Brain

Sex Or Food? This Is How Most Men Would Answer...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Would you rather have a bacon sandwich or sex? If you're a man, you'll most likely choose the latter. That's according to new research which sugge...

Is TV Making You Fat?

Karen Pine | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

This week a government body finally woke up to the fact that TV makes us fat. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is drafting recommendations that people cut down on their TV consumption. Having ditched the box myself ten years ago, I wonder why it took them so long to switch on to something so obvious.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"

How Your Brain, Not Those Curly Fries, Is To Blame For Weight Gain

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After years of blaming fatty and sugary foods for being addictive and making you eat more, a new study has suggested that this may not be the case aft...

Brian Cox and Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I'm placed next to Brain Cox and something inside me wilts because I know I am sitting next to a superior being and he will soon find out I'm a two-celled worm... This is my trigger, if I'm near someone that smart, I tailspin into the interior pre-recorded CD made in childhood that goes something like this, "You're a total idiot and people will find out that you're an idiot."

Under Siege

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I feel under siege, everything feels like an emergency from the fear we're on the cusp of a World War to the fact I missed my dentist appointment and he's going to charge me for it. Why am I so strung out? I'm sure in the past I wasn't this panicked...

This Affects Whether Or Not You Have An Eeyore View Of The World

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a glass half empty kind of person, it might be because your brain is telling you to expect the worst. Scientists believe the habenula, ...

When Is It Time to Dive In?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

When is it time to dive in? Recently, in the case of one London man who saw another floundering in the Thames, the answer was clear. After trying to help from the riverside to no avail, he took the plunge, even though he didn't consider himself a strong swimmer and remembered Emergency Services' general advice to wait for them.

10 Reasons Not To Trust Your Memory

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ever been in the middle of telling a story to a group of friends when you think: 'wait, did I dream this?'. That's because your mind is a sneaky li...

Think You Use Only 10% Of Your Brain? You're Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The brain is a magical organ. But it turns out that the average Joe (or Josephine) knows pretty much nothing about it. Or, at least, much of what we t...

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

What Is Epilepsy?

Christophe Bernard | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christophe Bernard

Epilepsy is the most frequent neurological disorder after migraine. It affects 1-2% of the world population. Thirty percent of patients with epilepsy are resistant to treatments. But what is a seizure? This question has been an enigma for patients, their relatives, researchers, and doctors for centuries.

The Closer to Genius, the Closer to Insanity?

Maria Senise | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I can say with confidence that I'm losing many of my cognitive abilities. If you need someone to help you remember something, don't ask me; I am most definitely not your girl. My fiancé has learned not to start any question with, "Do you remember...," because the answer will always inevitably be no.

How Blood Pressure Affects Your Brain

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Changes in blood pressure during middle age may affect a person's risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia later in life, research has shown. ...

On Using Mindfulness as Party Survival Skills

Ruby Wax | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

At this party - with so many people in one room - my mind scattered so I fell straight into my old habits from way back in childhood; getting people laugh to get their approval. Why I need to do this I don't know. It could be because as a child I always thought the more people I could get to like me, the more protected I was from my parents' abuse.

Is Erotica Bad for the Brain?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Frequent brain activation caused by pornography exposure could lead to structural 'wearing' and reduced activity of the underlying brain regions. This in turn results in a higher need for external stimulation of this reward system. This then produces a tendency to search for novel and more extreme sexual material.

The EU Spent €600K On A 'Hands Free' Plane

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Tech

The EU has funded a project to build planes that can be flown via thought control. The 'Brainflight' program -- which cost the EU almost 600,000 eu...

Mind What You Wear: It Can Change Your Life

Karen Pine | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

It is easy to think of clothing as mere covering, or the means by which we project our image to other people. But studies have shown that clothes really can change how we think and feel.

Is This An Early Sign Of Alzheimer's Disease?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

While it has been widely believed that a loss of smell can be an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease, there hasn't been conclusive evidence proving...

What's Different About A Paedophile's Brain?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

It might sound like a statistic from Brass Eye, but scientists have found that paedophile's brains are abnormally "tuned" to be attracted to the faces...

Look Ma! I'm in Parliament

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Last week I went to the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament. The panelists included professionals in criminal justice, mental health, education, journalism, politics, four school children and (get this) me...

Adventures on the Road

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

It seems wherever I perform people want to know about how this mysterious thing on top of their necks works; after all, it's who they are. I think people are becoming more curious as to why they do what they do and why they live the way they live.

Curiosity Allows Us to Focus Our Attention

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Sadly many people don't use their curiosity. They have it, but it has become obsolete. We are born with this feature, that's why when we're children, our hunger for information is insatiable, we don't even care what the story is, we just want to be stimulated. That is how our brains grow and how, as more and more neurons connect, we become smarter.

Shopping Is Our Search For Love

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

When we get something we want badly, the wanting diminishes, which is great news until the next want comes along. This puts us into a constant state of want, need, lust, greed and most of the seven deadly sins... The other problem is because we never really feel like we get what we want because there's always someone who has more, we live in a constant state of wanting. This need for success is embedded in our culture. If we don't reach these self- imposed goals, we may experience a sense of worthlessness. In my opinion this is why so many people over-shop.

On Depression - A Suggestion

Ruby Wax | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.