|Looking to brain science for clues to better writing
||Good writing isn’t an art, a University of Florida researcher says — it’s a science. A new book by Yellowlees Douglas, an associate professor of management communication at the University of Florida, overturns more than a century of thinking about writing. The Reader’s Brain: How Neuroscience Can Make You a Better Writer — published this [...]
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|Conflict-related brain activity may indicate psychosis risk
||Researchers led by Bradley S. Peterson, MD, director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, have shown that lower levels of conflict-related brain activity are associated with a higher risk for later psychosis. The study, in conjunction with colleagues at Columbia University, is available via PubMed in advance of publication [...]
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|Married With Children . . . and Divorced Friends
||It can be hard for married parents to reassure their own children about the permanence of marriage, given the high divorce rate and other changes in the "typical" American family. Parents can talk to their children about the durability of family. Those of us in positive post-marriage relationships can help spread of sense of stability within our communities.
|A Therapist’s Guide to Clinical Consultation in Private Practice...
||Thanks to Rebecca Wong, LCSW for this guest post! Where do you get the professional advice you really need? Being a therapist in private practice can be isolating. You spend your workdays seeing client after client. Between sessions, you try to connect with colleagues. You … ...
|Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex, cultivate your optimism
||A new study links anxiety, a brain structure called the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), and optimism, finding that healthy adults who have larger OFCs tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.
|It’s not a lack of self-control that keeps people poor
||When considering poverty, our national conversation tends to overlook systemic causes. Instead, we often blame the poor for their poverty. Commentators echo the claim that people are poor because they have bad self-control and therefore make nearsighted choices. But psychology research says the opposite might be the case: poverty makes it hard for people to [...]
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|New study maps the progression of Parkinson's disease within the brain
||Scientists have made advances in understanding the process involved in the progression and spread of Parkinson's disease within the brain. The study focused on understanding the process that drives the disease's progression by mapping the distribution and degree of atrophy, characteristic of the disease, in certain brain regions and identify the paths leading the spread from affected to healthy tissue.
|Emotional Stress Can Be Reduced With This Loving Behaviour
How people can reduce stress by sharing it with each other.
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|Researchers find novel signature in brains of children with cerebral malaria
||Cells associated with inflammation and blood clotting accumulate in the brain blood vessels of children affected by a potentially fatal form of malaria called cerebral malaria, potentially contributing to the disease process, an international team of researchers has found, and HIV can exacerbate this development.
|Do Happier Couples Sleep Better Together?
||We know that the quality of a couple’s relationship influences each partner’s satisfaction, and that the quality of sleep influences feelings of an individual’s well-being. It turns out that your satisfaction with your relationship, combined with features of your personality, may actually affect the timing of your and your partner’s sleep-wake cycles during the night.
|Are You A Disabled Person Or A Person With...
||Dealing with a disability is a very personal thing. We all relate to our challenges differently. Some of us see our disability as a thing that we’re stuck with. Others … ...
|Unexpected link between choroid plexus, chronic pain
||Neuroscientists have found a novel connection between the size of the choroid plexus in the brain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), an unexpected finding, they say.
|#165 Psychotherapy: The Courage to Know Yourself
||Michael J. Moeller via Compfight “You left out the most important part! How was he able to know and heal those parts of himself?” a reader, Cynthia Snook, asked … ...
|Prion disease detected soon after infection, in surprising place in mouse brains
||Prion diseases -- incurable, ultimately fatal, transmissible neurodegenerative disorders of mammals -- are believed to develop undetected in the brain over several years from infectious prion protein. In a new study, NIH scientists report they can detect infectious prion protein in mouse brains within a week of inoculation. Equally surprising, the protein was generated outside blood vessels in a place in the brain where scientists believe drug treatment could be targeted to prevent disease.
|Reduced conflict-related brain activity may indicate risk for psychosis
||Researchers have shown that lower levels of conflict-related brain activity are associated with a higher risk for later psychosis. Their study offers evidence that conflict-related brain activation represents an adaptive process that is diminished in individuals at high risk for psychosis, although further study is needed, they say.
|Can You Treat Depression with an App?
||With the proliferation of health tracking apps, it’s no surprise to see dozens being offered to help treat people with depressive symptoms. (No app has been FDA-approved or scientifically proven to actually treat depression.) The New York Times asks four experts and researchers in this … ...
|Why I’m Not So Sure I Want to Look “Ageless”
||I’m turning 45 this year. That means I have been on this planet for 45 years (or almost 46 if you count the initial 9 months). WOW. I will be honest … ...
|Paging Dr. Ben Carson: Homophobia Calling
||The simple truth—that being gay is an expression of nature’s beauty, truth, and love—is not available to a mind closed by orthodoxy. Instead, our gay sisters and brothers are projected upon and viewed as sick and dangerous. Here's some light to illuminate the shadow of Carson's thinking.
|Today I Love People Who Seek Themselves
||I love the homogeneous cacophony of squeals and laughter and unbridled joy that crashes up on my beach, wave after wave, from the ocean of childhood over there. ...
|What Do Hypoactive Sexual Desire and PTSD Have in Common?
||Science and social pressures influence how and when drugs are developed by the pharmaceutical industry.