great ideas for screenplays, and you may even decide you … ...
Here's Why Your Dog Might Not Be As Cute As You Think What is more important in determining how strongly people are attached to their dogs -- cuteness or canine personality?
10 Ways of Thinking That Drag You Down Jumping to conclusions, labeling, all-or-nothing thinking. Sound familiar? If so, your thoughts may be dragging you down....
Stiff with Anxiety: Big Change, Big Stress This week Jimmy has become a stressed out mess. He has become so uptight about life that he made it to school late twice this week, and missed the whole … ...
Coping with Bipolar Disorder During the Holidays: The Importance... For people living with Bipolar Disorder, holiday times can present a real challenge. It’s all too easy to slip into a false sense of security and disregard the routines that … ...
Eating to Impress When I was young — maybe my first year of high school — I remember sitting around with friends and talking about what it would be like to go out … ...
Long-term effectiveness of family-level intervention for U.S.military children, families affected by wartime deployments Family-level preventive intervention can lead to improved behavioral health outcomes for military families affected by wartime deployment, a new study reports. Results highlight significant reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms among deployed parent, home-based parent and their children after intervention.
Team identified brain circuit involved in party drug's antidepressant effect A fast-acting medication without side effects is needed for depression, and a new research finding may be one step toward such a novel medication.
Genetic convergence between cognition, neurodevelopmental disorders discovered For the first time, a study has demonstrated a genetic convergence between cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders in the human brain. These findings provide an alternate starting point for scientists to develop therapies for such disorders.
Ending chronic pain with new drug therapy A brain region controlling whether we feel happy or sad, as well as addiction, is remodeled by chronic pain, reports a new study. And in a significant breakthrough, scientists have developed a new treatment that restores this region and dramatically lessens pain symptoms in an animal model. The new treatment combines two FDA-approved drugs: a Parkinson's drug, L-dopa, and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These drugs target affected brain circuits and completely eliminate chronic pain behavior.
Love Your Writing Style – Guest Interview with Nikki... There are people you admire and then there are people who make you go gah gah crazy when you learn from them. For me, that person is Nikki Elledge Brown, Communication Stylist and all out amazing human being. In this interview she shares a wealth … ...
Parenting: Opposite Strategies, But the Same Results Extremes of parenting (such as being overprotective vs not protecting at all) may often lead children to act out in very similar ways -no matter which extreme the parents are at.