The Brain and Body Are Really One, Especially When It Comes to Emotions

In April 2017, while preparing a lecture for a course on embodied cognition that I teach in French at UPop Montréal, I had to refresh my memory about the major communication pathways between the brain and the rest of the body, and one thing that struck me was just how many of these pathways there are! I won’t talk here about the communication pathways that are part of the hormonal and immune systems. Instead, I’ll…

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Shelter Cats Like a Box to Hide In

Cats like somewhere to hide - and research shows a cardboard box can be the simple solution.How do we know what types of enrichment are most important to cats? A new study by Dr. Jacklyn Ellis (University of Prince Edward Island) et al tests shelter cats’ preferences. The results show the importance of a simple cardboard box for kitty cats.What is environmental enrichment for cats?Environmental enrichment involves adding something to the cat’s environment that is…

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L’engramme mnésique, ou la trace concrète d’un souvenir dans notre cerveau

Comme je l’ai présenté ici le 11 septembre dernier, voici le résumé d’un aspect de mon cours #4 de l’université du troisième âge (UTA) que je donnerai demain à Longueuil et lundi prochain à St-Bruno (l’ordre habituel a été inversé car St-Bruno a fait une pause hier pour l’Action de grâce). J’ai eu l’idée de choisir cet aspect du cours dont je vais vous parler aujourd’hui en me rappelant une conversation récente avec un ami…

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Right Turn: A user’s guide to debunking health goop

Do you recognize the name Timothy Caulfield? How about if I tell you that he took on Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop empire in his popular 2015 book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Caulfield is a professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta who has made it his mission to educate the public about legal and ethical issues in medical research and, in his second book, he expands his…

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Can Dog Training Books Be Trusted?

Researchers assessed five best-selling dog training books for scientific accuracy – and found big variations in the quality of information they provide.If people are going to spend their money on a dog training book, you would hope they would get advice that is useful, easy to follow, up-to-date and accurate. Unfortunately, some dog training books fall short, according to a review by Dr. Clare Browne (University of Waikato) et al of five best-selling books.There is…

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Can Dog Training Books Be Trusted?

Researchers assessed five best-selling dog training books for scientific accuracy – and found big variations in the quality of information they provide.If people are going to spend their money on a dog training book, you would hope they would get advice that is useful, easy to follow, up-to-date and accurate. Unfortunately, some dog training books fall short, according to a review by Dr. Clare Browne (University of Waikato) et al of five best-selling books.There is…

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All blood is not the same

In this six-part series, Dr. Jeannie Callum, a hospital-based transfusion specialist, shares her real-life experience witnessing the impact of blood donation on patient lives. She provides some fascinating insight into blood transfusion, past and present, and emphasizes the need for male donors and why some donors may be safer for patients. Read the complete series here.

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