|Accuracy of sexual assault testimonies not affected by alcohol intoxication, study finds
||People are often concerned about the accuracy of testimony given by victims who were intoxicated during a sexual assault- but a new study by University of Leicester researchers has found that while alcohol intoxicated participants report fewer pieces of information about an assault, the information that they do provide is just as accurate as sober [...]
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|Mothers give more than they receive when family struck by major illness
||Mothers are often the caregiver when a child is sick, and that motherly instinct doesn’t go away when the child is an adult. In fact, mothers provide more support to adult children with a serious health condition than to their other children, according to new research that will be presented at the American Sociological Association [...]
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|Long-term brain changes persist years after drug abuse and recovery
||It’s known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. Now new research shows that alterations persist in long-term abstinent heroin-depended individuals as well. Through the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging, investigators analyzed the brains of 30 heroin-addicted individuals after a long [...]
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|Women choose contraception based on relationships not just pregnancy desires
||Women’s contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Cynthia H. Chuang, associate professor of medicine and public health sciences and Carol S. Weisman, Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology and colleagues surveyed nearly [...]
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|Men: Be Her Emotional Support or Someone Else Will Be
||Men: Are you the primary source of emotional support for your wife or partner? If not, rest assured, someone else is. What follows are some quick thoughts on why you … ...
|American Psychological Association’s New Torture Policy is Unenforceable...
||In a resolution that only people who love the intricacies of governance could appreciate, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Council of Representatives voted on August 7 to institute a new policy for the organization. Namely, that APA psychologist members can no longer engage in enhanced … ...
|A newly discovered molecular feedback process may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s
||It is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease: Toxic protein fragments known as amyloid-β clumped together between neurons in a person’s brain. Neurons themselves make amyloid-β, and for reasons that aren’t fully understood, its accumulation ultimately contributes to the memory loss, personality changes, and other symptoms that patients with this degenerative disease often suffer from. New [...]
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|Patients with immediate medical needs tend to perceive doctors as emotionless, study finds
||When a patient is in urgent need of a doctor for illness or injury, expecting that doctor to help is natural. But a new study , published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, finds that the greater patients’ need for medical care, the more likely patients will view their doctors as “empty vessels,” devoid of [...]
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|Study finds nicotine changes marijuana’s effect on the brain
||How scientists study the effects of marijuana on the brain is changing. Until recently marijuana research largely excluded tobacco users from its participant pool, but scientists at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have found reason to abandon this practice, uncovering significant differences in the brains of individuals who use [...]
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|Following Head Injury, Tracy Morgan to Return to SNL
||Tracy Morgan was a regular on Saturday Night Live for eight seasons from 1996-2003. In that time, he endeared himself to many who then followed him to his stint of … ...
|Rosie O’Donnell’s Teenage Daughter is Missing
||The 17-year-old daughter of comedian/actress, Rosie O’Donnell, is missing. A plea for help was issued this morning as the family and authorities continue to search for Chelsea O’Donnell who has … ...
|Some Philosophical Musings on Food
||Over many centuries, there has never been a coherent philosophy of food and eating. Several books explore the complexities of food and the relationship of some of our greatest philosophers to their culinary choices. Have you ever thought about your own philosophy about food? There is a simple one that we might all agree upon for the 21st century.
|The Meaning of Human Existence: A Review
||Edward Wilson's latest book is simultaneously heroic and frustrating.
|Back to School Sanity Savers
||It’s that time of year again when my family starts to transition from lazy summer days and spontaneous family adventures to set routines and fixed bedtimes. In a couple of short weeks … ...
|Nicotine changes marijuana's effect on the brain
||How scientists study the effects of marijuana on the brain is changing. Until recently marijuana research largely excluded tobacco users from its participant pool, but scientists have found reason to abandon this practice, uncovering significant differences in the brains of individuals who use both tobacco and marijuana and the brains of those who only use marijuana.
|Young Men with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Traits
||How do young men with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) traits present, and how can we help them?
|Researcher looks through the noise to discover potential risks from jet fuel
||Jet fuel, when combined with sustained noise, may cause brain-related injury and lead to multiple conditions. Clinical conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and post-traumatic stress could be attributed, in part, to hydrocarbon-related disruptions in brain function, a factor previously overlooked during diagnoses, say authors of a new report.
|Is Lunch Sabotaging Your Career?
||It happened like clockwork. I’d return to my office after a typical lunch of a sandwich or baked potato, accompanied by a salad and a roll or two, then find … ...
|Do You Really Need To Talk About Your Past?
||Does therapy absolutely require you to "talk about your past?" My answer may surprise you....
|Humor, Screens & Children
||A sense of humor can lend itself as a protective factor for troubled or uncertain situations one may have through life’s journey. Included in this piece are some ways to think about humor development as applied to current children’s television programming from birth to elementary school years.