Understanding How Color Is Perceived in the Brain

Scientists have examined the effects of language on categorical color perception — the idea that color perception is affected by how it is described in language — with behavioral research. Meanwhile, other scholars have looked into this ...

May 18

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Brain Stimulation may be a fast and painless way to better mental ...

In the future, if you want to improve your ability to manipulate numbers in your head, you might just plug yourself in. So say researchers who report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 16 on studies of a harmless form of brain ...

May 17

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Mice, Men, and Fate

Almost fifteen years ago, in a book called “Chance, Development, and Aging,” the gerontologists Caleb Finch and Thomas Kirkwood described a truly elegant study of biology: a batch of roundworms, all genetically identical, raised on identical ...

May 17

Categories: Adult psychological development, Child Development, Individuation

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Bach to the blues, our emotions match music to colors

Whether we’re listening to Bach or the blues, our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. For instance, Mozart’s jaunty ...

May 17

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‘Good Vibrations’! Brain Ultrasound Improves Mood

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques aimed at mental and neurological conditions include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, and transcranial direct current (electrical) stimulation (tDCS), shown to improve memory. ...

May 16

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar

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How to Help Other People Change Their Habits

Say I want my partner to stop cracking his knuckles or get my daughter to put down her mobile phone at meal times or start someone else exercising: how do I do that? It's not something I cover in the book, which focuses mainly on how habits work, ...

May 16

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Advertising Product Results ? Put Product and Result Images Closer ...

Consumers believe a product is more effective when images of the product and its desired outcome are placed closer together in advertisements, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Merely changing the spatial proximity ...

May 16

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Relationship Troubles? Some Sad Music Might Help You Feel Better

Consumers experiencing relationship problems are more likely to prefer aesthetic experiences that reflect their negative mood, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “Emotional experiences of aesthetic products are ...

May 15

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Male Testosterone Levels Increase When Victorious in Competition ...

Sporting events can bring a community together, such as when the Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA championship and University of Louisville campus was filled with camaraderie. They also can fuel bitter rivalries, such as the long-standing animosity ...

May 15

Categories: Sports Psychology

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Teaching the Brain to Calm Itself

Estimates of combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in U.S. veterans since the Vietnam War ranges from approximately 2& to 17%. Additional studies of combat veterans of more recent wars places the range of Iraq War returnees who suffer ...

May 15

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, ...

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Exercise for Depression – A Gold Standard Therapy

Depression has become a common medical issue worldwide. Conventional treatments, generally, have not been effective in preventing recurrence of this condition. SSRIs can take months to provide a beneficial effect. Adverse side effects of ...

May 14

Categories: Depression

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Brain study shows body clocks of depressed people are altered at cell ...

Every cell in our bodies runs on a 24-hour clock, tuned to the night-day, light-dark cycles that have ruled us since the dawn of humanity. The brain acts as timekeeper, keeping the cellular clock in sync with the outside world so that it can govern ...

May 14

Categories: Depression, Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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“All I Really Want to Do Is Sleep”

A recent article in NYTimes [1] declared that the rising rate of suicides among our baby boomer generation now made suicides, by raw numbers alone, a bigger killer than motor vehicle accidents! Researchers quoted within the article pointed to ...

May 14

Categories: Depression, Suicide Prevention

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How Positive Emotions Lead to Better Health

New research suggests that meditation or any other mood-enhancing activity can serve as a nutrient for the human body. We’ve all experienced downward spirals, in which dark emotions lead to destructive behavior that damages our health, strains ...

May 13

Categories: Positive Psychology, Self-Care / Self Compassion

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Study finds brain system for emotional self-control

Different brain areas are activated when we choose for ourselves to suppress an emotion, compared to situations where we are instructed to inhibit an emotion, according a new study from the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Ghent ...

May 13

Categories: Control Issues

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