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The Endowment Effect – Do We Possess Our Possessions Or Do They Possess Us?

In 1859, around 450 passengers on the Royal Charter, returning from the Australian goldmines to Liverpool, drowned when the steam clipper was shipwrecked off the north coast of Wales. What makes this tragic loss of life remarkable among countless other maritime disasters was that many of those on board were weighed down by the gold […]

For People With A Mental Illness, Loved Ones Who Care Are As Important As Formal Supports

People living with mental illness often require support from carers, such as family and friends, on a long-term and somewhat unpredictable basis. But these support networks are not always in place. Geographical or emotional distance from family members, conflict with friends, and the tendency for people with mental illness to withdraw from others means these […]

Mindfulness Meditation Changes How Fearful Memories Are Processed

Mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report. The study[1] demonstrated that mindfulness training is associated with distinctive engagement of a brain area known as the right supramarginal gyrus as well as hippocampal-cortical reorganization. “Mindfulness training may improve emotion regulation by changing the way our […]

Neural Activity Plays A Role In Human Aging And Life Span

The brain’s neural activity – long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy – also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. The findings offer the first evidence that the activity of the nervous system affects human longevity. Although […]

Some People Benefit From Being Naturally Mentally Tough, But It Can Be Taught To Those Who Aren’t

The saying that “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is simplistic, disingenuous, and potentially destructive. While it’s true that some who experience horrible events are stronger for surviving them, this is probably only true if they were strong to begin with. In the face of horrible events, others are more likely to be traumatised […]