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Scientists can now use brain imaging to predict crime knowledge states in the human mind Judges and juries always ponder whether people act “knowingly” or “recklessly” during criminal activity — and neuroscience has had little to add to the conversation. But now, researchers, including computational neuroscientist Read Montague of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, have discovered that brain imaging can determine whether someone is acting in a state of [...]
First physiological test for schizophrenia and depression Researchers have found a new way of using proteins in nerve cells to identify people with depression and schizophrenia. The method, reported in Experimental Physiology, will help identify people whose depression or schizophrenia involves signalling via a receptor called NMDAR, and differentiate between the two diseases. At present, there are no diagnostic tests to help [...]
How I Kicked Depression in the Cojones (and you... They say that when you stop trying, good things will come to you. Oddly enough, it’s true. Ever heard of couples who quit trying to conceive, maybe even adopt, and … ...
Tackling depression by changing the way you think Depressed individuals “don’t need to worry and ruminate,” says Professor Roger Hagen, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology. “Just realizing this is liberating for a lot of people.” Hagen and NTNU colleagues Odin Hjemdal, Stian Solem, Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair and Hans M. Nordahl have recently published a scientific [...]
Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs – the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana – researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later. Synthetic cannabinoids are a large group of chemicals that [...]
Never before seen images of early stage Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund – the strongest of its kind in the world – to produce images that predate the formation of toxic clumps of beta-amyloid, the protein believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease. The unique images appear to contradict a previously [...]
There’s a close association between magnetic systems and certain states of brain activity Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR) have proven for the first time that there is a close relationship between several emerging phenomena in magnetic systems (greatly studied by condensed matter physicists) and certain states of brain activity. The researchers, who have published their work in the journal Neural Networks, have studied a brain model [...]
Yes, she’s smiling: Most people agree on Mona Lisa’s facial expression It is perhaps the world’s most famous painting: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The ambiguous facial expression of Mona Lisa was long thought to be one of the main reasons for its great appeal: Is she happy or sad? Scientists at the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, the Institute of Psychology of the University [...]
Democrats and Republicans draw different conclusions when seasons are too hot or too cold When the weather is unseasonably hot or cold, Americans across the political spectrum have even stronger views about whether climate change caused by human activity is a reality or not. Republicans are then less likely to conform to the scientific consensus on global warming, while Democrats are much more likely to do so. This is [...]
E-cigarettes a gateway to smoking? Not likely, study says Are e-cigarettes a gateway product that lead more people, especially teens, to smoke regular cigarettes? No, according to public health researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. “The national trends in vaping and cigarette smoking do not support the argument that vaping is [...]
Are Creative People Encouraged in the Workplace? A bias against creativity As a contributor to Forbes, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Todd Essig wrote about the reception creative ideas may get in various settings: “You come up with … ...
Hoarding Disorder: 5 Associated Risks Hoarding Disorder is characterized as persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions or items because of an intense need to save them. Often, the items hoarded possess little to no … ...
Before You Write That Prescription: Guidelines for Ordering Lab... Mental health clinicians often ask for a single, black-and-white answer to the question: Which lab tests should I order before starting this particular medication? Inevitably, the answer is that it depends. However, there are some guidelines that are useful. When it comes to ordering lab … ...
5 Ways Taking a Dance Class Can Fight Depression If you’ve struggled with depression, you’ve probably heard the statistics. Depression affects more than 350 million people worldwide, and women are 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed than men. It can be triggered by a major life event, or can arrive without warning. More than … ...
Pinpointing the mechanisms that underlie emotional responses to pain Prostaglandins been linked to the sensory perception of pain, but their role in the emotional response to pain is unclear. A new study has demonstrated that the aversive effects of inflammatory pain are driven by prostaglandin signaling specifically on serotonin-producing neurons in the brainstem.
How to Talk About Politics in a Post-Truth World Political discussions are increasingly devolving into accusations of “lying" and "fake news.” How do we have real conversations in this world of “alternative facts"?
Taking The First Step After tragedy, a major shock, or death, we reach out to some and turn away from others. Seeking someone close, getting validation, needing some form of structure is reassuring. At the … ...
13 Differences Between Narcissistic and Healthier Behavior... Many people with a narcissistic style or Narcissistic Personality Disorder are relentless. They rarely admit fault yet nearly always seem to find someone to blame. They can also seem so … ...
Neurotic People Have A Surprising Health Advantage Although the neurotic generally suffer from more stress and anxiety, some have a surprising health advantage. • 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.
Stress Mindset Tied to Physical and Mental Health Is stress getting in your way? Modifying your mindset may improve your health.