Why It Pays To Be Humble and Modest
Why do people make anonymous donations, and why does the public perceive this as admirable? Why do we downplay our interest in a potential partner, if we risk missing out on a relationship?
Study Shows Gains In Meditation Training Maintained Seven Years Later
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.
How Changes Made At The Smallest Molecular Level Signal Cellular and Human Adaptation
Something that has always eluded the scientific paradigm is causation. Science is always far behind simple empirical observation-so far behind anything remotely relating to the understanding of ourselves and our universe because it does not assess the subatomic forces that guide all matter. Thus, science only knows correlation. Today, discoveries being made beyond the atomic level are demonstrating how forces within living cells determine how they respond to mechanical forces and the human body itself.
How You Speak Predicts If Psychedelic Therapy Will Help You
The way you speak may reveal whether a psychedelic drug could help treat depression or anxiety.
Hitting Rock Bottom Frees Us From Negative Emotions
We've all heard it said, "When you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up." This can prove especially true in business, where bottoming out as a result of job loss can be necessary before finding the radical solution that will lead to a new work identity, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.
Cause Does Not Always Precede Effect - Your Present Influences Your Past
This idea that the future can influence the present, and that the present can influence the past, is known as retrocausality. It has been around for a while without ever catching on -- and for good reason, because we never see effects happen before their causes in everyday life. But now, a fresh twist on a deep tension in the foundations of quantum theory suggests that we may have no choice but to think again.
Meditation Alone Will Not Make You A Better Person
For as long as we have records on the benefits of meditation, claims have been made that we can become more compassionate and change how we behave towards others. Now new research has suggested meditation's role in making individuals better people is limited without working on our behavior in our daily experiences.
End Of Life Presents A Unique Perspective And Wisdom
Wisdom is typically considered to be the fruit of a long life, the accumulation of experiences lived and lessons learned. In recent years, scientists have created a consensus definition of wisdom as a complex trait with several inter-related components, such as compassion, emotional regulation, spirituality and tolerance.
How Belief In Our Limited Supply Affects Our Willpower
Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.
How Effective is Punishment To Promote Cooperation?
Punishment has been questioned for hundreds of years when it comes to getting members of society to cooperate for the common good. For example children who are spanked over the long term tend to be more difficult and noncompliant, have various behavior problems, can develop anxiety disorders or depression, and later develop antisocial behavior. A game to study human behavior has shown punishment is an ineffective means for promoting cooperation among players.
Nothing Is 'Hard', Only Your Resistance To It
Fear is born out of uncertainty. We feel resistance, therefore, when we overcomplicate and over-exaggerate.
How Does Your Consciousness Make Everything Real?
Does reality exist without us? Physicists have found it maddeningly difficult to write the observer out of quantum theory. Now some are contemplating a mind-boggling alternative: that a coherent description of reality, with all its quantum quirks, can arise from nothing more than random subjective experiences.
Magic Mushrooms Reset The Brain Circuits Known To Cause Depression
Patients taking psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound which occurs naturally in "magic mushrooms," can safely improve the moods of patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety. Now researchers have shown it reduces symptoms of depression weeks after treatment following a 'reset' of brain activity.
The Era of Teleporting Information Has Begun
We are only one step away from admitting that the world around us is just an illusory product of our mind. Quantum physics is largely revealing that our world is not what we think it is and teleportation of information is now a reality of that world.
You Can 'Pick Up' A Good or Bad Mood From Your Friends
New research suggests that both good and bad moods can be ‘picked up' from friends, but depression can't.
Your Longevity May Be Based On How You Perceive Time
Time perception is a construction of the brain. How fast we perceive time to be passing -- or "mind time" -- can be manipulated or distorted. Evaluations of time differ based on our state of being at the time of judgment. How you age and how long you live may depend on that perception.