|Study: Narcissists less concerned with others’ narcissism
||According to a new study, when evaluating others, narcissists are less likely to be bothered by narcissism in the people they’re evaluating. Narcissism, or an inflated sense of vanity and self-importance, is often viewed negatively. Previous studies have shown mixed results, however, about how narcissists view others. This series of studies aimed to clear up [...]
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|Three new studies converge on promising new target for addiction treatment
||The latest issue of Biological Psychiatry presents the results of three studies implicating metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 (mGluR2) as a new molecular target for the treatment of addiction. Group II metabotropic glutamate receptors, which include the subtypes mGluR2 and mGluR3, have been known targets for addiction treatment. Unfortunately, mGluR2/3 agonists studied to date have shown [...]
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|Black children with appendicitis less likely to receive pain medication than white children
||Black children were less likely to receive any pain medication for moderate pain and less likely to receive opioids for severe pain than white children in a study of racial disparities in the pain management of children with appendicitis in emergency departments, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Racial and ethnic differences [...]
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|Modulation of brain cholesterol: A new line of research in Alzheimer’s disease treatment?
||We have known for some years that Alzheimer’s disease is characterised by two types of lesions, amyloid plaques and degenerated tau protein. Cholesterol plays an important role in the physiopathology of this disease. Two French research teams (Inserm/CEA/University of Lille/University of Paris-Sud ) have just shown, in a rodent model, that overexpressing an enzyme that [...]
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|Study uncovers anticonvulsant effects of valproic acid
||University of California, Irvine researchers with the School of Medicine have identified the mechanism by which valproic acid controls epileptic seizures, and by doing so, also revealed an underlying factor of seizures. Valproic acid is widely used to treat various types of seizure disorders, but to this point, the cellular mechanism affected by its anticonvulsant [...]
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|Scientists use new plant-human hybrid protein molecule to increase memory with a flash of light
||The burgeoning field of optogenetics has seen another breakthrough with the creation of a new plant-human hybrid protein molecule called OptoSTIM1. In South Korea, a research team led by Won Do Heo, associate professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and group leader at the IBS Center for Cognition and Sociality, [...]
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|Low vitamin D among the elderly is associated with decline in cognition, dementia
||Vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly is highly correlated with accelerated cognitive decline and impaired performance, particularly in domains such as memory loss that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rutgers University have found. The effect is “substantial,” with individuals with low vitamin D declining [...]
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|Scientist and collaborators chart a lost highway in the brain
||A study three years ago sparked a medical mystery when it revealed a part of the brain not found in any present-day anatomy textbooks. Recently, Indiana University computational neuroscientistFranco Pestilli and an international research teampublished an article in the journal Cerebral Cortex that suggests this missing part of the brain may play an important role [...]
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|You’re not irrational, you’re just quantum probabilistic
||The next time someone accuses you of making an irrational decision, just explain that you’re obeying the laws of quantum physics. A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses quantum physics to explain humans’ (sometimes) paradoxical thinking, but may also help researchers resolve certain contradictions among the results of previous psychological studies. [...]
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|Image-tracking technology helps scientists observe nature v. nurture in neural stem cells
||One of the longstanding debates in science, that has, perhaps unsurprisingly, permeated into the field of stem cell research, is the question of nature versus nurture influencing development. Science on stem cells thus far, has suggested that, as one side of the existential debate holds: their fate is not predestined. But new research from the [...]
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|Researcher finds evidence of emotional ‘load sharing’ in close relationships
||New research out of Queen’s University has found evidence of emotional load sharing between partners in a close relationship. The study, co-authored by PhD candidate Jessica Lougheed, found that a strong relationship with a loved one can help ease stress when placed in difficult situations. “We wanted to test a new evolutionary theory in psychology [...]
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|#164 Psychotherapy: When We Are Haunted by the Past
||rubyblossom. via Compfight When we sign up to be parents we may not realize that we carry with us a personal history made up of the unique backgrounds of our … ...
|5 Tips for Maintaining Your Identity in a Relationship
||Don’t be a better half. Be a whole person. We spend most of our lives trying to figure out who we are and building our identities. It’s no wonder one of the biggest fears among singles is that they’ll lose themselves once they’re in a … ...
|Ron Swanson, Donald Trump, and You
||The characters on Parks & Recreation have describable personalities, as does Donald Trump. Would he fit in? Would you?
|Jealousy Doesn’t Have to Cause Problems in Relationships...
||So your partner approaches the hostess at a restaurant to put your name on the list. He also manages to crack a witty joke and gets a laugh. You’re instantly … ...
|4 Common Remarriage Issues
||Creating a strong and solid marriage is an absolute necessity when dealing with the challenges of a remarriage and blended family. You need to be able to protect and nurture … ...
|Bobby Brown Speaks About Daughter’s Death for First Time...
||It’s been a couple months since Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away and her famous father, Bobby Brown, has opened up for the first time about the sad situation. Becoming emotional … ...
|Scientists chart a lost highway in the brain
||A part of the brain lost from scientific literature for over a century may be responsible for a key component of perceptionm according to a new study from the neuroscientist who was part of the team that rediscovered the forgotten structure.
|How to Tell the Kids You’re Getting Divorced
||Divorcing parents meet with me because they worry terribly about the effect that learning of divorce will have on their kids. They want to know the specifics, of course, such as when is a good time to tell, who should do the telling, and what should be said. But beneath those practical inquiries lies the real reason for the session – will my child be okay?
|Homophobic people often have psychological issues
||Homophobic attitudes may say a lot about the person who holds them, new research suggests.