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Why Your Friends Shape Your Happiness, Creativity, And Career

Why Your Friends Shape Your Happiness, Creativity, And Career | Brain | Scoop.it

Living in places where awesome people live is awesome for you. For instance, if you live near folks you really love—your family, your BFFs, and the like—then studies suggest you'll be much happier than if you were all on your lonesome. As well, more and more research is showing that things we used to think were profoundly individual—like health and innovation—are actually quite collective: seems we can't help but be social creatures.

 

The most social of these social creatures tend to congregate in social places: you can call them cities. As Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, tells the Creativity Post, your location dramatically impacts your creativity and productivity, since the place where you live quite literally determines who you can surround yourself with—in a way that not even the Internet can replicate.

 

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 7, 2015 9:07 PM

The people we know affect us in subtly major ways: for one, they help us land gigs. For two, they shape our behavior: if you're someone who's endlessly assessing things, then it's a good idea to pair up (personally or professionally) with someone inclined toward action (though you may drive yourself crazy for a while). Third, they shape our ideas.

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Prolonged Exposure Treatment for PTSD does not appear to increase risk of drinking among individuals with alcohol dependence and PTSD

Prolonged Exposure Treatment for PTSD does not appear to increase risk of drinking among individuals with alcohol dependence and PTSD | Brain | Scoop.it

"Importantly, our findings indicated that prolonged exposure therapy was not associated with increased drinking or alcohol craving, a concern that has been voiced by some investigators. In fact, reduction in PTSD severity and drinking was evident for all...treatment groups."


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Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home's curator insight, February 12, 2014 8:54 AM



This study could ease concerns that prolonged exposure therapy may exacerbate PTSD symptoms and increase the risk of relapse for patients with comorbid alcohol dependence and PTSD. The study was performed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and compared the efficacy of naltrexone and prolonged exposure therapy separately and in combination, along with supportive counseling.  

Six months after the end of treatment, participants in all treatment groups manifested increases in percentage of days drinking. However, investigators found that participants who received  prolonged exposure therapy plus naltrexone group had the smallest increases.

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This study could ease concerns that prolonged exposure therapy may exacerbate PTSD symptoms and increase the risk of relapse for patients with comorbid alcohol dependence and PTSD. The study was performed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and compared the efficacy of naltrexone and prolonged exposure therapy separately and in combination, along with supportive counseling.  

Six months after the end of treatment, participants in all treatment groups manifested increases in percentage of days drinking. However, investigators found that participants who received  prolonged exposure therapy plus naltrexone group had the smallest increases.

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What The Sleep Habits of Famous Writers Reveal About Their Productivity

What The Sleep Habits of Famous Writers Reveal About Their Productivity | Brain | Scoop.it

I am somewhat obsessed with what the most successful people do before breakfast. Mornings are simply a great time to get things done. Our supply of willpower is at its peak early in the day, and consequently, it makes sense that people would be better able to focus and do difficult things like, say, crank out great literature.

 

Indeed, many great writers have created prodigious bodies of work by rising early. But many others have created prodigious bodies of work by rising late. So perhaps it’s all a wash in the end--more a matter of personal preference than anything else.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 25, 2014 5:08 PM

Getting up early is a real chore for many especially when it doesn't come naturally. Set your alarm earlier, and you may be surprised at how easily pen meets page.

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The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture

The Critical Few: Components of a Truly Effective Culture | Brain | Scoop.it

Sometimes corporate culture manifests itself in a make-your-own-taco party in the office kitchenette. Sometimes you can see it when an outdated phone bank is converted into an on-site ice cream shop. And sometimes it’s on display when senior leaders pick up paintbrushes to turn formerly bland office walls into electric blue work spaces. These are examples of the “Culture Blitz” at work at Southwest Airlines Company, where a 40-year culture is still going strong and is further invigorated by traveling teams who volunteer every year to visit hundreds of employees to show their appreciation. And it’s infectious


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Lee Werrell's curator insight, February 19, 2014 7:36 AM

The culture of a firm can make productivity leap ahead and people enjoy working their. Get it wrong and work is a dreadful place where there is confrontation and pain. Many British firms could benefit from looking innovatively in ways to change their culture for the better.

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, February 19, 2014 10:44 AM

"A keystone habit, Duhigg has noted, is “a pattern that has the power to start a chain reaction, changing other habits as it moves through an organization.” Companies that recognize and encourage such habits stand to build cultures with influence that goes beyond employee engagement and directly boosts performance."

Debra Walker's curator insight, February 28, 2014 8:56 PM

A long article but full of delicious meat and potatoes.  I recently was disturbed to see an article describing culture in the tech industry as being superficially attributed to having lunch provided, kegs of beer with meetings & a ping pong table in the common area.  

 

Culture - particularly one steeped in providing depth of employee engagement initiatives and alignment with brand strategies - is so much more multi-faceted than non-cash pieces in a compensation program.  I like pizza as much as the next person but I don't get up in the morning going "yayy"  can't wait to get to work to get my free lunch.  I learned a long time ago that man cannot live on pizza alone.

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Childhood febrile seizure characteristics associated with epilepsy ...

Childhood febrile seizure characteristics associated with epilepsy ... | Brain | Scoop.it
The connection between febrile seizures and future epilepsy is still recognized with further studies confirming the connection although the incidence of epilepsy occurring after a non-complex febrile seizure remains very small.
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This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection

This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection | Brain | Scoop.it

Psychopathic machines? Lethal AI? These are the concepts we should be thinking about when we talk about the benefits of self-improving software. An excerpt from James Barrat’s ‘Our Final Invention’.


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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, February 3, 2014 6:57 AM

Due to the self organizing nature of the universe the behavior self improving iterative programs can be no other that to try to succeed. The cost of a success can be dear but how we can harness these problems when our own computing unit a brain cannot compete with the speed of iterations? These are quite serious questions facing AI science right now. I hope we will manage to come with some way to influence evolution of AI.

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Browsing Fractal Art on deviantART

Browsing Fractal Art on deviantART | Brain | Scoop.it
Art - community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.

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Ranjeet Anand's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:41 AM

An Excellent collection of Fractals. A mesmerizing fusion of art and science.

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Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born”

Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born” | Brain | Scoop.it
A new neuroimaging study supports Darwin's belief that intellectual excellence is down to practice rather than inherent ability.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, September 27, 2013 4:30 PM

Experts are made, not born...

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"How the Brain Handles Big Data: Online Algorithms in Neurons". Dmitri Mitya Chklovskii-- HARVARD IACS

"How the Brain Handles Big Data: Online Algorithms in Neurons". Dmitri Mitya Chklovskii-- HARVARD IACS | Brain | Scoop.it

IACS Seminar Title: "How the Brain Handles Big Data: Online Algorithms in Neurons":


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Mind-Bending Optical Illusions Created With Photo Manipulation

Mind-Bending Optical Illusions Created With Photo Manipulation | Brain | Scoop.it
Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and retoucher based in Berlin who is well known on the Internet for his amazing surreal photo manipulations that s

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Some very nice retouched photos.

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Women with PTSD Have Greater Risk of Obesity: Screening and Treatment Implications

Women with PTSD Have Greater Risk of Obesity:  Screening and Treatment Implications | Brain | Scoop.it

Women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at greater risk for becoming overweight or obese, according to the latest results from the Nurses Health Study."


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This study, published in JAMA, indicated that women of normal weight who developed PTSD symptoms during the study period had a 36 percent increased risk for becoming overweight compared with women who experienced trauma but had no PTSD symptoms.

 

 

This first longitudinal study examining the relationship between PTSD and obesity showed that increased risk was present even when women had subthreshold sympoms of PTSD, and the risk remained even when results were adjusted for depression, another important risk factor for obesity. 

 

Researchers indicated that PTSD may lead to weight gain through 

unhealthy lifestyle behaviors as well as  dysregulated neuroendocrine function and  suggested that women with PTSD should be monitored or screened for "for poor cardiometabolic outcomes". They also suggested that  PTSD treatment should be broadened to include such measures as diet and exercise to help ease the risk for obesity. 

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Toddler having a Petit Mal or Absence Seizure?

18 months old. Petit Mal Seizure? Absence Seizure? Infant Spasm? We have an appointment with a neurologist to get a diagnosis. He does this tic randomly abou...

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New brain 'injection' treatment gives hope to 20,000 stroke sufferers

New brain 'injection' treatment gives hope to 20,000 stroke sufferers | Brain | Scoop.it
Technique of inserting drugs in the brain could help thousands of patients who suffer a bleeding stroke, or brain haemorrhage, for which there is currently no surgical treatment.

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jason mcalister's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:19 AM

surgens have made a new system to get rid of large ping pong sized clots in the brain. By injecting a drug directly into the brain. "A study shows that clots were removed in 50 per cent of patients given medication directly into the brain, compared with just 5 per cent of patients receiving standard care."  surgeons did a test on multiple patients by cutting a small hole into the head and a catheter is forced into the clot.  The clot is liquified after three days of using the drug and is taken out with the catheter. "the procedure removed 57 per cent of clots on average."

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Stem Cell Powder Regrows Finger

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It's safe to say things are getting weird. In the next 10 years, it's going to be freakish. \ Other...


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Proving the Effects of a Concussion in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be a Challenge

Proving the Effects of a Concussion in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be a Challenge | Brain | Scoop.it

Concussion is a brain injury. Even one blow can be enough for a long term effect.


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Learn what you can do against the myths still propogated by paid experts that this is a tenuos link between car accident concussion and long term brain injury. 

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Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born”

Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born” | Brain | Scoop.it
A new neuroimaging study supports Darwin's belief that intellectual excellence is down to practice rather than inherent ability.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, September 27, 2013 4:30 PM

Experts are made, not born...

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What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness

What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness | Brain | Scoop.it
New research sheds more light on the strong ties between an original mind and a troubled one.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, December 1, 2013 7:31 AM

Creativity and madness

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Epilepsy Patients Help Decode The Brain's Hidden Signals - NPR (blog)

Epilepsy Patients Help Decode The Brain's Hidden Signals - NPR (blog) | Brain | Scoop.it
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Patients with severe epilepsy are giving scientists the chance to see the human brain in action, a view they could never get with an MRI or other high-tech tools.

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Alice Ancona's curator insight, December 9, 2013 1:47 PM

Neurological progress as epilepsy patients allow brain imagery to be observed and analysed, further increasing our chance in uncovering a few more of the brains many mysteries.