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What we're learning about the mind and brain, and how we can use this knowledge for increased well-being.
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In Defense of Superstition

In Defense of Superstition | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
“Magical thinking” offers psychological benefits that logic and science can’t always provide: namely, a sense of control and a sense of meaning.
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Alzheimer's and college basketball's top coach

Alzheimer's and college basketball's top coach | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball, is giving up her duties on the court, just months after announcing her battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
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Survival of the Worriers: How Worrying May Be Good for Your Brain - Emotional Health Center - Everyday Health

Worrying is bad for your health, right? A new report raises doubts about that assertion.
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Think Different: On post-traumatic growth

Think Different: On post-traumatic growth | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
How trauma and difficulties can sometimes be the springboard to greater well-being *** I see it as part of my job to encourage the possibility of transformation that can arise from suffering, rathe...
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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 | Mind and Brain | 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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Is some homophobia self-phobia?

Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.
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‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt

‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A psychologist argues that people base decisions on moral intuition, not reason.
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The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius

The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
How do we have insights, and where does inspiration come from?
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Clothes and Self-Perception

Clothes and Self-Perception | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
What we wear can affect not only what people think of us, but also the way our brains work, a study involving a doctor’s coat shows.
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Clothes and Self-Perception

Clothes and Self-Perception | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
What we wear can affect not only what people think of us, but also the way our brains work, a study involving a doctor’s coat shows.
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‘Mind Reading’: Are You Just the Sum of Your Brain’s Connections? | Healthland | TIME.com

‘Mind Reading’: Are You Just the Sum of Your Brain’s Connections? | Healthland | TIME.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Is the wiring pattern of your brain what makes you uniquely “you”?
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Social Cues in the Brain [Interactive]: Scientific American

Social Cues in the Brain [Interactive]: Scientific American | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Visit the places that help us sense other people's feelings in this Scientific American MIND tour of the brain...
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Studying States of Consciousness

Studying States of Consciousness | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Consciousness is not a simple state that is either on or off. Studies with anesthesia showed patients responding to commands or communicating, but later having no memory of doing so.
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Why does simply trusting your feelings lead to much better predictions?

If you trust your feelings you are better able to predict future events—from the weather to the stock market, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Of course, you need to know a little about what you're predicting.
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» The Mindfulness Manifesto: It’s Time to Transform Your Life and the World - Adventures in Positive Psychology

» The Mindfulness Manifesto: It’s Time to Transform Your Life and the World - Adventures in Positive Psychology | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
I am a firm believer in value of practicing mindfulness in everyday life for mental, emotional, and physical health, and know that many other people could benefits if they only understand more clearly what it is, and how it offers benefits.
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Where is intelligence located in the brain? | KurzweilAI

Where is intelligence located in the brain? | KurzweilAI | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
University of Illinois scientists have mapped the physical architecture of intelligence in the brain in one of the largest and most comprehensive analyses...
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Readers build vivid mental simulations of narrative situations, brain scans suggest

Readers build vivid mental simulations of narrative situations, brain scans suggest | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new brain-imaging study is shedding light on what it means to 'get lost' in a good book — suggesting that readers create vivid mental simulations of the sounds, sights, tastes and movements described in a textual narrative while...
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Whatever does not kill you: Traumatic experiences have silver lining

Whatever does not kill you: Traumatic experiences have silver lining | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Your parents were right: Hard experiences may indeed make you tough.
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Light brings back bad memories

Light brings back bad memories | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Mo Costandi: MIT researchers identify, label and manipulate the neuronal network encoding a memory...
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A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children

A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A four- to six-session intervention to treat traumatized children and their families has been shown to be very successful.
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The Benefits of Bilingualism

The Benefits of Bilingualism | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.
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Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin

Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
You've heard it for years: to lose weight, hit the gym. But while physical activity is crucial for good health, it doesn't always melt pounds — in fact, it can add them.
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How Mom's Weight Before Pregnancy Can Affect a Baby's Brain | Healthland | TIME.com

How Mom's Weight Before Pregnancy Can Affect a Baby's Brain | Healthland | TIME.com | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
A mother's health during pregnancy has measurable effects on her baby's well-being, but a new study shows that her fitness before pregnancy matters too.
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How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy | Mind and Brain | Scoop.it
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab.
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