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July 27, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Light Affect Our Brain?

July 27, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS Genetics looked at how light affects behavioral despair involving the clock gene Period 1 using mice. “The study is about how light may affect our brain,” study author, Dr. Urs Albrecht told us. “In particular, how light can influence our wellbeing and mood. We were wondering whether light really can affect the brain, because from personal experience life appears to be easier in summer when there is more light than in winter.” [More]

July 23, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Marketers Spend 62% Of Their Time on “Work About Work”

July 23, 2021 08:45 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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In today’s globalized, digital world, work is an ever-increasing part of our lives. Project management platform Asana released a new report based on interviews with over 13,000 knowledge workers. ‘Work about work’ is dominating people’s day, pushing meaningful work to the sidelines and resulting in people being overwhelmed and experiencing burnout. [More]

July 20, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Did Bullying Increase Or Decrease During the Pandemic?

July 20, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Aggressive Behavior looked at school bullying before and during COVID-19 using a population-based randomized design. “We wondered if the COVI-19 infection control measures would have an impact on the prevalence of bullying. In particular, we thought that rates would be lower because students were supervised more and were organized into smaller cohorts,” study author Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt told us. [More]

July 16, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Mindfulness Is a Trait and a State

July 16, 2021 08:12 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Mindfulness is a trait and a state. Some are more mindful than others and a person can be less or more mindful depending of a situation. Mindfulness is associated with improved wellbeing, emotional intelligence, and stress reduction. It also promotes compassion and moral behaviors. [More]

July 13, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Going To Jail Affect The Wellbeing Of Family Members?

July 13, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA looked at exposure to family member incarceration and adult wellbeing in the United States. “Our study investigated how the incarceration of a family member is associated with wellbeing and life expectancy,” study author Dr. Ram Sundaresh told us. “We suspected that having a family member incarcerated would be associated with lower wellbeing and life expectancy.” [More]

July 6, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Studying The Brain's Inner Workings When It Comes To White Lies

July 6, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience looked at how the neural representation in the medical prefrontal cortex reveals selfish motivation in white lies. “In this study, we specifically aimed to identify distinctive neural signatures of selfish and altruistic motivation for Pareto white lies,” study author Dr. Hackjin Kim told us, “particularly focusing on the distinctive functional roles of the subregions in the medial prefrontal cortex in social valuation based on the model recently proposed by our research team.” [More]

July 2, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Back-to-Back Meetings Are Bad For Your Brain

July 2, 2021 08:26 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A 2021 study conducted by Microsoft concluded that back-to-back meetings are a “disaster” for productivity and mental health. The study was carried out by analyzing the brain activity of employees who volunteered to be hooked up to EEG, with one group sticking with consecutive meetings while the other had breaks in between. [More]