In: brain function

February 21, 2013

The New York Times recently published an intriguing article entitled “Relax, You Will Be More Effective.” It arrived at just the…

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Trickster Brain
February 18, 2013

If you want to figure out if something is true or not, you’re probably better off not going to a psychiatrist….

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Sleep and Memory
January 28, 2013

An interesting story published in the New York Times suggests that the reason we are less able to remember things as…

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Borderline Emotions
January 17, 2013

Originally, the label “borderline personality disorder” was applied to patients who were thought to somewhere  between patients with neurotic and psychotic…

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Of Two Minds
January 10, 2013

This morning I was thinking about the relationship between your pre-frontal cortex and your limbic system. I know, it’s a little…

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Relationship Fear
January 4, 2013

I have been working with a couple of young women who seem to be unable to move beyond a recently ended…

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Mindfulness in the News
December 20, 2012

A number of people called my attention to the December 15 NY Times The Power of Concentration article written by Maria…

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How Could Light Help?
December 4, 2012

There has been considerable skepticism about the value of light therapy for people with seasonal depression, despite a very compelling research…

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Depression: “I Can’t Do This”
November 14, 2012

One of the things that we spend a lot of time thinking about is the “I can’t do that” process. How…

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Fallow Fields
September 14, 2012

Farmers will sometimes leave a field “fallow” – they won’t plant anything in it but rather let native plants grow in…

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Parenting and Oxytocin
August 17, 2012

Those of us who have been parents probably remember moments of incredible attachment to our children. Times when we were happy…

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Bipolar Brains
August 12, 2012

After years of trying, a group of researchers down at UCLA (led by Lori Altshuler) may have succeeded in identifying important…

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The Importance of Sleep: Why We Need to Rest
August 11, 2012

One of the joys of being a parent is that you are given frequent opportunities to explore things that you think…

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Learned Helplessness
August 7, 2012

This is an animal model of the human experience of depression. In the learned helplessness model an animal is repeatedly placed…

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Self-Consciousness: You Can’t Fool Yourself
July 8, 2012

Many years ago we read a book by renowned social psychologist George Herbert Meade entitled Mind, Self and Society. In it…

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What Happens in Depression?
July 7, 2012

We were just getting ready to write a post about brain imaging findings that help to explain what happens in depression…

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