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Right Brain/Left Brain Thinking

Not unlike many media outlets, <i>The New York Times</i> recently reported about President Obama's call for "a multiyear research effort to produce an 'activity map' that would show in unprecedented detail the workings of the human brain."<p>George H.W.Bush made another presidential call for a study of the …

The Brain

‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ Scientists Link Brain Cell Types to Behavior

<b>The activity of two specific neuron types correlates with foraging decisions in mice.</b><p>You are sitting on your couch flipping through TV channels …

The Science of Dreams and Why We Have Nightmares

<i>“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind,”</i> Freud argued in his influential treatise <i>The Interpretation of Dreams</i> in 1900. <i>“The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1940. <i>“In the olden days, people</i> …

Texting Can Be Great for "Relationship Maintenance," Bad for Fights

Like it or not, short text messages are here to stay and they're going to affect our relationships. How, though, is up to us. Some new research has …

4 Ways to Have a Stress Free Day | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We all go through our ups and downs during the course of the day but over the last few years it feels as though our lives have turned upside down. …

Recognizing Happiness

Define happiness:<br>Will you be happy when you are successful?<br>Or are you successful because you are happy?<p><b>Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting</b> …

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

Employment

5 Radically Simple Ideas to Instantly Change Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life is simple.<p>It is.<p>If you want something, go get it.<p>If you don’t like something, stop whatever it is you’re doing and change course.<p>Each of us are …

6 Seated Moves That Work Your Whole Body

Don't be fooled: This workout firms and burns much more than you'd think!<p>Injured? Stuck at the office? You don't have to give up on your workout. In …

Exercise

10 Ways to Evolve & Be a Better Person

<i>“What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.” ~Abraham Maslow</i><p><b>Practice gratitude.</b> Look at the good parts. One of my clients …

Charles Walker MP: 'Mental illness is not a weakness'

The Conservative MP who came out as an obsessive compulsive says he won't rest until mental health discrimination ends<p>Mental health is slowly climbing up the political agenda after being "in a race with its legs tied together", according to Charles Walker, the Conservative MP for Broxbourne, …

Balancing public safety and health privacy

FBI profilers are still working to figure out what could have provoked alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. NBC’s Pete Williams joins The Cycle with latest on the timeline of Alexis’ actions. Then, Attorney James Pyles joins to discuss balancing public safety with mental health privacy, and …

Health and social care integration: how do we make it work?

International best practice suggests successful, patient-focused integrated health and care systems share 11 common features<p>Public sector management goes through waves of mania for particular buzzwords and concepts. In health and social care, "integration" is the latest mantra for improving …

New bill improves access to mental health care

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, joins The Daily Rundown's Chuck Todd to discuss why the country needs mental health reform and how her bill aims to improve the system.

The Great GOP Mental Health Hypocrisy

Since the D.C. shooting, Republicans care about mental health! Yet they opposed—and want to defund—the law that does more to advance the cause than …

Public health faces a fresh start

It's year zero for a new public health world. How have things changed since the transfer of responsibility?<p>Since the transfer of responsibility for public health to councils about five months ago, directors of public health in England have worked in upper-tier local authorities.<p>My job is in …

30 colleges receive mental health 'seal of approval'

The Jed Foundation, a national non-profit organization that advocates suicide prevention among college students, has named the first 30 colleges to receive a 'seal of approval' for their respective mental health resources on campus.<p>Students beginning their college search are bombarded with a …

A new epidemic grips the streets: mental illness

A mother and her five-year-old daughter were walking along a downtown Vancouver street last May when they were approached by a somewhat distressed-looking man who started screaming and swearing at them.<p>He grabbed the young child and dragged her along the sidewalk before beginning to swing her …

Wall between mental health services, faculty must come down

Last week marked the launch of The Globe and Mail's Student Advisory Council, a group of postsecondary students from campuses across the country that will shape and contribute to our education coverage. The first topic for discussion on our Facebook group was how students at campuses across the …

How To Choose What's Best For You by Honoring Your Needs | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Whenever I made a bad decision in my life, it was on the basis of me discarding, ignoring or denying my needs. Many times, and sometimes for several …

Understanding anxiety and mental health stigma

On the one hand, anxiety is a serious and debilitating disorder. On the other, it can be a useful evolutionary response to threat. Understanding how anxiety works might help to destigmatise mental health issues<p>If you look at the facts and figures on the mental health charity Mind's website, you'll …

Surviving A Panic Attack

For many of us, anxiety is an everyday aspect of life. We can be walking down the street, having a perfectly fine day, but all of a sudden, …

11 Empowering Ways to Strengthen Your Brain

<b>1. Volunteer</b><p><b>Stimulates:</b> The prefrontal cortex, which analyzes, plans, and problem-solves<p><b>Why:</b> A Johns Hopkins study found that older women who tutored …

11 Super Foods for Your Skin and Brain

Beauty versus brains. We can forever debate which is more important, but when it comes to our diet, many of the same foods support both our skin AND intellect. Besides, who decided we can’t have it all?<p>If you’ve been looking for a shortlist that will keep you healthy and primed to make your best …

Nutrition

How To Retrain Your Brain

Study: Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Boosts Memory, May Delay Dementia

<i>After eight months of this mild exercise, healthy Chinese seniors in a recent randomized controlled trial boasted major brain-related benefits.</i><p><b>PROBLEM</b>: Though previous studies have shown aerobic exercise's ability to increase brain volume and improve memory, it's unclear if a less strenuous form of …

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Alcohol intoxication reduces communication between two areas of the brain that work together to properly interpret and respond to social signals, …

Top 10: Steps to a better brain

Advertisement<p>—-<p>It doesn’t matter how brainy you are or how much education you’ve had – you can still improve and expand your mind. Boosting your …

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