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It’s 9 AM Monday morning. You’ve just pulled into work and are ready to pitch your presentation to the senior management team. Your PowerPoint slides are damn near perfect and you’ve gone over the script dozens of times. You’ve got this. … [visit site to read more]

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Brain Blogger by Viatcheslav Wlassoff, Phd - 3d ago

Although early experiences are important for personal development and future life, as adults we recall nothing or very little of those early formative events, such as making first steps or learning first words. In fact, when adults are asked about their first memories they usually don’t recall events before the age of 2-3, with only fragmented recollection of events that happened between the age of 3 and 7. This phenomenon is often called childhood or infantile amnesia. It represents an inability of both children and adults to recall episodic memories (i.e., memories for particular events or stimuli that occur in a particular context) from infancy and early childhood, before the age 2-4. … [visit site to read more]

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Chemical weapons keep making headlines these days, be it the use of sarin in Syria or Novichok in the UK. An interesting fact hardly ever covered by the media is that the chemical structure of these compounds is relatively simple. An average, modern pharmaceutical drug tends to be much more complex and difficult to make. This is not particularly surprising, as most research into these agents was done 50 or more years ago, when the art of organic synthesis was not as advance as it is now. Nonetheless, these compounds (and nerve agents in particular) are extremely efficient. It is quite interesting to analyze, from a neuroscience perspective, what exactly these compounds are doing to our body to cause such a devastating effect. … [visit site to read more]

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Every year, thousands of children are born with neurodevelopmental issues. This is not just about lagging intellectual growth or autism: in fact, many of the psychiatric illnesses in later life have been blamed on neurodevelopmental problems. These conditions are more common than most people imagine. One estimate suggests that as many as 15% of people suffer from certain neurological and psychiatric issues that have to do with genetics and neurodevelopmental disorders. … [visit site to read more]

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Brain Blogger by Viatcheslav Wlassoff, Phd - 1M ago

Obesity is a global health burden, a serious risk factor for development of metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases and many other conditions. But some researchers believe that in addition to affecting physical health, obesity can damage the brain and compromise intelligence. … [visit site to read more]

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Recent research suggests that obesity can be controlled by regulating the satiety cascade, including influencing the nerves carrying hunger signals. … [visit site to read more]

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Inadvertently, in the wake of recent Facebook data harvesting scandals, Elon Musk and Brian Acton spurring on Facebook users to #DeleteFacebook in past weeks and the resulting Facebook breaks could (potentially) do some good for the average users stress levels. While differences between being deleted, deactivated, or abandoned have yet to be explored, new research is the first to report that the average user can relieve physiological measures of stress by taking a break from Facebook—at least in the short-term. … [visit site to read more]

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Many studies have shown ketamine to be a promising treatment for those suffering from severe depression, but figuring out how to safely administer the drug has been a challenge for researchers. One hopeful delivery method was a nasal spray device because of its ease-of-use and the fact that it is less invasive than other methods such as injection. … [visit site to read more]

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Blonde women are arguably the most sexually objectified and stereotyped women, but could this equate to more #metoo scenarios for blondes? Women often report experiencing increased attention and harassment from strangers as a given when going blonde. With an increased level of sexual attention and harassment, do women with blonde hair (from the bottle or not) have a greater risk of sexual assault than brunettes? … [visit site to read more]

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People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) tend to fall back on maladaptive coping strategies such as rumination and thought suppression, according to new research; even though adaptive coping skills such as acceptance and problem-solving could improve their quality of life. … [visit site to read more]

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