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Possible new treatment for neurodegenerative diseases found Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that a well-established anti-epileptic drug could also be used as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegeneration involves the progressive loss of nerve structure and function and is a common characteristic of several conditions, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. Such diseases are presently incurable. Researchers from the University’s [...]
Schizophrenia symptoms linked to abnormalities in brain’s corpus callosum Using advanced brain imaging, researchers have matched certain behavioral symptoms of schizophrenia to features of the brain’s anatomy. The findings, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, could be a step toward improving diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia. The study, available online in the journal NeuroImage, will appear in print Oct. 15. “By looking [...]
Cultural blunders make people better thinkers Halloween-decorated plates at a Labor Day party. A bride in a green gown with her groom in a purple tuxedo and no wedding party. An obituary that declares of the deceased: “Regina had no hobbies, made no contribution to society, and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life.” These cultural faux pas [...]
Inhalant use linked to head injuries, traumatic experiences and mental illness Incarcerated youth who have suffered head injuries, traumatic experiences and mental illness diagnoses are more likely to abuse multiple inhalants, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The findings published in the journal PLOS One in Sept. report that severe polyinhalant users had more than double [...]
How your brain’s thalamic reticular nucleus controls sleep Sleep is usually considered an all-or-nothing state: The brain is either entirely awake or entirely asleep. However, MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall asleep or become less alert, while the rest of the brain remains awake. This circuit originates in a brain structure known [...]
Study underscores need to assess behavioral sequelae of TBI Rsearchers assessed moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) for frontal behavioral syndromes and cognitive function. Their finding suggest that adding the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale to neuropsychological assessment may yield useful information about the behavioral sequelae of TBI.
Noninvasive imaging method looks deeper inside the body to study living brain Researchers have demonstrated a noninvasive light-based imaging technology enabling study of the living brain and providing a new tool to study how diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's, and brain tumors change brain tissue over time.
Understanding Defense Mechanisms Growing up in the Northwest, I was an excellent tree climber. I’d climb up trees to put on Christmas lights, I’d climb trees to get away from my 3 sisters, … ...
Brain's activity map makes stable 'fingerprint' Neuroscientists have found that they can identify individuals based on a coarse map of which brain regions "pair up" in scans of brain activity.
Let Your Anger Out: Stop Exploding I once had a client, John who was a big burley guy. He stood 6’2” and weighed 300 pounds. He had a brushy brown beard and long hair. He rode … ...
The Secrets Couples Keep can Keep Relationships Strong Secrets that people keep from their partners are generally detrimental to their intimacy. However, when partners share secrets and keep them from the outside world, the effect can be to increase your bonding.
The Psychology of Dreams   “Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?” —Carl … ...
Going “Crazy” On Halloween(Op-Ed) I am never really shocked with “costumes”  I see on Halloween.  It is a yearly testing ground to emulate pretty much every offensive and stigmatizing stereotype out there with the impunity of “Come On.. It’s Halloween.. Lighten Up!”  A couple years ago I called out … ...
What Men Should Know About Women There is a fine line between being sexual and being sensual when it falls under the umbrella of female sexuality. There’s another fine line between being honest and offensive. My … ...
Why Do They Blame Every School Shooting On Autism? We’ve all heard it. Adam Lanza had Asperger’s. Elliot Rodger had Asperger’s. And now, surprise surprise, they’re saying that the media’s new darling, Chris Harper-Mercer, who killed nine people at … ...
The Martian Totally Neglects the Behavioral Sciences The Martian is very proud of it's accurate depiction of sciences--so why was psychology entirely absent?
Novel imaging study demonstrates how the 'social brain' is functionally impaired in autism spectrum disorder Brain areas linked to social behaviors are both underdeveloped and insufficiently networked in youths with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to study participants without ASD, a team of scientists has found.
Obesity surgery normalizes brain opioids Researchers have revealed how obesity surgery recovers opioid neurotransmission in the brain. Obesity surgery provides an effective means for rapid weight loss, and the research also shows that obesity surgery also normalizes brain circuits triggering pleasurable sensations when eating.
Green waves in the brain: Theta oscillations coordinate navigation and movement Using light pulses, scientists have recently managed to control theta oscillations in mouse brain. They discovered that these brain waves coordinate movement - enabling signaling between distant brain regions – a common code for controlling mental states and behavior. 
If People Were Parrots (a Meditation) Yesterday wasn’t such an awesome day in my world. When less-awesome days happen to me, I often try to cheer myself up by making lists of the things that annoy … ...