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What does neuroscience say about love?

Love is addictive When you think about the one you love, the activity from your ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain is producing dopamine (pleasure neurotransmitter) and it sends to the nucleus of the brain a strong wave of this type of neurotransmitter. Also, the brain that is in love experiments a stress decrease by declining the level of norepinephrine, that increases heart rate…

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How to make a difference between a charismatic leader and a narcissistic one?

Many of us know some general things about a narcissist’s behavior. A narcissistic person is often obsessed with her appearance and feels a constant need of admiration and respect from the others. Narcissism is an interesting construct that is built around the idea of having an elite status. These persons are sure about the fact that they are superior to the others and have no…

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Culture has a strong impact on the link between positive emotions and health

Psychology is focusing on the important role that positive emotions have over health, but recent studies show that this link between them depends on the culture we grow up in. The results of the studies published in “Psychological Science”, a journal of Association for Psychological Science, show that experiencing positive emotional is strongly linked to a better cardiovascular health in USA, but not in Japan….

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Insomnia. Is it a symptom or a disease?

Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders and it is also one of the most frequent symptoms reported by patients that have psychiatric and/or medical conditions. Appraisals show that 33% of the population suffers of insomnia. This fact leads to questions like the following one: is insomnia a disease’s symptom like severe depression or is it a disease that can become a cause…

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Severe abuse from childhood may affect brain’s myelin sheaths

The victims of severe abuse in childhood are statistically more vulnerable at psychiatric conditions linked to stress. The subject of mental health in children may be associated with molecular and cellular changes in brain structure. Researchers from McGill University from Canada discovered that severe abuse from childhood triggers a chain reaction that leads to degradation of brain structure and function of the anterior cingulate cortex…

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Intelligence is an inherited feature from your mother or from your father?

A recent genetic study shows that intelligence comes from the feminine chromosome X. This chromosome has over 1000 genes, a lot of them influencing our perceptions. Until now, the researchers thought that intelligence comes from both parents, which makes this study to be more controversial. Let’s see how chromosomes X and Y function: A chromosome is a formation with three parts that contain proteins and…

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Does our perception change according to emotions?

According to “Psychological Science” Journal of Psychology Science Association, our emotional state could influence what we see. Researchers have found that the participants that saw a neuter face would interpret it as being more smiling than it really was when it was associated with a positive image that they weren’t aware of. The researcher Erika Siegel affirms that people don’t detect the information in a…

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Childhood friendships may have benefits on health in adulthood

A study published in Psychological Science shows that boys that spent more time with their friends in childhood got to present lower levels of blood pressure and a lower BMI. Jenny Cundiff, psychology researcher at University of Texas, says that these findings suggest that our social life from childhood has small but meaningful influences on our health at an adult age. It’s not all about…

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What personality trait predicts addictive behavior?

We see in ourselves or around us addictive behaviors. People addicted to different substances, always running towards the sensations and emotions that consuming certain substances brings. The impulsivity that underlies this action is the one that leads to the addiction and is the instrument that we can use to prevent this kind of behavior. Impulsivity can be described as a set of fast and unplanned…

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How your identity changes depending on your workplace?

We all know that it’s impossible to work in a certain domain, on a certain position, without them affecting your personality. But, although we know these things, a small number of us try to become conscious about the ways our jobs shape our psyche. Here are a few guidelines that can show you some directions for the interpretation of these effects that we are talking…

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