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Wasted Days As you may know if you follow this blog, I am currently dealing with some bipolar depression. Uffff. It’s like I was riding in a canoe and it tipped over … ...
4 Ways to Manage ADHD Without Medication My sister and her husband choose not to use medication as a way of managing their son’s ADHD. It’s a personal decision which they thought and prayed about for a … ...
Hallucinations? They may just be caused by a fold in the brain Imagine hearing a voice that screams, “You’re no good at this and you’re going to fail every exam” but not knowing where it came from. Or suddenly seeing a poisonous snake slithering towards you. Even if you’ve never had a hallucination – a sensory event that is experienced as real, despite having no material world [...]
The psychological benefits of our Thanksgiving rituals When Americans gather together around a table groaning with favorite dishes on the fourth Thursday of November, what are we doing beyond filling our bellies with turkey and pie? We convened four experts in the psychology of family traditions and shared meals for a roundtable discussion about what ritual means in the context of Thanksgiving. [...]
‘Connector hubs’ are the champions of brain coordination Swinging a bat at a 90-mph fastball requires keen visual, cognitive and motor skills. But how do diverse brain networks coordinate well enough to hit the ball? A new University of California, Berkeley, study suggests the human brain’s aptitude and versatility can be credited in large part to “connector hubs,” which filter and route information. [...]
‘Sport shoppers’ bargain hunt simply for the thrill of it, new research finds The finish line is in sight, the rush of victory just past the cash register, the trophy flung hastily into a shopping cart. For some, shopping is a pursuit akin to an athletic competition, according to San Francisco State University professors Kathleen O’Donnell, associate dean of the School of Business, and Judi Strebel, chair of [...]
Researchers urge caution in prescribing methylphenidate — a common ADHD drug Authors of new Cochrane Review remain uncertain about effect of widely used medicine on ADHD symptoms, despite large amount of research. Some evidence of increased sleeplessness and loss of appetite leads researchers to encourage more caution in use of methylphenidate. The Cochrane Library publishes one of the most comprehensive assessments to date on the benefits [...]
Gene variants involved in stress responses affect ‘post-concussive’ symptoms Variations in a gene that affect the body’s responses to stress influence the risk of developing so-called post-concussive symptoms (PCS) after car crashes, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. The study provides new evidence that “post-concussive” symptoms [...]
Republicans prefer politicians with a deep voice and a square jaw, study finds A deep voice and a square jaw are important assets for conservative politicians. For politicians on the liberal side, it’s more important to have gentle features. That’s the conclusion of two recent scientific articles from Aarhus University. The implication is not only that physical features have a larger impact on voter preferences than previously thought [...]
The Two Sides of Alcohol The following speech, written my Mississippi state senator, Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat, Jr., in 1958, describes the contrasting views of alcohol, which have always existed and still exist today (Goodwin, 1981). “My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular … ...
Umbilical cells help eye’s neurons connect Cells isolated from human umbilical cord tissue have been shown to produce molecules that help retinal neurons from the eyes of rats grow, connect and survive, according to Duke University researchers working with Janssen Research & Development, LLC. The findings, which appear Nov. 25 in the Journal of Neuroscience, implicate one family of molecules in particular [...]
Better detection of concussion in young football players Researcher Christian Duval, PhD, and his team have developed a new, simple and non-invasive approach to create a biomechanical and cognitive profile of football players and more quickly and accurately detect concussions in these individuals. Christian Duval and his post-doctoral student Hung Nguyen, PhD, work at the Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie [...]
Face The Sunshine Sunday he moved out the rest of his stuff. All of his belongings. Except the symbol of his mid life crisis the 1971 Corvette. That remains in the garage. He … ...
Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful? Relinquishing difficult aspects of choice, deciding quickly, and starting the relationship with lower expectations may have upsides for longer-term marital outcomes.
How To Write Better and More: Advice From Authors What gets in the way of our writing? There is no simple answer, of course, but here are some perspectives from accomplished authors on what to be aware of and … ...
Addicted to Food During dinner the other night with a friend, she confessed that after trying every other program around, she’s found herself going to 12-step meetings, sometimes up to three times a … ...
People who rely on their intuition are, at times, less likely to cheat In psychological studies, intuition, or “gut instinct,” is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Now, a University of Missouri graduate student has determined that individuals who are prone to trust their instinctive hunches and gut feelings, may at times be less likely to commit immoral acts compared [...]
Text message program effective at cutting binge drinking A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine-led trial to test a text message-based program aimed at reducing binge drinking is the first to show that such an intervention can successfully produce sustained reductions in alcohol consumption in young adults. The findings revealed that the first-of-its-kind program, designed by lead author Brian Suffoletto, M.D., assistant professor [...]
Want honesty? Make it the easiest choice, suggests research The temptation is always there: include every last bit of income you earned last year on your tax return — or not? New research has found that we’re more likely to do the right thing in situations of moral conflict when it requires little to no effort.  If income information is automatically entered into our [...]
Study links physical activity to better memory among older adults Could staying physically active improve quality of life by delaying cognitive decline and prolonging an independent lifestyle? A new study has found that older adults who take more steps either by walking or jogging perform better on memory tasks than those who are more sedentary. The study examines the relationship between physical activity, memory and [...]