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THE EMPATH - Empathy is a true human superpower. I feel for you. really

THE EMPATH - Empathy is a true human superpower. I feel for you. really | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it

THE EMPATH is a recurring character in Star Trek, usually a woman, who has the ability to read the emotions of others, sometimes at great distance. Empath Deanna Troi, for example, is seen as having the seemingly futuristic and alien talent to feel what others feel.

 By ALBERT NERENBERG,


What is truly sci-fi is that almost all humans possess this
apparently fantastical ability. Empathy is a true human superpower.
Most of us are empaths. Most of us feel for strangers, can read
other people's emotions and can feel other people's pain.


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Breathing: The Little Known Secret to Peace of Mind

Breathing: The Little Known Secret to Peace of Mind | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
We take our breath for granted, but learning to breathe can change our life.
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The neuroscience of leadership

The neuroscience of leadership | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Time for a new science of leadership? (The neuroscience of leadership | Psychology Today http://t.co/nIxdnlKUYO)
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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.
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A new way of thinking about how the brain works - The Guardian

A new way of thinking about how the brain works - The Guardian | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
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A human brain It's time for neuroscientists to rethink how we think about the brain. Photograph: Bbs United/Getty Images.
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Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.
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Potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain function revealed

Potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain function revealed | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers have deciphered how oxytocin, acting as a neurohormone in the brain, not only reduces background noise, but more importantly, increases the strength of desired signals.
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Computer-assisted treatments help patients conquer their phobias

Computer-assisted treatments help patients conquer their phobias | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
For years, Louisvillian Marie Coma, 35, was so anxious about flying that she wouldn't get on a plane without taking a Valium.
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How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day

How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
A top neuroscientist shares tips from his own life in a new PBS special titled "Smarter Brains." (RT @NextAvenue: A top neuroscientist shares how to make your brain smarter every day.
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Why Compassion In Business Makes Sense

Why Compassion In Business Makes Sense | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
By Emma Seppala, Greater Good Science Center
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Compassion benefits everyone, those who are compassionate and those who receive compassion. Compassion in the workplace benefits both employers and employees

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The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’ | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
  When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you must be checking something off the list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destinati...
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Mindful vs. mind full parenting: the advantages of slowing down and being present

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Burnout: The perfect storm of physician stress

Burnout: The perfect storm of physician stress | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Physician burnout should be taken seriously, not glossed over with pseudoscience or politically correct propaganda for the Affordable Care Act.
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Burnout can increase stress, significantly affect the immune system, can potentially lead to serious illnesses, such as heart disease, hypertension, and others, and can be the cause of serious medical/work-related mistakes.  In order to decrease burnout, it is absolutely necessary to practice mindfulness and self-care. Self-compassion can reduce burnout, prevent mistakes, and potentially improve physical and mental health

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Frontiers | Do physiological and pathological stresses produce different changes in heart rate variability? | Frontiers in Cardiac Electrophysiology

Frontiers | Do physiological and pathological stresses produce different changes in heart rate variability? | Frontiers in Cardiac Electrophysiology | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Although physiological (e.g. exercise) and pathological (e.g.
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Heart rate variability (HRV) refers to the changes in heart rate on an inhale and exhale. Typically, when we inhale, the heart accelerates and when we exhale, it decelerates. The higher the variability, the better the cardiovascular health. However, with frequent stress and hyperventilation, the HRV becomes lower because there isn't enough time for the heart rhythm to change due to shallow breathing. This is bad for health and can potentially cause heart problems or hypertension. This article shows that the effects of exercise and an infection after a bone marrow transplant are equivalent. However, the effects of chronic stress on HRV can potentially be worse.

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Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide

Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it

A Boston-based project is using predictive analysis technology to comb through social media posts in hopes of preventing suicide.

 

The opt-in Durkheim Project combines search technology with predictive analysis to estimate the suicide risk of an individual based on what he or she is posting on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Already in collaboration with Facebook, the Durkheim Project is currently gathering social media data from participating active duty military members and veterans.


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Maxx Johnson's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:03 AM

Still good...

robyns tut's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:02 AM

This could be really helpful in preventing future incidents of suicide due to cyberbullying or other causes. If the project has success among the US army veterans, we could see it being implimented worldwide.

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Deandra Covington's curator insight, June 28, 9:09 PM

This is probably the neatest way to utilize social media to benefit our troops. The Durkhein Project is testing for mental illnesses by analyzing social media communication. Many people with mental illness want to be heard, but that doesn't mean they will just come out and say it or try to get the help they need. By finding key words or phrases, we may be able to eventually find who has PTSD or who is contemplating suicide.


While they have built a complete science around this, my only concern is that they might pinpoint the wrong people every once in a while. If they do, and their command is notified, could it affect their career? I suppose this is dependent on how they decide to deal with alerts if this is implemented. I think it is important to maintain that clinical intervention would be necessary first and only allow the member's command in if it is verified that the person is suicidal. 


With that said, I give tremendous kudos to this project. People that have a mental illness usually try to let people know they need help in some way or another. The Durkhein Project can help us better able to pinpoint these signs. 

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This Video Game Helps Kids Deal With Mental Health Issues

This Video Game Helps Kids Deal With Mental Health Issues | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it

gNats Island is designed to help adolescents overcome negative thoughts, anxiety, and depression. The graphic, character-based game is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 

On the "island," players "meet" the negative automatic thoughts in the form of pesky "gNats" that have a "nasty sting." The Black and White gNat makes you think in extremes. The Complete Disaster gNat makes you think everything is a complete disaster, and so on. Almost 750 therapists in the U.S., Ireland and the UK have been trained to use the game with their young patients. 


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vyvyan's comment, September 9, 2013 2:21 AM
positive effect
robyns tut's curator insight, September 26, 2013 4:42 AM

when technology gets into a person's head for a good reason; I feel that this is true progress - Justine Pearce

robyns tut's comment, October 7, 2013 8:49 AM
this is such a clever idea its using technology to help people! awesome -shannon wilson
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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Removes Craving For Cigarettes

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Removes Craving For Cigarettes | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Scientists at Medical University of South Carolina temporarily blunted cigarette (Brain stimulation could become the new way to quit smoking!
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3-D Cosmic Map Helps You Wrap Your Brain Around the Universe's Weirdness - Wired

3-D Cosmic Map Helps You Wrap Your Brain Around the Universe's Weirdness - Wired | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
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» The Role of Exercise in Bolstering Memory - Psych Central News

» The Role of Exercise in Bolstering Memory  - Psych Central News | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
While not a panacea, exercise is often recommended as a method to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and many additional
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How the brain creates the 'buzz' that helps ideas spread / UCLA Newsroom

How the brain creates the 'buzz' that helps ideas spread / UCLA Newsroom | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
How the brain creates the 'buzz' that helps ideas spread / UCLA Newsroom
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What seems to make the video go viral is consideration about the likelihood that others would want to view it. When people can think of another person who is likely to benefit or enjoy the video, they are more likely to share it

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Putting the brakes on pain: Researchers protect GABA neurons from oxidative stress

Putting the brakes on pain: Researchers protect GABA neurons from oxidative stress | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
In a mouse model of neuropathic pain, researchers used antioxidants to preserve GABA neurons post-injury. The result: Less pain behavior.
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Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone | ExtremeTech

Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone | ExtremeTech | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a human... and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the rat's tail.
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Brain Scans Reveal Marijuana-Like Medicine Could Effectively Treat PTSD | Cannabis Culture

Brain Scans Reveal Marijuana-Like Medicine Could Effectively Treat PTSD | Cannabis Culture | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
Marijuana-like medicines that lack the plant's psychoactive properties can be used to effectively treat some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center explain in a study published...
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JAMA Network | JAMA Psychiatry | Reward Signals, Attempted Suicide, and Impulsivity in Late-Life Depression

JAMA Network | JAMA Psychiatry | Reward Signals, Attempted Suicide, and Impulsivity in Late-Life Depression | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
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Reward signaling in the brain, as well as depression and impulsivity throughout the lifespan potentially predict suicide risk in adulthood

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Living With Cancer: Patient Yoga

Living With Cancer: Patient Yoga | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it
As we became warriors, children, cats, cows and pigeons, I realized that concentrating on position and breath takes even the most cerebral of us out of our nattering, hectoring brains.
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Yoga has been shown to alleviate pain, improve health, and reduce stress. It has been used to help cancer patients cope with the cancer treatments and appears to be extemely beneficial for the body and mind

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Video Games an Effective Tool for Stroke Rehabilitation

Video Games an Effective Tool for Stroke Rehabilitation | Psychology and the Brain | Scoop.it

In a recent study, done in collaboration with a team from Sheba Medical Center and funded by the Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, [Dr. Debbie Rand] found that people recovering from stroke who use video games as a therapeutic method are more physically active during rehabilitation sessions, making more movements overall than those who experience traditional motor therapy.


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SherriSavory's comment, August 16, 2013 12:58 AM
also the Kinect that comes with Xbox can play a really important role in generating physikinetic feedback
world of tanks maps's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:22 PM

great articles