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People who feel they don’t have control are more likely to believe conspiracy theories Conspiracy theories have probably been around as long as man has had something to conspire about. What is Stonehenge and why was it really built? Do aliens exist? Who really shot JFK? Conspiracy theories are innately interesting, which is why many people will talk about them even if they don’t believe in them. But what [...] The post People who feel they don’t have control are more likely to believe conspiracy theories appeared first on PsyPost.
Study reveals effects of chemoradiation in brains of glioblastoma patients A new study -- the first to examine the effects of combined radiation and chemotherapy on the healthy brain tissue of glioblastoma patients -- reveals not only specific structural changes within patients' brains but also that the effect of cancer therapy on the normal brain appears to be progressive and continues even after radiation therapy has ceased.
Where our brain stores the time and place of memories For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories.
Study identifies cause of disruption in brain linked to psychiatric disorder New research has identified the mechanisms that trigger disruption in the brain's communication channels linked to symptoms in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. This research could have important implications for treating symptoms of brain disorders, say authors of a new report.
Careers and Giftedness: Where Will You Thrive? Managing your career is as important as choosing the right career. And thriving in your career begins with honest self-analysis.
Poll: What Does Google Tell You About Depression? We want everyone who views this entry to take a quick little poll about Google’s search results for the term, “depression symptoms.” It’ll take you just a minute or two to complete it and the anonymized data collected from this survey will be used to … ...
#161 Mary Poppins Joe Penniston via Compfight Since I’ll be on vacation for the next two weeks I decided to repeat a past blog which also includes a beloved movie character. It is … ...
Scientists uncover nuclear process in the brain that may affect disease Every brain cell has a nucleus, or a central command station. Scientists have shown that the passage of molecules through the nucleus of a star-shaped brain cell, called an astrocyte, may play a critical role in health and disease.
Getting The Most Out of Your Brain In my book, ReRight Your Life, I present a simple model of the human brain by suggesting that we have a primitive brain and a modern brain. I explore the … ...
Are You Blocking Your Own Shot? Research Finds Strange... You may be more vulnerable to this paradoxical time-thief if you find yourself worried about how you’re spending your time. Specifically, the more time and thought you put into your procrastination problem, the more difficult it will be to overcome. How’s that for a catch 22....
Nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brain In the summer of 2012, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with more than 30 world records in her age group, submitted to an in-depth analysis of her brain. The resulting study offers a surprising first glimpse of the potential effects of exercise on the brains and cognitive abilities of the 'oldest old.'
How traumatic memories hide in the brain, and how to retrieve them Some stressful experiences -- such as chronic childhood abuse -- are so traumatic, the memories hide like a shadow in the brain and can't be consciously accessed. Eventually, suppressed memories can cause debilitating psychological problems. Scientists have discovered how and where the brain stores those stressful memories and how to retrieve them. The findings could lead to new treatment for patients with repressed traumatic memories.
Scientists visualize critical part of basal ganglia pathways Certain diseases, like Parkinson's and Huntingdon's disease, are associated with damage to the pathways between the brain's basal ganglia regions. For the first time, scientists have used a non-invasive brain-imaging tool to detect the pathways that connect the parts of the basal ganglia.
Scientists discover atomic-resolution details of brain signaling Scientists have revealed never-before-seen details of how our brain sends rapid-fire messages between its cells. They mapped the 3-D atomic structure of a two-part protein complex that controls the release of signaling chemicals, called neurotransmitters, from brain cells. Understanding how cells release those signals in less than one-thousandth of a second could help launch a new wave of research on drugs for treating brain disorders.
Imaging study looks at brain effects of early adversity, mental health disorders Adversity during the first six years of life was associated with higher levels of childhood internalizing symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, in a group of boys, as well as altered brain structure in late adolescence between the ages of 18 and 21, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
Whistled Turkish challenges notions about language and the brain Generally speaking, language processing is a job for the brain's left hemisphere. That's true whether that language is spoken, written, or signed. But researchers have discovered an exception to this rule in a most remarkable form: whistled Turkish.
Engineers develop a wireless, implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice A blue glowing device the size of a peppercorn can activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice and is powered wirelessly using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. The device is the first to deliver optogenetic nerve stimulation in a fully implantable format.
Exploring the Good Kind of Disobedience Intelligent Disobedience. I recommend this book to all of us interested in the implications of the Hoffman Report, and to everyone not in psychology but interested in human courage in the face of collective evil.
AllPsych Blog: The Greatest Psychology Blog You’re Not Reading... We love pop psychology. It has grown in popularity in recent years, as people have become more interested in what we used to call “self-help” tools and resources to help their lives, but are now known as “life hacks.” Put simply, this area of psychology … ...
How others see our identity depends on moral traits, not memory We may view our memory as being essential to who we are, but new findings suggest that others consider our moral traits to be the core component of our identity. Data collected from family members of patients suffering from neurodegenerative disease showed that it was changes in moral behavior, not memory loss, that caused loved ones to say that the patient wasn't 'the same person' anymore.