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<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/shoppingcropped.jpg?w=307&h=200&crop=1" alt="Day In The Life Of Keri Hilson" title="Day In The Life Of Keri Hilson"/> It was a pattern that Nicole Mead had seen over and over. Her friends would break up with their romantic partners and then go on a shopping spree to compensate: break up and buy, break up and buy, break up and buy. As a marketing and psychology researcher, it was a pattern that fascinated her. So when it came time for the then-Ph.D. candidate Mead to work on her research project, she knew what she wanted to investigate: how social exclusion — and not necessarily just the romantic kind — impacts spending.
Mind & Brain :: Mind Matters :: January 24, 2012 :: :: Email :: Print Author Susan Cain explains the fallacy of "groupwork," and points to research showing that it can reduce creativity and productivity By Gareth Cook
<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/telemarketer.jpg?w=307&h=200&crop=1" alt="telemarketer headset" title="telemarketer headset"/> We all know that frequent verbal ticks, such as “like” and “you know,” can turn listeners off. But what about the pace, pitch and fluency of your speech? Are others more likely to tune in if you’re a high-talker, for instance, or deep-voiced?
<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/embarassment.jpg?w=307&h=200&crop=1" alt="embarassment" title="embarassment"/> Ever find yourself physically cringing as you watch those hopeful contestants on American Idol who have no clue that they can’t sing? If so, you’re probably a highly empathetic person, according to new study published in the journal PloS One . In fact, the study finds, the experience of vicarious embarrassment affects the same brain regions that light up when you empathize with someone’s physical pain. The study adds to a growing body of literature suggesting that physical and emotional pain are processed in the same brain regions, which is probably why we describe ourselves as “hurt” whether we’ve just been dumped by a lover or broken a leg.
<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/badrepcropped.jpg?w=307&h=200&crop=1" alt="badrepCropped" title="badrepCropped"/> Having a bad reputation may not be desirable, but it does make you more likely to be seen — literally. A new study finds that, all other things being equal, people are more likely to pay attention to faces that have been associated with negative gossip than those with neutral or positive associations. The study contributes to a body of work showing that far from being objective, our perceptions are shaped by unconscious brain processes that determine what we “choose” to see or ignore — even before we become aware of it. The findings also add to the idea that the brain evolved to be particularly sensitive to “bad guys” or cheaters — fellow humans who undermine social life by deception, theft or other non-cooperative behavior.
<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/gossip.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="gossip" title="gossip"/> Haven’t got anything nice to say? Well, you might want to say it anyway — especially if you think it’ll help ward off some bad behavior. It seems that gossip may be getting an undeserved bad rap, particularly so-called prosocial gossip, which serves to warn others about dishonest or untrustworthy people — unlike the catty, idle chatter that fuels so many office and schoolyard rumors.
Last Updated: 3/21/2013 13:09 PST As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be. We suddenly can't remember where we put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance's name, or the name of an old band we used to love.
In the 1940s, the Nobel prize–winning neurobiologist Roger Sperry performed some of the most important brain surgeries in the history of science. His patients were newts. Sperry started by gently prying out newts’ eyes with a jeweler’s forceps. He rotated them 180 degrees and then pressed them back into their sockets. The newts had two days to recover before Sperry started the second half of the procedure. He sliced into the roof of each newt’s mouth and made a slit in the sheath surrounding the optic nerve, which relays signals from the eyes to the brain.
The antidepressant Prozac selectively targets the chemical serotonin. Paul S. Howell / Getty Images When I was 17 years old, I got so depressed that what felt like an enormous black hole appeared in my chest.
1 Introduction “I think, therefore I am.” —René Descartes, 17th-century philosopher Few of us question the crucial importance of the brain. It is vital to our existence. Our brains enable us to think, as René Descartes so skillfully pointed out nearly 400 years ago.
post written by: Marc Email All education is self-education. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.
“Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals.
If you see a student dozing in the library or a co-worker catching 40 winks in her cubicle, don’t roll your eyes. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that an hour’s nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that a biphasic sleep schedule not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter.
Speed reading is big business: Hundreds of companies host training seminars and courses, offer speed reading packages (offline and on), and hold patents on speed-reading formulas. If your organization or team is looking to bolster reading speed and retention, here’s an infographic that will give anyone a head start — with some basic DIY tactics and other helpful tips and supporting data. (For a deeper dive into the process behind all this, check out our recent Mindflash infographic on how the brain retains information .) One word of caution: Take it slow your first time through! >> More infographics about training and learning on the Mindflash blog .
Defense mechanisms are automatic psychological processes that protect an individual from anxiety and the awareness of internal or external threats or stressors. People are often unaware of these processes as they operate (although others may be painfully aware of them!). Defense mechanisms can be classified into groups or levels that indicate how they affect an individual's functioning. High Adaptive Level: Defense mechanisms in this group result in optimal adaptation to stress. The defenses usually maximize feelings of well being and do not interfere with the conscious awareness of feelings, ideas, and their consequences.