|Neural circuit in the cricket brain detects the rhythm of the right mating call
||Scientists have identified an ingeniously elegant brain circuit consisting of just five nerve cells that allows female crickets to automatically identify the chirps of males from the same species through the rhythmic pulses hidden within the mating call. The circuit uses a time delay mechanism to match the gaps between pulses in a species-specific chirp [...]
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|Study reveals connection between fitness level, brain activity, and executive function
||The aging process is associated with declines in brain function, including memory and how fast our brain processes information, yet previous research has found that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness in older adults leads to better executive function in the brain, which helps with reasoning and problem solving. Higher cardiorespiratory fitness levels have also been [...]
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|Scientists examine how competition influences the evolution of decision-making
||This election year has produced 17 Republican presidential candidates, which on its surface may appear to give the party a competitive advantage. Evolution, however, disagrees. A new study by Michigan State University researcher Arend Hintze and appearing in the current issue of Scientific Reports, says the delicate balance of some, but not too much, competition [...]
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|How music can help relieve chronic pain
||As the 17th-century English playwright William Congreve said: “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” It is known that listening to music can significantly enhance our health and general feelings of well-being. An important and growing area of research concerns how music helps to mitigate pain and its negative effects. Music has been shown [...]
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|15 Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on Weight
||Recently, I received a comment on this post, which I wrote several years ago. The reader, Julia, thanked me for sharing suggestions on boosting our health and well-being, which don’t … ...
|5 Possibility Questions to Ask During Challenging Times...
||There’s no better time to open up to possibilities than when you are having challenges. Today’s short post offers some questions that – if asked genuinely – will steer your … ...
|You Are Not Your Illness
||Recently I shared a post The Lithium Chronicles about traits that are associated with antisocial personality disorder, and things got nasty quickly. People often message the page asking for information and … ...
|The Shocking Truth About Gender-Neutral Toys: Why Boys Are...
|| Last month when Target simply removed gender-based labels from the toy section, you would have thought they tore down the Berlin Wall considering all the media coverage and praise. … ...
|UK rejects 'right to die' legislation
||Plans are rejected that would allow terminally ill people to be assisted to die in England and Wales, in their first vote on the issue in nearly two decades.
|How to Deal with Addiction when you have a...
||How to Deal with Addiction when you have a Demanding Job I understand demanding jobs. I’m the founder and CEO of a well-respected private addiction treatment center. To keep the … ...
|Why We’re Obsessed with Pumpkin Spice Everything
||Why do we get so obsessed with pumpkin spice everything this time of year? Here's the psychology behind the craze.
|Spike activity 11-09-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Mental illness throughout the animal kingdom. Interesting piece from BBC Earth. The Guardian has an excellent in-depth article on scorpion venom as a way of identifying brain tumours during neurosurgery. There’s an excellent piece on the history of using deception in psychology studies over […]
|A Dose of Encouragement: It Gets Better
||Lets all take off our rose colored glasses for a moment and get real…. Blended families are hard. Being a stepparent is hard. Trying to mesh everyone together and make it … ...
|Navigating Catastrophic Thinking, Part 3
||When you hear the words “catastrophic thinking,” you likely think of catastrophes, disasters and destruction. And you’d be right. Catastrophic thinking occurs when our minds create worst-case scenarios or exaggerate the negative outcome of a situation, said Jenna Wierenga, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist who … ...
|Smart cells teach neurons damaged by Parkinson's to heal themselves
||As a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease, scientists have created smarter immune cells that produce and deliver a healing protein to the brain while also teaching neurons to begin making the protein for themselves.
|Connection found between fitness level, brain activity, and executive function
||Brain function associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness plays a role in increased cognitive performance in older adults, according to a new study. Specifically, the scientists found that dual-task processing in a core executive function brain region is associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness and dual-task performance.
|Teaching Autistic Students: PreK, Kindergarten, & Elementary...
||I decided to make my teaching autistic students post into a series. There’s a lot to say about every stage of an autistic child (and adult’s) education that I wish someone had … ...
|13 Things Mentally Strong Dogs Don't Do—Learn From Them
||Does your dog give up easily? Is your dog a loser... or is he or she mentally strong?
|Pressure to be available 24/7 on social media causes teen anxiety, depression
||Overall and night-time specific social media use along with emotional investment were related to poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem as well as higher anxiety and depression levels, new research concludes.
|Suzy Hamilton’s “Bipolar disorder” IS NOT responsible for her...
||A recent interview and book publication by the former Olympic champion Suzy Hamilton reveals how her bipolar disorder led to her to become a high class prostitute. The only certainty … ...