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Wasted: New hope for addiction treatment

Do you know someone with an addiction problem? Last October, I attended a lecture at the University of Toronto given by Mark Lewis, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology. A former addict himself and author of The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease, Lewis said that addiction is not a […]

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NPR’s Invisibilia podcast

Last week I found NPR’s Invisibilia podcast and I’m hooked! The series, co-hosted by Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller “explores the intangible forces that shape human behaviour — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” Invisibilia is Latin for “all the invisible things,” those things we might never consider if it were not for these two […]

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The Fear of Holes

Do you know someone who has a fear of holes just looking at Cheerios, Swiss cheese, or Aero chocolate bars?  If so, you may have already heard about a phobia called trypophobia. As reported by NPR, 16 per cent of the 286 adults who participated in a recent study reacted with anxiety and revulsion to […]

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Concussion Season Opens

Concussion season began with a bang last night in the NHL season opener as Montreal Canadiens player George Parros was knocked unconscious during a third-period fight with Toronto Maple Leafs player Colton Orr. Parros was transported off the ice on a stretcher. He suffered a concussion and is reported to be out of the game […]

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Is Cocoa the Brain Drug of the Future?: Scientific American

Could cocoa really be the brain drug of the future by improving cognitive function in the elderly? Hope springs eternal for studies trying to find that chocolate is good for you! Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy with scientists from Mars Inc. (that’s right, the candy company) conducted a study among elderly people […]

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Professional Athletes Have Higher Visual Processing Intelligence

Physical ability is one thing, but new research suggests that professional athletes have higher visual processing intelligence. The ability to process complex dynamic visual scenes is what separates them from the pack. The study compared the performance of 308 people using NeuroTracker, a visual processing program that measures how participants respond to different identification tasks after […]

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