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How to Accept Yourself, Your Life, And Your Reality

You''ll never be able to create the right reality if you aren't willing to let the wrong reality go.<p><b>Accepting the reality</b> of your life sounds like it should be easy enough. But many, many people <b>hold to a different version.</b> It may be based in regret, disappointment, denial, or just <b>waiting for</b> …

Self-improvement

Warning: You'll Probably Quit the Gym After Doing This At-Home Workout — It's That Good

You don't need a gym membership, fancy studio, or even a lot of time to get in shape. What you do need is a solid workout and dedication. We'll …

Exercise

Curcumin May Reverse Memory Problems, Improve Mood

With more and more of the aging population affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical trials for new medications often providing underwhelming results, a new study in <i>The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry</i> may be especially promising. It finds that taking a daily dose of curcumin, the …

The Brain

Can staying awake beat depression?

Making people stay awake for hours in a hospital may seem an odd way to battle depression – but for some people it is proving a promising therapy. Linda Geddes reports.<p>The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, …

Sleep

Literacy, Multiple Intelligences, and the Brain

By now, you will have probably recognized that this story is a thinly disguised attempt to describe the history of literacy acquisition and the …

Here's What Happens When You Give Psychedelic Drugs To Spiritual Leaders

Researchers are working with religious teachers to better understand the healing potential of hallucinogens.<p>On April 20, 1962, a group of theology students and professors gathered outside Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, waiting for Good Friday services to begin. These particular services were to …

Why You Need an Imaginary Scapegoat

DJ Khaled, the one-man internet meme, is known for warning his tens of millions of social media followers about a group of villains that he calls “they.”<p>“<i>They</i> don’t want you motivated. <i>They</i> don’t want you inspired,” he blares on camera. “<i>They</i> don’t want you to win,” he warns. On Ellen DeGeneres’s …

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

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 …

Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them

The emotional health of our citizens is not good. We need to educate folks on their feelings and how to adaptively process them.

Emotional Intelligence

How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition?

The human brain is an extraordinarily complex network, comprising an estimated 86 billion neurons connected by 100 trillion synapses. A connectome is …

Neuroscience

The 4 Mental Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Social Life

Source: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock<p>As a cognitive psychologist, no matter what reason people have to see me—depression, anxiety, self-esteem—we …

Introduction to Formal Logic

Why Study Logic?<p>episode 130 min.<p>Influential philosophers throughout history have argued that humans are purely rational beings. But cognitive studies …

Sleeping While Awake

<i>“It was literally true: I was going through life asleep. My body had no more feeling than a drowned corpse. My very existence, my life in the world,</i> …

Neurophilosophy

Going on a “trip” to cure your depression

I’ll start by putting my cards on the table: I’m 30 years old, and I’ve been suffering from depression on and off for most of my adult life. …

The Brain

Be A Fanatic About Your Running Gait And Heal Your Plantar Fasciitis

<b>I Felt Her Pain</b><p>During the August 2016 Anchor Down 24 Hour Ultra, I slowed down to make sure a limping fellow runner was OK. It was a few hours after the 7 pm start. My headlamp shined on her face and hers on mine. She had a scrape and a bruise below her left eye. She had fallen on the trail after …

Researchers Think They Know How to Make Your Brain Learn Like a Kid Again

Make our brains great again.<p>Kids have amazing brains. They can pick up two languages in early childhood just as easily as they can learn one. Early …

The Brain

Our IQs have never been higher – but it hasn’t made us smart

We tend to assume that our intelligence is simply a matter of nature and nurture – but as the celebrated psychologist James Flynn explains to BBC Future, many other factors can stunt or boost your IQ, right down to the person you choose to marry.<p>James Flynn is worried about leaving the world to …

Psychology

Brain Disruptions Similar Across Many Emotional Disorders

<i>Summary: Researchers discover common white matter abnormalities in multiple emotional disorders.</i><p>Source: UIC.<p><b>Researchers have long known that</b> …

Actual Scientists Found That Ayahuasca Can Help You Think More Creatively

A psychedelic trip could give your mind the flexibility to unlock old thought patterns.<p>Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew from the Amazon consumed in religious ceremonies for centuries, has been gaining popularity in Europe and North America as a mind-altering trick to condense years of psychotherapy …

Keep 'Em Talking

Due to advances in contemporary Neurology, we know that emotional wellness depends upon the body and brain remaining in constant communication. The only issue is whether or not we are listening. "The brain implies the stomach and the stomach implies the brain; they are mutually intertwined in this …

The science behind having a happy family holiday

My most memorable moments on holiday include: crashing a car while entering a supermarket car park; having to wear my husband’s underwear after my bag was lost by the airline (and thank goodness it was my bag that was lost and not his); and ending up in hospital after being repeatedly stung by a …

Think about it: Do your friends actually like you?

Think of all the people with whom you interact during the course of a day, week, month and year. Those whom you might exchange a greeting or give a …

Psychology