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Carolyn Gregoire
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Carolyn Gregoire is a Senior Writer at the Huffington Post, where she reports on psychology, neuroscience and mental health. She has discussed her work on MSNBC, The TODAY Show, and The History Channel, and has spoken at TEDxYouth and the Harvard Public Health Forum.

She is the author of a forthcoming book on the science of creativity, with psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, to be published by Penguin Random House (Perigee imprint) in October 2015.
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The Scary Way Excessive Salt Intake May 'Reprogram' The Brain

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 10:10 AM

There are many health reasons to lay off the salt, from fluid retention to an increased risk over time of developing high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

While the link between sodium and hypertension is nothing new (thought some scientists say it is

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Researchers Map Out Where Attention Lives In The Brain

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 3:23 PM

Difficulty focusing, for many of us, is a daily reality of modern life. How many times do you open your email and get sidetracked from a more important task at work, or find yourself starting to zone out while a friend is telling you a story about his day? Probably...

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How Mindfulness Is Revolutionizing Mental Health Care

(8) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:38 PM

More than 350 million people globally suffer from depression, and 1 in 13 people around the world have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Overall, the World Health Organization estimates that roughly 450 million people suffer from some form of mental or neurological disorder -- and...

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Cracking The Brain's Genetic Code

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:10 AM

An international team of over 300 scientists are taking on an ambitious project to identify eight common genetic mutations that appear to age the brain by three years on average. The team, known as Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics through Meta Analysis (ENIGMA) Network, hopes to pave the way for new...

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Hate Running? Try This Science-Backed Trick To Make It Feel Easier

(16) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:38 AM

If you want to run faster, focus on the finish line.

No, that's just not a cheesy motto for achieving success. According to fascinating new research from psychologists at New York University, it's a fairly literal truth of human motivation.

The NYU researchers found that walkers who hold...

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Could Psychedelics Be An Effective Suicide Prevention Measure?

(124) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 8:37 AM

The new wave of research on the medical applications of psychedelic drugs has suggested that these substances may hold considerable promise as therapeutic interventions for a number of mental health conditions. And according to another new study, use of "classic" psychedelics -- psilocybin (magic...

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Mães estimulam o lado emocional de suas filhas mais que dos filhos (PESQUISA)

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Sabemos que as mulheres são socializadas para expressar suas emoções mais que os homens, mas agora ficamos sabendo que são as mães que exercem um papel especial na aplicação dessa regra de gênero, segundo uma nova pesquisa britânica.

Pesquisadores da Universidade de Surrey descobriram que quando as mães conversam com...

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The Fascinating Idiosyncracies Of The Autistic Brain

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Even with mounting scientific research and hundreds of clinical studies, the autistic brain remains something of a mystery.

Some research has suggested that there is too much connectivity in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), while other studies have pointed to lack...

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Sentimentos de culpa na infância podem estar ligados a doenças mentais

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:39 PM

A culpa excessiva é um sintoma conhecido da depressão adulta, mas um novo estudo indica que tais sentimentos na infância podem prever doenças mentais futuras, incluindo depressão, ansiedade, transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo e transtorno bipolar.

A ligação parece centrada na ínsula anterior – uma região do cérebro envolvida na regulação...

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How Our Sense Of Touch Affects Everything We Do

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:57 PM

We typically think of touch as a pleasant, but not particularly important part of life. But touch, which is the interface between our bodies and the outside world, does a lot more than bring us sensual pleasure.

Often ignored when we talk about our fundamental senses, the sensation of...

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Why It's Easier To Remember Emotional Events

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:40 PM

When we experience a highly emotional time in our lives -- such as a wedding or break-up, childbirth or even major historical events like 9/11 -- we tend to remember it for good. But why are eventful times more vividly recalled than the less notable days, weeks and months that...

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Hibernating Animals Might Provide Clues For Fighting Alzheimer's

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 8:49 AM

What does animal hibernation have to do with Alzheimer's? More than you might think. According to new research, the way that critters wake up from a long winter's rest could help scientists devise new treatments for dementia.

Research from Leicester University have isolated a cold-activated protein, RBM3,...

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How Stress Kills Our Ability To Feel Compassion

(4) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 9:21 AM

Stress isn't just bad for our physical and mental health -- it may also inhibit our ability to empathize with others, according to new McGill University research.

The study, recently published in the journal Current Biology, found that a drug that blocks stress hormones can increase the ability of...

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Feeling Cold? It Could Be Contagious

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:39 PM

We all know that catching a cold (you know, as in a virus) is contagious, but according to new research, you can also catch physical chills.

University of Sussex researchers found that just looking at someone who is shivering may be enough to cause an observer to...

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How The Body Maintains A Healthy Balance Of 'Friendly' Gut Bacteria

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Hippocrates once said, "Bad digestion is the root of all evil." Now, a growing body of research suggests that the ancient Greek physician was, if a bit hyperbolic, seriously onto something: Maintaining a healthy balance of "good" gut bacteria in the digestive tract is critical to...

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This Scent Will Make You Trust People More, According To Science

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:27 PM

The scent of lavender is known for its soothing properties, and for this reason is often recommended to people as a relaxation or sleep aid. But according to new research, the calming scent can also make us more trusting of others.

"Our results might have...

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People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

(26) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:26 AM

From Facebook and Twitter profile photos to online dating pictures and gaming avatars, we face a growing number of decisions about how to represent ourselves on the Internet. And according to new research, suggests that the way we style ourselves online reveals valuable, even surprising information about our...

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Why Your Personality Does Determine What City You Should Live In

(13) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 12:21 PM

While loving Bon Iver and fair trade coffee doesn't necessarily mean you should live in Portland, those Buzzfeed "Which city should you actually live in?" quizzes might be onto something. If you're sick of the city you live in, it may be because personality doesn't fit the environment,...

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Study Links Selfies To Narcissism And Psychopathy

(41) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 8:15 AM

Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are harmless fun -- right? Maybe not. According to new research, selfies can say a lot about your personality, and not in a good way.

In a recent Ohio State University study, men who posted more photos of themselves online scored...

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Beethoven May Have Composed Masterpieces To His Own Irregular Heartbeat

(36) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Many who listen to Beethoven's masterpieces would describe them as deeply heartfelt -- and according to new research, this description may be surprisingly apt.

The unusual rhythms found in some of Beethoven's most iconic works may be linked to the heart condition cardiac arrhythmia, which he is...

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