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More Dalai Lama Science

Researcher Kevin Tracy has discovered a key mind/body link which explains why meditation and biofeedback works?why you can sometimes "think" yourself to health. He recently gave a paper on his discoveries at a conference honoring the Dalai Lama.

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Hearing a Voice in Your Head

People who hear voices in their heads are considered to be schizophrenics, despite the fact that many UFO witnesses hear the visitors speak to them that way and psychiatrist and UFO researcher John Mack proved that these people WERE NOT mentally ill.

Andrea Thompson writes in LiveScience.com that scientists now think that hearing...

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We Decide Who to Trust in Less Than a Second

We make one of the most important decisions of our lives?whether or not to trust another person?in less than one second. Psychologist Alex Todorov flashed photographs to 200 volunteers for one second?and sometimes even LESS, and asked them to rate how trustworthy each face was. Even if they were given more time, their original, "snap" judgement...

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An Apple a Day is Brain Food

Apples and apple juice may be among the best foods that people of EVERY age can consume, according to new research. Apple products can help boost brain function in ways similar to medication (however, it should be noted that this study was sponsored by the U.S. Apple Association).

Animal research shows that drinking apple juice may...

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How to Watch Sports: Connect the Dots

One reason why it's so dangerous to drive while using a cell phone is that, according to psychologist Justin Halberda,"human beings are limited to paying attention to no more than three objects at any one time." It's the reason why we could never make sense out of watching sports, like the World Cup, if the players weren't all wearing the same...

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When Your Brain is at War

The old joke about how a woman can't have sex because she has a headache has some truth to it: our brains continually wage war within themselves over which thought?or impulse?will "win" and get our full attention and action. Creative people who want to use their intuitive, unconscious minds often write or paint while listening to music or even...

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UPDATE: Brain Parasites?You May Have Them

Half the people in the world have brains that are infected with Toxoplasma parasites. The eggs of this parasite live in the guts of cats until the parasites hatch and make their way up to the cat's brain. Are they dangerous? They can be, but in very subtle ways.

Bill Christensen writes in LiveScience.com that at first scientists didn't...

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Greatest Hits May Cause Great Damage

Drugs and music seem to go together naturally, but if you take Ecstasy while listening to loud music, you may get permanent brain damage. Is there a scientific way to predict which songs will be hits? Scientists have tried to find a method to do this for movies, now they want to find a scientific method that will help create hit songs. Will...

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Mind Tricks

The New York Times recently interviewed professional baseball players, who all said that when they're on a hitting streak, the baseball looks the size of a grapefruit, but when they're doing badly, it looks about the size of an ant. The mind controls all sorts of things, including how we see ourselves and our bodies.

Whether you feel...

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Stomach Polygraph

Newswise - Recent studies have suggested that we have a "second brain" in our intestines, which means that our guts get all twisted up when we're under stress, because they "worry," just like our brains do. Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) know this well. It turns out that not only do our intestines worry, our...

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Why Rubbernecking is Dangerous

Newswise - If you slow down to peer at an auto accident, you may be unable to avoid having an accident yourself for a few seconds afterwards, since you momentarily become deaf and blind. The same thing happens when you watch pornography on TV?you may not see or hear your partner for a few seconds after an erotic scene.

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How to Use Your Brain Better

Why do we make bad choices, when we "know better?" We see rain clouds in the sky but we don't take an umbrella to work. More seriously, we marry someone who's an alcoholic or drug addict, even though we know it's a mistake. Acknowledged killers who have murdered their wives and are on death row get large numbers of marriage proposals...
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Marijuana is Brain Food

Scientists have discovered that marijuana doesn?t just get you "high," it actually stimulates brain growth. They want to find a way to use it to treat anxiety and depression, since some scientists believe that depression can begin when too few new brain cells are grown in the hippocampus. It may eventually be used as part of a program to treat...

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Our Brains are Still Getting Bigger

The human brain is still evolving and becoming larger, according to researchers who have analyzed two genes that regulate brain size. These genes, associated with larger brain size, appeared at about the same times as the emergence of culture, agriculture, and written language in human populations. On the other hand, researchers have also...

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Alphabet Song Can Teach Anyone to Read?Even Autistics

Newswise - Ancient, preliterate cultures kept their legends and traditions alive with the use of memorization. Many lengthy poems and epics that were eventually written down, such as the works of Homer in ancient Greece, were memorized first. Scholars think that many parts of the Bible were kept in memory for a considerable...

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Tough Winter Coming: Your Brain Will Shrink

Climatologists say that recent sea surface temperatures are a close match to conditions prior to the winter of 1995-6 which had incredibly harsh weather. Scientists now know that our brains actually shrink in the winter. Since this will be a cold one, be prepared.

In the US, the winter of ?95-96 produced powerful wind and ice storms, a...

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The Science of Eccentricity

A quirky or socially awkward approach to life might be the key to becoming a great artist, composer or inventor. New research shows that people who behave oddly, but are not psychotic or schizophrenic, are more creative because they use more of the right side of their brains. Psychologists believe that famous creative people, including Vincent...

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Can Food Cure Psycho Symptoms?

Eating oat bran lowers the body's cholesterol levels. Eating dairy foods strengthens bones. Are there foods that can help psychological disorders? We know that certain foods, like chocolate, raise serotonin levels. Serotonin is the "happiness chemical" that is raised by drugs like Prozac. Sociopaths, who seem to have no conscience, are known to...

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Reality is a Blink Away

The expression, "Don't blink or you?ll miss it," has taken on a new meaning. Researchers have found that parts of the brain actually shut down every time we blink. The average person blinks about 15 times per minute. So even though the mini-blackouts are instantaneous, they add up to about nine days per year when our brain is shut down?or one...

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Devastating Mental Illness Linked to Mom's Diet

Researchers have discovered a link between nutritional deficiency in the fetus and schizophrenia, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This means that the current famine in the African country of Niger will lead to a large number of schizophrenics.

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Dalai Lama Neuroscience

Despite the fact that he's not a scientist, the Dalai Lama will give the keynote lecture at a major neuroscience conference in November, about how Buddhist meditation affects the brain. Does he have any real information?apart from his Buddhist beliefs?to share with scientists?

David Adam writes in The Guardian that Chinese scientists are...

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Brain Cells Grown in Petri Dish

Scientists have grown new rodent brain cells in a laboratorydish. If this can eventually be done with human brain cells,we would have a cure for Alzheimer's, stroke, epilepsy,Parkinson's disease and maybe even schizophrenia. The braincells can be created at a time when the brain is young andhealthy, then frozen until needed.

The brain is...

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Sarcasm?What is It?

Newswise - The brain is more complex than we realize. For instance, theability to understand a sarcastic remark depends on asequence of complex skills based in specific parts of thebrain. Psychologists have discovered that in order to "getit," listeners must understand the speaker's real intentions(because even though the...

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Gamblers May Have Brain Damage

Newswise - Gamblers who lose more money than they can afford and whocan't stay away from the slot machines may have a form ofbrain damage. Researchers say that the decision-makingfunctions of the brain's pre-frontal cortex seem to bedamaged in pathological gamblers, who can't discriminatebetween short-term rewards and the long-...

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Why Do Some People Have a Conscience, While Others Don't?

How are some people able to commit horrible crimes likeserial killings?and actually enjoy doing this? It all comesdown to the old-fashioned concept of empathy?the ability toput ourselves in someone else's shoes. At one time,scientists didn't understand how ANYONE was able to do this.Psychologists have identified people they?ve labeled"...

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A Brain Chip That Can Read Your Mind

A paralyzed US man has become the first person in the worldto have an brain implant that can read his mind. 25-year-oldMatthew Nagle, who was paralyzed from the neck down afterbeing attacked with a knife four years ago, can now controlobjects by thought alone. His implant reads his mind andsends the thoughts to a computer. For example, he can...

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Tiny Ancestors

Some of our ancestors, who lived in Indonesia as recently as18,000 years ago, had tiny brains that were only about athird the size of modern human brains, yet they were capableof advanced thinking equal to our own. Scientists arecalling them "hobbits," after the little people in the popular films andbooks.

The journal Science reports...

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Why Intuition Works

A new brain study shows that people who use their intuitionare subconsciously sensing trouble ahead. Our unconsciousbrains pick up clues too subtle for our conscious brains topay attention to, so when we feel uneasy about getting intoa certain situation, we should stop and listen to ourintuition?because it's usually right. One example of this...

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We Actually Use Most of Our Brains

There's a myth that we only use 10% of our brains, but aresearcher has discovered that we actually use about 80%,mostly on tasks that take place outside of our consciousknowledge. However, this activity does not take place inyoung children, so most of our brains may be busysubconsciously reprocessing earlier thoughts andexperiences.

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MRI proves differences between Republican and Democrat brain

Two scientists at UCLA are using brain scans to determinehow the minds of Republicans differ from those of Democrats.

Last month, Dr. Joshua Freedman and Dr. Marco Iocaboni usedfunctional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitorbrain activity of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans whileshowing the subjects images of President Bush, John...

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