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The value of wandering

In yesterday’s column we talked about the current vogue for being always “on” yet how being “off” also has its value. As a companion piece to that theme today ...

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News from: PNAS

Rest on your laurels

In our 24/7, instagrammed, tweet-ridden, hyper-linked, immediate world of NOW…the virtues of rest and quietude have been somewhat sublimated. The Slow movement is pointing us to the value of ...

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News from: PNAS

Tai Chi chills

Wushu sounds like the name of a character from an animated Disney film, possibly voiced by Jack Black or Eddie Murphy, but it is also the generalised term that ...

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News from: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

A toast to better memory

Alcohol is hardly ever associated with enhancement of brain function. At best alcohol would be thought of as lowering inhibitions and at worst as creating an incoherent, stumbling moron. ...

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News from: American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Cooking with olive oil

Heat has the power to transform. Just look at how a smug, self-assured public servant liquefies to a hesitant boob in the face of the heat of a Senate ...

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News from: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Ordinary happiness

In today’s society we are pretty fond of peak experiences. In Dead Poet’s Society (a wonderful film), the Robin Williams character exhorts his young charges to make their lives ...

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News from: Psychological Science

Walking it off

How do you change a sad or depressed mood when you get into one? Sometimes you may not want to alleviate sadness if it is appropriate to the situation and ...

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News from: Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychology

Yoga for scoliosis

Scoliosis comes from a Greek word meaning “curved” or “bent” and today it has become the description of the most common type of spinal curvature. Scoliosis is simply when ...

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News from: Global Advances in Health and Medicine

The flu flower

If ever a cliché was worth its salt it is that well worn piece of homespun, pre 21st century, wisdom; you can’t judge a book by its cover. Who ...

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News from: Cell Research

Ageing in a can

If advertising is to be believed then drinking soft drinks will variously, and apparently instantly; provide you with a group of stunningly gorgeous friends (who like to dress as ...

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News from: American Journal of Public Health

Age of attraction

Attraction is a multi-faceted, brilliant crystal butterfly dancing outside the laced borders of our waking mind. When you find yourself drawn to someone the colours of attraction pirouette into ...

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News from: Evolution and Human Behaviour

Shared intensity

Do you like to share? Be honest, when you have a delightful piece of sugar-free banana and macadamia bread in front of you, is your first impulse to offer ...

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News from: Psychological Science

Sweet teen memories

All that glitters is not gold and all that’s sweet is not wonderful. At some time in our evolutionary past sugar’s sweet taste denoted some valuable kilojoules that could ...

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News from: Hippocampus

Grapefruit for weight loss

In 1930s Hollywood, many stars got onto the “grapefruit diet” which involved having half a grapefruit with meals in the belief that grapefruit contains an enzyme that will burn fat. ...

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News from: PLoS ONE

Coffee livers

Some things just have their time in the sun; for a while there it was the British Empire although now…not so much. For a time too, lava lamps, pet ...

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News from: Hepatology

Stunt double take

Hollywood gets away with a lot. History has suffered royally over the years in the hands of Hollywood directors as the viewing public have accepted historical distortions aplenty including everything ...

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News from: Current Biology

Screening for partners

Life is about change. If there was no change, we’d all ultimately still be slithering around on our bellies in primeval ooze. Without change, we’d still be drilling holes into ...

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News from: Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking

Alcohol makes smiles “catching”

Alcohol, in moderation has lots of interesting effects on people. It can, for instance, transform an otherwise modest person of adequate self-regard into someone who believes they are one ...

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News from: Clinical Psychological Science