Research

Why Do We Have Nightmares?

 Nightmares are helpful to our survival or else they probably would have  been done away with by evolution, said Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at  Harvard University. Barrett theorizes that nightmares act as the brain’s  way of focusing a person’s attention on issues they need to address.   http://www.livescience.com/32730-why-do-we-have-nightmares.html

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Can you teach people to have empathy?

Open Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one line will jump out at you: “You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33287727

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Moms, Let Dad Be Dad

   Marking the father’s day just passed this article highlights the  contribution of father’s input in the child’s development. It is important  not to get drawn into stereotyping mother’s and father’s approach but  instead to highlight the significance of difference and plurality in the  children’s life.   http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-dads-play-does-for-kids-1434476561

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Blind, Yet Seeing: The Brain’s Subconscious Visual Sense

The mind can ‘see’ even when it appears it cannot. This article presents some interesting research around the unconscious perception and the ability of the brain to process the environment even when the visual skills are impaired. It demonstrates the depth of the human mind beyond the surface.       http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/health/23blin.html?_r=1

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