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Brain & Behavior: Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses

Unfortunately I haven’t had nearly enough time for blogging these days. I want to continue sharing my journey and my knowledge. My end goal is a career in behavioral neuroscience, here’s a bit of what I’m learning along the way! =)  Carefully describe the differences between graded potentials and action potentials. Include how both are initiated:  An excitatory (glutamate) or inhibitory (GABA) neurotransmitter can cause … Continue reading Brain & Behavior: Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses

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Personality

“Hippocrates’s theory was that personality traits and human behaviors are based on four temperaments associated with fluids that he called humors. Choleric temperament or yellow bile from the liver, melancholic temperament with was the black bile from kidneys, sanguine which was red blood from the heart and finally phlegmatic temperament which was white phlegm from the lungs” (Clark & Watson, 2008; Eysenck & Eysenck, 1985; Lecci & Magnavita, 2013; Noga, 2007). YUCK! Continue reading Personality

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Trait Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder

Torie B. Simmons June 10, 2020 Abstract Bipolar disorder  is a mental disorder that causes an individual to experience erratic shifts in mood, energy levels, and concentration, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities and affecting their quality of life and their ability to function psychosocially. (National Institute of Mental Health, n.d.)     According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website, “There are … Continue reading Trait Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder

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Priorities

for the last few months I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed, lost, like a deer in the headlights. I have so many opportunities and wonderful options in my life that I just don’t know what to do. When my daughter was an infant I didn’t have much time to do anything other than care for her, mostly due to sleep deprevation; she’s over a year old now and I have some choices to make. Continue reading Priorities

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Pose like a Super-hero!

I was watching a television show today, and one of the characters–a surgeon, posed like a super-hero before performing a surgery. They said “it inspires confidence and improves performance”. I had to look it up, and sure enough: “it alters hormone production; lifting the power hormone and reducing the stress hormone. As science demonstrates, body posture influences our brains and, consequently our feeleings. According to … Continue reading Pose like a Super-hero!

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Learning to Cope

Maladaptive coping mechanisms fascinate me. Often times we know what we are doing hurts us but we do it anyway. Immediate stress relief is addictive. An entirely different part of the brain is responsible for impulsive behavior— as opposed to long term, carefully considered decision making. It’s our brain’s reward system. When we are used to using that part of the brain, I suppose it’s like exercising it.
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Lets Play a Game! How My Hubby and I Made Housework Fun!

One way or another, if human evolution is to go on, we shall have to learn to enjoy life more thoroughly. —mihály csíkszentmihályi1 In a blog I posted, Failure Is a Part of Success; If You Don’t Try, You Wont Succeed, I talked about how I was ‘holding it together’. How my husband and I had transformed our lives and wanted to keep it that … Continue reading Lets Play a Game! How My Hubby and I Made Housework Fun!