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Book recommendations on how the brain impacts the body

I'm interested in learning more about the science of mind-body connections, especially in the mind-impacts-body direction. For example, I'm curious about how mental exertion can lead to physical fatigue, or how an emotion can trigger physical symptoms in the body (such as indigestion from stress). I'm looking for an interesting and accessible book on this topic, if one exists. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Nov 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Simple and practical steps to regain a sense of wonder and possibility

I was reflecting last week on how I felt last time I fell in love. Aside from a motherload of the strong feelings for the other person, I remember a strong sense of wonder and possibility. I'd like to feel this way again - but without the need to fall in love with someone. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary on Oct 22, 2014 - 16 answers

A concept so big the mind can't grasp it...

I read an article recently about our species ongoing bid to destroy our natural habitat. In the article (possibly 'The Guardian') it invoked a concept invented by (I think) a cultural critic (whose name escapes me), the general premise being that our slow-motion environmental collapse falls into a class of ideas that are so vast that our minds can't process or focus on it and therefore it tends to disregard it. I'm sure the article gave this concept a name...any ideas?
posted by Rufus T. Firefly on Apr 23, 2014 - 8 answers

I don't learn/recall as well in my thirties. Strategies?

What are some strategies to keep the mind in its best condition to learn, retain, and recall as we age? Its much harder and psychologically daunting for me to keep "fresh" than it was just a few years ago. How do I halt the decline or improve the situation? [more inside]
posted by meantime on Mar 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Kids' upcoming attitudes toward surveillance - any research or similar?

Is there a book or a research article (or high quality speculation) to be found, which would ponder how frequent bombarding with "surveillance is a good thing" comments (appearing in media and made by some kind of authority) and "yet another security flaw appeared in a mobile application, in a web service or in a department of a company" news (which would happen to some high profile and well known company) affects kids and youngsters? I mean their mind is still shaping, so it would be interesting to know in advance, what kind of adults will they become? Naturally the mind of an individual is shaping throughout the whole lifetime, but it could be said that there are lots of people, who aren't or will not be very good at getting rid of their "old programming".
posted by spctrm on Mar 3, 2014 - 3 answers

SELF-ESTEEM - I need that. In Megadoses.

Time to rebuild my psyche. I've been somewhat of a target for the narcissism, drama and toxicity of an entire family for too long. Extreme emotional abuse. Now, it's time for a COMPLETE make-over. This stuff has effected me to the point where I was depressed with an eating disorder and in general just extremely low-achieving in life. So low, it's pathetic - but given the circumstances, understandable. So - my question is this: I am looking for FREE resources, books, seminars, hidden gems out there ( you can memail if that's preferable) on the exact steps, thoughts and actions required to begin to build self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Dec 19, 2013 - 16 answers

I'm stuck and not sure how to do life.

I am lost on how to proceed with my life/diet. Because #1 - There are many positives to eating strict #2 - There are many negatives to eating strict. [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Dec 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Brain and body not both in love, makes me feel bad

I have been dating a woman for just under six months that I met unexpectedly when visiting another city. She is almost perfect: smart,funny, sassy, intellectually stimulating, kind, attentive, independently minded, socially aware, positive, sociable, generous, emotionally strong and sensitive, likes and wants to have children, easy going and has great friends. She dresses well and is pretty, has a lovely smile and is healthful. We enjoy straightforward communication and are open and honest with each other. I am not very physically attracted to her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me find the kind of recipe that sticks in your memory for decades.

What are your favourite simple recipes that make "guests plead for the secret"? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Oct 2, 2013 - 61 answers

It's a big, good, really big, good vocabulary.

I can't remember a word. It denotes the emotion of recognizing that another person shares the same form of subjective experience as you. When I read it, it implied, to me, a poetic opposite of solipsism. I believe it was single, simple word, English-sounding, and not merely a string of Latin or Greek roots. Seems like I read the definition on Mefi. Can you help me recall this word?
posted by rlk on Aug 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Music and noises in my head - how to get them to stop?

I pretty much constantly have fragments of music, or bits of past conversations, or just random, repetitive noises playing over and over in my head. The problem has got worse in the past year or so, and now it's at the point where I pretty much can't bear it any longer. Is this normal, and how do I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Resources for learning to learn more effectively?

I'm looking for resources for evidence-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2013 - 11 answers

What should I do with my brain when I'm jogging?

I have been running for a few weeks (with the help of a Couch to 5K app), and am facing an unexpected challenge -- the incessant chatter inside my head. What is a more productive use of my brain while my body is running? What do experienced runners focus on -- breathing, the next marker, their body, music, nothing at all?
posted by swift on Apr 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Can you identify this unusual neurological (?) reading phenomenon?

It's when "words fall away to pictures" occasionally , perhapps particularly when reading the text of physical books, usually novels, of a large size. It doesn't happen with reading online or e-book readers or textbooks. It's as if the visual imagination (without deliberate activation) overrides what's actually been seen by the eyes, so that the story unfolding is actually being "watched" in the mind's eye in an immersive, vivid way where one becomes virtually unaware of the actual text print and the outside world (so it's not even like watching a movie in a cinema, where there is more consciousness of the real surroundings). This is not just getting immersed in reading - the strong, and not deliberately activated, visualization is crucial. Based on anecdotal evidence, what I'm describing (not from my personal experience) appears to be a rarer rather than a common experience. Anyone have ideas what this neurological (?) trait might be?
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2013 - 18 answers

CIA mind control

I was reading about psychic driving which is a CIA and psychotherapy technique to change human behavior. What I wonder is what kind of messages did they play to them? The same ones over and over? Different ones mixed together? what kind of things did they say? Seeing as how it was done by Dr. D. Ewen Cameron at a legitimate University under the guise of legitimate psychiatric research , I would imagine he would have released peer reviewed medical journals detailing his techniques, their effectiveness ect including what messages he played to them. What I am particularity interested in is what kind of things were said on the tape they played
posted by john123357 on Apr 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Name that Music Effect...Eternal Sunshine edition

What is the name of the warbling, sort of buzzy effect heard on the background accompaniment part? (It's hard to tell whether it's strings or a synthesizer.) Is it some kind of delay effect? (Link inside question.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 21, 2013 - 3 answers

I need brain yoga.

What are some good techniques for relaxing mental rigidity and getting a fresh perspective? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Brain cloud? I knew it!

How can I test my memory and keep track of how I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 9, 2012 - 7 answers

My mind is blank all the time? How do I fix this??

My mind is blank all the time? How do I fix this?? (long read but please read) [more inside]
posted by soul24rage on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

My name, please make a note of it.

I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 18, 2012 - 34 answers

Got to Find a Peace of Mind

I'm having trouble searching for this on Google. But, I'd like to know more about the inner workings of the mind. I'm looking for scholarly articles or anecdotes that discuss how people's minds work. I'm primarily looking for details about how vivid images are in people's minds and how close thoughts feel in someone's head. [more inside]
posted by livinglearning on Apr 5, 2012 - 6 answers

now

please fill in the fuzzy bits : a notable person [artist? | film director? | writer? ] survives a [brain injury? | virus?] and subsequently perceives all experiences and imagined futures as occurring in the present, he becomes a public speaker sharing how his unique perspective can free us from fear. I think the hive will post a youtube or ted link in under 45 seconds.
posted by compound eye on Mar 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Going too fast at work

I get data review and entry work done extremely fast with no discernible lack of quality. But, I also have a persistent feeling I'm doing things wrong or missing important details. How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Mental Fitness

How do I get myself in shape mentally? If I spent my life on the couch eating junk food, you might recommend running, weight lifting, a healthy diet, or yoga to get me in shape. Well, I have spent my life drinking beers, smoking weed, and watching mind numbing television. How can I get myself in shape mentally? [more inside]
posted by kaizen on Dec 28, 2011 - 31 answers

The dreaming mind

How does my brain know that I'm awake? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Lost Thought, Lost Mind

Where is my mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Did Freud ever claim not to know why psychoanalysis works?

Quote filter: Did Freud ever claim not to know why psychoanalysis works? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Creating creativity - can it be done?

Help me participate in a mental exercise - how do I establish a more creative mindset? Right now, I'm not creative at all, painfully aware of the fact, and feel powerless to change the situation. [more inside]
posted by jjleonard on Aug 11, 2011 - 30 answers

How can I forget / remove values that were taught to me when I grew?

My parents are conservative Christians and I were brought up with Christian values. As I grew older, I began to question my faith and after years of searching, I finally discovered that Christianity; like other religions are based on ideas and concepts that are mostly outdated. I am an atheist now and I am happy with that. But the thing is... I have an animosity towards Christianity; I feel that years of my life wasted in believing lies... years that I can not ever claim back. And worse... some of the values taught to me seem to stick like chewed up gum sticking on shoe. I don't know how to get rid of these Christian values I want out. [more inside]
posted by bbxx on Jul 31, 2011 - 37 answers

What ever happened to deprogrammer Ted Patrick?

I've finished reading "Let Our Children Go" by Ted Patrick and "Snapping" by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman amongst others. I read the Wikipedia page on Patrick. My question: Where is he now? Or in the last 20 years? I would have thought magazine or television bit would have done a follow-up on him or at least mentioned him.
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Why does the sounds of smacking give me a euphoric rush?

Why does the sounds of smacking give me a euphoric rush? [more inside]
posted by supyo on May 9, 2011 - 4 answers

The opposite of zombies minds without bodies

Can you recommend stories of disembodied minds? [more inside]
posted by SpaceWarp13 on Feb 25, 2011 - 44 answers

Help tame The Monkey Mind!

I've come to the conclusion that the root of unhappiness/strife, etc. is what goes on inside my own noodle. In addition to meditation (and, with apologies, excluding western religion) how to tame The Monkey Mind? How to better control the quality of one's thoughts?
posted by gb77 on Dec 16, 2010 - 16 answers

Which martial art is for me?

Based on my physique and specific desires, I'm wondering which martial art would be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by gman on Nov 28, 2010 - 16 answers

I think my mind-body connection is out of whack

I get extreme physical reactions to my emotions. Is this normal, and if not, how do I better learn to manage my emotions so that it doesn't affect my health and my life so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Can't figure out what makes this mental "magic" trick work

How does this trick work? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Oct 1, 2010 - 34 answers

Minds, How Do They Work?

What's the best book to provide an up-to-date view on our current understanding of the human mind (and brain)? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Aug 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me identify this SciFi novel.

Help me identify this SciFi novel. I can't remember the title or who wrote it. I read it back in the late 1970s or early 80s, so it is at least that old. [more inside]
posted by governale on Aug 10, 2010 - 4 answers

What are some good, maths, word, movie, logic games that can be played with just your mind in the dark?

I am looking for games/mental activities you can play with nothing but your mind. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Jun 26, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me create big circles of content that orbit around each other

There have been a few questions about mindmapping apps before but I'm looking for something to create mind clouds...I want to create large circles with content orbiting around it, with links to Flickr, YouTube, blog entries etc. The closest thing I have found is Mindcloud.jp but it's a bit wonky and mostly in Japanese. Also I can't see how I would embed it into another site, so ideally I'm looking for some kind of widget that I can embed into a Wordpress blog...or even a Wordpress theme that could create these mind clouds. Any ideas?
posted by skylar on Apr 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Design By Committee Always Works

Looking to make the best trail mix possible. List one or two ingredients that you love in trail mix, and one or two you hate. Will name this trail mix 'hive mind mix' based on you're replies and will re-post with how it tastes.
posted by parallax7d on Mar 30, 2010 - 98 answers

I can see the light! Wait, no. Wait, yes. Wait, what?!

Why are my eyes messing with me?! Why do I see something that's not there? Or why don't I see something that is there? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Jan 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Blue air in, Brown air out

Do you ever use visualization techniques such as imaginary trepanation? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Nov 5, 2009 - 24 answers

I need to run chkdsk on my brain...

My mind is blown, it's not my own, where did my idea go? I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind! Help? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 20, 2009 - 11 answers

365 days of not being able to remember

365 days of something...argh. [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Do you remember the day you started thinking in your current spoken language?

Those who have learned to speak and think in another language, do you remember the age (and day) you started thinking in your current spoken language? [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 4, 2009 - 30 answers

Say termites took over your mind...

Could an AI zombify another? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 27, 2009 - 13 answers

"Rules of Thumb" and "Instincts" of the Human Mind

What "rules of thumb" or "instincts" of the human mind are commonly applicable? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jul 21, 2009 - 23 answers

I need sleep.

How can I make my office more comfortable so that I can take naps over lunch? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 21, 2009 - 29 answers

What are the great life changing books no one has ever heard of?

What are some underrated but mind altering books? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Jul 19, 2009 - 56 answers

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