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How Does Meditation Make You Smarter?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you don’t need to be told about the relaxing effects of meditation. The practitioners vouch for it; and those who don’t, do not dispute it either. Those in the Far East have known for centuries that meditating brings mental peace and spiritual bliss. Now scientists claim that meditation […]

Acceptance with Resilience – Living with Chronic Pain

Several years ago, I happened to be reading a research article about people who had lost limbs in landmine explosions, when I ran across a psychological distinction that I’ve seen validated many times since then. It seems that one of the major factors determining the quality of recovery for someone who has suffered this kind […]

Go With Your Gut

The human intestine contains more than 1,000 species of microorganisms that comprise the 100 trillion “good bacteria” that keep our bodies healthy and our digestive systems functioning properly. The profile of the microbes present in each individual varies on the basis of age, sex, diet and lifestyle, but, together, these bacteria help maintain overall health. […]

How Does the Brain Respond to Gossip?

Newspapers use up reams of paper to report it. The air around your office cubicle, or in the cafeteria, hangs heavy with it. When best friends meet, they discuss it in hushed whispers. Gossip is an integral part of our communication. And if evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar is to be believed, gossip makes up the […]

Correlates between the Science of Learning and the Practice of Teaching

The phenomenon of human learning is not a unitary construct, rather it comprises a gamut of cognitive traits including memory, attention, decision making and social functioning. According to David Ausubel, an eminent educational psychologist: “The single most important factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Show More Summary

How Would You Like Your Reality Augmented?

With devices such as Google Glass and Oculus Rift just around the corner, the stage is set for game-changing technological interfaces between ourselves and the world to shake up how we interact with and perceive our environment. Technology such as Pranav Mistry’s SixthSense device which he showcased on a recent TED talk looks set to […]

Deciphering Troubled Teens’ Risk-Taking Behavior

The rebellious teenager makes everyone edgy. Their parents are an anxious lot. Their teachers are at their wit’s end trying to figure out ways to rein them in. The traffic sergeants roll their eyes in exasperation when they land up drunk behind the wheel. Sociologists are intrigued and want to know what is it that […]

Opening the Classroom Door for Children with Autism

We can all probably remember how we were taught to swim. Some of us had parents who took us to swimming lessons in a safely constructed pool at the local YMCA, with numerous, trained adults right next to us in the pool and floaties on our arms, while we paddled on a kickboard for as […]

Learning Skills and Psychosis

As a doctor of clinical psychology, I address differently the problem of psychosis. I approach psychosis as a result of trauma and mental phenomena as opposed focusing on the brain, the empirical and the medical model of mental illness. I was very recently reading an article on the subject of new advances in medications to […]

Microglia – Part 1, Definitions and Developmental Progression

One of the more remarkable advances in neuroscience, perhaps on par with Santiago Ramon y Cajal’s Neuron Doctrine (the theory that distinct neurons are the functional units of the brain), is the discovery of microglia — appropriately by Cajal’s student Pio del Rio Hortega. Since their discovery, microglia have been the center of controversy in many […]

Nurturing The Brain – Part 3, Red Wine

Have you ever heard of the “French paradox”? This concept originated in the 1980s and refers to the epidemiological observation that French people have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular diseases despite having a diet rich in saturated fats. Although it has been argued that the French paradox may be an illusion due to statistical […]

Are We All Schizophrenic? Part 1, Delusions

The ignorance in the public understanding of schizophrenia and related disorders is shockingly poor, with a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness indicating that 64% of Americans are unable to recognize its symptoms or incorrectly think the symptoms include split or multiple personalities. Misunderstanding schizophrenia is a key driver of the stigmatization of […]

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – March 2015

March served us a whole host of significant research developments, highlighting the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of various medications, therapies, drugs and techniques for the treatment of disorders of the mind. Harder to swallow...Show More Summary

The Link Between Breastfeeding and IQ

It is indeed a pity that in recent times, breastfeeding has grabbed headlines for a slew of controversial reasons. Remember the ruckus some people made about women breastfeeding in public? Well, they got rightly trounced by the saner and the more considerate members of the public. But the flurry of mud-slinging and Twitter rants brought […]

Can Monster Spiders Cure Arachnophobia?

Don’t. Scroll. Down. OK… you can scroll down, but certainly not unwittingly. Some of the images are of terror-inducing, digitally enhanced monster spiders used in a study conducted by the University of Tasmania in a bid to help cure one of the most common phobias known to man, arachnophobia. The Fear With some research reporting […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – March 2015

In this article, I will present a selection of publications that came out in March. There were many interesting developments, both in fundamental neuroscience and neurology, and in the practical aspects of dealing with brain-related diseases and disorders. In March, the scientific community marked the birthday of Sir Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist who received the […]

Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – March 2015

This month’s good news range from promising new therapies to technological advances, while the bad news tell us about damaging side-effects and consequences of diseases, therapies and behaviors. These are personal opinions, presented in no particular order and we welcome your comments and suggestions. If you have come across any interesting studies, let us know […]

Is Your Walking Style Making You Depressed?

We hear time and time again about new studies hashing out the specifics and therapeutic details regarding what many infer from experience: Upping the amount and intensity of exercise we do benefits our physical health and psychology and greatly improves symptoms of depression. That’s old news. The new news from our interviewee, Professor Johannes Michalak, […]

The Dope on Pot – How Marijuana Affects Sleep and Dreams

The U.S. is slowly and steadily moving towards legalizing marijuana in all fifty states. Almost half have already legalized medical marijuana; more are on their way. Several states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and some have given the nod to retail outlets selling marijuana. These moves, whether brought about through the ballot box or […]

Who Needs Another Self-Help Series?

In 2012 an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from a mental illness (NIMH). That’s 18.6% of all American adults – an astonishing figure. Mental health issues are increasingly affecting both people’s professional and personal lives, but the 24/7 society we live in – in which we’re expected to […]

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