Monthly Archives: March 2011

Scientists find physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus, process information (Study, in Unclutterer)

“Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published the results of a study they conducted in the January issue of The Journal of Neuroscience that relates directly to uncluttered and organized living. […] When your environment is cluttered, the chaos … Continue reading

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Too much choice can be a bad thing (Study, APS)

“Too much choice can be a bad thing—not just for the individual, but for society. Thinking about choices makes people less sympathetic to others and less likely to support policies that help people, according to a study published in an … Continue reading

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Reflections On Mirror Neurons (APS)

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2011/march-11/reflections-on-mirror-neurons.html

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Individual Differences in Recovery Time From Attentional Capture (Study, in PsyScience)

“Differences in working memory (WM) capacity have been attributed to a person’s ability to control their attention, and low WM capacity individuals are thought to be more prone to have their attention captured by distractors. To test an alternative theory–that … Continue reading

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A Full Bladder Makes You More Responsible (Study, APS)

“An upcoming study in Psychological Science found that when we’re controlling our bladder, we’re better at controlling ourselves when making decisions about the future.” http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/obsonline/a-full-bladder-makes-you-more-responsible.html

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“Genetic Link To Attempted Suicide Identified: Findings Could Lead To New Avenues Of Treatment Research” (Study, in MNT)

“A study of thousands of people with bipolar disorder suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide. Johns Hopkins scientists, reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, have identified a small region on chromosome 2 that is … Continue reading

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Scientists Model Words as Entangled Quantum States in our Minds (Study, 2009; in PhysOrg)

“…one novel assumption: that words can become entangled in the human mental lexicon. In the study, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia and the University of South Florida in the US have investigated the quantum nature … Continue reading

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Meditation – Still Many Unknowns (Study)

“The behavioral differences that seem to be most commonly reported in studies of new or long-time meditators include an increase in the ability to focus one’s attention, an increase in the ability to regulate one’s emotions, a decrease in stress … Continue reading

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The Science of Smiling (nice article about one of the (voted) best Harvard courses)

Liked: ““People have lost their sense of awe and idealism,” he offers. “They’ve lost their sense of gratitude, wonder.” […] He even wants Harvard to build a “happiness center,” a place on campus that would “help students identify what gives … Continue reading

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Are all meditation techniques the same (in the brain)? (Study, EurekAlert)

“Different practices often produce different results. As doctors increasingly prescribe meditation to patients for stress-related disorders, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how different techniques from Buddhist, Chinese, and Vedic traditions produce different results. A new paper published in … Continue reading

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