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Stop Children ‘Catching’ Your Anxiety Before It’s Too Late Anxious parents tend to pass on their anxiety to their children -- but this doesn't have to be the case. » Continue reading: Stop Children ‘Catching’ Your Anxiety Before It’s Too Late
Today I Love Vacation Photos In Real Time I love that I bought a new computer online yesterday and that I'm totally blaming it on being sick and delirious ... because I can....
Discovering the brain’s memory switch Scientists have recorded evidence of the brain turning off its memory inhibitor to make new memories.
What Everybody Ought to Know About Their Doctor My last Quick Fix cartoon was about possibly brain-impaired, making you feel bad that you laugh at him, yet grateful for some actual humor on Dancing With the Stars, Gary … ...
After Trauma I: Basic Info for Trauma Survivors A lot of trauma survivors fail to get the support they so much deserve, simply because the symptoms of trauma are often mistaken for other disorders. In this post, I want to share with you basic information for trauma survivors and a practical list of … ...
How I Won The ADHD Lottery But that's not really what I'd call winning the lottery, and I wouldn't expect you to either. And before you get excited, no I didn't win the real lottery. If I had, I'd have...
Best of Our Blogs: October 2, 2015 From being cautious about how much information you get from Facebook (and what you actually believe) to the lunar activity and how the moon affects our moods, it’s been an informational and enlightening week here at Psych Central. How Facebook Misinformation Makes You Look Like … ...
The Capacity for Separation, And Not Just Attachment, Is... Bella’s intro: Welcome to guest blogger and psychotherapist Karen L. Smith. In this article, she explains the importance of the capacity to be separate from other people, as well as … ...
October is ADHD Awareness Month It’s that time of year again! October is ADHD Awareness Month. I’ve been thinking about what “ADHD awareness” means to me. And the short answer is: everything. My own diagnosis … ...
Psychological Preparation in the Face of Storm Warnings... Few of us are immune to some anxiety on hearing that a hurricane, blizzard, flood or fire may be making a path toward us. Important to our physical and emotional … ...
Strengthen Your Marriage: Humility & Forgiveness Humility is the ability to have a modest opinion of yourself and to reduce your own view of importance, while forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment or … ...
Is beauty really in the ‘eye of the beholder’? Yes, and here’s why Many of us have had the experience of disagreeing with friends or family about which celebrity is more attractive. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 1 show in a study of twins that those differences of opinion are mostly the result of personal experiences that are unique to each [...]
Brain chemical aids tic control in Tourette Syndrome, say researchers A chemical in the brain could potentially be harnessed to help young people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) to overcome the physical and vocal tics associated with the neurological disorder, say researchers. In a paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, academics from The University of Nottingham reviewed recent evidence that the neurochemical known [...]
Enzyme malfunction may be why binge drinking can lead to alcoholism A malfunctioning enzyme may be a reason that binge drinking increases the odds of alcoholism, according to a study by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The scientists identified a previously unsuspected job performed by the enzyme, ALDH1a1, in mice. The discovery could help guide the development of medications that extinguish the urge [...]
Action video games improve brain function more than so-called ‘brain games’ From “brain games” designed to enhance mental fitness, to games used to improve real-world problems, to games created purely to entertain, today’s video games can have a variety of potential impacts on the brain. A new article argues that it is the specific content, dynamics, and mechanics of individual games that determine their effects on [...]
Study examines scale of gene mutations in human neurons A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it, according to new research from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists. The majority of these mutations appear to arise while genes are in active use, after brain development is [...]
Language about climate change differs between proponents and skeptics Proponents of climate change tend to use more conservative, tentative language to report on the science behind it, while skeptics use more emotional and assertive language when reinterpreting scientific studies, says research from the University of Waterloo. Tentative language would include words such as “possible,” “probable” or “might.” The terms “alarmist” and “wrong” are examples [...]
Researchers use brain scans to determine mechanism behind cognitive control of thoughts The human brain does not come with an operating manual. However, a group of scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a way to convert structural brain imaging techniques into “wiring diagrams” of connections between brain regions. Three researchers from UCSB’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences — Michael Miller, [...]
Study links conspiracist thinking to a biased perception of randomness In pop culture, conspiracy believers — like FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X Files or professor Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code — tend to reject the notion of coincidence or chance; even the most random-seeming events are thought to result from some sort of intention or design. And researchers have suggested that [...]
Why do people vote strategically, and for whom? Strategic voting is an important factor in Canadian electoral campaigns. “People vote strategically when they think neither their first nor their second choice has any chance of winning in their electorate. They vote for their third choice party in the hopes of blocking an outcome that would be even worse,” said Jean-François Daoust, a researcher [...]