More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health. In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.
Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.
Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 | Quickanddirtytips.com
Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.
Rob Jordan | June 30, 2015 | Stanford News
In this era of fake news all around us, detecting is a major concern, and it looks like we are not very good at it. I like the definition:
“…bullshit is something that is constructed absent of any concern for the truth.”
As the article explains below,
“Bullshit is much harder to detect when we want to agree with it.”
An interesting perspective on addiction. Has a very good section on explaining the science of habit-formation. A long read, but if you ever struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety or just a bad habit, it’s worth reading it just to see it from a different point of view.
Addiction changes the brain but it’s not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it’s learned – like a habit
Marc Lewis | 14 December, 2016 | aeon
A fascinating view of consciousness. Worth the effort to read all the way to the end.
It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be
Are mass shootings temper tantrums of low self-esteem, sexually frustrated males rather than a result of religious or political ideology ? This article makes a good case for it. Check out the “conversation” on the original page for some thought-provoking counterpoints.
Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity. Where does it come from and what can be done to stop it?
Stephen T Asma | aeon | 27 June, 2016
Scientific American had a great article on the science of story telling (see my post The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn). The University of California, Berkely’s Greater Good Science Center has an updated article on the science of stories that’s just as worthy of a read. (Read it on the original web site to get all the pictures and videos).
By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 8, 2016 | Greater Good (U of Berkeley)
We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why