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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Our personalities, thought patterns and emotional responses are wired into our brains, says Richard Davidson, Ph.D., author of <i>The Emotional Life of Your Brain</i>, but you can change your brain. Here are several exercises that will help rewire the neural pathways to help you think more positively, …

Consciousness

Sleepy brains neglect half the world

Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a patient with hemispatial neglect might eat food from only one side of their plate, dress on only one …

Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder.<p>People with the disorder alternate between crushing …

Get Over Your Guilt by Looking at It Objectively

If guilt is weighing you down, author, speaker, and journalist Minda Zetlin suggests looking at it from an outside point of view.<p>When you feel guilt, …

Left Brain vs. Right: It's a Myth, Research Finds

It's the foundation of myriad personality assessment tests, self-motivation books and team-building exercises – and it's all bunk.<p>Popular culture …

The Brain

America's typical heroin user is now a white woman in the suburbs

90 percent of heroin users are white, and most of them don't live in big cities<p>Contrary to what researchers reported 50 years ago, today's average first-time heroin user isn't a 16-year-old male of color. She's actually much more likely to be a 23-year-old white woman. This, researchers conclude in …

The Other Problem with Staying Up All Night

Are your sleep habits putting you at risk for this deadly problem?<p>Whatever it takes—drinking a glass of warm milk or counting sheep—here’s another reason you must do what you can to get your ZZZs. People under the age of 35 with insomnia are eight times more likely to suffer a stroke, a Taiwanese …

Enjoy The Feeling Of Adderall? You May Be Less Likely To Develop ADHD

A link between affinity for a drug and susceptibility to a condition<p>Amphetamine, the primary ingredient in Adderall, is commonly taken by people with ADHD to improve their focus, memory, and so on. Some people in particular who take this drug, also known as dextroamphetamine, report feelings of …

Why odd numbers are dodgy, evens are good, and 7 is everyone's favourite

Think of the number 7. Do you like it? Do you love it? Do you remain unmoved?<p>You may think these are frivolous questions, but when I launched an online survey asking people to submit their favourite numbers – and explain the reasons why – almost 4,000 people declared a devotion to 7.<p>"[It] cheers me …

The Future of Mental Health Care

On April 1, 1944, Mary began keeping a personal diary of her experience as a patient in a tuberculosis hospital, a sanatorium. She was a professional woman in her early 30s, married with a toddler of 15 months. She had been admitted to the hospital, according to the medical standards for care at …

Find Out If You're Sleep Deprived with This One-Minute Video

A consistent lack of sleep wreaks havoc on your body and brain. Want to quickly test if you're not getting enough sleep? Hit play on this …

Sleep

Science's Latest Efforts To Make Addiction-Proof Painkillers

You have to disentangle the pain relief effects from the euphoric ones.<p>Can you make prescription painkillers addiction-proof? <i>Popular Science</i> asked this question one year ago. At the time, researchers had just gathered enough evidence that a new formulation of OxyContin, released without fanfare in …

Medicine

Remember the STOP Method When Stressed or Anxious

When life simply isn't going your way, the quick reactions are the ones we often regret. Remembering the acronym STOP curbs reactivity and keeps you …

Forgive Your Mistakes (and Others') Each Night for Less Stress

Over at American Express Open Forum, they've collect a series of short rituals to consider at bedtime. Two of their best tips: forgive your mistakes …

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