Mind-wandering to negative events can produce negative emotions that narrow our attention and lead us to miss opportunities for caring.
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.
A new study of early humans has challenged one of the main tenets of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, the idea of the survival of the fittest, by suggesting compassion and the ability to accommodate “defective” members of the community actually played a significant role in how humans developed.
The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, because it is one of the main mediums for connecting us to each other and the Universe. Conventional science has taught us that the main role of the heart is to pump blood to all the systems of the body. This definition of the heart is not very accurate. Besides pumping blood, the heart also has an intelligence of its own.
DARPA is launching a new military program using an implant to connect the human brain to a computer. Although there may be some applications that could restore sight or hearing to those without the military use of the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) is the reason behind the Human Brain project and the US Brain Initiative.
Bright light therapy has a proven track record of success in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly referred to as the winter blues. A new study from the University of British Columbia shows that this simple and safe therapy is effective for non-seasonal major depression. In fact, researchers showed light therapy was much more effective than fluoxetine (Prozac).
Robots are being taught ‘disobedience’ by engineers to protect us from ourselves. They will make decisions based on safety of themselves and humans. See the attached video showing this. This could be our future.
For decades, Americans struggled through angst-filled and turbulent teenage years only to become happier once they reached the full bloom of adulthood. But that link between age and happiness disappeared in 2010, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science on Nov. 5. Adolescents have become steadily happier while those in their thirties are more miserable.
Early life stress is a major risk factor for later episodes of depression. Adults who are abused or neglected as children are almost 2x’s as likely to experience depression. The increased risk following such childhood adversity is associated with sensitization of brain circuits involved with processing threat and driving the stress response & there may also be diminished processing of reward in the brain & associated reductions in a person’s ability to experience positive emotions.
Studies show that aspects of unconscious awareness provide us with knowledge of what’s about to happen, and the findings might not be what you’d expect. You may have heard of the expression, “women’s intuition,” and thus assumed that women might feel more excited than men about finding their intuitions are proven to be correct–but according to one researcher’s […]
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…