Some types of stress good for brain functioning? Maybe
Low to moderate levels of stress can help individuals develop resilience and cope with future stressful experiences, as well as reduce the risk of developing mental health disorders.
Persistent low wages linked to faster memory decline
In the U.S., the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 per hour since 2009. Memory decline can now be added to the list of health outcomes associated with low-wages.
Whether you're 18 or 80, lifestyle may be more important than age in determining dementia risk
Any single lifestyle dementia risk factor (such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, or hearing loss) can reduce cognition by the equivalent of up to three years of aging.
Near death experiences: More than hallucinations?
Researchers from leading academic institutions and medical disciplines, including the neurosciences, critical care, psychiatry, psychology, social sciences and humanities, have released the first-ever, peer-reviewed consensus statement for the scientific study of recalled experiences surrounding death.
Creative people's brains work differently
Highly creative people’s brains use an atypical approach that enables them to make distant connections more quickly, bypassing the “hubs” seen in less-creative brains.
Can a planet have a mind of its own?
I don’t often include stories from astronomy journals, however, this one is so important and profound in its implications for all of us that it’s more than worthwhile giving it space this week.
Cognitive aging: Work helps our brain
New research demonstrates the benefits of lifelong learning in retaining mental resilience and that social connection, ongoing sense of purpose and ability to function independently boost cognitive health and general well-being as part of healthy aging.
Mapping the brain circuitry of spirituality
Up to now, little research has been done on the neural underpinnings of human spiritual life. Something so universal was also so little understood. Why is it that every human culture has a belief system focusing on the transcendent, the metaphysical, the divine?
How to be "in the flow"
Flow—being so involved in what you are doing that time, indeed anything else, ceases to be noticed—is said to be good for our well-being. There is evidence that it can ward off depression, prevent burnout and make us more resilient. We seek it out, but our understanding of how the brain enables flow is limited.
Amazon indigenous group's lifestyle may hold a key to slowing down aging
As a young PhD student, I spent a year living with hunter-gatherers. One of the things I noticed was an almost complete absence of cognitive decline with old age. I surmised that this lifestyle was far more in tune with our human “design-specs” and therefore created far less stress on their overall system.
Can the brain resist a group opinion?
We often change our beliefs under the influence of others. This social behavior is called conformity and explains various components of our behavior, from voting at elections to fashion trends among teenagers.
The reward system and decision-making
Scientists have, for the first time, recorded real-time changes in dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain that are involved with perception and decision-making. Dopamine is the main component in all mammalian reward systems and is also critical to learning and memory.
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