Month: March 2020

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

It’s more common than you think. According to a recent study, nearly half of all Americans believe in some conspiracy theory or other, although some are more vocal than others. So why is that? Can they all be wrong?

Moving Up! 5 Ways To Stay Sane Amidst Change

Change is inescapable, something that affects us all with each passing day — it’s part of why we live, hoping things will one day be better — yet the thought of any-thing beyond the routine can bring about great discomfort.

Effective Affirmations: Our Best Self-Talk

Affirmations are often intended to change our critical, negative self-talk into something more positive. However, a new affirmation doesn’t magically change the old negative voice. When we introduce a voice that is positive and supportive, it will conflict with the put-down voice.

Always at the Back of Our Minds: Exploring The Science of Anxiety

It keeps us up long hours, fearing sleep. Perhaps it’s the reason we toss and turn at night, or wake up in a panic, sometimes even struggling to breathe, or why you find yourself reluctant to look at the news alerts on your phone — or read email. As advanced as our species has become over the last two centuries

Memory Versus Media: Creating False Memories with Virtual Reality

At the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab, 6-year-old Sam listened intently to an experimenter describing a fictitious scenario where Sam was swimming with two friendly orca whales in beautiful blue water. When Sam was questioned if he could recall ever swimming with the orca whales

Finding Joy: Communication Techniques for Parents and Caregivers

As a mother of twin four-year-old girls, I often encounter behaviors in my children that remind me of our emotional and intellectual complexity. It is because of this complexity we often find ourselves in conflicts and struggles. One daughter insists on whining and crying when she is trying to get her way. Running out

Learning New Tricks: Healthy Aging and the Creative Brain

In a world of increasingly extended human lifespans, where so much depends upon invention, one of the most important issues is brain health. What are the mental, emotional, and spiritual consequences of developing medical, social, and technological means to help more people live longer lives?

How Does Hoarding Differ From Hoarding Disorder?

Until recently, hoarding has been considered a subset of OCD. However, a growing body of evidence led the creators of the DSM-V to introduce hoarding disorder as a separate entity with its own distinct mechanisms. The differences between OCD and hoarding disorder are notable. They include

Getting By: How Unemployment Changes Your Life — And Your Brain

Hearing the much-dreaded words “you’re fired,” brings a whirlwind of questions, fears, and uncertainty — either to come before or after the outrage you might feel after being told to clean out your desk. How many unemployment benefits do you qualify for? What will you do to pay for bills? When are you going to

Knowing and Restoring Your Moods

It is a myth that our emotions are beyond our control. Those who claim this are really saying, “I choose not to exercise control over my feelings.” Often this attitude is born of a sense that negative emotions are just part of who we are — that feeling persistently angry or sad is something that just comes through

Why Don’t Viruses Make Their Original Hosts Sick? 5 Questions Answered

The coronavirus that has claimed more than 4,000 lives worldwide and sickened more than 113,000 most likely originated in bats, most experts believe. From bats, the virus “jumped” to another species, likely pangolins, and then to humans. Why didn’t the virus make bats or pangolins sick? As it turns out

Standing Up for Health: Immobility and the Brain

The average American adult sits an average of eight hours a day and sleeps an average of eight hours, resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 16 hours a day. While Americans know about the importance of exercise, only around 31 percent go to the gym, and around 56 percent devote less than $10 per month

What Is Internet Gaming Disorder?

Decades before the Gamergate and its aftermath blew up the internet, video games had its fierce detractors — people who recognized the medium’s pervasive influence and immediately feared the worst — seeing it as a corrupting force on the people who played them. In the years since we moved

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