Bee-brained

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) in the hive, Würzburg, Germany. Photo by Mark Moffatt/Minden/National Geographic Are insects ‘philosophical zombies’ with no inner life? Close attention to their behaviours and moods suggests otherwise Lars Chittka is professor of sensory and behavioural ecology at Queen Mary, University of London, and has been a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (WIKO) in Berlin. His book The Mind of the Bee (2019) is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. Catherine Wilson was most recently Anniversary Professor of philosophy at the University of York and is now Visiting Presidential Professor at CUNY Graduate Center. She was a fellow of the Institute of … Continue reading Bee-brained

When you’re Triggered and Regress Emotionally

By Sharie Stines, Psy.D Have you ever been in a situation where you felt much younger than your actual biological age, and not in a good way?  Perhaps when you encounter certain people, like your parents, you start feeling and acting like you did as a child; this is an example of emotional regression. Usually, when we are in close, interpersonal relationships with certain people, we find ourselves most vulnerable to emotionally regressing. The purpose of this article is to educate you on what emotional regression is in yourself, and teach you how to help yourself find your composure and your … Continue reading When you’re Triggered and Regress Emotionally

Researchers say they’ve identified two brain networks – one responsible for volition, the other for agency – that together underlie our sense of free will

By Emma Young While there’s still a debate about whether we have free will or not, most researchers at least agree that we feel as if we do. That perception is often considered to have two elements: a sense of having decided to act – called “volition”; and feeling that that decision was our own – having “agency”. Now in a paper in PNAS, Ryan Darby at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have used a new technique – lesion network mapping – to identify for the first time the brain networks that underlie our feelings of volition and for agency. “Together, these networks may underlie our perception … Continue reading Researchers say they’ve identified two brain networks – one responsible for volition, the other for agency – that together underlie our sense of free will

10 Reasons Mental Illness Makes People So Tired

WES HICKS ON UNSPLASH “My brain won’t shut down. It keeps running a marathon and I stay exhausted. Not sleepy… just tired to the bone.” By The Mighty, Contributor By Sarah Schuster Living with a mental illness can be exhausting. As a contributor to The Mighty, a digital health site, Rose-Anne Meyer, wrote, “For me, ‘I’m tired’ is not a complaint or (being) pessimistic. It’s merely a fact of life.” But why does living with a mental illness make people so tired? Well, depending on who you are, the reason probably varies. Sometimes the nature of your mental illness can make you … Continue reading 10 Reasons Mental Illness Makes People So Tired

Here are 24 cognitive biases that are warping your perception of reality

Our brains are powerful tools. Image: REUTERS/Yves Herman This article was originally published byVisual Capitalist We are each entitled to our own personal world view. Unfortunately, when it comes to interpreting information and making objective sense of reality, human brains are hard-wired to make all kinds of mental mistakesthat can impact our ability to make rational judgments. In total, there are 180+ cognitive biases that mess with how we process data, think critically, and perceive reality. Flawed Human Reasoning There is no simple way to get around these basic human instincts, but one thing that we can do is understand the … Continue reading Here are 24 cognitive biases that are warping your perception of reality

Going to bed at the same time each night keeps your heart strong and benefits your metabolism

by: Ellaine Castillo (Natural News) No matter how busy you are, it’s important to set aside at least eight hours of your day for sleep. A good night’s rest can do wonders for your body but it’s not all about the quantity and quality of sleep you’re getting. A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports revealed that going to bed at the same time every night is also important for maintaining heart health and metabolism. The team, which was composed of researchers from Duke University Medical Center, determined this by studying the sleeping patterns of nearly 2,000 people. All of these participants were between 54 to … Continue reading Going to bed at the same time each night keeps your heart strong and benefits your metabolism

You Can Force Yourself to Be More Grateful for Your Life

Image: Pixabay by Aimée Lutkin Thanksgiving is over, so you can forget about feeling gratitude for life’s bounty for another year. Or you can keep working that muscle; with practice, you can be happier and more grateful for your life. Sometimes it’s hard to think about what’s good in your life. Weirdly, this even happens to people who you would say have a demonstrably better life than your own—more money, more friends, more status. That’s because gratitude isn’t necessarily a marker of actual life blessings—it’s more like a mutant ability to experience positive feelings more intensely than normal, according to an op-ed by … Continue reading You Can Force Yourself to Be More Grateful for Your Life