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Playing American football before age 12 could have long-term health effects Playing American football before the age of 12 may have long-term consequences for players' mood and behavior, according to a study involving 214 professional and amateur football players.
Today I Love The Loss Today I love the loss of a good friend to my community, not because of the loss, but because that loss is felt so profoundly and deeply, and that tells … ...
Overcoming the brain's fortress-like barrier Scientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier.
The brain at work: Spotting half-hidden objects The human and non-human primate brain is remarkable in recognizing partially hidden objects. A study, conducted during a shape recognition task, shows as more of the shape is hidden, a brain area involved in cognition starts to sends signals to the visual cortex. The findings make the scientists wonder if this communication between different brain areas might be impaired in people with autism or Alzheimer's. Both conditions can cause confusion in cluttered surroundings and problems recognizing objects.
Immune function might explain why women on hormonal contraception have increased risk of depression Depressive disorders afflict almost 10 percent of the United States population, but the incidence of depression among women is about twice that of men. Now, a new study published in the scientific journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity provides preliminary evidence that this difference is related to immune function. The research also could help explain why [...]
Best of Our Blogs: September 19, 2017 I’ve been listening to Sound’s True’s Self-Acceptance Summit, a free 10-day online event with leading experts such as Dr. Parker J. Palmer, Dr. Rick Hanson and Iyanla Vanzant presenting on self-acceptance. It’s been life changing. I realized that almost all problems lead back to a feeling … ...
The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.
Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis This piece is based on my talk to the UCL conference ‘The Role of Diagnosis in Clinical Psychology’. It was aimed at an audience of clinical psychologists but should be of interest more widely. I’ve been a long–term critic of psychiatric diagnoses but I’ve become increasingly frustrated by the myths and over-generalisations that get repeated … Continue reading "Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis"
Mental Illness in the Workplace Going to college was always a dream of mine while I was growing up. I dreamt of being a dentist, a music teacher, a music therapist, a neurologist, and a … ...
A Gift from the Sea & Me Today Belle and I ran on the beach. We do that a few times each week and even though I time my pace and measure my distance, my only goal … ...
Happy National Cheeseburger Day! Mayor McCheese’s least favorite holiday – National Cheeseburger Day.  Did you know that Americans eat around fifty billion (50,000,000,000) burgers a year!!! but today is National Cheeseburger Day. For National Cheeseburger Day, … ...
Animating Dreams and the Future of Dream Recording A proof of concept study explores muscle signals during sleep to recreate an animated dream avatar.
A Profile of North Korea’s “Dear Respected Comrade Leader" The Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics has developed a personality and leadership profile of Kim Jong Un.
Two Words that Destroy Mindfulness You can’t live in the moment if you’re always thinking about two words: What’s next?! Whether it’s an accomplishment or a failure, if you’re a hard core non-mindfulness person, it’s more like what’s … ...
Not All Depression Is Alike: Tips to Improve Situational... The word depression is used in different contexts. Some people claim it for minor problems like being disappointed, hurt or discouraged. Others use it to describe feelings of such heaviness and dejection that they are barely able to function. Symptoms may be so severe that … ...
Sex, aggression controlled separately in female animal brains, but overlap in male brains Brain structures that control sexual and aggressive behavior in mice are wired differently in females than in males, new research shows.
Why Are Friend Groups So Hard? When did “friend group” become a thing?  I certainly don’t know.  But of course I hear about it every day from girls. Girls are are the leaders of friend groups. … ...
Complaints Are Highly Underrated Linda: Many of us have resistance to voicing complaints. Even during those times when we are in touch with our dissatisfaction, clearly in touch with is what we don’t want. … ...
Hyacinth Bucket’s (I mean, Bouquet’s) Guide to Narcissism for... “Do you think,” asked my friend, “that Hyacinth Bucket, I mean Bouquet, on the BBC show Keeping Up Appearances is a narcissist?” “Well, I’ll reserve the show from the library,” … ...
The Shadow in a Selfie Silence was the main means of communication about the deep, sharp tensions that sliced the fabric of family life.