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How Does Starting School Early Impact Educational Attainment?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:30:56 +0000

A singular cutoff point for school entry results in age differences between children of the same grade. In many school systems, September-born children, begin compulsory education in September of the year in which they turn five, making them relatively older than summer born children who begin school aged four. Research on these annually age-grouped cohorts […]

The Dangers of American Sexual Prudishness

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:20:24 +0000

Is the US the world’s most uptight nation regarding sex? Maybe not the most, but certainly among them. For example, the US has more laws regulating sexual behavior than all European countries combined. US prudishness is so severe as to be deadly. To end sexual violence and harassment against women, something has to change. Is […]

The Neuroscience Behind the Placebo Effect

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:30:51 +0000

As a child, did you ever feel better after your mother kissed your bumped knee? How do you think that worked? The power of suggestion—or the placebo effect—is a powerful psychological phenomenon that affects every aspect of our lives, dictating our preferences for food, drink, medication, social activities, and more. Pioneering experiments describing the use […]

Marijuana And Sexual Dysfunction — Could Your Marijuana Usage Be Hindering Your Performance in Bed?

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:30:29 +0000

What is marijuana? Marijuana, also called pot, cannabis, weed, reefer, Mary Jane, dope, broccoli, chronic, reefer, and 420, among countless others, consists of a mixture of dried plant leaves, flowers, and/or stems of the Cannabis Sativa plant. In addition, there is a resin-based version of marijuana that is called hash. Most people either smoke marijuana […]

Re-Learning the Joy of Living with Journaling and Meditation

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:03 +0000

Moving along the treadmill of life, many of us succumb to the ever-present pressures to be faster, stronger, more efficient, and smarter. Perspective on what is happening in our lives is lost. We focus on failure and lacking within ourselves, rather than the abundance and opportunities for growth that surround us. We stop taking the time to […]

God in the Brain: the Science of Neurotheology

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:30:20 +0000

We are the only species on the planet known to practice religion. This feature is universal among humans: there is no nation on Earth that does not practice one or another form of spiritual belief. The question is what makes our brain different so that we practice spirituality? Does religion serve any purpose to our […]

Medicinal Plants and the Brain — St. John’s Wort, Skullcap, and Ashwagandha

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:30:04 +0000

Medicinal plants still comprise a nebulous cloud in biomedical science. We know they have been used since the dawn of man, but there are precious few good quality scientific studies that support their use. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, plant medicines consist of many different molecules that interact together in the body to have a variety of, […]

Criminal Brain: Fact or Fiction?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:30:54 +0000

When we are confronted with the acts of excessive and unprovoked violence, we can’t help but wonder what is wrong with individuals committing such crimes. Think of serial killers: what motivates them? Both researchers and society, in general, have wanted to know how to explain the extreme brutality observed in some people. In most cases, […]

The Puzzle of Multiple Personality Disorder

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:30:21 +0000

Dissociative identity disorder (DID, commonly referred to as multiple personality disorder) is well known to the general public through multiple movies and books. However, the disease remains poorly understood and rather mysterious for the medical specialists. The definition of this disorder implies that a patient has at least two distinctive and relatively long-lasting identities (sometimes […]

Cracking the Code–Revealing the Secret Behind Our Perception

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:00:55 +0000

When you’re an eye doctor, and I’ve spent my entire career as one, you learn a lot about how people use, and misuse, the sense of sight to perceive the world around them. As humans, we’re constantly interpreting and occasionally manipulating our experiences to distinguish fantasy from reality. Some people are better at this than […]

Psychedelics and Drug Addiction

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:00:37 +0000

Overindulgence in anything can be intoxicating, even if it is something as essential as water. Though we all try to rationalize these things, sometimes we simply fail. Gone are the days when the word “addiction” was associated with some poorer and less educated parts of society. It is a fact that today substance abuse is […]

MCI and Anosognosia: She Didn’t Know She Couldn’t Walk

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:00:52 +0000

My mother’s first fall, at age ninety-two, seemed like an accident. Her rubber-soled sandals caught on the carpet in the activities room of her senior apartment complex and she plunged forward catching her arm on the piano bench. After minor surgery to repair the wound, and a short hospital stay, she began a course of […]

David And Goliath: The Art of Turning All Weaknesses Into Strengths

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:00:07 +0000

Hello, everyone! I’m Arda Cigin, founder of and in this article, I’m about to change your whole mindset towards all “disadvantages” and “less than stellar situations”. How? I’ll be telling you about the battle between David and Goliath as an instructive case study to understand how advantages can actually be the source of our […]

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Dangerous for the Child?

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:25 +0000

Depression is sometimes described as a disease of modernity, as sharp changes in lifestyle during the last century or so have given rise to many chronic disorders including or linked to depression. Depression is a state of low mood: the person affected tends to lose interest in previously enjoyable activities. In severe cases, self-harm is […]

The Most Important Thing We Can Do for Our Brain? Exercise!

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:43 +0000

If I would have guessed ten years ago what the best way to train the brain would be, I would probably have thought about crossword puzzles, sudoku, or cognitive apps. But then I would be wrong. The best way is physical exercise. During the last decade, neuroscience has shown that physical exercise has extraordinary effects […]