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How thinking about death can lead to a good life

How thinking about death can lead to a good life | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Thinking about death can actually be a good thing. An awareness of mortality can improve physical health and help us re-prioritize our goals and values, according to a new analysis of recent scientific studies.
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Baboons display 'reading' skills, study suggests; Monkeys identify specific combinations of letters in words

Baboons display 'reading' skills, study suggests; Monkeys identify specific combinations of letters in words | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Learning to read is not just to do with speech, but also with the ability to recognize and memorize regular patterns among the letters that make up words, according to a new study on baboons.
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uok? Text messages - even automated ones - can soothe the disconnected soul

uok? Text messages - even automated ones - can soothe the disconnected soul | Brain Health | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Text messaging often gets a bad rap for contributing to illiteracy and high-risk behavior such as reckless driving.
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Always Over-Communicate in Startups

Have you ever worked on a project and felt like there wasn’t enough communication? Now, have 100 projects going on around you with a small group of people — that’s how it is in a ...
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Study shows people know more than they think they do

A new study concludes that “for groups to be successful, they must effectively exploit the knowledge of their (individual) members.”...
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Chronic stress spawns protein aggregates linked to Alzheimer's

Chronic stress spawns protein aggregates linked to Alzheimer's | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Repeated stress triggers the production and accumulation of insoluble tau protein aggregates inside the brain cells of mice, say researchers.
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Stand up: Your life could depend on it

Standing up more often may reduce your chances of dying within three years, even if you are already physically active, a study of more than 200,000 people published in Archives of Internal Medicine today shows.
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Brain size may determine whether you are good at keeping friends

Brain size may determine whether you are good at keeping friends | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Researchers are suggesting that there is a link between the number of friends you have and the size of the region of the brain -- known as the orbital prefrontal cortex -- that is found just above the eyes.
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Exercise is not enough for sedentary workers

Exercise is not enough for sedentary workers | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Good physical condition is a route to better health, and in order to improve it, exercising several days a week is recommended.
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People with autism have a greater ability to process information: study

People with autism have a greater ability to process information: study | Brain Health | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- People with autism have a greater than normal capacity for processing information even from rapid presentations and are better able to detect information defined as ‘critical’, according to a study published today in the...
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A wandering mind reveals mental processes and priorities

A wandering mind reveals mental processes and priorities | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Odds are, you’re not going to make it all the way through this article without thinking about something else.
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Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain, researchers say

Earlier evidence out of UCLA suggested that meditating for years thickens the brain (in a good way) and strengthens the connections between brain cells. Now a further report by UCLA researchers suggests yet another benefit.
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It doesn’t mean you’re crazy –- talking to yourself has cognitive benefits, study finds

Most people talk to themselves at least every few days, and many report talking to themselves on an hourly basis. What purpose is served by this seemingly irrational behavior?
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The word-of-mouth paradox

The word-of-mouth paradox | Brain Health | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Sarah Moore says that if you want your memorable family resort vacation to stay memorable, move away from the keyboard. Seriously.
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The neurogenics of niceness: Study finds peoples' relative niceness may reside in their genes

The neurogenics of niceness: Study finds peoples' relative niceness may reside in their genes | Brain Health | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- It turns out that the milk of human kindness is evoked by something besides mom's good example.
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'Impossible' problem solved after non-invasive brain stimulation

'Impossible' problem solved after non-invasive brain stimulation | Brain Health | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- Brain stimulation can markedly improve people's ability to solve highly complex problems, a recent University of Sydney study suggests.
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Coffee, other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: research

Coffee, other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: research | Brain Health | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress) -- While stimulants may improve unengaged workers’ performance, a new University of British Columbia study suggests that for others, caffeine and amphetamines can have the opposite effect, causing workers with higher motivation...
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Competition-linked bursts of testosterone are fundamental aspect of human biology, study of Amazonian tribe suggests

Competition-linked bursts of testosterone are fundamental aspect of human biology, study of Amazonian tribe suggests | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Though Tsimane men have a third less baseline testosterone compared with U.S.
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Does the brain 'remember' antidepressants?

Using a placebo pill identical to the real thing, UCLA researchers have found that how the brain responds to antidepressant medication may be influenced by its remembering past antidepressant exposure.
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Highly flexible despite hard-wiring: Even slight stimuli change the information flow in the brain

Highly flexible despite hard-wiring: Even slight stimuli change the information flow in the brain | Brain Health | Scoop.it
When looking at an optical illusion that can appear as either one cup or two faces, which do you see first?
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Runner's high motivated the evolution of exercise, research suggests

Runner's high motivated the evolution of exercise, research suggests | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Runners often extol the virtues of the runner's high, but now a team of researchers suggest that the runner's high could have evolved to motivate us to exercise as part of our early long-distance nomadic lifestyle.
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Learning best when you rest: Sleeping after processing new info most effective

Learning best when you rest: Sleeping after processing new info most effective | Brain Health | Scoop.it
Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall.
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When it comes to intergroup conflict, the group with less power benefits more from sharing its perspective

When it comes to intergroup conflict, the group with less power benefits more from sharing its perspective | Brain Health | Scoop.it
To help promote peace in the Middle East, many organizations have established 'peace camps' or similar conflict-resolution programs that bring Israelis and Palestinians together to foster greater understanding of the opposing group.
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