Food for thought: How your belly controls your brain
Ruairi Robertson
December 2015



We can’t get rid of thoughts by trying to get rid of thoughts


My Hidden OCD Exposed
Anne Swanson
Oct 11, 2016

such_a_reliefAnne Swanson used to fear phone interactions due to Intrusive Thought Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She would fear she had said something atrocious, even though she hadn’t. However, through exposure response therapy, Anne has learned to manage her anxiety and embrace leaving voicemail messages.


Self-control: serves the group

Logging In to the Brain’s Social Network
October 18, 2013

self-control seems like something that is there to help us move our own agenda forward, but a lot of times self-control is really serving to move the group’s agenda forward and serve the group.
So it’s a much more social factor than I think we usually consider.



Dunbar’s Number

Calling Dunbar’s Numbers
Pádraig MacCarron, Kimmo Kaski, Robin Dunbar
4 Aug 2016

The social brain hypothesis predicts that humans have an average of about 150 relationships at any given time.
Within this 150, there are layers of friends of an ego, where the number of friends in a layer increases as the emotional closeness decreases.

Individuals do not give equal weight to each relationship and evidence from the social brain hypothesis suggests that ego networks are structured into a sequence of layers with the size of each layer increasing as emotional closeness decreases (Dunbar 1998, Hill and Dunbar 2003).
The mean number of friends in each has been found to be around 5, 15, 50 and 150 in the cumulative layers (i.e. on average 10 people in the second layer to make a total of 15) (Zhou et al. 2005, Hamilton et al. 2007).