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Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical …

The Greatest Psychology Blog You're Not Reading

We love pop psychology. It has grown in popularity in recent years, as people have become more interested in what we used to call “self-help” tools …

Psychology in Fiction

Over the last few years, I've been writing fiction. For decades, I've been a psychiatrist. As a novelist, I now write with a reader's sensibility, and read with a writer's eye. I'm struck by the degree to which fiction and psychology share certain crucial elements.<p>Human functioning can be …

7 Valuable Insights Every New Author Needs to Know

One of the biggest dilemmas for a first-time author is whether to self-publish or seek out a traditional publisher. As I get closer to finishing my first book and weigh-up both sides of the argument, I reached out to bestselling author Shannon Kaiser. With success as a self-published author, and …

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To Treat Depression, a New Approach Tries Training the Brain

Computer games, chirping birds and electrical stimulation in studies to change how depressed people think<p>Should depression be treated more like a stroke?<p>That’s the view of a growing number of researchers developing new psychological treatments that aim to directly target the particular brain …

The Brain

'Mom Body' Comic Nails The Emotional Exhaustion (And Eventual Joy) Of Pregnancy

Illustrator and cartoonist Rebecca Roher has always been curious about women's bodies and reproductive health, particularly now as she's beginning to think about having children someday. When her close friend was carrying her first child, Roher became increasingly inquisitive as she observed the …

Pregnancy

Here's the extreme diet regular people used to look like underwear models in 30 days

These people might look like underwear models, but they're not. And 30 days before this photo was taken, they didn't look like this.<p>But in just a few weeks, the women slimmed down to have as little as 12% to 14% body fat and the man had just 5% to 6% body fat.<p>And that woman on the left? She was …

Body Fat

Single White Female Meets Polygamous West African Shaman

In her sexy, stormy, spiritual memoir, <i>Honey in the River</i>, Marsha Scarbrough explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings, wrapped around a love affair with a married African shaman. The mythology and metaphysics of Ifa, the indigenous religion of the Yoruba people of West …

Can You Really Be Addicted to a Behavior?

Most people can easily comprehend addiction to a substance -- alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription medications, cigarettes, and even something like chocolate. If they've not dealt with such an addiction themselves, they know someone who has, or they've at least seen a fairly accurate depiction of …

Matter and Consciousness: How Our Thoughts Create Our Reality

<b>Dr</b><b>. Joe Dispenza</b> claims that <b>every time we learn something new, hundreds of thousands of our neurons change</b>,<b>which affects the state of our physical</b> …