The new ‘mirror’ on the wall: Social media engagement, boon or bane?

Are you a troll? You could be suffering from a mental disorder

As social media has become an integral part of our lives we have to face a certain number of pros and cons which come along with it. Most people who use social media extensively complain about the trolling they face. Celebrities, politicians, journalists, eminent personalities and a layperson who expresses their opinions often face abusive […]

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The power of forgiveness: How forgiving someone can help heal your mind

Almost everyone has experienced being wronged by someone. It could be a former co-worker, friend, or family member. But hanging on to those negative feelings can do great harm to your health. “Forgiving a person who has wronged you is never easy, but dwelling on those events and reliving them over and over can fill […]

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Is your child emotionally intelligent?

Is your child emotionally intelligent?

Imagine your child being able to articulate his/her feelings into words instead of throwing a temper tantrum; he/she was able to understand and communicate to you that he/she is upset, but understands why you had to suddenly cancel your plans of taking him/her to the zoo, instead of howling and breaking his/her toys. Isn’t this […]

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Sleep shrinks the brain — and that’s a good thing

Ah, to sleep, perchance… to shrink your neural connections? That’s the conclusion of new research that examined subtle changes in the brain during sleep. The researchers found that sleep provides a time when the brain’s synapses — the connections among neurons — shrink back by nearly 20 percent. During this time, the synapses rest and […]

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general anesthetic may harm brain development in children

General anesthetic may harm brain development in children

But over recent years, some concerns have been raised regarding this. So much so that in April 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of potential risks to developing brains. They write that “repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs […] in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant […]

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For your each and every emotion, there is an equal and opposite sensation

Long ago, explorers sailed the seven seas and mapped the unknown world, yet over the years scientists have consistently neglected to chart the physical sensations commonly associated with different feelings. Until now a team of researchers from Finland worked with more than 700 participants and their own specialized knowledge of emotional processing in order to […]

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Forgetting things is not just normal, it actually makes us smarter

Forgetting things is not just normal, it actually makes us smarter

“It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the stuff that’s going to help make decisions in the real world,” says Richards, an associate fellow in the Learning in Machines and Brains program. In the new report, researchers Paul Frankland and Blake Richards of the University of Toronto propose that the […]

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