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Study shows early touch has lasting effects on babies Early touches have lasting effects on how babies respond to gentle touch later on, and may have a special impact for preterm infants.
Trying to find love as a transgender man A transgender man says testosterone has changed his life, but finding a girlfriend gets a bit complicated.
Mothers’ Depression, Not SSRI Use, Best Explains Researchers’ Results... Back in October, researchers published the findings from a study that suggested that mothers who take a common form of antidepressants (SSRIs like Prozac) while pregnant are at greater risk for producing offspring that will later have speech or language problems. However, this month, the … ...
Making Romance Last Part 2 What allows some couples to keep romance alive? Linda: Novelty is characterized by newness, freshness, unconventionality, unfamiliarity, difference, imaginativeness, creativity, and innovation. It is a habit of happy couples to … ...
Our Fascination with the (Alleged) Soul Imagine someone gives you a really great gift. It is so great, and you know this because they tell you, “This is the greatest gift anyone will ever give you.” … ...
Legend, Fact, and Fiction: Reading into Lobotomies “Now lobotomy, that’s chopping away part of the brain?” McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” There is no denying that Americans have a fascination with the history of … ...
Today I Love That My Name Is Kelly Today I love that my name is Kelly and even though I’m a Canadian, I’m genetically more Irish than St. Patrick was. I love that St. Patrick was an immigrant … ...
How Low Self-Esteem Plays Out in Social Interactions We all know that given the choice, we’d all rather have high self-esteem than low self-esteem. But why do we take it for granted that low self-esteem is so bad? In practical terms, how does having low self-esteem impact people’s lives? Recently, a team of researchers from Uruguay set out...
Untreated sleep apnea in children can harm brain cells tied to cognition and mood A study comparing children 7 to 11 years old with moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea to children the same age who slept normally found significant reductions of gray matter -- brain cells crucial to most cognitive tasks -- in several regions of the brains of children with sleep apnea. The finding points to connections between this common sleep disturbance and the loss of neurons or delayed neuronal growth in the developing brain.
Abnormal development of the brain in an intractable disease, thanatophoric dysplasia Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) is an intractable disease with abnormalities of bones and the brain. Because of experimental difficulties, its pathophysiology is largely unknown. In this study, by combining ferrets, whose brain is rather similar to that of humans, and unique technique developed by the present researchers, neuronal translocation along radial glial fibers to the cerebral cortex during fetal brain development has been discovered to be aberrant, which suggests the cause underlying TD.
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Medications for Bipolar Disorder: Antidepressants The use of antidepressants in bipolar disorder is highly controversial. On one side, research shows that the use of antidepressants can induce mania or hypomania both in those with established … ...
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Brain Awareness Week: Music On The Brain 4 #brainweek I Loved drawing the Pinky and the Brain cartoon. So, I had to draw ‘The Brain” again!  In this Brainstorm cartoon, we play some music for “The Brain.” The Power of Music To … ...
Scientists are gauging how mood influences eating habits Many of us lie or can’t remember what we ate when asked to reveal our eating habits, and that makes it difficult for doctors and researchers to guide us toward better diets and behaviors. But what if there was a way for them to monitor us? Donna Spruijt-Metz, director of the mHealth Collaboratory at the [...]
A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains Newborn babies experience the world through touch. Now, researchers who have measured the brain responses of 125 infants–including babies who were born prematurely and others who went full-term–show that a baby’s earliest experiences of touch have lasting effects on the way their young brains respond to gentle touch when they go home. The findings reported [...]
A preference for casual sex increases risk of harassment Adolescents who sexually harass others have had casual sex more often than those who do not harass others. They also fantasize more about casual sex and find it more acceptable to have sex without any commitment or emotional closeness. What may be even more surprising is that adolescents who have been sexually harassed are more [...]
Treating cocaine addiction by reducing our appetite for drugs? The hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) system of the brain is best known for promoting wakefulness and appetite. A new paper in Biological Psychiatry suggests that blocking hypocretin signaling via the HCRT-1 receptor (HCRT-R1) might also reduce the appetite for cocaine. The study, led by first author Dr. Brooke Schmeichel in George Koob’s laboratory at the National Institute [...]
Study: Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick. Dr Nicole Tang in the Department of Psychology has discovered that working on getting a better night’s sleep can lead to optimal physical and mental wellbeing over time – and that quality [...]
Psychology turns to online crowdsourcing to study the mind, but it’s not without its pitfalls You may not know this, but a great deal of our data about the human mind is based on a relatively small but intensively studied population: first-year undergraduate university students. There has long been concern about the over-reliance on students as a source of data, particularly around lack of demographic diversity and limited sample sizes. [...]