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Is Love Enough? Were the Beatles right? Is love really all you need for a good marriage? Actually, that’s a terribly destructive myth. Love at first sight is a popular notion. Some relationships begin this way and, as luck would have it, blossom into good marriages. But usually … ...
Children who understand emotions become more attentive over time What is going on in the minds of young children when it seems they are daydreaming or appear to be scatterbrained? A study that my coauthor, Susanne A Denham, and I conducted recently shows that inattentive children may sometimes be absorbed in trying to figure out the emotions of their parents, siblings, teachers and friends. [...]
Gene magnifies the psychological impact of life events — for better and for worse People with a certain type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences, a new study has revealed. The findings challenge traditional thinking about depression, showing what might be considered a risk gene for depression in one context, may actually be beneficial in another. Researchers at the University of Melbourne were interested in [...]
Is this Therapist a Well-Trained Professional or Unqualified Hack?... I once met an art therapist who was providing individual therapy for PTSD and had just learned what a flashback was—from the client she was treating. Yet therapist can also mean … ...
Amyloid PET imaging increases chances for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease A method for detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease using amyloid PET imaging works as well as the previously used cerebrospinal fluid sample method. This is the conclusion of a new Lund University study – the most thorough and extensive undertaken in the field so far. The most commonly used tools for investigating early signs [...]
Do people really become more conservative with age? “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.” This maxim – variously attributed to Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli and Victor Hugo, among others – neatly captures the common notion that to be on the [...]
Study highlights how former problem drinkers navigate social drinking situations A small, qualitative study published in the journal Health Communication highlights a wide variety of approaches that former problem drinkers take to determine how and whether to tell people in social situations that they don’t drink. “The findings tell us that former problem drinkers can find it tricky to navigate social situations where alcohol is [...]
New study maps the progression of Parkinson’s disease within the brain Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, have made advances in understanding the process involved in the progression and spread of Parkinson’s disease (PD) within the brain. The study, published in September issue of eLife Journal, focused on understanding the process that drives [...]
Neuroscientists discover high-fructose diet can slow recovery from brain injury A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, UCLA neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 [...]
RGFP966 — a drug used to treat cancer — appears to sharpen memory Can you imagine a drug that would make it easier to learn a language, sharpen your memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons alive? New Rutgers research published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that a drug – RGFP966 – administered to rats made them more [...]
Players object to exaggerated and sexualized physiques of video game characters College students playing Japanese fighting video games often object to the unrealistic depictions of the characters, drawn with exaggerated and highly sexualized physiques, but they say the mechanics of the game itself are more important to them. Those findings come from researcher Rachael Hutchinson, associate professor of Japanese studies in the University of Delaware’s , [...]
Do brain interventions to treat disease change the essence of who we are? These days, most of us accept that minds are dependent on brain function and wouldn’t object to the claim that “You are your brain.” After all, we’ve known for a long time that brains control how we behave, what we remember, even what we desire. But what does that mean? And is it really true? [...]
From King Henri II to Phineas Gage: How brain wounds and illnesses advanced neuroscience Modern neuroscience evolved over the centuries as physicians learned about the brain from horrific head injuries, vexing diseases, and congenital abnormalities. Award-winning science writer Sam Kean explores the serendipitous history of brain research in his new book The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of [...]
Disease linked to childhood stress Early stress causes physiological changes, including changes to the immune system, that may be difficult to reverse later.
Parents: Here's how to stop the worst of social media There are several ways that parents can help alleviate teens' stress from social media.
Kids with seasonal affective disorder, depression go largely undiagnosed Left untreated, kids with this disorder may be prone to depression throughout their lives.
What It Really Means to Practice Radical Acceptance There are many misconceptions about what radical acceptance — a skill taught in dialectical behavior therapy — actually looks like. One of the biggest myths is that radical acceptance means agreeing with what happened. People assume that acceptance is akin to approval. If I accept what … ...
An Open Letter to the President from a Forensic Psychologist Dear Mr. President....As a forensic psychologist and an American, I empathize with your profound frustration, pain, sadness, disgust and anger regarding the most recent mass shooting on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon this week.
Shifting the Focus from What Doesn’t Matter to What... This week on Weightless I talked about shifting our focus from the things that don’t really matter to the things that do (see here and here). Because our time and … ...
Warning: This friendship may be dangerous to your health!... After years of working with these types of relationships and being challenged by them in my own life, I have learned that there are some friendships that are more challenging … ...