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Why Soldiers Crave a ‘Hero’s Journey’

October 10, 2018

The notion that war is individually transformative is rooted in mythology, literature, and Hollywood war movies. Transformation in these mediums typically follows a similar pattern frequently referred to as the “hero’s journey.” A departure, initiation, and return sequence is made manifest as an individual undertakes a journey or a rite …

Cannabis ‘More Harmful than Alcohol’ for Teen Brains

Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests.
It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking.
The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they …

‘It Could Have Been Catastrophic’: Why Girls’ Schools Can’t Ignore Concussion

It seemed like a normal tackle.
There was no nauseating thud or crack when 14-year-old Brigid Sullivan’s head bounced off her opponent’s knee during a semi-pro soccer game.
“I just got up and kept playing,” Brigid said.
But that innocuous knock reverberated through the next few months of Brigid’s life.
She started getting terrible …

Science Behind Standing Desks was Crooked All Along? Sit on That

October 03, 2018

Well, this sucks. I just bought an ergonomic keyboard and before it even arrives the whole field of ergonomics is revealed to be a skeevy wangboozle as crooked as mouthful of Dickensian urchin teeth.
I don’t much care that companies and governments might be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a …

Antidepressants Might Fail if You Use Your Phone in Bed, Study Suggests

Antidepressants might work by increasing users’ sensitivity to light, an Australian study suggests.
If true – and the research is still at an early stage – this means users need to seek out sunlight for the medication to work best.
But, conversely, artificial light at night – such as blue light from …

Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Risk For Depression, Study Finds

There’s no arguing with the fact that a Mediterranean-style diet is just about the best choice for physical health and longevity. But a growing body of evidence is also reporting that the famous diet is good not only for the body, but also for the brain—and importantly, the mind. A …

Neuroscience Says Power Naps Work. Why Aren’t We Taking Them?

September 26, 2018

Neuroscientists have known for decades that a “10‐minute nap results in significantly improved alertness and cognitive performance.” We even know from brain scans specifically how napping makes you smarter, better and faster.
Given all that peer-reviewed evidence, you’d think that CEOs–who no doubt want and expect employees to perform at their …

The Neuroscience Behind ‘Gut Feelings’

Have you ever had a ‘gut feeling?’ That moment when you just knew? Did you ever wonder why that was? Research is starting to make inroads towards an answer.
A recent study led by Melanie Maya Kaelberer of Duke along with a team of others looked at mice to determine how …

Life Expectancy Progress in UK ‘Stops for First Time’

Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982, when figures began.
Women’s life expectancy from birth remains 82.9 years and for men it is 79.2, the figures from the Office for National Statistics, for 2015-17, show.
In some parts of the UK, life expectancy has even …

Cleaning Product Use Alters Infant Microbiome to Cause Obesity

September 19, 2018

Could the disinfectants that we commonly use to clean our homes cause our children to become overweight? Researchers for the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study analyzed the gut microbiota of more than 750 children aged 3–4 months, and looked at the children’s exposure to disinfectants, detergents, and eco-friendly …

The Six Types of Teenage Spirituality in Australia

The 2016 Census suggested about a third of Australian teens had no religion. But ask a teenager themselves about religion, rather than the parent or guardian filling in the census form, and the picture is slightly different.
According to our new national survey, at least half of teens say they are …

Big Data Study Challenges Thinking on Personality Types

New research using Big Data suggests established psychological paradigms on personality types may need to be revised.
In the study, Northwestern University researchers analyzed data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents. The review discovered at least four distinct clusters of personality types exist: average, reserved, self-centered and role model.
The findings, …

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