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Study: Wisdom requires both higher heart rate variability and adopting a third-person perspective

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Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats Read the rest of this entry »

Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?


Depression: A change of mind (Nature):

“Cognitive therapy, commonly known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), aims to help people to identify and change negative, self-destructive thought patterns. And although it does not work for everyone with depression, data have been accumulating in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear success stories in psychotherapy,” says Stefan Hofmann, a psychologist at Boston University in Massachusetts…

Antidepressant drugs are usually the first-line treatment for depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: School-based programs to enhance resilience and emotional/ cognitive flexibility


Dozens of programs to encourage resilience have been introduced in schools all over the world, both to help children recover from trauma, but also cope better with their day-to-day stresses. Many use techniques such as Read the rest of this entry »

Use and misuse of ADHD drugs and nootropics among teenagers and toddlers

Human-brain-pillsRitalin may pose brain risks for young people without ADHD, study shows (Fox News):

“Smart” drugs, like Ritalin, also known as nootropics, are known to increase a person’s attention span, memory and ability to stay alert. As a result, they have become increasingly abused by students seeking an extra edge in their studies. According to a report from The Partnership at and the MetLife Foundation, approximately 1.3 million American teenager Read the rest of this entry »

Can electricity-based brain stimulation harness neuroplasticity safely?

brainstimulationDIY Brain Stimulation Raises Concerns (Medscape Today):

“Recent increased interest in the electricity-based brain stimulation method of transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) as a means of improving cognitive ability has some experts raising concerns about the neuroethical issues surrounding the technique — particularly its ease of use as a make-it-yourself home device…

Those wishing to play it a little safer Read the rest of this entry »

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