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The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Your social life has the power to shape the molecular composition of your body. (Plan your day accordingly.)
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“We think of our bodies as stable biological structures that live in the world but are fundamentally separate from it. That we are unitary organisms in the world but passing through it. But what we’re learning from the molecular processes that actually keep our bodies running is that we’re far more fluid than we realize, and the world passes through us.”

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Martin Shirley's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:19 AM

Prompts me to think of the fact that, in essence, we are waves at the particle physics level... everything is affected by everything in that respect.

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The Surprising Truth About What Messing With A Little Kid’s Head Really Does

The Surprising Truth About What Messing With A Little Kid’s Head Really Does | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Yoga Makes You a Quicker, Better Thinker, Study Finds

Yoga Makes You a Quicker, Better Thinker, Study Finds | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Stretching and toning exercises did not change brain functioning
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Leadership: It is all in the Mind ... Stupid !

Leadership: It is all in the Mind ... Stupid ! | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Patterns of positive or negative self talk starts mostly in our childhood. It is very important to curb the negative self talk and replace it with positive ones.
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Mind, Emotion, and the Spectrum of Autism

Mind, Emotion, and the Spectrum of Autism | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Science inspires a practical approach to nurturing social skills.
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Gender, age, place of residence influence development of depressive symptoms among elderly, study indicates

Gender, age, place of residence influence development of depressive symptoms among elderly, study indicates | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Gender, age and place of residence influence development of depressive symptoms among older people, new research shows. Residents of the Italian island of Sardinia are known for their longevity. Now, a new study also shows that elderly Sardinians are less depressed and generally are in a better mental frame of mind than peers living elsewhere.
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Where we live -- the culture around us -- can influence whether we experience symptoms of depression.

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Inspiration linked to bipolar disorder risk | neuroscientistnews.com

Inspiration linked to bipolar disorder risk | neuroscientistnews.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Inspiration has been linked with people at risk of developing bipolar disorder for the first time in a study led by Lancaster University. For generations, artists, musicians, poets and writers have described personal experiences of mania and depression, highlighting the unique association between creativity and bipolar disorder – experiences which are backed up by recent research. But, until now, the specific links between inspiration - the generation of ideas that form the basis of creative work - and bipolar disorder has received little attention.
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The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression

The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
What language and symbolism have to do with mood and how light exposure and sleep shape our mental health.

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The 10 Stages of Trying to Meditate for the First Time (with GIFs!)

The 10 Stages of Trying to Meditate for the First Time (with GIFs!) | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Who knew it would be so hard to sit and do nothing?
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A light-hearted look at what it's like to start meditating, especially without a good course or guide or teacher.

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Racial bias in pain perception appears among children as young as 7

Racial bias in pain perception appears among children as young as 7 | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A new psychology study has found that a sample of mostly white American children -- as young as seven, and particularly by age 10 -- report that black children feel less pain than white children. The author noted that this finding is important because many kinds of explicit biases emerge in early childhood, but those types of biases often decline in later childhood. However, the racial bias in children's perceptions of others' pain appears to strengthen from early to late childhood.
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Really?  Is it any surprise that children "as young as seven" might be influenced by family biases or -- gasp -- media programming?

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Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
New research shows emotional states are associated with distinct bodily sensations regardless of culture and so specific that they can be mapped.
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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, January 25, 3:36 PM

"Mapas" de las emociones en el cuerpo

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This is how your brain tells time

This is how your brain tells time | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
New research helps to explain a phenomenon so ingrained it's impossible to imagine life without it
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Luisa Fernanda Aguirre de Cárcer's curator insight, January 1, 11:58 AM

¿Qué hace que percibamos el paso del tiempo de maneras distintas? ¿Por qué a veces se nos pasa volando y otras se nos hace eterno? 

 

"A new study, recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience by neuroscientists at the University of California, Irvine, reveals that the brain may in fact have a second method for sensing elapsed time. What’s more, the authors propose that this second internal clock not only works in parallel with our primary neural clock, but may even compete with it."

 

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Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows / UCLA Newsroom

Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows / UCLA Newsroom
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12 Indispensable Mindful Living Tools

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The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learned a few things worth sharing.

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The Straight Dope: Can brainwaves be detected in lime Jell-O?

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Power robs the brain of empathy

Power robs the brain of empathy | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers have some new insights into how power diminishes a person's capacity for empathy. According to scientists, a sense of power shuts down a part of the brain that helps us connect with others.
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Yissar's curator insight, July 16, 10:08 AM

"For their study that builds on past information about how the brain operates, the researchers found that even the smallest bit of power - for instance from a job promotion or more money - can shut down our ability to empathize with others."

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Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
The Department of Defense announced a $40 million investment in direct brain recording. The aim is to develop new, memory-aiding treatments for traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
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Your Brain on Politics

Your Brain on Politics | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A Review of:
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why democracies Choose Bad Policies
By Bryan Capian
Princeton University Press, 2007, 280 pages

The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
By Drew Weston
PublicAffairs, 2007, 384 pages
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How we miss subtle visual changes, and why it keeps us sane | neuroscientistnews.com

How we miss subtle visual changes, and why it keeps us sane | neuroscientistnews.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Ever notice how Harry Potter's T-shirt changes from a crewneck to a henley shirt in the "Order of the Phoenix," or how in "Pretty Woman," Julia Roberts' croissant inexplicably morphs into a pancake? Don't worry if you missed those continuity bloopers. Vision scientists at UC Berkeley and MIT have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in the movies and in the real world.
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Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions, tripling the number of facial expressions that can be used for cognitive analysis | neuroscientistnews.com

Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions, tripling the number of facial expressions that can be used for cognitive analysis | neuroscientistnews.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions -- even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as "happily disgusted" or "sadly angry." In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they report that they were able to more than triple the number of documented facial expressions that researchers can now use for cognitive analysis.
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Epigenetics: The sins of the father

Epigenetics: The sins of the father | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
The roots of inheritance may extend beyond the genome, but the mechanisms remain a puzzle.
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Epigenetics will seem a lot less "woo woo" when the mechanism is identified.

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Mental health problems mistaken for physical illness in children

Mental health problems mistaken for physical illness in children | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Many children are admitted to general acute wards with mental health problems mistaken for physical disease. Somatic symptoms, such as abdominal pain, headaches, limb pain and tiredness, often mask underlying problems and result in the NHS spending money on investigations to eliminate wrongly diagnosed disease. A literature review examines how children's nurses can recognize such complaints and help to address them.
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Though one wonders as well how often a children's mental health issues lead to ignoring real physical problems.

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More Mindfulness, Less Meditation

More Mindfulness, Less Meditation | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
The practice has benefits, but it is far more effective as a technique of self-management than as a means of personal transformation, Tony Schwartz writes in the Life@Work column.
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Why Our Teenagers Feel Compelled to Connect on Social Media

Why Our Teenagers Feel Compelled to Connect on Social Media | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
With heads down and screens lit up, watching our teens plug in can feel confusing, disappointing and even like rejection to us.
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Mother's Exercise May Boost Baby's Brain

Mother's Exercise May Boost Baby's Brain | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A growing scientific consensus suggests that the benefits of exercise can begin to accumulate even before someone is born.
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What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
We all deal with anxiety in some form or another, whether it's when you're pulled over by the cops or about to give a speech in front of a crowd. But for some, anxiety is a much stronger, more fearsome force--one that never goes away.
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