This is your brain on love (and other drugs) | Health Tech Forget about roses. If you really want to nail it tonight, try this on for size: Darling, when you touch my face like that, my dorsolateral middle frontal gyrus is but one region that releases a variety of chemicals into my blood stream, thus beginning their incredibly rewarding--and speedy--journey to my nether regions and resulting in undulating pleasures. So say researchers at Syracuse University who found, in their 2010 MRI study, "The Neuroimaging of Love," that falling in love takes about a fifth of a second, looks neurologically similar to getting high on cocaine, and affects sophisticated cognitive functions, including metaphors and body image. Which means you could also charm the object of your neuro-affection with the line: "Darling, given how quickly we fell in love, we should be celebrating the mere achievement of simply liking each other after the initial high wore off."
A Simple Tool to Relieve Yourself From Tension 31st October 2015 By Lynn Newman Guest Writer for Wake Up World When we’ve got a hundred things on our plate, it’s super hard sometimes to know how and when to take a break. But there’s a quick and simple tool you can use to instantly relieve yourself from tension… it’s this thing called stopping. Taking a PAUSE By PAUSE, I don’t mean taking a Facebook break. Physically. And then … Take in all the senses. I know this may sound trite. All of a sudden, the busy life we’re in gets wider, more expansive and we can remember where we fit in the grand scheme of things. We’re really quite small, when it comes down to it. You know how, when your flight is landing, and you’re flying over a highway, and on that highway is a car, and you see the car from your plane’s window? Many times, when we’re stressed, we think it’s an emergency. Giving ourselves this permission to stop might seem crazy — like there’s something wrong with us. Tip Get present by taking 10 seconds to stop. About the author:
Single Dose of Hallucinogen May Create Lasting Personality Change - 09/29/2011 A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called “magic mushrooms,” was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it. Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. Changes in these traits, measured on a widely used and scientifically validated personality inventory, were larger in magnitude than changes typically observed in healthy adults over decades of life experiences, the scientists say. Researchers in the field say that after the age of 30, personality doesn’t usually change significantly. “Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older,” says study leader Roland R. Griffiths says he believes psilocybin may have therapeutic uses.
What Do Emotions Have to Do with Learning? Thinkstock When parents and teachers consider how children learn, it’s usually the intellectual aspects of the activity they have in mind. Sidney D’Mello would like to change that. The University of Notre Dame psychologist has been studying the role of feelings in learning for close to a decade, and he has concluded that complex learning is almost inevitably “an emotionally charged experience,” as he wrote in a paper published in the journal Learning and Instruction earlier this year. During the learning experiments described in his paper, he notes, the participating students reported being in a neutral state only about a quarter of the time. Another counter-intuitive contention made by D’Mello is that even negative emotions can play a productive role in learning. Confusion motivates us to restore our equilibrium through thought, reflection, and problem solving, and deeper learning is the result. animated agents discussing scientific case studies. Related
The Child From Hell – Raising a Child with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome By Dr. Susan M. Walker Guest Writer for Wake Up World I know, what a title, right? Bob was born a healthy, happy, blonde haired, adorable, big blue-eyed baby. He never walked anywhere, he’d always take off running and would run away every opportunity he got. I remember hiring a babysitter to watch him. By this time, there was no getting through to Bob, he was in his own world – a world where no one could touch him or interact with him. Pregnancy and early life While pregnant with Bob, I remember feeling terribly tired. Later on in my career, I learned that two of the duty stations I was assigned to had tested agent orange on the bases, and agent orange was found to be in the drinking water and saturated in the air. At that time, I was a single parent and thought long and hard about the rest of my life. My other two kids were great, although my second child had learning disabilities in reading and English, but did extremely well with math. Keeping to the vaccination schedule
Single dose of hallucinogen may create lasting personality change Thursday, September 29, 2011 Psilocybn A single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60 percent of the 51 participants in a new study, according to the Johns Hopkins researchers who conducted it. Lasting change was found in the part of the personality known as openness, which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness. "Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older," says study leader Roland R. The research, approved by Johns Hopkins' Institutional Review Board, was funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The study participants completed two to five eight-hour drug sessions, with consecutive sessions separated by at least three weeks. This press release has been viewed 1562664 time(s).
Why Do Some People Learn Faster? | Wired Science The physicist Niels Bohr once defined an expert as “a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Bohr’s quip summarizes one of the essential lessons of learning, which is that people learn how to get it right by getting it wrong again and again. Education isn’t magic. Education is the wisdom wrung from failure. A new study, forthcoming in Psychological Science, and led by Jason Moser at Michigan State University, expands on this important concept. The Moser experiment is premised on the fact that there are two distinct reactions to mistakes, both of which can be reliably detected using electroenchephalography, or EEG. The second signal, which is known as error positivity (Pe), arrives anywhere between 100-500 milliseconds after the mistake and is associated with awareness. The experiment began with a flanker task, a tedious assignment in which subjects are supposed to identify the middle letter of a five-letter series, such as “MMMMM” or “NNMNN.”
21 Signs That Americans Are The Unhappiest People In The Entire World By Michael Snyder How can we possibly be so miserably unhappy? For a nation that supposedly “has it all”, we sure are depressed. In America today, suicide rates are soaring, antidepressant use is skyrocketing and virtually every new survey that comes out shows that we are deeply dissatisfied about something. When I was growing up there was only a handful of television channels to choose from, but now there are hundreds. Everywhere I go, I see people that look like they have had the life completely sucked out of them. #1 A scientific study that was just released found that U.S. adults are becoming less happy over the years… #2 Young people are also becoming increasingly depressed. Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades, a recent study has found. #3 Back in 1987, 61.1 percent of all Americans reported being happy at work. #4 A different survey found that 70 percent of all Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”. Yet we are severely depressed.
The Blog : Drugs and the Meaning of Life (Photo by JB Banks) (Note 6/4/2014: I have revised this 2011 essay and added an audio version.—SH) Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. Drugs are another means toward this end. One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting and for what purpose and which are not. However, we should not be too quick to feel nostalgia for the counterculture of the 1960s. Drug abuse and addiction are real problems, of course, the remedy for which is education and medical treatment, not incarceration. I discuss issues of drug policy in some detail in my first book, The End of Faith, and my thinking on the subject has not changed. I have two daughters who will one day take drugs. (Pokhara, Nepal) Ott, J.
43 Simple Ways To Simplify Your Life Post written by Sherri Kruger. Follow me on Twitter. Simplicity. How can we make things simpler, more streamlined, or more efficient? Is this all just hype or is there actually something to this simplicity thing? Reducing complexity in my life has reduced stress, increased free time, and top priorities are actually top priorities. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. There are countless ways to simplify your life, these are but a few.
How Cannabis Helps My ADHD – A Patient’s Story 15th November 2015 By an anonymous patient Guest writer for Wake Up World Let me introduce myself, I am a 32-year-old entrepreneur with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and I use cannabis, daily, to manage my condition. I’ve spent the past decade running international businesses on two continents, and have previously been in a long-term relationship for nine years; which provided me with a beautiful 6-year-old daughter whom I care for jointly. My story starts when I was diagnosed at age two with ADHD and spent the next three years on a series of diets that have affected my eating habits to this day. At the time I was unaware but I became addicted to these drugs before my 10th birthday; they caused my personality to swing one way then the other when the drugs were wearing off. At the end of my relationship, like many others, I found myself in a custody battle. ADHD affects the mind. My condition will not go away or lessen with time. Related reading: About the author:
Psychedelic drugs can unlock mysteries of brain – former government adviser | Science Scientists should have access to illegal psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin to aid them in brain research, according to the government's former drug adviser Professor David Nutt. He said that research into the deepest mysteries of the brain, including consciousness and mental illness, had been curtailed by the prohibition of the drugs. Prof Nutt said that scientists might find treatments for conditions such as schizophrenia by using modern techniques to study the effects of psychedelic drugs on the brain. "Neuroscience should be trying to understand how the brain works," said Nutt, who is professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. "Psychedelics change the brain in, perhaps, the most profound way of any drug, at least in terms of understanding consciousness and connectivity. Therefore we should be doing a lot more of this research. "It's extraordinary that 40 years of advances in brain imaging technology and there's never been a study about this before.
Why I've Decided To Stop Comparing Myself To Others Many people I know slave to the comparison game. I’m not as thin as so and so; I’m not as tall or as pretty. I’m not as wealthy as she or he is. I’m not as strong or as flexible. I’m not as funny or as intelligent. I totally get it. Here’s the thing: Until we learn to accept and love ourselves completely and wholly for exactly the way we are today, in this moment, sitting on the couch, covered in dried sweat, with ornery gray hairs poking out of the pony tail holder and a pedicure that is weeks past due, we won’t ever be able to love another. What you feed is what you'll create more of. Instead of allowing myself into the dark place, I lean toward the light. So I ask you: What fuels you? Fear or faith? Love or anger? Kindness or judgment? What do you choose to feed? Some of us have resorted to fueling ourselves via darkness. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”