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Today I Love The Watery Weather Today I love the watery weather that almost always comes with Summerfolk, though a year without rain for those two weeks would be a welcome change. I love the moody … ...
Stimulating area of the brain can reduce aggressive behavior elicited by violent video games A specific type of brain stimulation has been found to reduce unprovoked aggression that results from playing violent video games, according to a study recently published in Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience. Many of today’s most popular video games encourage players to violently and graphically bring realistic human-like characters to their gruesome demise, using a [...]
How to Chase Away Your Summertime Blues Does your stomach turn when the thought of summer begins? Do you feel lonely, sad, or depressed in the summer months? Is it hard for you to plan a vacation, or get some good shut eye? If so, don’t feel bad, because you are not … ...
Healthier Sleep for Bipolar Disorder Short but comprehensive video about healthier sleep habits for managing bipolar disorder....
Heroes, Statues, and Moral Standards Judging people by the norms of their time is more complicated than it may seem.
Firing of neurons changes the cells that insulate them Through their pattern of firing, neurons influence the behavior of the cells that upon maturation will provide insulation of neuronal axons, according to a new study. The findings suggest the existence of a complex and nuanced interplay between neurons and the non-neuronal cells that support and protect them.
Why Do All My Friendships Crash and Burn? Why!?! As I watch yet another friendship founder and break apart on the rocky shore of my life, I can’t help asking why!?! What is behind this heart-breaking trend? Why … ...
7 Essentials for Parents of Kids with OCD Looking back to what I now know suggests that my 3 1/2 year old son’s long lasting temper tantrums may have been an indication that something was up. I just didn’t know what it was and wasn’t sure how to become better informed. All I … ...
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The environment can become a noninvasive therapeutic approach to bolster white matter health Those parents you overhear transforming trips to the grocery store into sensory adventures -- telling babies too young to babble that broccoli is GREEN, radishes are RED and tangerines are ORANGE -- are onto something. Being exposed to a complex and stimulating environment rich with new sights, sounds and a full vocabulary can play a powerful role in strengthening infants' developing brains.
Serotonin may worsen tinnitus Millions of people suffer from the constant sensation of ringing or buzzing in the ears known as tinnitus, creating constant irritation for some and severe anxiety for others. Research shows why a common antidepressant medication may worsen the condition.
Are Narcissists Able to Tell the Truth About Themselves? Because people high in narcissism seem so focused on their impressions, you'd think they lie in psychological testing. New research shows when narcissists are most likely to lie.
The Mama’s Boy One of my first boyfriends was a Mama’s Boy.  I was okay with the daily phone calls but when she came to visit it became eye opening. So one weekend his … ...
Yoga and meditation improve mind-body health and stress resilience A new research article investigates the effects of yoga and meditation on people by looking at physiological and immunological markers of stress and inflammation. By studying the participants of an intensive three-month yoga and meditation retreat, the researchers found that the practices positively impacted physiological and immunological markers of stress and inflammation, and in addition improved subjective wellbeing.
Wealth disparity and family income impact the brain development of female youth Female teenagers living in neighborhoods with wide salary gaps and a low-income household show changes to their brain maturation that could indicate a higher risk of developing mental illness in adulthood.
People with autism spectrum disorder show neural responses of anxiety on seeing social touch People with strong signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show neural signs of anxiety when they see social touch and report unpleasant feelings about social touch by comparison to people with weak signs of ASD.
The brains of newborns distinguish between caresses The ability to distinguish between different kinds of caresses on the skin already exists at a very early age. This is evident from a study in which the blood supply in brains of infants 6 to 10 weeks old was investigated.    
Bullying Isn’t Just ‘Child’s Play’ My name is Gabe Howard and I’m forty years old. I’m outgoing and charismatic, and I make my living as a writer and speaker. Despite a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, my adult life is stable and I’m content. When it comes to my childhood, many … ...
Addiction and Anxiety: It’s Not About Just Relaxing If you’ve been dealing with anxiety for a while, then you’ve probably heard all of the annoying advice already. Don’t be so uptight! Just chill out! Relax and let some … ...
Contact in sports may lead to differences in the brains of young, healthy athletes People who play contact sports show changes to their brain structure and function, with sports that have greater risk of body contact showing greater effects on the brain, a new study has found.