Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Dogs even have the hormone oxytocin, which, in humans, is involved with feeling love and affection for others. ... Thus we can look to the human research to see what we might expect of our dogs. Like a young child, dogs will clearly have emotions, but many fewer kinds of emotions than we find in adults
The idea that a dog takes on the personality of its owner has received scientific support. Researchers in Austria say dogs can mirror the anxiety and negativity of owners. And dogs that are relaxed and friendly can pass this on to humans, perhaps helping their owners cope with stress
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Saturday, 10 November 2018
What if you could feel great whenever you indulged in a curry or other hot dish, knowing that it was actually giving you a health boost? Well, guess what? Research has shown that spicy foods can change our brains and boost our overall health with a high concentration of flavour
Red peppers contain a compound known as apigenin, which has been shown to strengthen connections between brain cells. Other research has shown that apigenin, a flavonoid, may also be a a powerful agent in preserving key brain functions such as memory and learning. This, in turn, may provide protection against disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and some mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
A massive study of half a million Chinese people, conductedby researchers at Harvard, suggests that spicy food may help you live longer.Specifically, people who eat chilli peppers a few times a week lower their riskof death by 14% in any given period compared with those who stick to blanderfoods. Why? It’s thought that capsaicin, a compound found in peppers, has abeneficial effect on metabolism and directly reduces your risk of developing arange of ailments, including cancer.
Friday, 9 November 2018
Outside of music affecting the brain as an emotional experience, it is also a physical experience. ... Listening to music can create peak emotions, which increase the amount of dopamine, a specific neurotransmitter that is produced in the brain and helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers.
The evidence is clear — playing a musical instrument or listening to music can positively affect brain health and function. ... Music can improve mood, increase intelligence, enhance learning and concentration, and ward off the effects of brain aging.
If you want to exercise your brain, listen to music. ... Itprovides a total brain workout.” Research has shown that listening to music canreduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality,mood, mental alertness, and memory.
The Nose Is a Window to the Brain. Your nose may provide a direct path for harmful substances from the environment to reach your brain. “Your olfactory nerve is sitting out there sampling air,” says Pinto. “That's what it's supposed to do, but it's at risk for viruses, bacteria, whatever's in your nose
In reality, the nasal cavity, which connects the nose to the throat, leads almost straight back. Its ceiling is approximately even with the top of the nose, just below the eyes. ... The nasal cavity is an open area below the eyes and is where a nail enters the skull in the act.
The sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull. ... Your cheekbones hold your maxillary sinuses (the largest). The low-center of your forehead is where your frontal sinuses are located