Cognition

'Clean eating is ugly, malevolent and damaging', says top eating disorder expert

Dr Max Pemberton says following ultra-health diets has a 'toxic' impact on people at risk of eating disorders

Mindfulness

Why are dogs so friendly? It's in their genes

Dogs evolved from wolves, but along the way, a genetic change affected their congeniality.<p>One of the main reasons we like dogs so much is that they …

Dogs

12 Mindfulness Hacks That Will Kill Your Stress

Mindfulness is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. A new study from …

Mindfulness

Article: Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Today I listened to the audio book of <i>Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationship With Animals</i> by Lori Gruen while reading the …

Neurophilosophy

Is This Photo Real or Fake?

We're really bad judges, according to a new study.<p>Following the recent G20 leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany, a photo started making the rounds online of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the thick of a lively discussion among world leaders:<p>Putin supporters liked that it made their leader look …

Hamburg, Germany

As doctored photos flood the Internet, human vision struggles to keep up

Experts estimate that humans take more than 1 trillion photos a year, and that we’re uploading them to Facebook (let alone the rest of the Internet) at a rate of 4,000 per second.<p>How many of these images have been altered, doctored or outright faked? We’ll probably never know, new research suggests.<p>…

Consciousness

Opioid prescriptions three times higher in 2015 than in 1999, CDC report • Addiction Now | Substance Abuse, Drug Addiction and Recovery News Source

Although opioid prescriptions declined year to year from 2010 to 2015 nationwide, their accessibility either continued steady or increased in more …

Addiction

Empowering Robots for Ethical Behavior

<i>Summary: A new Frontiers in Robotics and AI study outlines a concept called Empowerment that may allow robots to adhere to self preservation while</i> …

Neurophilosophy

Photoshopped fakes trick you all the time, researchers report - SlashGear

Photo manipulation tricks human eyes very easily according to a new report. Three researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of …

Photo Manipulation

Why Your Relationship Isn't As "Complicated" As You Think

<i>In this series, we'll dig into the stressful of complicated, ambiguous and shady relationship statuses – and what they actually mean.</i><p>Source: Pexels | …

Relationships

Brain Activity during Sleep Can Predict When Someone Is Dreaming

“To sleep, perchance to dream” —Shakespeare may not exactly have been talking about our nocturnal journeys to another world, but that does not make …

Neurophilosophy

What Is CBT?

This acronym spells positive changes for a lot of people.<p>Cognitive behavioral therapy — better known as CBT — treats anxiety, depression and other …

Depression

Anencephalic Children and Zombies

Having a child with a serious birth defect, particularly one affecting the brain, is a devastating experience. In such situations, parents often look …

Neurophilosophy

Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I just wanted to let you know my first book is now a Wall Street Journal bestseller! To check it out, click</b> …

Cognitive Science

The Mindfulness Controversy - Buddhism vs. Psychology?

In recent years many practicing psychotherapists have adopted the Buddhist practice of mindfulness as part of their therapeutic toolkit. …

Happiness

This Is Your Brain on Architecture

In her new book, Sarah Williams Goldhagen presents scientific evidence for why some buildings delight us and others—too many of them—disappoint.<p>Sarah Williams Goldhagen was the architecture critic for <i>The New Republic</i> for many years, a role she combined with teaching at Harvard University’s Graduate …

Design Thinking

Six Ways To Approach Childhood Emotional Trauma

Recovery from trauma and growing beyond it can seem challenging and even impossible. Here are some potentially useful tools to begin to take the …

Psychology

Opening the Third Eye: Powerful Ancient practices for activating the pineal gland and expanding consciousness

The Fundamentals of Pineal Gland Activation: Balancing the Endocrine System<p>In both Craniosacral Work and Daoist practice, the endocrine system is a …

Neurophilosophy

New form of CBT may help with chronic pain management

<i>A new study finds that acceptance and commitment therapy significantly improves functioning for people with chronic pain.</i><p>New research zooms in on a …

Pain

Scientists say ravens display foresight, a trait thought unique to apes

A series of experiments with ravens finds that the birds display the ability to think ahead and deliberately prepare for future events, adding to the …

Birds

Rats can tell when they’ve forgotten something, just like us

Much like students doing a test, rats tend to skip questions when they have forgotten the answer. A series of smelly experiments suggests rats are …

The Brain

Tata Consulting reports $923m profit in Q1 2017 | ZDNet

Tata Consulting acquired 22 new clients in the quarter, two of which were in the $50 million-plus and $100 million-plus bands.<p>Indian IT services and …

Consulting

Squirrels remember problem-solving techniques two years on

Squirrels, with their nut-burying habits and uncanny knack of finding them later, are known for their ability to recall important details. But …

The Brain

Ravens Are Smarter Than Human Children

The way they plan for the future provides insight into the evolutionary history of intelligence.<p>It turns out that ravens are, in some ways, more …

Animals

Build Intelligent Robots with EZ

What if a robot could tell how you are feeling?<p>Microsoft Cognitive Services is a set of APIs and SDK services that can enable developers to easily …

Robots

Research Suggests a Cure for Neuroticism

There’s no longer a psychological diagnosis of “neurotic,” but psychologists do investigate the personality trait of neuroticism. One of the five …

Psychology

These 4 Women Say Hypnosis Changed Their Lives

Could it work for you?<p>Suspend your disbelief about hypnosis, and while you're at it, forget about swinging watches and the phrase "You're getting sleepy." Despite the fact that people have been using hypnotherapy for decades to help them ditch behaviors like overeating and smoking—and that major …

Hypnotherapy

What is the self if not that which pays attention? – Carolyn Dicey Jennings

You have thoughts, feelings and desires. You remember your past and imagine your future. Sometimes you make a special effort, other times you are …

Neurophilosophy

How to Address 7 of the Most Unhelpful Beliefs About Sleep

Source: rkarkowski/PixabayI spend a good part of my hours as a clinical psychologist helping people repair their sleep. The approach I use is called …

Sleep

About my anxiety, inspired by TfL

This is a piece I’ve been meaning to write for a while, having been inspired by Isabel Hardman’s powerful piece about depression. Two recent events, …

Panic Attacks