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It feels dangerously heretical to question the inherent goodness of an idea that has dominated the self-help world for a decade. However, the idea of gratitude is more nuanced and complicated than typically acknowledged.  If you feel uneasy about the idea of gratitude,...

Junk food seems to affect our ability to regulate appetite and thereby consumption, so that eating junk food makes it genuinely harder to resist eating more of the same.  However, these diet-triggered impairments on appetite control and memory were reversed three weeks...

When anyone "overreacts," the chances are that their reaction is in proportion to what they subconsciously think has just happened. The present situation has automatically triggered some existing beliefs or fears. In a very real sense, their reaction is not about what...

We explain how periodontitis (gum disease) could be linked to mental health and how dental professionals could help with mental health care. 

Localised inflammation such as that associated with chronic gum disease causes general systemic inflammation which is a potent r...

Our modern brains retain a primitive ‘threat detection’ system which is constantly scanning the world for danger and problems that require our attention. This helps explain why the modern world makes so many of us over-anxious.

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Inflammation is increasingly billed as the root cause of a dizzying range of psychiatric conditions, from depression to addiction, anxiety to schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder to autism. But what is behind the hype? Find out here.

In fact, whilst inflammation...

Cold water swimmers can seem almost evangelical about their post-swimming 'high’ and credit cold swims with curing depression, anxiety and PTSD (as well as cancer, pain and all manner of other afflictions). But what is the evidence to back this up?

In fact, it seems tha...

We've seen in the previous posts that we can improve our chances of lasting change if we take into account the real role of the behavior we wish to change; and manage our brain’s tendency to revert to past habits, especially under pressure. However, despite the best ma...

Understanding a little about the basic neuroscience of change helps us better understand what really helps and why; and why change is so hard.

While we are wired for change (that is, new thoughts and behaviors will get stored in new connections and patterns in our brain...

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