Categorizing rewards improves motivation

What truly inspires individuals to perform at their very best? When it comes to motivating others and ourselves, it turns out offering rewards in defined categories, even when they are largely meaningless, can heighten motivation. According to ...

May 30

Categories: Workplace Issues

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Art appreciation is measureable

Have you experienced seeing a painting or a play that has left you with no feelings whatsoever, whilst a friend thought it was beautiful and meaningful? Experts have argued for years about the feasibility of researching art appreciation, and what ...

May 29

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Why do dogs yawn when they see sleepy humans?

Why we yawn at all isn’t entirely clear. Some say it helps keep us awake, others say it has a role in group communication – a way of telling others without language when you’re ready to sleep. Another more recent suggestion is that perhaps ...

May 29

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Eating Yoghurt can Affect Brain Functions

UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as ...

May 29

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The Anchoring Effect: How The Mind is Biased by First Impressions

To illustrate the anchoring effect, let's say I ask you how old Mahatma Gandhi was when he died. For half of you I'll preface the question by saying: "Did he die before or after the age of 9?" For the other half I'll say: "Did he die before or ...

May 28

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Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

May 28

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Fighting Depression with Special Ketamine

There have been previous media rumblings (and blog) about ketamine through the years, so I’m rather curious as to why the article came out now (maybe there’s another new paper out? I didn’t see any referenced and couldn’t find anything). To ...

May 28

Categories: Depression

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How To Find A Good Psychotherapist

It's a difficult, yet brave and courageous moment when someone makes the decision to pursue mental health therapy. More difficult than the decision to go to therapy is the decision of who to choose as a therapist. So, how does someone find a good ...

May 27

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Why can't you remember your earliest Childhood?

New research presented today shows that formation of new neurons in the hippocampus - a brain region known for its importance in learning and remembering - could cause forgetting of old memories by causing a reorganization of existing brain ...

May 27

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia

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What is Love Addiction?

People develop addictions to shield themselves from intolerably painful feelings. An addiction always creates harmful, often ignored consequences. Only when the addiction becomes unmanageable will people do something about it. Love addicts spend ...

May 27

Categories: Addictions, Love addiction

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Pay attention: How we focus and concentrate

Scientists at Newcastle University have shed new light on how the brain tunes in to relevant information. Publishing in Neuron, the team reveal the interplay of brain chemicals which help us pay attention in work funded by the Wellcome Trust and ...

May 25

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Inattention, ...

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Girls Who Are Sexually Abused More Likely to Start Using Substances ...

Many studies have confirmed the link between childhood sexual abuse and substance-related problems in adulthood. But a new investigation finds that being raped or molested at a young age also makes young girls far more likely to start drinking or ...

May 25

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sexual Abuse

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New Study looks at people who hears voices but have normal Cognitive ...

Researchers from the Bergen fMRI Group at the University of Bergen (UiB) are working on how to help schizophrenics, who hear voices. The way they do this is by studying people who also hear voices, but who do not suffer from a mental illness. For a ...

May 25

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows

Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior. A new study by researchers at the Center for ...

May 24

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Meditation

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The Incredible Dating Power of a Guitar Case

In France there's a psychologist, Professor Nicolas Gueguen, who roams the North-West, asking young women for their telephone numbers—or at least his research assistants and experimental confederates do. This isn't just to boost the national ...

May 24

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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