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The components of imitation We learn many things through imitation: how to walk, play an instument, sports, and more. What are the processes in the brain responsible for imitation? For some years now, science has been examining the role of mirror neurons, but there is still much to understand, report experts.
5 Free Gifts For Mentally Ill Family Members Or... Giving gifts is fun, but many people don’t have the money to buy everyone close to them a gift this time of year. Here is a list of some free … ...
The Good Enough Parent is the Best Parent The best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. "Good enough parents" strive to....
Rolling with the Bipolar Disorder Punches I’m not whining when I say that the past month or so has been really hard on me. It’s not just about my symptoms either. Those are always present. Unfortunately … ...
Best of Our Blogs: December 22, 2015 How are we doing so far this week, Psych Central readers? Need to take a break from all the holiday chaos for just a minute? Fortunately, our bloggers were hard at work over the past few days, and have just what you need to get … ...
Your Mind Can Neutralize Allergens and Even Some Toxins... In this video, I mentioned the Japanese study in which poison ivy was rubbed on the forearms of boys known to be allergic to the plant. In the first part … ...
Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual Does it feel like anything to be a beetle? How about a plant or a computer? One theory posits that consciousness exists wherever information is being integrated—and is measurable.
FDA partially lifts gay men blood donation ban The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow gay men to donate blood if they have been celibate for one year - lifting a 30-year ban.
Challenging what it means to 'dress like a boy' Researchers say boys get messages through clothing about what they should and should not be.
The Most Liked Single-at-Heart Articles: 2015 I write about so many different aspects of single life (all of them, in fact, except dating and trying to become unsingle) and I’m passionate about just about every topic. … ...
If you had my family, you’d hate the holidays too! Many of us look forward to the holidays with growing excitement. We have only fond memories and warm thoughts of family, holiday meals, and merriment. But some of us would … ...
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 … ...