Michael Steven Maslivar Bellido

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Can We Reverse Brain Cell Loss?

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that we cannot grow new brain cells; that we are born with all of the brain cells we will ever have and that …

Synesthesia's Molecular Roots Traced Back to Rare DNA Mutations

Mutations in brain genes lead to spectacular blending of the senses.<p>For people with auditory-visual synesthesia, striking a piano key may ignite …

Genetics

Gene responsible for autism identified

Many neurodevelopmental disorders are caused by large missing pieces of genetic material in a person's genome that contain several genes, termed a …

The Physical and Mental Benefits of Cold Showers

Cold exposure is a method of body hardening, which increases your tolerance to stress and disease. Odds are you’ve heard whispers around the water …

Wellness

You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

How to Immediately Change Your Life For The Better

Ready for a change? Here's how you can make it happen.<p>There's an old joke where a man says, "I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years--and I'll be 50 in seven years!" A wise friend replies, "And how old will you <b>be in seven years if you don't go?"</b><p>If you're not where …

personaldevelopment

Memory makers

Building on forty years of existing research, UQ neuroscientists are now conducting clinical trials to prove that exercise can prevent and reverse …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

If You Want to Be Successful, Stop Reading Business Books. Here's What You Should Do Instead

Get their attention. Solve their problems. Take their money<p>Because I'm both a writer and the owner of a marketing agency, people often ask me to recommend business books to them. They usually expect me to point them to a how-to about social media marketing, a leadership "classic", or, at the very …

Social Media Marketing

The diet that could reduce the risk of depression

A new study has provided further evidence that a healthful diet is good for the mind as well as the body, after finding that a diet rich in fruits, …

BPA unlikely to be harmful, federal study shows

Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly known as BPA and once widely used in canning and plastics, is unlikely to be harmful to people in the doses usually seen, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.<p>The FDA said a draft report on BPA’s effects in rats offers little to worry about.<p>“Overall, the …

4 things the best leaders train their brains to do

Kevin Chin wants his executives to limber up their brains.<p>Chin's investment company, Arowana, based in Melbourne, Australia, is expanding into London, Los Angeles, and Asia, and "it is imperative to have a senior leadership team that is mentally agile and resilient," says Chin. Last year, the …

13 free websites and apps you can use to educate yourself to avoid university tuition fees and costly living expenses

Thinking about studying at university can be a big decision and the prospect of three to four years of education is often outweighed by the burden of …

Tuition

Why Brainstorming Groups Kill Breakthrough Ideas (and What to Do Instead)

In a nutshell, they simply don't work.<p>Over a half a century ago, Alex Osborne wrote an influential book called <i>Applied Imagination</i> that opined that "the average person can think up twice as many ideas when working with a group than when working alone." Managers must have been convinced because …

Creativity

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Brain

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Starting a Business for This 1 Reason Will Lead to Success

Startup ideas are everywhere. You just need to find the right one.<p><i>Editor's Note: The following is adapted from</i> Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup From Idea to Empire<i>, published this month by Inc. Media and Amacom, a division of the American Management Association.</i><p>Sure, …

Entrepreneurship

Have Scientists Found a Way to 'Turbocharge' the Human Brain?

In preliminary research, people learned faster and made fewer mistakes when a particular brain region was electrically stimulated.<p><i>In brief:</i> <i>What if you could improve your mental aptitude and performance by directly stimulating specific parts of the brain? That's what a team of researchers from</i> …

The Brain

Magic mushrooms 'reboot' brain in depressed people – study

Magic mushrooms may effectively “reset” the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression, the latest study to highlight the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics suggests.<p>Psychedelics have shown promising results in the treatment of depression and addictions in a number of …

The Brain

An Alzheimer's Drug Has Been Shown to Help Teeth Repair Cavities Naturally

No fillings, no drills.<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called …

Regularly using bleach linked to higher risk of fatal lung disease

Regular use of bleach and other common disinfectants has been linked to a higher risk of developing fatal lung disease, researchers have found.<p>The use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research looking at incidence …

Medicine

Your schedule could be killing you

Viktor Koen<p>Modern lifestyles are at war with the way our bodies evolved to function.<p>It is 7 p.m. on a spring Friday, and the Highland Hospital emergency room in Oakland, one of the busiest trauma centers in northern California, is expecting. When the patient—a young bicyclist hit by a car—arrives, …

University of California

The Scientific Argument For Mastering One Thing At A Time

Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. Those are just a few of the goals I find desirable and you …