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The Effect of Chronic Depression on the Brain

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A recent study has discovered that chronic depression can shrink our brain’s memories and emotions, by reducing the size of the hippocampus. The global study, which was carried out by fifteen research institutes all over the world, including Europe, the US and Australia, found that the more episodes of depressions suffered, the greater the reduction in the size of the ...

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Is Oxytocin Responsible for Maternal Behaviour?

Is Oxytocin Responsible for Maternal Behaviour

When a female gives birth, feeds her baby, or even hears it crying in another room, she’ll experience a rush of oxytocin. This hormone, also known as the ‘love hormone’ is present in large quantities when a woman becomes a mother, but is its presence responsible for the maternal behaviour exhibited by mothers following birth? While scientists can measure the ...

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The Effects of Recreational Drugs on your Brain

The Effects of Recreational Drugs on your Brain

We’re all well aware that taking recreational drugs can alter your perception of the world, but what are they doing to our brains to engender these feelings? Tripping on magic mushrooms The main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, alters the mind by calming the normal brain activity and stimulating new connections between areas of the brain that don’t usually ...

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Can Brain Scans Decode our Dreams?

Can Brain Scans Decode our Dreams?

How more creepy, exciting, and interesting would our lives be if others could read our dreams? Yet another piece of science fiction is becoming fact as Japanese researchers have found a way to “see” the images that people see while they’re sleeping by way of MRI scans. Even cooler is that these scientists claim that they can read the images ...

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Why do we Smile?

Why do we Smile?

We smile for good reason. Studies show that it can elevate our mood, help us cope during hard times, and even increase the length of our lives. It has even been observed that we smile in the womb, and that at as young as ten months, we understand enough about smiling (at least instinctively) to present a stranger with a ...

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How your Dog Knows what you’re Feeling

How your Dog Knows what you’re Feeling

Did you know that dogs can predict our emotions by observing our facial expressions? A new study recently published in Current Biology has provided the first evidence that a creature other than a human can distinguish between varying emotions in a separate species. Dogs can tell the difference between a smile and a frown Researchers trained dogs to identify angry ...

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Are Extroverts Healthier than Introverts?

Are Extroverts Healthier than Introverts?

As more research accumulates on how our emotions physically affect our bodies and our health, studies are also showing that, in addition to what we’re feeling, our personalities also play a huge part in how we approach life, and therefore, how healthy we are. The immune responses of extroverts and introverts A recent study that set out to map the ...

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How to Help your Child Adjust after Experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury

Experiencing a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may be case-by-case unique in how they are experienced by each child who suffers from them, however, many children struggle with a range of similar emotions as a result. These emotions include grief, shifts in how they relate to those around them, awareness blinders of the sudden differences in themselves, denial of the long-term impacts, etc. ...

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A Healthy Body Is Much More Likely If You Have A Healthy Mind

Healthy Body, healthy mind

Healthy people are happier than unhealthy people and through studies, the reverse has also been found to be true – that happy people are indeed healthier than unhappy people. Happiness is defined as having positive, happy thoughts. These cause biochemical changes in the brain that in turn have profoundly beneficial effects on the body’s physiology. Sad or depressing thoughts produce ...

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