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Adults with schizophrenia more than 3.5 times more likely to die Adults with schizophrenia were more than 3.5 times as likely to die as adults in the general U.S. population, particularly from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and that implicates tobacco as a modifiable risk factor, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Many factors, including economic disadvantage, negative health behaviors, and difficulty accessing and [...]
Choir singing improves health, happiness – and is the perfect icebreaker A decade ago, any mention of a choir would probably have brought Sunday morning hymns to mind. But there’s been a revolution in attitudes towards joining the local choir. Adding well-known, mainstream music to the repertoire, the small screen appeal of television choirmaster Gareth Malone, and the increased visibility of choirs such as Rock Choir [...]
7 Incredible Ways Music Helps You Process Emotions Music is medicine. Scientists call it “anecdotal evidence,” but you hear the stories all the time: Classical music makes you smarter; distance runners use music for enhanced endurance; some songs boost your happiness. Other just put you in the mood. We know music is powerful, … ...
Are We All Becoming More Narcissistic?   Tracy Alloway and her research team recently asked more than 400 individuals a question many of us probably ask ourselves every time we check us Facebook profile: Does this … ...
What Is An Emotional Affair And What To Do About It Research shows that heterosexual men are much less likely to get upset about emotional affairs versus affairs where physical/sexual contact has occurred. Women are more likely to be upset about … ...
BCBA Exam Study Topics: Some Basic Terminology If you are going to sit to take the BCBA exam (or BCaBA exam), this blog post series, “BCBA Exam Study Topics,” is for you. I am also currently in this position. I will be taking my BCBA exam soon. Therefore, I need to study, … ...
Bipolar patients’ brain cells predict response to lithium The brain cells of patients with bipolar disorder, characterized by severe swings between depression and elation, are more sensitive to stimuli than other people’s brain cells, researchers have discovered. The finding, published October 28, 2015 in the journal Nature, is among the first to show at a cellular level how the disorder affects the brain. [...]
‘Virtual Week’ brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer An international team of scientists has demonstrated that just one month of training on a “Virtual Week” computer brain game helps older adults significantly strengthen prospective memory – a type of memory that is crucial for planning, everyday functioning and independent living. Seniors who played the cognitive-training game “more than doubled” the number of prospective [...]
Brain imaging can predict the success of large public health campaigns It’s a frustrating fact that most people would live longer if only they could make small changes: stop smoking, eat better, exercise more, practice safe sex. Health messaging is one important way to change behavior on a large scale, but while a successful campaign can improve millions of lives, a failed one can be an [...]
Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke. The findings suggest that GDF10 may be a potential therapy for recovery after stroke. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, was supported by [...]
New study compares mothers and fathers who kill their children “How could this have been prevented?” That was the first thought for University of Guelph sociology professor Myrna Dawson upon learning last month about a Winnipeg woman charged with killing her two-month-old daughter. Dawson asked herself the same question this past summer after a Montreal man killed his 10-month-old-son and then himself. And she pondered [...]
Older beats younger when it comes to correcting mistakes Findings from a new study challenge the notion that older adults always lag behind their younger counterparts when it comes to learning new things. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that older adults were actually better than young adults at correcting their mistakes on a general information [...]
Study finds jet lag-like sleep disruptions spur Alzheimer’s memory, learning loss Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may be a key underlying cause of the learning and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of California, Irvine study. The research on mice, led by UCI biomedical engineering professor Gregory Brewer, provides the first evidence that circadian [...]
Researchers examine how a face comes to represent a whole person in the brain The sight of a face offers the brain something special. More than a set of features, it conveys the emotions, intent, and identity of the whole individual. The same is not true for the body; cues such as posture convey some social information, but the image of a body does not substitute for a face. [...]
Our Love Affair with Thrillers and Suspense Thrillers and Psychological Suspense are two of the most popular fiction and film genres. Why are so many of us addicted to them, and what’s wrong with everyone else who isn’t!
New study sheds light on racial differences in trust of physicians A new Emory University study could help provide a clearer understanding of why black and Latino patients are less likely to trust their physicians than white patients. Abigail Sewell, an assistant professor of sociology at Emory University who specializes in health inequality, race and quantitative data analysis, used a new method to examine social survey [...]
Often decried, polygyny may sometimes have advantages Much of the world frowns on the practice of polygamy. Most countries around the globe ban or restrict marriages to more than one spouse at a time. And polygyny–where one husband has more than one wife–is decried by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and women’s rights organizations as discriminatory to women. But a new [...]
Competing Against Another Group Makes Rivals Cooperate An ancient proverb says, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This proverb suggests that I may choose to cooperate with one of my rivals when I know that this cooperation will allow us to defeat a common enemy.
Feeling Like a Fraud: Being Your Own Enemy I have met many clients who constantly feel under-qualified no matter how much they accomplish or how hard they work. The imposture syndrome is a phenomenon whereby, regardless of their … ...
Alcoholism & Depression: Frenemies Forever I’ve heard a thousand variations of this problem: “My brother is depressed, but he also drinks a lot, which is probably causing the depression. So which do you treat first? The alcoholism or the depression?” The two conditions are so intertwined that it can be … ...