Where do you see yourself at your happiest?

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When we think of happiness, everyone’s definition is different. For some happiness is simple. It could even come down to a single word like: Money, love, travel, more. While there are things we all may want, that we currently do not have, are these things required to be happy now? Are there not things that we could be happy with, in this very moment? “Sure, sure,” some of you may think. “Another self-proclaimed guru here to tell me how I could be happy ‘now’ and don’t need to strive for much more.” But boy, are you wrong. I am all for striving. I am all for doing better, being better and wanting more for yourself. I think we’re all worthy of an evolved life, and of a life of constant evolution. But this happiness thing can be quite the dilemma. I know you may not be where you’d like to be. But what about…

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The Places You’ll (Pokemon) GO!

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t’s a new school year, and you know what that means. A return to waking up earlier, and seeing all of those familiar faces you don’t always have the best luck engaging with socially. You’ve always felt like you were on the outside looking in when it came to the cliques. The ambitions you have of talking to that crush of yours in the front of class are all but lost on you as you struggle to think of what you may have in common. The bell is about to ring when you notice them reach for their bag and, wait, is that what you think it is? The light blue aura of the Pokemon GO! app emanating from their phone is unmistakable. Summoning some courage, you get the nerve to say hello and walk with them in the hallway, breaking the ice. You both discuss what you’ve caught so far, and make plans…

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Research finds that people with anorexia have distortions in spatial perception

ating disorders are misunderstood. They aren’t an intense diet or plan and they can take over a person’s life, mentally and physically. NAMI ( the National Alliance on Mental Illness) reports that around 1 in 20 people will be affected by an ED at some point in their lives. Anorexia (AN) is a common eating disorder and it’s a condition where a person will literally starve themselves and over-exercise to lose weight. Because their goal is to get and stay thin by any means necessary. it’s a condition that is very extreme and incredibly motivated. Though not classified as an ED, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition in which where a person will obsess over their physical appearance to a point of dysfunctionality. BDD patients have a high risk of completed suicide, and AN has a higher mortality than any other psychiatric illness. Scientists noticed the comorbidity rates of AN and BDD, or…

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To conform or not to conform, that is the question

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have always listened to all genres of music: Rock, rap, show tunes, country—you name it. I never thought anything of it until one day in high school, when I was listening to some top 40 songs and a classmate of mine told me it was weird that I still listened to popular commercial music. I asked what she meant, and she said that she hadn’t listened to pop music in years because it was “too mainstream,” and that she was “really only into alternative music right now.” Don’t get me wrong; I love alternative music, too. I just found it bizarre that she made a comment criticizing the fact that I was listening to a certain kind of music because it was too popular. This was my first experience with the sort of fad that nonconformity had become. Since then, the concept of conforming versus not conforming has become a topic of discussion in…

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What if memories could be erased, while others created?

hat if I told you the way you perceive memories was about to change drastically? The ability to remember varies for everyone. Some people’s memories may be fragmented, while others’ are quite vivid and rich with detail. How exactly could we change what our brains have already stored? And are memories not just the psychological residue of what once was? Isn’t what we remember something that is merely out of our control? Where science is currently taking us in its research pertaining to memory and just how flexible our brains can be, will disturb some and fascinate others. How would you perceive a world in which it is possible to create memories without you even being a part of them? Memory creation by cortical stimulation is real, tested, and possible. Specific artificial memories can easily be created by modifying brain cells in certain combinations. Researchers have explored this idea of memory creation through many…

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Cannabis for Grandma? Studies Show Cannabis Prevents Dementia and More

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arijuana may be just what the doctor ordered—for your Grandma. Scientists at UCSD and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have recently found that one of many cannabinoids, THC, can remove the toxic buildup in our brains that has been linked to various types of dementia. As we age, proteins (like amyloid beta) grow into a plaque on our brains’ nerve cells. This intra- and extracellular buildup leads to an observed elevation in central nervous system inflammation and, thus, an increase in disease as we age. Scientists at Salk have been testing the basis of this inflammatory response to protein buildup in the hopes of finding effective preventative measures. The brain is an amazingly complex organ that often evades simple medical solutions, so it’s exciting that this study found that cannabinoids are one way to block the inflammation resulting from this buildup in our neurons, which, untreated, ultimately leads to nerve cell death in…

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Ketosis: The fascinating & simple diet that can help you lose weight, reduce appetite, combat seizures, improve memory and so much more

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we often worry about how what we eat affects our weight, what if how we eat could affect our brains? As wild of a statement as that may be, if it weren’t for ketosis, we wouldn’t have the developed brains that we do, nor would we have an array of knowledge that proves that not only is everything we know about dieting wrong, but wow, were we really wrong. While maintaining it’s guidelines requires an initial thorough analysis of one’s nutritional routine, it will keep your brain running when you have no glucose and it even alters the way you think. To put it simply, there is no diet better than Ketosis. Ketosis is the body’s response to a lack of carbohydrates. This is common among babies during their development but also occurs in people who fast or those who refrain from carbohydrates or restrict them. Ketones are produced and burned by one’s body for energy. They are molecules…

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Are Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Healthy?

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Vegetarianism and veganism have grown in popularity over the years and are the subjects of many health studies. Some reasons for eating vegetarian or vegan are avoidance of antibiotics and hormones, religious conviction, moral concerns and fitness, among many others. But how just how healthy is it to strictly adhere to diets that prohibit meat and/or animal-based products? Harvard Health Publications offers articles detailing the benefits of a strictly vegetarian diet for people of all ages. However, Beyond Vegetarianism states it is “unscientific” to theorize that humans are natural vegetarians. Then, just when vegetarianism couldn’t get more complicated, the Mayo Clinic details common vegetarian diets that actually include animal-based products: Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are included. Ovo-vegetarian diets exclude meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products, but allow eggs. Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish…

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How microaggresions single people out

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We all have uncomfortable moments in life. It may involve realizing we had a stain on our shirt all day, or accidentally pushing on a ‘pull’ door but those moments hardly ever cross the line from embarrassing to painful. However, when those cases are pointedly aimed at a particular group, because of color or identity, the line is crossed regularly. A comment made ‘in good fun’ could in fact be disturbing to the one addressed. Such actions are called ‘microaggressions.’ Dr. Derald Sue, a professor of psychology and education, classifies microaggressions  as “the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations, or those who are marginalized experience in their day-to-day interactions with people.” Microaggression is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans. Micro-aggressions single a person out and make…

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How sensory deprivation tanks can make you zen

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Music blaring, phones buzzing, cars honking, computer screens shining, people talking, and talking.. Our daily lives are typically consumed with distracting sensory stimuli such as these. Our brain is a powerfully complex organ that will absorb the surrounding sensory input and process it in an orderly fashion, but what if our brains were given a little break from all the sensory stress? What if we were given the opportunity to float in space like an astronaut and ponder the mysteries of the universe? How would depriving the brain of all senses affect physical and psychological functioning? Maybe the thought of this intrigues you, maybe it causes anxiety, but neurophysiologist, John Lily, found a way to remove all sensory input and create an illusion of floating in space. Lily developed a technique in 1954 called the Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique, in which subjects would lay face-up in a tank filled with a foot of…

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