psychology

Feelin’ Lucky? Is it more than just a feeling? (via LabSpaces)

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Are you lucky? Perhaps you’re unlucky. What is luck, anyway?

It’s tempting to consider it as some kind of magical force present in the ether, in which some individual seem more able to channel its influence than others.

Alternatively, it may be a force unto itself, bestowing favour or ill-fortune upon those who cross its path.

Both of those definitions, however, fail under scrutiny. This does not mean that ‘luck’ does not exist, nor does it mean that belief in it cannot be beneficial (or detrimental, in the case of bad luck). Luck (in part) does depend on how you understand it.

via LabSpaces.

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How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs (Study) (via senmes)

In short:

* You have to self-induce changes in mood
* You have to catch some sun
* You have to assume tryptophan through diet (some advices in a future post)
* You have to go to the gym

“The study by Perreau-Linck and colleagues36 is the first to report that self-induced changes in mood can influence serotonin synthesis. […] Exposure to bright light is a second possible approach to increasing serotonin without drugs. […] Several lines of research suggest that exercise increases brain serotonin function in the human brain. […] The fourth factor that could play a role in raising brain serotonin is diet. According to some evi … Read More

via senmes

(see also my recent post)

Meditation training changes brain structure (via Machines Like Us)

Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s grey matter.

via Meditation training changes brain structure | Machines Like Us.