Olly Thompson

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Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?

Silicon Valley is keen to exploit the brain chemical credited with keeping us tapping on apps and social media<p>In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract …

Neuroscience

The Infinite Monkey Cage - BBC Radio 4

Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti

Japanese child fails to jump the barrier four times .Look at the reaction of his class mates. The CULTURE of a country is built and developed in …

Power Causes Brain Damage

How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise<p>If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually magnetic. …

Consciousness

How poverty affects the brain

An unprecedented study in Bangladesh could reveal how malnutrition, poor sanitation and other challenges make their mark on child development.<p>In the …

Mindfulness Training for Teens Fails Important Test

Mindfulness involves a conscious focus on and awareness of your present state of mind and surroundings, without judgment or reaction. Mindfulness is …

Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn

A “memory prosthesis” brain implant has enhanced human memory for the first time. The device is comprised of electrodes implanted in the brain, and …

BBC World Service - Assignment, Zanzibar: Spirits and Psychiatry

Zanzibar is on the cusp of a mental health crisis. Following decades of substance abuse, rates of psychotic, neurological and psycho-social disorders have increased sharply. As the situation worsens, profiteering spiritual and traditional healers are reaping the benefit, charging extortionate rates …

'I don't know if I can trust doctors again': What it's like to find out you're intersex at age 17

I just thought I was a tomboyish girl; I had no idea that I was genetically male.<p>I had been effectively violated by having surgery to create a vagina …

Someone Explained Anxiety And Depression With Comics, And Everyone Needs To See It

Comics

Grand delusions: Why we all believe the weirdest things

THREE Messiahs walk into a psychiatric unit… No, this isn’t the set-up to a tasteless joke, but the beginning of a study done in the 1950s by Milton …

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new. By Pankaj Mishra<p>‘Today on the Western Front,” the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there “stands a dross of …

World History

How To Help Teens Manage Their Anxiety

Anxiety in adolescents is on the rise, reports the <i>New York Times</i>: It is now the most common reason university students request counselling services, …

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'Chemical surgery' can correct genetic mutations behind many diseases – study

A breakthrough in “chemical surgery” that can correct a type of genetic mutation behind a host of diseases has been unveiled by researchers.<p>Scientists are hopeful that the approach could offer new ways to understand – and even one day tackle – certain human genetic diseases by correcting mutations …

Genetics

These two brains both belong to three-year-olds, so why is one so much bigger?

Take a careful look at the image of two brains on this page. The picture is of the brains of two three-year-old children. It’s obvious that the brain on the left is much bigger than the one on the right. The image on the left also has fewer spots, and far fewer dark “fuzzy” areas.<p>To neurologists …

Four brain genes help explain obsessive compulsive disorder

Four genes have been identified that are linked to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The genes all play a role in the same brain circuit, and may …

How Doctors’ Biases Compromise Care

It is well known that doctors harbor biases. These unconscious beliefs, along with corrupting influences, can guide the treatments they offer.<p>When …

Magic mushrooms 'reboot' brain in depressed people – study

Patients unresponsive to conventional treatments benefit when treated with natural psychoactive compound, but researchers warn against self medication<p>Magic mushrooms may effectively “reset” the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression, the latest study to highlight the …

Magic Mushrooms

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease.<p>You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure …

Chris Kirkland: ‘I didn’t want to wake up in the morning. It just starts again’

Chris Kirkland felt trapped, paralysed, desperate. But the former England and Liverpool goalkeeper was terrified that he might have further to fall. “What happened to Gary Speed was the thing that really worried me,” Kirkland says, with reference to the Wales midfielder’s death in 2011. “I didn’t …

Mental Health

The Roman Empire as a modern subway transit map

Sasha Trubetskoy always makes great maps, like this cool imagining of the Roman Empire road system in the style of a public transit system.<p>Sasha …

How People With Depression Interact With The World Differently

The condition has a huge impact on everyday life.<p>Nothing about depression is easy. But the way it affects a person’s daily life is arguably the most difficult part of the disorder.<p>Approximately 300 million people globally are affected by depression, according to the World Health Organization. Not …

InterAct

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Mindfulness and meditation dampen down inflammation genes

Meditation and tai chi don’t just calm the mind – they seem to affect our DNA too. There’s evidence that such “mind-body practices” dampen the …

What Is the Molecular Signature of Mind–Body Interventions? A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices

Introduction<p>In the past two decades, mind–body interventions (MBIs; refer to Table A1 for a list of abbreviations frequently used throughout this …

First words: The surprisingly simple foundation of language

SIXTY years ago, renowned Harvard psychologist B. F. Skinner published one of the most important books ever written about language. <i>Verbal Behavior</i> …

After a near

Within a few hours, Silverman's partner, British actor Michael Sheen, and her manager and confidante Amy Zvi huddled with doctors at the …

Lily Bailey on living with OCD: 'My brain was filled with weird, uncomfortable thoughts'

<b>Your extremely compelling book, Because We Are Bad, details your life with obsessive compulsive disorder. You are 23 now and your book gives the impression it has always been with you. But was there any starting point as such, and if so, what was it?</b><br>I don’t remember ever not living with OCD. From …

Mental Health

What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's | Lisa Genova

Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science …