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Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:21

Exercise pushes men to diet, not women

Exercise encourages us to opt for healthy diets. Right. But only if we are men! A University of Missouri in Columbia research indicates that men are far more likely to alter their diets in response to physical activity than women, who may continue to eat the same stuff regardless of exercise. Study co-author Jenna Lee and her colleagues recently reported their results in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. For long researchers have studied the impact…
While its normal for most people to once in a while drift into daydreaming in some it can be a serious health concern. Known as maladaptive daydreaming, in such people day dreams tend to become intrusive disrupting their everyday tasks and quality of life. All of us have at some time experienced that very pleasant if unreal drift into thoughts or fantasies far removed from the hard realities of our immediate surroundings or activity. This…
Friday, 22 September 2017 11:03

Left side headache needs right treatment

Unexplained headaches affecting the left side of the head can sometimes be a sign of serious underlying issues and calls for the 'right' treatment. The good news is that of the huge number of people who experience headaches (approximately 50 percent of adults worldwide) only very few are because of something serious. "That however does not mean that you can take left-side headaches lightly," says a new study. Understanding the causes and symptoms of primary…
Friday, 22 September 2017 10:34

Binge drinking impairs brain activity

Further to earlier studies which demonstrated changes in the resting brain activity of alcoholics, scientists have reported similar distortions in the brains of young people who indulge in 'binge' drinking: five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women over a 2-hour period. Alcoholic beverages are consumed worldwide, but excessive and regular drinking carries a number of health risks.Excessive Beyond adverse health impacts, accidents, risky sexual behaviour and involvement in violence…
Saturday, 29 July 2017 13:19

Learning about language from birdsong

Songbirds are a rare species which learn to speak (or sing) like we do, making them the perfect specimens to learn about the origins of language in the brain. Many animals make sounds - lions roar and frogs croak. But most don't learn to make sounds the way we learn how to speak languages. As babies, we listen to people around us speaking and learn how to imitate those sounds. Humans, dolphins, whales, and some…
Saturday, 29 July 2017 13:09

Depression alters brain structure

A new scientific report published by the University of Edinburgh shows reduced white matter integrity among people with major depressive disorders. Scans done as part of the study revealed that white matter (a mass of tracts that enable brain cells to electrically communicate with one another) is altered among people in the throes of deep depression. Being a critical component of the brain’s wiring any disruption in the white matter damages emotion processing and thinking…
Saturday, 29 July 2017 12:35

When we talk, our brains synchronise

It is known that when we converse with people our brains synchronise with theirs. A new study looks at how this happens. Apparently, brainwave rhythms among all those involved in a conversation ‘adjust’ or fall into an alignment in line with the ‘physical properties of sounds produced when talking’. More specifically, brainwave rhythms between two people begin to match each other as they get into a conversation according to the study led by the Basque…
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:28

What causes food cravings?

One reason why most diet plans fail is because of our craving for food often high in sugar and fats. At times the craving is so overpowering that it can break the resolve of even the most resolute dieter. It seems uncontrollable. In short, food craving is a fat stumbling block on the path of a fitness programme, one that often seems incurable. Luckily, there are some simple steps to take to handle these cravings.…
Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:13

Revealed: The secret behind an Alpha Male

What turns a male into an Alpha Male? According to new research involving mice this is caused by a neural circuit. When stimulated the neurons in this circuit dramatically increased the chances of a mouse winning aggressive encounters with other mice according to the study. Across the animal kingdom social hierarchies are formed based on physical showdowns between creatures through a phenomenon called the "winner effect, " whereby with each victory over a peer the…
Why does a normal looking human turn into a Jack the Ripper? According to dictionary a psychopath is a person with a horrible mental disorder that leads to violent, often murderous behaviour. But thus far it has been near impossible to understand what happens in the brain that turns a human into a raging psychopathic murderer? However, new research led by a Harvard professor of psychology Joshua Buckholtz into the wiring (neural circuits) that drives…
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