Aphantasia May Make Dreaming, Remembering, And Imagining Harder

Picture the sun setting over the ocean. It’s large above the horizon, spreading an orange-pink glow across the sky. Seagulls are flying overhead and your toes are in the sand. Many people will have been able to picture the sunset clearly and vividly — almost like seeing the real thing. For others, the image would have been vague and fleeting, but still there. If your mind was completely blank and you couldn’t visualise anything at all, then you might be one of the 2-5 percent of people who have aphantasia, a condition that involves a lack of all mental visual imagery.

7 Tips To Help Support Your Partner With Anxiety

If you have fallen in love with someone with anxiety, you may know how difficult life can be for them. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help to support them, making life more joyous for you both. **1. Avoid trying to fix them. ** Acknowledge that you are their wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or lover, and not their therapist. While you can be there to help support them through any tough times, it’s important to avoid pressuring them into behaving how you believe they should behave.

Smokers Good At Math Are More Likely To Want To Quit

Smokers who scored higher on a test of math ability were more likely than others to say they want to quit smoking, according to new research. The reason: They had a better memory for numbers related to smoking risk, which led to perceiving a greater risk from smoking and then a greater intention to quit. “People who had better math skills remembered more of the scary numbers about smoking risks that we gave them, and that made a difference.

Consciousness: How Can I Experience Things That Aren’t ‘Real’?

When I see red, it’s the most religious experience. Seeing red just results from photons of a certain frequency hitting the retina of my eye, which cascades electrical and biochemical pulses through my brain, in the same way a PC runs. But nothing happening in my eye or brain actually is the red colour I experience, nor are the photons or pulses. This is seemingly outside this world. Some say my brain is just fooling me, but I don’t accept that as I actually experience the red.

Synaptic Variability Provides Adaptability For Rhythmic Motor Pattern

A well-trained athlete sprinting 100 yards performs a highly stereotyped, repetitive motor pattern. Neuroscientists understand that these rhythmic motor programs, such as walking, swimming and running, are produced by neural circuitry that generates repetitive patterns that are similar from cycle to cycle. Over a century ago, spinal cord experiments led to the proposal that a simple neural network can produce such a rhythmic oscillatory firing pattern. These oscillatory networks are now known as central pattern generators.

10 Healthy Ways To Manage Your Anger In Your Relationship

Anger is a healthy and natural human emotion that can occur during a relationship, often due to frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed. Unfortunately, failure to control your anger can lead to ugly confrontations that can ruin a once healthy relationship. Follow these strategies for healthy anger management: 1. Calm Down Before you attempt to talk to your partner, take a few moments away from the situation to clear your mind.

Nerve-blocking Antibody Relieves Chronic Low Back Pain

Tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, may provide relief to people with chronic low back pain, new research indicates. Chronic low back pain is one of the leading reasons why people seek medical care and the number one cause of disability worldwide. “This demonstration of efficacy is a major breakthrough in the global search to develop non-opioid treatments for chronic pain. There were also improvements in function linked to the reduction in pain severity,” says John Markman, director of the Translational Pain Research Program in neurosurgery department at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and lead author of the study[1].

Bioelectric Signals Improve Understanding Of Breast Cancer Metastasis

Biologists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have identified a distinct mechanism that affects the maintenance and expansion of malignant cells: electric signals in the tumor microenvironment. Metastasis accounts for approximately 90 percent of mortality in breast cancer patients. During the last few decades, there has been significant progress in understanding genetic, molecular and signaling mechanisms underpinning cancer cell migration. All cells can generate bioelectric signals through their plasma membrane, and therefore naturally exist in our bodies.