But even if there were, we would be left with the problem that, at the moment, we could not confidently link any brain differences with those in behaviour. This means that we don’t know what to look for in the brain to explain any gender differences in behavior, whether these are determined by hormones or upbringing or even the prevailing culture. And if we find differences, we don’t really know what they mean in terms of those in behavior. There certainly are gender differences in behavior, though there is no space here to consider them properly. How the brain determines these is something we still have to work out. … [Read more...] about Sex Differences in the Brain: Do They Exist or Matter?
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But the good news is that neuroscientists have shown through fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) the human brain is plastic. And each of us has the agency to override our brain’s hard-wired, automatic fear reactions. An innate ability called neuroplasticity allows you to use your “thinking mind” to rewire the structure and functioning of your brain. Neuroplasticity guarantees that the architecture of your mind is never set in stone. You don’t have to stay trapped by the pandemic storms of your body (frustration, anxiety, worry). It’s possible for you to re-engineer your brain and self-calm the knee-jerk worries and fears because your brain has the ability to change its own structure. Here are a few tips to bring your mind into the present moment, instead of worrying about “what if’s,” and improve your brain health. … [Read more...] about The Pandemic Changes Your Brain Even If You Don’t Have It
For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine have identified how a single gene called aromatase (CYP19A1) triggers a chain reaction in the brain that converts testosterone into estrogen and seems to drive sexual desire in male mice. These findings (Brooks et al., 2020) were published on September 10 in the journal Endocrinology. … [Read more...] about Mens’ Sex Drive May Rise and Fall Due to One Brain Enzyme
There are certainly anecdotal reports of people being obsessed and/or ‘addicted’ to music’. One notorious case, is a Swedish man in his forties (Roger Tullgren) who receives state benefits from the Employment Service because of his ‘addiction’ to heavy metal music. Tullgren (with the help of three occupational psychologists) campaigned for ten years to get his condition classed as a ‘handicap’ so that he would not be discriminated against. In 2006 he claimed to have attended almost 300 heavy metal gigs and constantly missed work as a consequence. He was then sacked from his job because of his continual inability to turn up for work. With the help of psychologists, his lifestyle was subsequently classed as a disability (which in turn meant he was entitled to wage supplements). He now works at a hotel washing up and has been given a special dispensation to listen to heavy metal while he works. Other Swedish psychologists have found the ruling … [Read more...] about Going For a Song
In one study, most individuals indicated that their involvement in a traumatic occurrence enabled them to develop new perspectives on life. Another study found that burn victims’ experiences of life following injury involved feelings of grief, accepting what could not be changed, but not feeling “resigned” to one’s fate. Feelings of purpose and gratitude were also reported. … [Read more...] about Living Purposefully After Trauma