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These three strategies can help you master any subject

I learned a lot in 2017. I learned about how the European Union works, because Britain decided to leave it. I learned what a social media-obsessed presidency looks like, and the distinctive outlines of a political party that picks power over principle. I learned that a Trump presidency can force a …

What is fascia, and is 'myofascial release' the secret to better health?

There's a new buzzword in yoga studios across the UK: fascia. But what exactly is it, and should we all be paying more attention to this often overlooked aspect of our anatomy?<p>Put shortly, fascia is a clingfilm-like substance that wraps around all our muscles and organs, offering support and …

Scientists Successfully Use Hypnosis to Trigger Color-Number Synesthesia

The strange phenomenon may not be completely hardwired.<p>Synesthesia is an extraordinary neurological condition in which a person simultaneously and …

Brain Enhancing Drugs Are on the Horizon

Someday we’ll be able to give children a genetic test for cognitive ability before they even enter school. How do I know this? A team of researchers …

How does cancer evade the immune system? New mechanism revealed

Cancer's ability to elude our body's immune system has long puzzled researchers. The latest study pinpoints one of cancer's protective cloaks and …

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

The dos and don'ts of protein consumption, according to a nutritionist

Not all proteins are created equal, remember<p>The protein market is booming, and the rise of protein packed products seems unstoppable, with not just …

Science suggests there's no such thing as an 'addictive personality' — here's why

Addiction — whether it's to alcohol, a substance, or even sex — is a negative term. We refer to addiction as a disorder, and those who are diagnosed as being hooked on something are told by society that they have a problem.<p>The reasons someone becomes an addict are complicated. Some think it's down …

Human Mini-Brains Growing Inside Rat Bodies Are Starting to Integrate

"We are entering totally new ground here."<p>Stem cell technology has advanced so much that scientists can grow miniature versions of human brains — …

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Great Ape on Earth

Weird & Wild<p>A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct, a new study says.<p>On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli.<p>"He had cuts on his face, on …

Orangutans

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer's

by Aeon October 20, 2017 Health & Medicine 34314<p>Clayton Dalton<p>Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) …

Dementia

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

Brain stimulation partly awakened a patient after 15 years in a vegetative state

The patient was able to follow an object with his eyes, turn his head when asked to, and widened his eyes in surprise when a researcher's head came close to his face — none of which he did in a vegetative state. Although he is far from recovered, and although hopeful results in one patient don't …

Researchers: Depression may be a physical illness linked to inflammation

Physical Roots of Depression<p>Although current treatments for depression mostly focus on brain chemicals such as serotonin, scientists now think …

Depression medications can have devastating side-effects. Are they worth it to be happy?

Even if you aren't aware of it, the chances are good that someone you know is taking some sort of psychiatric medicine. According to the most recent …

Science Says Anxiety Isn't the Problem. Your Response to Anxiety Is What Matters

Practice accepting anxiety rather than suppressing it.<p>What do you think about when you hear the word anxiety? Perhaps you imagine the sweaty palms and rapid heartbeat you experience when you are about to give a public presentation. Or maybe you think about the times you have trouble sleeping …

Research Shows Magic Mushrooms Can Offer Real Benefits in Depression Therapy

Mindblowing.<p>A review of the research on combining therapy with the psychoactive component from magic mushrooms has concluded it's not only a safe and …

Scientist claims to have found the seat of consciousness by using a revolutionary 3d mapping technique

Finding consciousness has been next to impossible and even decades of research still leave neuroscientists in the dark. There are many attempts to …

Childhood brain injury tied to adult anxiety, depression

(Reuters Health) - Children who sustained traumatic brain injuries may experience psychological effects like anxiety, phobias and depression more than a decade later, researchers say.<p>“The study suggests that brain injury is in some way related to longer-term anxiety symptoms, while previously it …

How do dreams affect brain disorders?

Research presented at the latest Canadian Neuroscience Meeting connects fascinating insights into the science of dreams with the risk of developing …

Parkinson's Disease

Psychology Explains Why You're Always Late

And what to do about it.<p>Always running late?<p>Despite your best intentions, you show up at least 10 minutes after you say you will. At least you’re dependable, right?<p>Chronic lateness isn’t thoughtlessness or “bad subway luck,” it’s a personality profile, according to research. There are multiple …

Healthy Living

Treating depression is guesswork. Psychiatrists are beginning to crack the code.

Brain scans and machine learning programs are paving the way for a breakthrough.<p>Here’s a frustrating fact for anyone who has been prescribed medication or therapy for depression: Your doctor doesn’t know what treatment will work for you.<p>“It is currently complete primitive guesswork,” Leanne Maree …

The People with Schizophrenia Embracing the Voices They Hear

A growing movement of people with schizophrenia argue that hearing voices shouldn't necessarily be treated clinically—but leading psychologists and doctors disagree.<p>Ron Coleman was sitting in his office doing some calculations when a voice behind him said, "You've done that wrong." He looked …

18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Does brain training make you smart | Caroline Williams

You can boost your brainpower, says Caroline Williams, but it’s not as simple as just giving your head a work-out<p>Can we really train our brains? The hope that maybe we can is based on the idea of “brain plasticity”: that no matter how old you are, and how set in your ways, your brain is constantly …

We've Been Wrong About Where the Brain Processes Language for 141 Years

Where word salad is really made.<p>The map of where and how the brain processes speech has been modified again. Researchers from Northwestern University just published a paper in the journal <i>Brain</i> wherein they demonstrate that the famous Wernicke's area, thought to be the center of language …