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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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How can untreated depressions affect the brain?

Long-term depressions can lead to inflammations of the brain at a neurodegenerative level. This is the conclusion at which a team of researchers arrived who also discovered some links between brain inflammations and depression. They realized a study that lead to the idea that depression is not only the result of a biological disease, but, in time, it can affect the brain in such a…

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What does Freud teach us about neuromarketing?

The neurologist and the founder of psychanalysis, Sigmund Freud, has brought a lot of important basic theories not only for the psychology domain, but also for neuromarketing. Although a lot of his theories have been disapproved, some of his practices and ideas are still important links for the understanding of the consumers’ behavior. Let’s look at some of these Freudian ideas that represent a base…

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Bad moments at work

Everybody went through hard times at the job. You feel like you are not appreciated enough, you don’t have the mood for all those tasks, it’s not worth it to sacrifice your whole life for the company you work in. Many times we get to blame ourselves so much for the choices we have made in our career. We think either we’ve been too impulsive…

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What does it mean not to feel what you need to feel?

Emotions are affective moods which represent a reaction to stimuli, with an adaptive purpose. Therefore, the “pure” emotions are healthy and functional. For the emotional health, but not only, it’s necessary to give ourselves the freedom to feel our emotions, without running away from them. It’s specific to the human race and also healthy to live all types of emotions, the positive ones and the…

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