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Facebook Science: How Facebook Breaks Effect Stress and Wellbeing

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:00:43 +0000

Inadvertently, in the wake of recent Facebook data harvesting scandals, Elon Musk and Brian Acton spurring on Facebook users to #DeleteFacebook in past weeks and the resulting Facebook breaks could (potentially) do some good for the average users stress levels. While differences between being deleted, deactivated, or abandoned have yet to be explored, new research […]

Finding the Right Way to Use Ketamine for Depression

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:32 +0000

Many studies have shown ketamine to be a promising treatment for those suffering from severe depression, but figuring out how to safely administer the drug has been a challenge for researchers. One hopeful delivery method was a nasal spray device because of its ease-of-use and the fact that it is less invasive than other methods […]

Blonde Vs Brunette Science: More #metoo for Blondes?

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:00:49 +0000

Blonde women are arguably the most sexually objectified and stereotyped women, but could this equate to more #metoo scenarios for blondes? Women often report experiencing increased attention and harassment from strangers as a given when going blonde. With an increased level of sexual attention and harassment, do women with blonde hair (from the bottle or […]

Different Coping Styles May Cause, Prevent, or Treat OCD

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:20 +0000

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) tend to fall back on maladaptive coping strategies such as rumination and thought suppression, according to new research; even though adaptive coping skills such as acceptance and problem-solving could improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, many OCD patients tend to lack those adaptive coping skills while in the throes of the […]

Dying Young and the Psychology of Leaving a Legacy

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:12 +0000

Often the biggest existential distress that we carry is the idea that no-one will remember us when we are gone—initially we know that our friends and family will hold who we are, but after a generation, these people are likely gone too. At the end of life, the pressure to leave an unquestionably relevant legacy […]

Carpe Diem—Living with Fear

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:25 +0000

“Live life to the fullest.” “Celebrate life.” “Carpe diem.” I’ve heard them all. But what if I don’t feel like it? What if I’m having a lousy brain day, restricted to a darkened room with a blinding headache, and seizing the day is not an option? I have clusters of malformed blood vessels called cavernous […]

Creatine and the Brain

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:36 +0000

The human brain depends on a constant energy supply, which is needed for proper functioning. Energy supply impairments can jeopardize brain function and even lead to the pathogenesis or progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Chronic disruption of energy causes degradation of cellular structures and creates conditions that favor the development of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or Huntington’s disease. In […]

Invertebrates: A Vastly Different Brain Structure Can Be Remarkably Efficient

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:20 +0000

Have you ever wondered about how an alien’s brain works? What kind of information-processing system they may have and how it may differ from ours? There is no need to look any further. The answers to these questions can be found much closer to home, in insects and other invertebrates. Insects and humans have evolved […]

Neurobotany: A Drastically Different Approach To Information Processing And Communication In Plants?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:43 +0000

Can plants think? We would have confidently said “No!” just a few decades back. But now we know that even plants have specific information-processing abilities, and this comes in the absence of any neurons at all. In fact, some scientific studies have even demonstrated that plants are able to learn and memorize. Now researchers have […]

Dietary Intake of Omega Fatty Acids and Brain Health

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:00:45 +0000

Omega fatty acids are well known to be important for the normal functioning of our body. These fatty acids are essential for the formation of the cell membrane. They play a critical role in brain health. In addition, they are crucial for fertility, visual acuity, and optimal cardiovascular health. Omega-3 fatty acids also have an […]

Race and Genetics

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:00:57 +0000

Dare I venture into this politically and emotionally charged issue? When researching the questions regarding our evolutionary biology as I do, ignoring the question of race as it relates to species would be negligent. On the other hand, trying to discuss it in a short blog such as this could be considered foolhardy. This sounds […]

Opportunistic Exercise: Use One Minute Exercises for Positive Aging

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:00:53 +0000

Would you believe me if I said that 95 percent of people are living today just as they did yesterday, a month ago, a year ago, without anything changing? Renewal doesn’t just happen; it comes to those who consciously pursue it. Just like only those who open their eyes at daybreak can see the dawn, […]

Is Your Own Mind Trapping Your True Self?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:45 +0000

If you were to ask most people if they are in charge of their life, the majority of people would likely respond that they themselves were. Yet what most people don’t understand is the tremendous power their subconscious mind has on the choices they make and how they approach life on a daily basis. In […]

Medicinal Plants and the Brain – Ginkgo, Lemon Balm, and Rhodiola

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:02 +0000

This is the second article in the series on the influence of medicinal plants on the brain. I am describing plants where we have at least one positive double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in humans that supports their medicinal use in brain-related disorders. The last article described St. John’s wort, ashwagandha, and American skullcap, and we can […]

Handedness: What Does It Say About Your Brain Structure?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:30:47 +0000

Left-handedness, as a relatively uncommon phenomenon, never fails to fascinate people. There is a common perception that left-handed people are more talented and artistic. To what extent these assumptions are correct, and what your preferred use of right or left hand can tell you about your brain structure? Handedness represents the better performance or preference […]