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Our own unique experiences shape how we view the world and respond to the events in our lives. But experience is highly subjective. What's distressing or joyful to one person may be very different to another.
These differences can matter, especially as a growing body of research shows that what happens in our inner landscapes, our thoughts about and interpretations of our experiences, can have physical consequences in our brains and bodies.
This was the subject of a talk given Feb. 16 by University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Healthy Minds founder and director Richard Davidson at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, titled: How the Mind Informs the Brain: Depression and Well-Being.
How we experience the world affects us in more ways than we previously thought says Davidson, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at UW-Madison.
We're finding that emotions and thoughts can alter neural pathways in the brain in relatively short amounts of time and even affect processes like gene expression and aging.
Davidson says tapping into the role experience plays in mental health could help scientists and clinicians design better interventions to treat disorders such as anxiety and depression.

This framework stands in contrast to the tendency of neuroscientists to place more value on behavior in lieu of studying experience. In his talk, Davidson made the case for more fully integrating emerging scientific knowledge of the mind-body connection with neuroscience study design.
Not only should individual experience be more fully accounted for and measured in neuroscience studies, Davidson argues, efforts to do so are revealing previously unknown neural networks that are implicated in well-being and mental health disorders.
The problem, he says, is that experience has long been thought of as synonymous with behavior, when in fact the two are separate and can influence each other.

Davidson and other scientists in the field have used imaging tools like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to measure activity and structures in the brain while observing relationships between specific neural networks and behaviors.
What's exciting about these findings is that when we take experience into account, certain neural mechanisms are implicated that would not otherwise be identified he says.
The findings underscore the importance of taking both experience and behavior into account when building neural accounts of emotion, well-being and psychopathology.

Studies of mindfulness and meditation serve as examples of interventions that focus on experience. These forms of mental training hold the potential to influence how people notice sensations and form emotional responses to the events around them in ways that can affect their biology and actually drive behavior.
Previous research related to emotional well-being and depression can act as helpful models, Davidson says, because there is evidence that psychological interventions that include mental training practices to increase positive qualities of mind such as attention, kindness and compassion can leave lasting effects on the brain and physiological aspects of health.
In theory, scientists can take this information and begin looking at other interventions that influence experience to see what kind of impact on the brain and body they may have.
Davidson is excited for new study methods enabled by smartphones because they can gather critical data about a person's experience at specific intervals during the day, outside of the lab, in more natural, everyday environments.
Called experience sampling the idea is to deliberately gather information about a person's mental state and experiences to create a larger picture of how his or her brain, behavior and experiences interact.

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Both Robert Mueller and Donald Trump attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. Yet Mueller and Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets.

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Google Working to Improve Wordpress

"Google's partnership with WordPress aims to jump-start the platform's support of the latest web technologies -- particularly those involving performance & mobile experience. And they're hiring WordPress experts."

#technology #google #wordpress #tech

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Mulchive Wermis was a Human male captain of the Star Destroyer Devastator while that vessel was the flagship of Darth Vader, and at times felt the grip of Vader's Force choke. Wermis was a coward, and Vader enjoyed tormenting him psychologically.

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Dez Bryant says critics 'can kiss my a--': The Cowboys wide receiver said he and the team have not talked about his taking a pay cut. http://dlvr.it/QHgJMt

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How Can A #Rocket Turn In #Space When There Is No Atmosphere? : http://sciabc.us/6DJIr #science

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LOL!! Brilliant! Captures what Trump would really rather say to CPAC.

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Earth holds the key to detecting life beyond our solar system https://phys.org/news/2018-02-earth-key-life-solar.amp

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Having armed teachers roaming school hallways isn’t an answer but try convincing Trump, a man who likes firearms, Heather Mallick writes.

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#NASCAR John Hunter Nemechek makes his first laps in a Xfinity Series car https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-xs/news/nascar-nemechek-xfinity-ganassi-debut-1008355/ via @motorsport

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APOD: NGC 6946

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#shroomshotsaturday by +Patti Colston +Patricia Kristensen +Sabeena LoBello +ShroomshotSaturday
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The area behind Alexanderplatz station in morning light and color. Not the most pleasant place.

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Humanity is the biggest religion
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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Bitten by a fairy?

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Svartskog, Norway

This otherwise perfect specimen has lost a chunk that will never be repaired and makes this mushroom look rather mutilated. Yet this is more the norm than not, which makes finding a perfect specimen difficult and requiring on a lot of luck.

This is from a ravenous slug having had a feast in the dark of night, which makes this frustrating as during the day they are nowhere to be seen and you can locate a beautiful specimen only to find it completely demolished the next morning.

Thus, as with life as a whole, never postpone. Never wait for a tomorrow, as now is when you have all the opportunities in the world to harvest what is available.

That said, I do find this artistic and beautiful as it is a beautifully carved bite and often a mushroom is crisscrossed with holes like a Swiss cheese and looking like a complete mess. This one is for a brief moment a piece of art.

This was shot in the very last minutes of daylight and I assume the slugs were already on their way to gnawing off another piece of the mushroom, making it much less of art and more of a disaster.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 08 September 2017 18:22
Altitude: 51 meters

#fungi #mushrooms #autumn #svartskog #norway

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On the way to the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for some night shooting. I couldn't resist stopping off at Peters lookout, for that famous postcard shot :-)

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Linux is in everything these days, and that means designers and engineers are crying out for a simple, easy-to-use module that simplifies the design of building a product to do something with Linux. The best example of this product category would probably…

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Shut Ball: #Basketball #Game for Beach, Backyard and Tailgating http://ow.ly/VSpb30iARsJ

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#NASCAR Martin Truex Jr.: "Atlanta will test my title defense bid" https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/nascar-martin-truex-jr-atlanta-1008229/ via @motorsport

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Three takeaways from Lonzo Ball’s Lakers return after six-week layoff: The rookie's return in Friday's 124-102 win over the Mavs was his first game action since spraining his left MCL on Jan. 13. http://dlvr.it/QHgBvx
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