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How does it work? CBT vs anti-depressants

Cognitive behavioural therapy is the best-studied form of psychotherapy. But researchers are still struggling to understand why it works (Single Link Nature.com). People with depression tend to have detectable differences in two primary brain systems: the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for complex mental tasks such as self-control and planning, and the limbic system — including the ...
posted to MeFi by spamandkimchi at 1:34 PM on November 18, 2014

The crew of the Enterprise take on their greatest challenge yet -- an out-of-service holodeck

LARP Trek - webcomic from MetaFilter's own cortex
posted to MeFi by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:12 AM on November 26, 2012

I would like to not be the Pillsbury Doughgirl.

Helpful folk of Metafilter: I (mid 30s, F, doughy) would like to make use of my gym time to get stronger. The amount of information on the internet is overwhelming. Please help me find an app or a routine or something so that once my frontal cortex gets me TO the gym it can zone out while I get muscles. I have access to a well-equipped large university gym but there is a lot of stuff in there. ...
posted to Ask MeFi by telepanda at 11:16 AM on March 10, 2016

The price of parking

“I truly believe that when men and women think about parking, their mental capacity reverts to the reptilian cortex of the brain,”
posted to MeFi by latkes at 9:24 PM on December 29, 2011

Where does the will to go on come from?

In a rare study involving direct brain stimulation, Michael Greicius, a neurologist at Stanford University, and collaborators say they have uncovered direct evidence that a brain region known as the anterior midcingulate cortex and its surrounding network play a central role in motivation and a readiness to act.
posted to MeFi by headspace at 11:25 PM on December 8, 2013

93: Midlife Crisis Machine

The newest episode of the podcast features the same crew of jessamyn (first post-MeFi show!), me, and cortex recapping the funding efforts, and then all the best bits from the MeFi universe that runs a total of 1hr 40min long. MetaTalk links Fundraising update for MeFi, Original "State of MeFi" announcement, Medium post with more background. TLDR podcast on the MeFi situation. MeFi ...
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 12:47 PM on June 4, 2014

Slow Build x 10^6

By processing a million songs in twenty minutes, and using the Stairway detector Paul discovered many songs that Slow Build "more" (up to 29) than Stairway to Heaven (which gets only a 9). [via] Paul Lamere is also responsible for Six Degrees of Black Sabbath, previously. He's analyzed the Loudness War in music production, covered on the blue: louder, over. He helped us find Swing and ... company brought us the tools that Mefi's own cortex used for a couple of projects. He was inspired by posts on Reddit asking for slow builds. ...
posted to MeFi by morganw at 2:37 PM on September 19, 2011

Get the lead out.

Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? Karl Smith, a professor of public economics and government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has a good rule of thumb for categorizing epidemics: If it spreads along lines of communication, he says, the cause is information. Think Bieber Fever. If it travels along major transportation routes, the cause is ... exposure. What’s especially tragic is that the loss of volume was concentrated in the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain closely associated with ...
posted to MeFi by the man of twists and turns at 6:45 AM on January 3, 2013

The Canonical Quidnunc

You all know you should vote #1 quidnunc kid. But do you know why? In case you don't, we've assembled this helpful voter guide to Voting #1 quidnunc kid. You should vote #1 quidnunc kid because: He would like to be the next Pope Everyone will vote #1 quidnunc kid in their own time He is much more non-American than abiezer He will immediately put all his nephews to death In ... willing to stroturf for him Vampires. And musicals. Vampire musicals You'd like to slap down a cortex or a pb with an ice-cold boxed one-liner ...
posted to MetaTalk by scrump at 2:07 PM on June 18, 2013

2012 Datawankery

Some 2012 datawankery, courtesy of the infodumpster.... Metafilter Who made the most posts? - quin (226) - Artw (221) - the man of twists and turns (174) - fearfulsymmetry (156) - zarq (155) All-time record holder: homunculus with 1193 Who made the most comments? - Artw (6905) - The Whelk (5853) - homunculus (4954). - delmoi (3425) (All-time record holder with 32717) - ... a medical cadaver (534) - psoas on a guy who invites you on a date and wants you to pay (264) - cortex regarding the placement of mugs on The Daily ...
posted to MetaTalk by zarq at 10:00 AM on January 4, 2013

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