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Living in fear: Mental disorders as risk factors for chronic pain in teenagers One in four young people have experienced chronic pain and a mental disorder. According to a new report in the Journal of Pain, the onset of pain is often preceded by mental disorders: an above-average rate of incidence of depression, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders occurs before the onset of headaches, back pain and neck [...]
Stories My Mother Would Tell Me My mother was a grand storyteller and I’m not talking about fairy tales at night before I shut my eyes and went to sleep. I’m talking about stories that she … ...
Popular crime shows like ‘Law and Order’ may help reduce sexual assault A new study reveals viewers of “Law and Order” have a better grasp of sexual consent than viewers of other crime dramas such as “CSI” or “NCIS,” suggesting that individuals who watch programs in which sexual predators are punished may avoid sexual predatory behavior in real life. Published in the recent issue of the Journal [...]
Math story time at home bolsters achievement in school Adding math talk to story time at home is a winning equation for children’s math achievement, according to new research from the University of Chicago. The study from psychologists Sian Beilock and Susan Levine shows a marked increase in math achievement among children whose families used Bedtime Math, an iPad app that delivers engaging math [...]
Difficulty processing speech may be an effect of dyslexia — not a cause The cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia. And, they may lead to improved interventions. Carnegie Mellon University scientists investigated how procedural learning – how we acquire skills and habits such as riding a bike – impacts how individuals with [...]
Transgender neuroscience: Sex change hormonal treatments alter brain chemistry Hormonal treatments administered as part of the procedures for sex reassignment have well-known and well-documented effects on the secondary sexual characteristics of the adult body, shifting a recipient’s physical appearance to that of the opposite sex. New research published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry indicates that these hormonal treatments also alter brain chemistry. [...]
Poor infant sleep may predict problematic toddler behavior Temper tantrums and misbehavior, restlessness and inattention are the trappings of the typical toddler. But they may also be signs of developmental delays or disorders. Are infant sleep irregularities red flags for later developmental difficulties? A study recently published in Developmental Neuropsychology finds a definite link between poor infant sleep and compromised attention and behavior [...]
Machines have nothing on mum when it comes to listening More than 99% of the time, two words are enough for people with normal hearing to distinguish the voice of a close friend or relative amongst other voices, says the University of Montreal’s Julien Plante-Hébert. His study, presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, involved playing recordings to Canadian French speakers, who were [...]
Protecting newborn brains using therapeutic hypothermia A unique study at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles of newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply – confirms its neuroprotective effects on the brain. Therapeutic hypothermia or targeted cooling of the brain is the first therapy for neuroprotection in [...]
The Power of Curiosity for Creativity and Everything Else... {Image from the beautiful book On Reading by photographer André Kertész} In the book The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos, author Leonard Mlodinow … ...
Boy Meets Depression   What does it mean to meet depression? What does it look like, to have it take you by the hand and slowly infiltrate your life, until you forget what your existence was like before it was present? This World Mental Health Day, we want to explore what it means to meet depression. Few people […]
How to Have a Happier Relationship without Couples Therapy... It takes effort. The search for happiness is a popular psychology topic and the consensus of several gurus has been that we humans are wired to be most content when our lives are focused on love and work. Love can mean all forms of intimate … ...
Opposites don't attract when learning how to use a prosthesis Upper limb amputees, who typically struggle to learn how to use a new prosthesis, would be more successful if fellow amputees taught them, new research suggests. Most usually learn by watching a non-amputee demonstrate the device during physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions. A study that measured arm movements and analyzed brain patterns found that people do better when they learn from someone who looks like them.
A Road Map for Stepfamilies: Middle Stages Making your way through the developmental stages of a stepfamily and out of the Early Stages isn’t easy and it can take longer than one would hope. By moving into the … ...
No Longer At The Mercy Of Our Moods I recently watched a movie about the life of Jackson Pollock. (Sony Pictures, Ed Harris, 2000) It left me thinking about how a generation of young artists were taught the … ...
Get 48% More In Your Tip Jar! + Why I Made It All Free What are the real roots of human compassion? Emerging research on charitable giving, good deeds, and prosocial behavior has shown some stunning results. In the past 5 years, this area … ...
Rounding Up Three More Usual Math Suspects We tutors get an interesting perspective into students’ math struggles. We find ourselves reteaching the same concepts over and over, to students from 5th through 12th grade. The human brain … ...
Protecting newborn brains using hypothermia A unique study of newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply – confirms its neuroprotective effects on the brain.
Scientists build a digital piece of a rat's brain If you want to learn how something works, one strategy is to take it apart and put it back together again. For 10 years, a global initiative called the Blue Brain Project has been attempting to do this digitally with a section of juvenile rat brain. The project presents a first draft of this reconstruction, which contains over 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells, and 207 different neuron subtypes.
Helmeted bicycle riders have significantly reduced severity of injury after an accident Helmeted bicycle riders have a 58 percent reduced odds of severe traumatic brain injury after an accident compared to their non-helmeted counterparts, according to researchers.