Finding new ways to comfort ourselves is like a surprise gift.
Food and sadness are old friends. Many of us turn to food for comfort, or offer food to our children when they’re sad. This idea of comfort food is all around us. Books, magazine articles, films are constantly referring to our need for comfort foods. We see recipes for comfort foods on the front covers of national magazines.
(CNN) — Researchers using a new method to evaluate the cognitive abilities of species stumbled across a surprising finding: Our evolutionary ancestor, Australopithecus , may have been less intelligent than modern-day great apes.
It has long been theorized that a bigger brain means greater cognitive ability, which is generally defined as an individual’s overall mental capability and how they reason, solve problems, plan, think in the abstract, and learn from life experiences.
A new report has found that Canadians are more likely to experience severe vaginal tearing during childbirth, but one expert is looking at the stats with caution.
Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, said the OECD results have been pretty consistent over the years, and have been given very serious consideration. She said it’s difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison with other countries for a few reasons.
Both of these factors — being older and a first-time mother — put women at increased risk of vaginal tearing, Blake said.
Neuroscience finds itself at odds with the sex addiction and anti-porn advocates
Does watching porn warp and desensitize your brain? If you have encountered anti-porn advocates—such as legislators who frame pornography as a public health issue, or sex–addiction therapists who liken porn to heroin—you may think so. However, science won’t confirm your beliefs.
Nicole Prause, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist who researches human sexual behavior, addiction, and the physiology of sexual response, and is the founder of the independent research institute, Liberos. She and her fellow researchers find that the brains of those who watch a lot of porn react nothing like those of, say, a drug addict when exposed to photographs of the drug to which they are addicted.