Transmission of trauma to a child via what is called “epigenetic inheritance” – the idea that environmental influences such as smoking, diet and stress can affect the genes of your children and possibly even grandchildren. Very interesting read…
Since none of the 300 official mental disorders has any defining physical test for diagnosis, there is no proof they exist. Period. You could interview thousands of people who say they feel depressed, and you would find significant differences. The more you listened to their stories, the more you would be convinced of the differences. You would be splitting apart the central idea of “depression” and realizing it has no common center. This is hard for many people to believe. That’s how brainwashed they are. There are no common universal states of consciousness. It’s all unique, from person to person. Just as there is no single enlightened state of consciousness which is the same for everyone, there are no “mental disorder” states that are the same for everyone.
A new story book promises it can get any child to sleep. Parents say it has really helped their children to relax and fall asleep.
Have you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older? There’s a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you’re a kid, but zips by before you know it when you’re 30. That reason is perspective, as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener, demonstrates. When you’re one year old, a year is literally forever to you — it’s all the time that you’ve ever known. But as you grow older, one year is a smaller and smaller fraction of your total life. It’s like watching something shrink in your rear view mirror.
Women’s brains might be more vulnerable to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease than men’s, causing them to decline in memory and cognitive function twice as fast, according to new research that could explain why women make up two-thirds of all diagnosed Alzheimer’s cases in the US.
The finding was presented this week at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, DC, with the team also noting that women tend to decline more dramatically than men in cognition, function, and brain size after they’ve been in surgery or under general anaesthesia.
Neuroscientists have identified an area of the brain that might give the human mind its unique abilities, including language. The area lit up in human, but not monkey, brains when they were presented with different types of abstract information.
People often think it’s the quality of their friendships that counts as opposed to the quantity, but a new study shows that the number of friends we have when we’re young has a significant impact on our health later in life. As we get older, the quantity appears to matter less, and it’s the quality of our relationships with those we hold dear that confers the most benefits as we age.
Emotions can cloud our rational decision-making. By adopting the perspective of an outside advisor, psychologist Dan Ariely says we can inject some rationality into our cognitive processes.
When kids or adults talk to themselves through difficult tasks, performance improves. So next time you tackle something new, go ahead and talk yourself through it. Hearing yourself say it becomes another form of input and helps you learn in multiple ways.
making assumptions – which is closely linked to something known as psychological projection – is not only something that we all do, but it is common for us to suffer greatly at the expense of such a habit. If you are a chronic projector you will experience a great deal of anxiety around other people, as well as other unpleasant emotions like anger, disappointment, resentment and prejudice on a daily basis. Keep reading to discover whether you’re a “serial projector” or not in your daily life.
Birth order study: Researchers have found that the differences between first-borns and ‘later-borns’ are so small that they have no practical relevance.
By Omar Cherif Three weeks ago, I found through my Finnish bungalow-mate, Jarkko, that there is an Underworld concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought it would be a cool event and we agreed to go together. We had our raving days back in our early 20s and it has been while for the both […]
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Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.