• Is there an off-switch for pain?
    Is there an off-switch for pain?
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    Science Daily

    Pain is an enormous problem. As an unmet medical need, pain causes suffering and comes with a multi-billion dollar societal cost. Current treatments are problematic because they cause intolerable side effects, diminish the quality of life and do not sufficiently quell the pain.

    The most successful pharmacological approaches for the treatment of chronic pain rely on certain “pathways”: circuits involving opioid, adrenergic, and calcium channels.

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  • And, this is your brain on… Pain.
    And, this is your brain on… Pain.
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    Gustin and colleagues found that people with chronic pain were more passive and less novelty-seeking than the controls.

    “Chronic pain patients are less likely to want to go out and explore the world,” says Gustin.

    Imaging found chronic pain patients had greater activity in parts of the brain involved in emotions, cognition and behaviour

    In particular, they had more neuronal growth in the prefrontal cortex, which is a part of the brain linked to emotions, cognition and behaviour — including seeking out new experiences.

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  • No really, stop talking!
    No really, stop talking!
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    Psychology Today

    By saying less, your partner will feel that you are more available and open to her. This all may sound ridiculously obvious but is it really that easy? The answer is, “No.” It is not so easy because our ego-mind takes over when we speak solely from our own agenda. Unfortunately, we tend to lack empathy when we are trying to prove our own point. Ironically our partners then just shut down and stop listening, instead of saying to themselves, “This conversation is pointless.”

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  • Want your relationship to last?
    Want your relationship to last?
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    Business Insider

    The masters, by contrast, showed low physiological arousal. They felt calm and connected together, which translated into warm and affectionate behaviour, even when they fought. It’s not that the masters had, by default, a better physiological make-up than the disasters; it’s that masters had created a climate of trust and intimacy that made both of them more emotionally and thus physically comfortable.

    Gottman wanted to know more about how the masters created that culture of love and intimacy, and how the disasters squashed it.

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  • Have you decided to love?
    Have you decided to love?
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    Good Men Project

    It was ordinary. Not fluffy, not overly romantic. Real. The kind of real I coveted in couples who married shortly after high school, in wrinkled older spouses walking down the street, still holding hands. I had wanted “real” so badly I often wondered if I had given so much power to the fantasy relationship that I couldn’t hack it, that I sabotaged it so I could never have it for myself.

    What I missed when assessing other people’s relationship was their reality. I saw sugar topping the cookie, not the month-old flour involved in the baking.

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  • Now can we quit fretting about gamers?
    Now can we quit fretting about gamers?
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    Science Alert

    While the data did appear to show a link between an increase in violent video game consumption and a decrease in youth violence, just as it did for films after 1990, Ferguson is not prepared to say the result is anything other than a coincidence. But what he can say for sure is that while media violence is definitely being consumed more now than ever before, there is absolutely no clear evidence to link media violence with societal violence.

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  • Feeling a little paranoid?
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    Business Insider

    The more Google knows about you, the more it can match you to an advertiser who thinks you are an ideal customer. Advertisers are willing to pay more for ads served to ideal potential customers. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children’s clothing makers want to target parents.

    Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. There’s the stuff you tell Google outright when you sign up for its services, like Gmail and Google Maps, or via an Android phone, like your name, phone number, location, and so on.

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  • How to reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms
    How to reduce ADD/ADHD symptoms
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    Psychology Today

    We’re all affected by the so-called modern lifestyle, but ADHD kids and adults seem to be more affected, perhaps because their brains are more sensitive, or perhaps because they simply have more energy to burn. If there’s an overlying message here, it’s to return to Mother Nature: think how our ancestors lived, and try to imitate it as closely as possible. They moved to hunt, grow, gather and pick their food; they were active during daylight hours and rested at night; and they were not exposed to artificial light, artificial foods, or artificial play. Mother Nature cannot be fooled!

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  • Risks associates with getting high — no, not that kind of high…
    Risks associates with getting high — no, not that kind of high…
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    Renshaw discovered research supporting his theory. Doctors from Case Western University, it turned out, were crunching numbers based on a similar hunch about altitude and suicide. In a 2010 study published in High Altitude Medicine and Biology, the Case Western group analyzed suicide rates across 2,584 counties in 16 states and found that suicides start increasing between 2,000 and 3,000 feet in all U.S. regions. The U.S. isn’t a special case – analysis of suicide rates in other countries, including South Korea and Austria, bore similar results.

    Psychology research has also made a connection between mental health and elevation.

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  • Does loneliness create loneliness?
    Does loneliness create loneliness?
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    Business Insider

    The review suggests lonely people are sensitive to negative social outcomes and accordingly their responses in social settings are dampened. We know the former from reaction time tasks involving negative social words (lonely people respond faster), and tasks involving the detection of concealed pain in faces (lonely people are extra sensitive when the faces are dislikeable). Functional imaging evidence also shows lonely people have a suppressed neural response to rewarding social stimuli, which reduces their excitement about possible social contact;

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