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The Mystery of Left-Handedness

Until recently, left-handedness was a matter of great prejudice, and in many cultures, it was common to force left-handed children to write with their right hand. Throughout the world, the prevalence of left-handedness is highly variable, ranging from approximately 5% to 25% and – for unknown reasons – is more common in men than in […]

Sleep and Obesity

Thanks to the obesity epidemic, we’ve seen an explosion of research on the problem of excess weight and the physiological mechanisms of weight control. It has turned out that body weight balance is far from the simple arithmetic of “calories in” and “calories out”. What has surprised many researchers, however, is the clear connection between […]

Facebook – Are We Over-Connected?

The evolution of the human brain is deeply intertwined with our experience as social beings, and the ability we have to bond with others through co-operative activities. According to Dunbar’s study of human brain size and complexity in relation to those other species, humans can manage at most around 150 people as part of their […]

Improve Cognition With A Trip Down Memory Lane

The human brain can concentrate on externally focused tasks, such as answering a question or solving a puzzle, or internally focused tasks, such as daydreaming. Until recently, these activities were believed to be mutually exclusive. That is, activating one suppressed the other. But now, evidence suggests that engaging the internally focused brain network actually improves […]

An Equation for Happiness?

It’s no secret that the level of personal happiness isn’t directly linked to the material things in life. This is well illustrated by the fact that this year, the crown of the happiest nation in the world went to Panama, according to the Gallup and Healthways Global report. In comparison, the UK is ranked 76th […]

Does Your Social Network Shape Your Weight?

According to scientific studies, your wellbeing, your opinions and even your weight are shaped by your social networks. Now many of these factors are broadcast online. How do they affect us? Nicholas Christakis, physician, social scientist and professor at Yale University, has explored how our face-to-face social networks affect everything we think, feel, and do. […]

The Coordinates Of A Nobel Prize

The neuroscientists John O´Keefe from University College London and May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim are this year’s Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Together (although more than 30 years apart) they helped us understand how we know where we are, how we know the way from […]

Memory Enhancement – Nootropics and Electromagnetic Stimulation

Memories naturally degrade with the passing of time. Although the information is initially registered and stored, after a couple of days, weeks, or even years, it is simply erased from storage. The decline of memory function, be it due to normal aging or due to specific medical conditions, greatly affects one’s day-to-day life. Consequently, it […]

Bringing Up Bilingual Toddlers

The myths related to bilingualism range from the most curious to the most extreme. It has been commonly questioned whether attempts to encourage bilingualism in toddlers can lead to language mixing and confusion; if bilingual children perform worse academically or even if it may cause speech delays. According to outrageous and unsupported claims used in […]

Interview with Toni Alika Hickman – Songwriter, Singer, Stroke Survivor

Toni Alika Hickman is not only a talented singer-songwriter; she is the survivor of two brain aneurysms and a stroke. Born in New York, raised in New Orleans by the streets and a single mother who both worked and went to school, she was on her own at the age of 15. Writing poetry was […]

Pain in Osteoarthritis

Pain is the arguably the most distressing feature of osteoarthritis, affecting patients’ quality of life and ability to carry out daily routines. Why osteoarthritis is sometimes painful and others painless is yet to be explained. Efforts to develop disease-modifying drugs that could, as a consequence of disease reversion, also alleviate pain have not yet been […]

“The Theory of Everything” – Review

I had some expectations when I learned there was to be a feature film on the life of Stephen Hawking. Like many others, I felt pretty confident that I was in for an experience filled with scientific terms I couldn’t spell, much less find engaging. Like a lot of the arguments currently flooding the blogosphere […]

Could Waiting Actually Make You Happier?

I spend a lot of time waiting: in car pool lines, at sports practices, for people to return phone calls. I am also usually waiting for my next must-have pair of shoes to go on sale, and my family is usually waiting for and planning our next vacation. But could waiting actually make you happier? […]

Do Search Engines Always Have The Answer?

We surf the internet; we explore the multiplying thousands of options of where to go when we type a simple search term into a search engine. Never before have we had access to such immense amounts of information. However, in this vast landscape of data we might actually be digging and descending into a very […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Hollywood and Heroin

The media’s interest in addiction is not new. As far back as the silent era, Human Wreckage (1923) portrayed the dangers of drug addiction. Later, we had the “Don’t Let This Happen To Your Child” cautionary tales, such as Marijuana: Assassin of Youth (1935) and the better-known camp classic, Reefer Madness (1938). A decade later, […]

Halloween Special – Why Does the Brain Love a Scary Holiday?

Why is a holiday filled with creepy ghosts, goblins, and haunted houses so much fun? Research in neuroscience may provide some answers. The Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology recently teamed with the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, in an attempt to understand what happens in […]

Is It Sane To Agree That You’re Crazy?

Therapeutic reflection – the act of re-stating the client’s ideas using different words – represents an avenue towards mirroring the client’s internal state through therapeutic verbal interaction and the therapeutic stance of the person-centered therapist. Show More Summary

ROXI BLEWS: A History of Hollywood & Heroin

The media’s interest in addiction is not new. As far back as the silent era, HUMAN WRECKAGE (1923) portrayed the dangers of drug addiction. Later, we had the “Don’t Let This Happen To Your Child” cautionary tales, such as MARIJUANA: ASSASSIN OF YOUTH (1935) and the better-known camp classic, REEFER MADNESS [1938]. A decade later, […]

Psychotherapy for Paranoid Schizophrenia

Often psychotherapy is not considered to be effective with individuals dealing with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. But a cognitive-relational psychotherapy approach helps form a warm, trusting and detached relationship, conveys an...Show More Summary

Exercise Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Physical activity is a holistic strategy for increasing overall health and lowering disease risk among a wide range of individuals, and people with neurological conditions can benefit from them too. The benefits of physical activity for individuals with, or at risk of, dementia are not particularly well known to the general public. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) […]

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