|Pharma-funded study misrepresented antidepressant as safe for adolescents
||A University of Adelaide led study has found that a psychiatric drug claimed to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents is actually ineffective and associated with serious side effects. Professor Jon Jureidini, from the University of Adelaide’s newly created Critical and Ethical Mental Health Research Group (CEMH) at the Robinson Research [...]
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|Why the middle class is more likely to sing, act or paint
||The reason why middle-class people are more likely to sing, play music, act or paint has been revealed in a new Oxford University study – and wealth or social status do not appear to be major factors. The research involving 78,000 people found that neither wealth nor social status were strongly linked to people taking [...]
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|Researchers find some evidence of link between stress, Alzheimer’s disease
||University of Florida Health researchers have uncovered more evidence of a link between the brain’s stress response and a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease. The research, conducted on a mouse model and in human cells, found that a stress-coping hormone released by the brain boosts the production of protein fragments. Those protein pieces, known as [...]
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|Perceived pornography addiction — but not porn itself — linked to psychological distress
||A study of Internet pornography users suggests a person’s own feeling of being addicted to online pornography drives mental health distress, not the pornography itself. Researcher Joshua Grubbs, a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Psychological Sciences, said the finding adds a fresh perspective to commonly held concerns that Internet pornography can [...]
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|A Psychologist's Open Letter to U.S. Voters
||Campaigns are underway to help convince Americans who they should vote for. Which potential leaders and their actions deserve your praise?
|10 Tips for Self Soothing
||When we are agitated, angry, or anxious, it can be difficult to self sooth and calm our physical and mental state. Self soothing comes with lots of benefits, and aside from giving you the ability to calm yourself when you once simply reacted, it allows you to think clearly and anticipate how you will approach […]
|I Tried To Kill Myself Once…
||Mom had just slammed the door to my basement bedroom, screaming obscenities and throwing insults at me as I heard her feet stomp off towards the stairs. “Ugly piece of … ...
|Do it or Else! 5 Mistakes Order-Givers Make
||Who is this article for? Heads of families, managers and business leaders, community leaders of all kinds and anyone is a position to give orders to another person. There are … ...
|Learn How to Stalk Your Own Mind (and Why You Should)
||If we are relentless and impeccable about stalking ourselves, a result is that we leave the world and other people alone. There is a very old tradition taught by indigenous elders from the Americas that trains us to use the voice of the mind to … ...
|If mom or dad is a smoker, their teenager is more likely to be a smoker too
||The more a parent smokes, the more their teenage son or daughter will also smoke. Teenagers are much more likely to smoke and be dependent on nicotine if a parent is dependent on nicotine, especially daughters if their mother is dependent on nicotine. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and [...]
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|Changes in estrogen levels during the menstrual cycle affect the willingness to share
||Fluctuating hormone levels change a woman’s social behaviour over the course of the menstrual cycle. Mood swings and irritability before the period as well as a greater interest in sex during ovulation are well known. Now psychologists at the Goethe University have discovered that the willingness to share one’s own resources with strangers also fluctuates [...]
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|A look into why the horrifying is so very intriguing
||It’s an age-old question that’s also very timely as we approach the season of haunted houses, scary movies and encounters with Halloween zombies and ghouls stopping by to beg for candy. Why is horror so popular? Why does something strange or even repulsive still make us want to look? Gary Vaughn, a University of Cincinnati [...]
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|Adolescent painkiller abuse a big problem for small towns, rural areas
||Adolescents who live in rural areas and small towns and cities are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than adolescents who live in large urban areas, according to sociologists. Adolescents — youths between 12 and 17 — in rural communities are 35 percent more likely to have abused prescription painkillers in the past year than [...]
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|Physical activity, sadness, and suicidality in bullied US adolescents
||A study to be published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that exercise for 4 or more days per week is associated with an approximate 23% reduction in both suicidal ideation and attempt in bullied adolescents in the U.S. Across the U.S., [...]
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|Researchers identify neurons that can abruptly halt a planned behavior
||You’re about to drive through an intersection when the light suddenly turns red. But you’re able to slam on the brakes, just in time. Johns Hopkins University researchers, working with scientists at the National Institute on Aging, have revealed the precise nerve cells that allow the brain to make this type of split-second change of [...]
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|Training more effective teachers through alternative pathways
||In “Licensure and Worker Quality: A Comparison of Alternative Routes to Teaching,” published in The Journal of Law and Economics, Tim R. Sass compares the characteristics and performance of Florida teachers who graduate from traditional university-based teacher preparation programs with those who enter teaching from alternative pathways where a bachelor’s degree in education is not [...]
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|Making sense of the connection between obsessive compulsive disorder and sleep
||Depictions of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in entertainment are familiar: Someone methodically soaps up and rinses off their hands four times, or has to open and close a door seven times before leaving a room. They’re particular about their forks and chairs, and establish precise routines from which they can’t bear to deviate. These rituals reflect [...]
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|Is there a moral center in our brain?
||Making moral decisions is a complex process. We have to think about the consequences of our actions for ourselves (will I go to jail?), others (will this person suffer as a consequence of my decision?), and society at large (does society benefit from my choice?). Depending on the situation, it involves brain regions linked to [...]
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|Antidepressant trial’s upended results show need for sharing all data
||In 2001, a “landmark” study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry purported to show the safety and effectiveness of using a common antidepressant to treat adolescents. But soon after its publication, both researchers and journalists raised questions about the research. And in an article we published today [...]
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|Forever young? A barrier against brain stem cell aging
||Neural stem cells generate new neurons throughout life in the mammalian brain. However, with advancing age the potential for regeneration in the brain dramatically declines. Scientists have now identified a novel mechanism of how neural stem cells stay relatively free of aging-induced damage. A diffusion barrier regulates the sorting of damaged proteins during cell division.