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A new book reveals the secrets of self-control

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How to have your cake ... and not eat it! A new book reveals the secrets of self-control and making those New Year’s Resolutions last

By Mandy Francis
Last updated at 10:24 PM on 25th December 2011

Yes, it’s that time of year again: when we swear we’ll eat more healthily, work out regularly, stop smoking, and get our finances under control. Unfortunately, as we all know, it can be incredibly difficult to stick to any New Year’s resolutions for more than a week or two.

Internet Compulsion Disorder: Should We Include It in the DSM? (good article)

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Internet Compulsion Disorder: Should We Include It in the DSM?

Just as fast-food executives have capitalized on reward circuitry in our brains, savvy Internet entrepreneurs could influence our every action

How would a fast-food business executive build a very profitable Internet business? He would use techniques similar to those perfected by McDonald's, Coca Cola, Nestle, and Kraft.

Score! Dopamine! Repeat! Or Not. (Why goals don't bring satisfaction. )

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Score! Dopamine! Repeat! Or Not

Published on December 11, 2011 by Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D. in Greaseless

Reaching a goal triggers dopamine. That feels great, but the spurt soon ends. Then you become who you were before the spurt. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can get caught up in endless efforts to stimulate more dopamine with more goal-seeking.

"Masturbation Strike" - entertaining blog post on abstaining from masturbation

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Masturbation Strike

18FridayNov 2011

Posted by dangerandplay in Uncategorized

Guys who think about game is a subculture, and like other subcultures, certain fads spread. The latest is a masturbation strike. That is, guys are wondering if masturbating sucks away their manly life force.

As it happens, I once went seven weeks without masturbating. Some undoubted and noticeable changes happen.

“Six weeks from now, you’ll start eye fucking the lunch ladies”

Oxytocin May Buffer Kids From Mom's Depression

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Oxytocin May Buffer Kids From Mom's Depression

Anxiety, conduct disorders more prevalent in children with low oxytocin levels, study finds

December 9, 2011

FRIDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to mothers with postpartum depression are at increased risk for mental health problems, but a hormone called oxytocin may reduce the risk, according to a new study.

A mother's touch may protect against drug cravings later

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A mother's touch may protect against drug cravings later
December 6th, 2011 in Neuroscience

An attentive, nurturing mother may be able to help her children better resist the temptations of drug use later in life, according to a study in rats conducted by Duke University and the University of Adelaide in Australia.

How Exercise Benefits the Brain (only takes one session)

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How Exercise Benefits the Brain, By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/how-exercise-benefits-the-brain...

To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed by strenuous exercise.

First, the young men watched a rapid-fire lineup of photos with the faces and names of strangers. After a break, they tried to recall the names they had just seen as the photos again zipped across a computer screen.

Sex deficit bad for Japans bottom line

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Sex deficit bad for Japans bottom line
Posted by: CNN.com business producer, Kevin Voigt

Hong Kong (CNN) – From an economist’s point of view, the rallying cry to cure Japan’s ills the past two decades has often been, “Spend, Japan, spend!”

From a demographer’s point of view, the cry is more: “Procreate, Japan, procreate!”
A survey last week underscores the growing problems of the latter point.

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