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Caring for My Partner with Mental Illness The following is a guest post written by Jordan LaBouff, who also happens to be my husband.   My partner has been on a journey with bipolar disorder over the … ...
3 Easy Ways to Happiness Slightly raise the corners of your mouth while reading this, even if you don’t feel happy. Go ahead, try it. You know you’re curious. What do you have to lose? Smile. Smiling makes you feel happy and relaxed. Those in drug or alcohol recovery are … ...
I Got The ADHD Flu The ADHD flu is what you get when you have ADHD AND you get the flu, or a cold, or any other health issue that manages to sidetrack you. Actually, the ADHD flu is getting ill or having any stressful or overwhelming experience as a person with ADHD....
Compulsive Texting Associated With Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls, Study Finds No such correlation seen for teenage boys
Internet infidelity: Online affairs can be addictive, new study finds A new study by psychology academics at The Open University is the first in the UK to explore the impact of internet infidelity among those with real experience of it and sees how it is directly affecting 21st century relationships. The study revealed : Grey areas among couples over how they define infidelity online. Gender [...]
One of the Biggest Obstacles to Creativity One of the biggest obstacles to creativity or creating is the belief that we must be original; we must create something that’s never been created before. Ever. That’s a whole … ...
What to sleep better? Try sleeping naked This will come as unwelcome news for the pajama industry: The best suit to sleep in, scientifically speaking, is the one you were born in. Still, only about eight percent of Americans routinely sleep in the buff. If you’re accustomed to donning the plaid flannels or buttoning that granny nightgown up to the neck, listen up: Gettin’ [...]
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 [...]