|For a Profound Sense of Meaning in Life, Have Sex
||How central is sexuality to the development of well-being? New research untangles the association between sexuality and various dimensions of well-being.
|Best of Our Blogs: June 13, 2017
||Your doctor may have created a treatment protocol for your physical health. You may have a business protocol at work. But creating a mental health protocol could also do wonders for your emotional well-being. Setting up a systemized plan can give you a sense of … ...
|Our Kids Are Not All Right
||By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.
||My autistic son has had dozens of doctors, therapists, intervention specialists, teachers, aids, coaches and camp counselors, and most of these individuals and their programs have been very helpful for Tommy. Nine years of special attention have been good for him. He went from an … ...
|The Tyranny of Perfectionism
||Severe and fierce perfectionism is no laughing matter.
|Socioeconomic background linked to reading improvement
||Neuroscientists have found that dyslexic children from lower income families responded much better to a summer reading program than children from a higher socioeconomic background. Using MRI data, the team also found anatomical changes in the brains of children whose reading abilities improved -- in particular, a thickening of the cortex in parts of the brain known to be involved in reading.
|3 Tasty Foods That Protect The Brain From Ageing
||Some foods can keep your brain young.
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|Personality in Elementary School Can Predict Smoking and Drinking...
||Personality traits that predispose children to risky behaviors in high school may already be apparent in elementary school, even if the actual smoking and drinking don’t come until later. Although there are a range of factors that contribute to high school smoking and drinking, researchers tend to agree that some...
|Will More Kids Be Branded Sex Offenders for Life?
||Subjecting children to a lifetime label of “sex offender” causes predictable and serious harm.
|Social interaction is critical for mental and physical health
||People who have close social ties have fewer health problems and live longer.
|Why Parents May Sacrifice their Own Children
||Under certain circumstances, we have inherited a biological tendency to sacrifice ourselves and our children for our kin or social group. Abraham and Isaac's story is illustrative.
|New Promise for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
||A new class of compounds that may be useful in the treatment of schizophrenia.
|Revisiting Unconditional Love: What Works and What Doesn’t...
||Unconditional love is a noble ideal. We want to be accepted and loved as we are. And perhaps we’d like to see ourselves as spiritually evolved and capable of selfless love. Unfortunately, loving unconditionally may be a setup to feel shame or heartache when our … ...
|Psychologists Hold the Future of Democracy in Their Hands
||It's up to psychologists to explain how leaders with a disordered personality pose a threat to society.
|16 Personalities Test
||Now you can take scientifically validated test to find out your own four-letter type.
|Study: Patients often substitute medical marijuana for opioid pain medications and other drugs
||Medical marijuana patients tend to reduce their use of prescription opioid pain medications, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, investigated whether there was a “substitution effect” for medical cannabis — meaning that people with legal access to marijuana decide to use it instead of other medications. The researchers found [...]
|Concentration spans drop when online ads pop up
||Researchers have shown that measurements of the brain's electrical activity can be used to test the influence of intrusive online advertisements on internet users' concentration and emotions.
|'Multi-dimensional universe' in brain networks
||Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a scientists have uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.
|Acting and thinking: Are they the same for our brain?
||Neuroscientists have recently put forward an original hypothesis -- all these cognitive functions rely on one central function: emulation. This function creates an abstract dynamic 'image' of movements, thereby enabling the brain to strengthen its motor skills and construct a precise and lasting representation of them. The fronto-parietal network, it is argued, has evolved from a network that only controlled motor skills to a much more generalized system.
|Neuro-receptor PET could provide an early warning for alcoholic relapse
||A study reveals how brain receptors involved in the compulsion to drink, adapt to alcohol-dependency by reducing their bioavailability, but return to their normal availability after a modest period of detoxification. Receptor availability at the outset of sobriety could also serve as a predictor of long-term success.