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Collecting knowledge and new findings on topics dealing with HEALTH, SELF-DEVELOPMENT/GROWTH, RELATIONSHIPS, FUTURE, SPIRITUALITY

Mysterious new brain cell found in people

“To precisely classify these cells, the scientists then analyzed their gene expression. That’s when they realized that the set of genes expressed in these inhibitory rosehip neurons doesn’t closely match any previously identified cell in the mouse, suggesting they have no … Continue reading

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Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not | WIRED

“We have a strong negative emotional response when someone kicks or abuses a robot—in one of the many gripping examples Darling cites in her paper, a US military officer called off a test using a leggy robot to detonate and … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Your Personality By Simply Tracking Your Eyes – Neuroscience News

“It’s often been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, revealing what we think and how we feel. Now, new research reveals that your eyes may also be an indicator of your personality type, simply by the … Continue reading

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New evidence for the “propinquity effect” – mere physical closeness increases our liking of desirable people and things – Research Digest

“In one, a group of male participants read lines from a modern musical version of Romeo and Juliet with an unfamiliar woman (actually a confederate helping the researchers) who was sitting either 80 centimetres or 150 centimetres away. Overall, those … Continue reading

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It’s Official - Trigger Warnings Might Actually Be Harmful

“The results of the sutdy were fascinating.” After controlling for various factors, such as sex, race, age, psychiatric history, and political orientation, the researchers found that those participants who received trigger warnings were significantly more likely (compared to those in … Continue reading

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An Alternative View of Human Nature | Psychology Today

“The !Kung of Africa swap arrows before going hunting, and when an animal is killed, the credit does not go to the person who fired the arrow, but to the person whom the arrow belongs to. If a person becomes … Continue reading

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Meditation affects brain networks differently in long-term meditators and novices

“Both long-term practitioners and new meditators – when compared to non-meditators – showed reduced activity in the amygdala when they viewed emotionally-positive images. The amygdala is an area of the brain critical for emotion and detecting important information from the … Continue reading

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Childhood stress leaves lasting mark on genes

“What we’re finding is that after 10 years or so there are still markers, like fossils in our genome, telling us there was a trauma here. And that trauma may make this individual more susceptible to a second trauma or, … Continue reading

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„Psychedelics take people to the very center of their personal problems”

What these psychedelics do above all, is give access to other states of consciousness that are dormant within our own minds. It’s the exploration of human consciousness. It isn’t really the drug effect as such. Why are we so afraid … Continue reading

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We actually ‘become’ happy vampires or contented wizards when reading a book

“Becoming a Vampire Without Being Bitten: The Narrative Collective Assimilation Hypothesis,” published in the current issue journal Psychological Science, presents research supporting the authors’ hypothesis that by absorbing narratives, we can psychologically become a member of the group of characters described … Continue reading

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People recall information better through virtual reality

The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment. The results of the study were recently published in the journal Virtual Reality. […] The key, say the researchers, was for participants … Continue reading

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Psychology’s favourite moral thought experiment doesn’t predict real-world behaviour

The participants saw two cages – one housing one mouse, the other housing five – each wired to an electroshock machine. They were told that in 20 seconds, if they did nothing, the machine would deliver a very painful but … Continue reading

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The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records

“The Inka Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. Instead of words or pictograms, the Inkas used khipus – knotted string devices – to communicate extraordinarily complex mathematical and narrative information. … Continue reading

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Increased well-being: Another reason to try yoga – Harvard Health

                    “[…] a regular yoga practice appears to correlate with increased wellbeing, including better sleep, better body awareness, weight loss, and greater happiness. By improving mindfulness, it simultaneously helps to boost … Continue reading

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Social Rejection Can Lead to Violence But, Mindfulness May Be the Solution

Image Source: NeuroscienceNews.com image is credited to theresearchers. “People who have greater levels of mindfulness — or the tendency to maintain attention on and awareness of the present moment — are better able to cope with the pain of being … Continue reading

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People who deeply grasp pain or happiness of others, process music differently in brain

“The researchers found that compared to low empathy people, those with higher empathy process familiar music with greater involvement of the reward system of the brain, as well as in areas responsible for processing social information. […]   Highly empathic … Continue reading

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Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels

“Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a new study. Researchers found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can … Continue reading

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The only emotions I can feel are anger and fear

“I just thought that I wasn’t good at talking about how I feel and emotions and stuff like that. But after a year of therapy, it became apparent that when I talk about emotions I don’t actually know what I’m … Continue reading

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The faces of God in America: Revealing religious diversity across people and politics

“Literature and art have long depicted God as a stern and elderly white man, but do people actually see Him this way? We use reverse correlation to understand how a representative sample of American Christians visualize the face of God, … Continue reading

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“The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live”

“Under a microscope, it’s hard to miss. Take just about any cell, find the nucleus, then look inside it for a dark, little blob. That’s the nucleolus. If the cell were an eyeball, you’d be looking at its pupil. You’ve … Continue reading

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