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Brains of one-handed people suggest new organization theory In people born with one hand, the brain region that would normally light up with that missing hand's activity lights up instead with the activity of other body parts -- including the arm, foot, and mouth -- that fill in for the hand's lost function. Now, researchers say that the discovery could shake up scientists' fundamental understanding of how the brain is organized.
Recognizing foreign accents helps brains process accented speech Our brains process foreign-accented speech with better real-time accuracy if we can identify the accent we hear, according to a team of neurolinguists.
New study identifies way to treat sports-related concussions using telemedicine An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year. More than 75 percent of the injuries are sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Now a study focuses on concussion specialists using telemedicine technology to determine if a player needs to be removed from play in real time.
6 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD 8.2% of people have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, double the previously reported rate. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.
5 Ways to Earn More Money With Sliding Scales Do you slide too often? Are patients choosing to pay too little most of the time? Are you complaining about the money you earn as a result? Let’s take a look at 5 ways you can earn more money with your sliding scale… 1.Resources In … ...
Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.
Going, Going, Gone? Human Sperm Counts Are Plunging Accumulated evidence confirms that human sperm counts have fallen markedly in industrialized countries since the 1930s. Male fertility and reproductive health are threatened.
Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use? Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.
The Angry Itch Anger can be considered one of the most toxic emotions a person can experience.  It can also be one of the most motivating.  In order to understand how to best manage anger for one’s own life, it helps to understand anger from several different angles. … ...
Antibody helps detect protein implicated in Alzheimer's, other diseases Damaging tangles of the protein tau dot the brains of people with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and boxer's dementia. Now, a team of scientists has found a way to measure tau levels in the blood that accurately reflects levels of tau in the brain. The study, in mice and a small group of people, could be the first step towards a non-invasive test for tau.
Level of unconsciousness in brain damaged patients related to body temperature Circadian rhythms may play a crucial role in the recovery of consciousness of patients with severe brain injuries.
What Motivates Us and Why What methods work best to encourage people to strive for lofty goals?
Interdisciplinary Education and the Student Voice Interdisciplinary education and practice implies certain qualities: students highlight the importance of four qualities -- openness, creativity, bridging, and perspective-taking.
PODCAST: What Does a Panic Attack Feel Like? In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss anxiety disorders, which can be debilitating on many levels and strain even the closest relationships, often due to a lack of understanding of what anxiety disorder is like. Listen as our hosts describe what … ...
New study fails to replicate the link between fertility in women and wearing red clothing A new replication study published in the peer-reviewed journal Hormones and Behavior casts doubt on claims that women unconsciously signal their fertility by wearing red clothing. Previous research had found that women were more likely to wear red or pink at peak fertility. In other female mammals, such as chimpanzees, red skin coloration is used [...]
Finding More Help for Adults Who Self-Injure Over time, self-injury itself can become a habitual, nearly addictive behavior, and 8.7 percent of self-injurers are also addicts. Erin Hardy, a Wisconsin-based therapist, found herself in a quandary when an uptick of people who self-injured came to her about five years ago. This was … ...
Closer look at brain circuits reveals important role of genetics New clues to the wiring of the brain have now been uncovered by a team of researchers. They found that neurons in brain regions that store memory can form networks in the absence of synaptic activity.
What Do We Lose From Life When Depression Strikes? Grieve the losses you experience with depression and you will be better able to move on.
The Fun Police “He took a vacation,” they whispered in hushed tones. “What will his colleagues and supervisors think?” I smiled. Actually — correction — I smirked. In an era of unlimited vacation time (but not actual vacation), too many of us are shackled to our office chair. … ...
Try to Make Sense of Healthy, Ethical Food Choices As a health psychologist, I strive to learn all that I can about a lifestyle that promotes well being, including healthy eating.