Narcissistic personality disorder: Inflated sense of importance

This mental health disorder includes an inflated sense of importance, a deep need for excessive admiration, fragile self-esteem and troubled relationships. Narcissistic personality disorder—one of several types of personality disorders—is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for […]

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Why we can sense when someone is going to die, according to a psychic medium

Have you ever just had a strong sense about something … and, eerily, it turned out you were correct? Maybe, sadly, it was the death of a loved one: When the phone rings, you can feel it in your gut that you’re about to receive bad news, before you pick up. It’s easy to dismiss this kind of premonition as […]

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New discovery in how mammals sense the cold could lead to new pain relief drugs

Researchers at UCL have shown for the first time that mammals detect different intensities of cold using distinct sensory neuron systems, a finding which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cold pain. The study on mice, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, set out to understand more about the two known sensory neuron […]

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Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study shows

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone). For decades scientists have wondered what changes in the brain might underlie these enhanced auditory abilities. […]

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Dietary supplements: What vitamins make sense and which are not – counselors

The times, as the vitamin tablets were declared to be the elixir of life, are long gone. Rather, studies are piling up, the vitamins in pill form that are considered risky or, at best, superfluous. But there are exceptions. Who wants to do something Good for his health, often resorts to food supplements. Numerous studies have demonstrated that isolated vitamins, […]

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Sound changes the way rodents sense touch

The brain assigns sensory information from the eyes, ears and skin to different regions: the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex. However, it is clear that there are anatomical connections between these cortices such that brain activation to one sense can influence brain activation to another. A new study by the laboratory of Associate Professor Shoji Komai at the […]

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Rich people found to be more charitable if given a sense of control

A pair of researchers, one with Harvard Business School, the other with the University of British Columbia, found that when soliciting donations from wealthy people, it pays to offer them a sense of control. In their paper published on the open access site PLOS ONE, Ashley Whillans and Elizabeth Dunn describe their study, which involved sending donation request letters to […]

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