The Spiritual Part Of Human Brain
Ever wondered how your brain processes spiritual experiences? Scientists have identified a possible “neurobiological home” for the sense of connection to something greater than oneself. The study showed that activity in the parietal cortex — an area of the brain involved in awareness of self and others as well as attention processing — seems to be a common element among individuals who have experienced a variety of spiritual experiences. “Spiritual experiences are robust states that may have profound impact on people’s lives,” said Marc Potenza, Professor at Yale University in Connecticut, US. “Understanding the neural bases of spiritual experiences may help us better understand their roles in resilience and recovery from mental health and addictive disorders,” Potenza added. Spiritual experiences can be religious in nature or not, such as a feeling of oneness with nature or the absence of self during sporting events.
Snacking at night and poor sleep
Are you in the habit of snacking in the middle of the night? Besides leading to unhealthy eating behaviours, it can also result in poor sleep and obesity, according to a new study. The research showed that poor quality of sleep seemed to be a major predictor of junk food cravings, and it was associated with a greater likelihood of participants reporting obesity, diabetes and other health problems. “Laboratory studies suggest that sleep deprivation can lead to junk food cravings at night, which in turn leads to increased unhealthy snacking at night, which then leads to weight gain,” said Michael A. Grandner from Department of Psychiatry in the University of Arizona.
Mother-child behaviour linked: study
Children born to mothers with greater emotional control and problem-solving abilities are less likely to develop behavioural problems, finds a new study. The research showed that mothers with high emotional control are less likely to be verbally harsh with their children. Mothers with higher emotional and cognitive control were less likely to report poor child conduct, such as fighting with other children or throwing tantrums when they don’t get what they want. “When you lose control of your life, that impacts how you parent. That chaos both directly and indirectly influences your child’s behaviour,” said lead author Ali Crandall, from Brigham Young University in Utah, US. The study, published in the journal Family Relations, included data from 152 mothers, aged between 21 to 49 years, who had children between 3 to 7 years of age.
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