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You’re more likely to make a decision when you breathe out

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  • We make conscious decisions when we breathe out, says new study involving 52 people pressing a button, monitored with brain, heart and lung sensors.
  • The study links breathing to the Readiness Potential (RP, a brain signal that precedes intention), and shows that we make the most decisions when we breathe out.
  • No correlation was found between decisions and heartbeat, showing that the lungs, and the signals they send, are more important to voluntary action.
  • RP has been debated for decades, many saying that it means we have no free will and our bodies control us.
  • This study doesn’t tell us if free will is real, but it explains -when- we do things – the findings will help neuroscience, as well as many other research fields.

Neuroscientists one step closer to understanding exactly how emotions activate our brains

nature.com
  • Study provides proof that emotions are processed in one area of the brain—and not different areas for different emotions.
  • Similarly to retinotopy (process of mapping images from the eye along brain neurons), the authors propose a new mechanism called emotionotopy.
  • This is an important step towards understanding exactly how emotions activate different areas in the brain.
  • Additionally, the study shows that it’s possible to predict brain activity using moment-by-moment scores of six basic emotions.
  • The study was based on a high-quality dataset from a project called studyforrest.

MDMA-assisted PTSD therapy significantly more effective than therapy without psychedelics

eurekalert.org
  • In the USA alone, more than 3,000,000 people suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Many of them don’t respond well to the conventional psychotherapy + medication treatments.
  • New study shows that psychedelics can be a safe and effective agent in warding off PTSD.
  • The findings, based on 6 clinical trials in 4 countries, show that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy is significantly more effective compared to alternatives.

Psychedelics improve our psychological wellbeing

psypost.org
  • Study finds causal relationship between psychedelic use and increased nature-relatedness.
  • In other words, we appreciate nature more after we use psychedelics.
  • It’s not the only way to get closer to nature, going out on a hike might be enough for most people.
  • However, the finding does prove that psychedelics have a positive effect on our psychological wellbeing.

Content type -- not amount of screen time -- linked to negative psychological consequences

psypost.org
  • Two studies based on one dataset (3,659 children surveyed throughout 4 years) show that, essentially, negative content is linked to negative thinking patterns.
  • Researchers found that social media and TV consumption are linked to anxiety and depression in teenagers.
  • Surprisingly, no such link was found for video games, presumably because playing games is a social activity that allows people to spend more time with friends.
  • Ultimately, it looks like screen time in itself isn’t harmful, but it can be if young people consume the wrong content
  • In particular, content that causes youths to compare themselves to more successful peers was found to be harmful, as it makes young people more depressed.

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