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In France After-Hours Work Emails or Calls Now Restricted In Some Companies

In France After-Hours Work Emails or Calls Now Restricted In Some Companies

According to a recent ShortCutsBlog from The Guardian, in France, there is a new, legally binding labor agreement that will require employers to make sure staff “disconnect” outside of working hours. Thus, the ability of French “bosses to invade their employees’ home lives via smartphone at any heure of the day or night” is now […]

New Survey: Over One Third of US Employees Change Jobs Because of Stress

New Survey: Over One Third of US Employees Change Jobs Because of Stress

In a recent Forbes magazine article Kathryn Dill discusses the results from two recent surveys related to job stress, indicating that many employees in the US often change jobs because of psychological stress. The first survey was conducted by the employment search site, Monster.com, with over 7000 US workers. As per another separate survey of […]

American Psychological Association 2013 Survey: One-Third of American Workers Experience Chronic Work Stress

American Psychological Association 2013 Survey: One-Third of American Workers Experience Chronic Work Stress

According to the latest 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) survey over one-third of American workers experience chronic work stress. A recent APA’s Stress in America survey also indicated that nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults believe work is a significant source of stress and 35% of them typically feel stressed during the workday. According to Norman […]

Spirituality, Religion, Thicker Brain Cortex and Resilience to Depression

Spirituality, Religion, Thicker Brain Cortex and Resilience to Depression

A new report in JAMA Psychiatry by Lisa Miller and colleagues from Columbia University, New York, NY, demonstrates that the importance of religion or spirituality is associated with thicker brain cortex in several brain regions. In today’s modern world, religion has to a great extent been replaced by social media and Facebook, and where teens’ outdoor […]

New Guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery

New Guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery

Lately, the American College of Obstetricians and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released new guidelines that essentially recommend women with low-risk pregnancies to be allowed to spend more time in labor. The guidelines appear to be relevant mostly for first-time mothers and are aimed at safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery. Recently we discussed […]

Drug Companies and NIH in $230 Million Joint Project for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Lupus and Arthritis

Drug Companies and NIH in $230 Million Joint Project for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Lupus and Arthritis

Along with funding from the United States government and ten large pharmaceutical companies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland will split the cost of a new multimillion project targeting common chronic human diseases. The companies involved include Pfizer Inc., Eli Lilly & Co, AbbVie Inc., Biogen Idec Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Glaxo Smith […]

‘Toxic’ News Overload versus Creativity and Deep Thinking

‘Toxic’ News Overload versus Creativity and Deep Thinking

Information overload is not a newly discovered phenomenon, but recently Rolf Dobelli provided some interesting thoughts and discussions about the detrimental influence on individuals and societies by the “toxic form of knowledge” called “news.” Moreover, in an essay entitled: “Avoid News: Towards a Healthy News Diet” he offers some ideas “how to get out of […]

Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium: A Collaborative Model between Government, Academia and Industry

Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium: A Collaborative Model between Government, Academia and Industry

Laboratories in academia and industry often work independently, but recently, a coalition of academic researchers, pharmaceutical companies and state governments announced the formation of the Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium. The $1.75 million partnership intends to fundamentally shift the neurological disease research. Founders of this new project recognized that a highly collaborative and coordinated effort must be […]

Extraversion or ‘Extrovert’ Personality Trait Linked to Brain’s Reward System and High Dopamine Release

Extraversion or ‘Extrovert’ Personality Trait Linked to Brain’s Reward System and High Dopamine Release

A new study by Richard Depue and Yu Fu from Cornell University, New York, indicates an association between extraversion and dopamine (DA) functioning – suggesting that if extraversion represents the manifestation of an incentive reward system, then the trait may be in part influenced by the activity of the mesocorticolimbic DA projection system. According to […]

Neuroscience and Creativity

Neuroscience and Creativity

Susan Greenfield 2011 keynote presentation at the “Mind and Its Potential” conference delved into “the neuroscience of creativity”. Creativity is defined by Bronowski as “the ability to find unity in what appears to be diversity” or stated in another way, “finding the thread that unites” (Science and human values, New York: Harper and Row, 1972). […]