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The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words) What is it like to be fully alive, right now, engaged with what you are doing?

The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)

That’s the psychology of flow. When the happiness and creativity expert Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was studying how painters work, he noticed an odd thing. When their painting was going well they didn’t care about getting tired, hungry or uncomfortable, they just carried on. But when the painting was finished, they rapidly lost interest in it. Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired. By Maria Popova Debunking the social stigma around late risers, or what Einstein has to do with teens’ risk for smoking.

Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired

“Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool,” Napoleon famously prescribed. (He would have scoffed at Einstein, then, who was known to require ten hours of sleep for optimal performance.) Why great ideas come when you aren’t trying. History is rich with 'eureka' moments: scientists from Archimedes to Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are said to have had flashes of inspiration while thinking about other things.

Why great ideas come when you aren’t trying

But the mechanisms behind this psychological phenomenon have remained unclear. A study now suggests that simply taking a break does not bring on inspiration — rather, creativity is fostered by tasks that allow the mind to wander. The discovery was made by a team led by Benjamin Baird and Jonathan Schooler, psychologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Shining a light in your ear 'can brighten your winter mood' By Lauren Paxman Updated: 13:31 GMT, 9 November 2011 As the nights get longer, those who suffer from the winter blues will be planning ways to escape to the sunshine.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Shining a light in your ear 'can brighten your winter mood'

But there may be a much simpler way of cheering yourself up... simply shining a bright light into your ear canal. Up to one in four Britons suffer from seasonal affective disorder, with seven per cent of the population having full-blown SAD. Ear's an idea: The effects of seasonal affective disorder could be combated by channeling light to the brain down the ear duct It is caused by the brain not receiving enough daylight which is needed to trigger serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood.

A bright word in the ear for those with winter blues. The Impressive Power of a Stranger’s Advice. What The Eyes Reveal: 10 Messages My Pupils are Sending You. The dilation and constriction of the pupils reveals how hard we’re thinking, how excited or disgusted we are and more… Our pupils, the black holes which let light into the eyes, don’t just help us see, they also signal what’s going on in our minds.

What The Eyes Reveal: 10 Messages My Pupils are Sending You

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs & Social Media – a modern take. Blood test accurately distinguishes depressed patients from healthy controls. Public release date: 1-Feb-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Kristen Stantonkstanton3@partners.org 617-643-3907Massachusetts General Hospital The initial assessment of a blood test to help diagnose major depressive disorder indicates it may become a useful clinical tool.

Blood test accurately distinguishes depressed patients from healthy controls

In a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a team including Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reports that a test analyzing levels of nine biomarkers accurately distinguished patients diagnosed with depression from control participants without significant false-positive results. "Traditionally, diagnosis of major depression and other mental disorders has been made based on patients' reported symptoms, but the accuracy of that process varies a great deal, often depending on the experience and resources of the clinician conducting the assessment," says George Papakostas, MD, of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, lead and corresponding author of the report.

. [ Print | E-mail. Working too much is correlated with 2-fold increase in likelihood of depression. Public release date: 25-Jan-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Yael Francoyfranco@plos.org 415-568-3169Public Library of Science.

Working too much is correlated with 2-fold increase in likelihood of depression

Median Ruby Wax launches Facebook-style website for adults with mental illness. By Sadie Nicholas Updated: 22:00 GMT, 26 November 2011 She has spoken candidly about her own bouts of depression – and now comedian Ruby Wax is hoping to help others, with a ground-breaking social-networking website for adults with mental illnesses.

median Ruby Wax launches Facebook-style website for adults with mental illness

Endorsed by Britain’s leading mental-health charities, including Mind and SANE, Ruby’s site – www.blackdogtribebeta.com (BDT) – works much like any other social media site, inviting users to create a profile, post information about themselves and communicate with other users of their choosing to share their own experiences and advice, all at no cost. It is aimed at those suffering from conditions including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder and post-natal depression. And it could be busy – statistics reveal that one in four Britons will suffer some form of mental illness. 'I Wanted To Live': New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases : Shots - Health Blog. Hide captionChris Stephens, 28, who has been battling depression all of his life, plays with his dogs at home in Concord, Calif., on Friday.

'I Wanted To Live': New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases : Shots - Health Blog

How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies. Ten psychological findings that challenge our intuitive view of how our minds work.

How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies

Some critics say psychology is just common sense, that it only confirms things we already know about ourselves. iPad app - How to live better every day - Unstuck. Can An iPad App Really Make You More Productive And Inspired? Okay, so you’re supposed to be working on something and you know you’re supposed to be working on that something but, for whatever reason, you can’t seem to get going. Surfing the Internet for a while hasn’t helped (hint: it never does) but you’re wondering if maybe there’s a tool to help you get unstuck.

Enter: Unstuck, an app for your iPad. Unstuck is a spin-off from SYPartners, "a company that helps leaders and their teams during times of transformation. " The idea is that you can follow a few easy steps to tell the app about your situation and then it’ll give you advice. Unstuck iPad app - How to live better every day - Unstuck. TV time: Why children watch multi-screens. Public release date: 2-Aug-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Dr Hilary Gloverhilary.glover@biomedcentral.com 44-020-319-22370BioMed Central New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, examines the relationship children have with electronic viewing devices and their habits of interacting with more than one at a time.

A sedentary lifestyle, linked to spending lots of time watching TV and playing computer games, is thought to lead to obesity, lower mental well-being, and cause health problems in later life, including diabetes. Seasonal Affective Disorder – The Basics. First published on February 05, 2006. So, why do I say that it is not surprising the exposure to bright light alleviates both seasonal depression and other kinds of depression, and that different mechanisms may be involved? In mammals, apart from visual photoreception (that is, image formation), there is also non-visual photoreception.

The receptors of the former are the rods and cones that you all learned about in middle school. The receptors for the latter are a couple of thousand Retinal Ganglion Cells (RGCs) located in the retina in each eye. Face Research » Psychology experiments about preferences for faces and voices. MBTI and Kiersey. MBTI Wikipedia. A chart with descriptions of each Myers–Briggs personality type and the four dichotomies central to the theory. The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.[1][2][3]

MBTI types.