Embodiment & Healing

By Angela Martin | A regularly updated, unique collection of cool articles about embodiment and innate healing. Blog embodimentandhealing.com. Here I discuss many of these studies. Embodiment is the universal human process underlying our innate ability to heal. Embodiment is how culture 'gets under the skin'. Lose your mind to the embodied self. Follow me on Twitter @angelamartinphd. Check out my new book on Facebook: Facebook.com/EmbodiedSelf. Thanks for reading and I welcome comments and questions.

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Neural sweet talk: Taste metaphors emotionally engage the brain

So accustomed are we to metaphors related to taste that when we hear a kind smile described as "sweet," or a resentful comment as "bitter," we most …

Do You Have to Learn How to Get High?

If you stop and think about it, alcohol is just the worst. Almost everyone who drinks has experienced the pain of a mean morning hangover (at least …

Just Say It: Mental Illness Isn’t Real. ~ Greg Benson

<i>*Disclaimer: Elephant Journal articles represent the personal opinion, view or experience of the authors, and can not reflect Elephant Journal as a</i> …

The Many Disturbing "Awareness During Anesthesia" Studies

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, doctors began wondering if people ever became aware while under anesthesia. They started doing post-operative …

Brains, genes and chemical imbalances – how explanations of mental illness affect stigma

Depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions are increasingly linked to abnormalities in the brain and in our genes. Many professionals …

Cesarean Delivery May Cause Epigenetic Changes In Babies DNA

Babies coming into the world by cesarean section experience epigenetic changes, a study has found. So far there has not been enough follow up to know …

New technique maps life's effects on our DNA: Powerful single-cell technique to study environmental effects on DNA

Researchers have developed a powerful new single-cell technique to help investigate how the environment affects our development and the traits we …

Too much intervention makes patients sicker

A culture of over-investigation and over-treatment is now one of the greatest threats to western health<p>A few weeks ago my mum was admitted to hospital with a life-threatening pneumonia, induced by an immuno-suppressive medication she was taking for her rheumatoid arthritis. When the chest x-ray …

Medicine

Confirmed: DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Them

Donate<p>In a new study published in the peer reviewed <i>Public Library of Science (PLOS),</i> researchersemphasize that there is sufficient evidence that …

The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco

<i>NPR</i> has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market …

Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture

Tanya Luhrmann, professor of anthropology, studies how culture affects the experiences of people who experience auditory hallucinations, specifically …

29 Anatomical Models That Will Haunt Your Dreams Tonight

Since the early days of medicine, it's been a huge challenge to communicate anatomical discovery with an audience without any actual human …

Budapest

Flowcharts Reveal How Common Diseases Progress - D-brief

By Lisa Raffensperger | June 24, 2014 11:06 am<p>Many of us, faced with a decision about our medical treatment, wish we had a crystal ball to consult. …

Empathy + Placebo = Healing? - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | September 8, 2013 6:58 pm<p>Psychotherapy, voodoo, and complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) are all cut from the same cloth; they …

Disciplinary dilemma: working across research silos is harder than it looks

The 'nexus' is the latest buzzword intended to lure researchers out of their disciplinary comfort zones and get them working together on the big challenges of the day. But how easy is it in practice? Andy Stirling investigates<p>One of the loudest buzzwords in current science politics is …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Singularity

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Sleepy brains neglect half the world

A new study shows that drowsiness alters awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damage<p>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 …

DARPA teams begin work on tiny brain implant to treat PTSD

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has announced the start of a five-year, $26 million effort to develop brain implants that can treat mental disease with deep-brain stimulation.<p>The hope is to implant electrodes in different regions of the brain along with a tiny chip placed …

Singularity

Bad Sleep Linked With Cognitive Decline

For older men, poor quality sleep could be taking a toll on the brain, according to a new study.<p>A team of researchers found an association between poor sleep quality -- in the form of fragmented sleep and poor sleep efficiency -- and cognitive decline in executive functioning among senior men. …

Sleep

How to reduce the pain of a bad memory

American psychologists find that focusing on the contextual elements of a bad memory helps to reduce the pain it causes<p>Scientists in America claim they have found a simple technique people may use to reduce the emotional impact of bad memories.<p>The researchers at the Beckman Institute at the …

The Brain

The Surprisingly Unsurprising Reason Why Men Choose Female Avatars in World of Warcraft

When men play female avatars in online games, they change the way they speak to conform to female stereotypes—but the way they move betrays their …

Heal Yourself By Harnessing Your Mind - The Crux

By Jo Marchant | May 23, 2014 10:48 am<p>We tend to think of medicine as being all about pills and potions recommended to us by another person—a doctor. …

Listen To A Medical Professional Explain How You Can Actually Die Of A Broken Heart

The next time you hear that someone died of a broken heart, believe it.<p>It turns out, you <i>can</i> die from a heartache; it's a condition called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.<p>Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital, explained on HuffPost Live exactly how "broken-heart …

Health

Research shows brain's predictive nature when listening to others

Our brain activity is more similar to that of speakers we are listening to when we can predict what they are going to say, a team of neuroscientists …