|Fifty psychological terms to just, well, be aware of
||Frontiers in Psychology has just published an article on ‘Fifty psychological and psychiatric terms to avoid’. These sorts of “here’s how to talk about” articles are popular but themselves can often be misleading, and the same applies to this one. The article supposedly contains 50 “inaccurate, misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused words and phrases”. […]
|Is music in the operating room distracting?
||British study shows playing music in the operating room can be disruptive and surgeons should think twice about pressing the play button.
|5 Types of Therapy To Re-Think for Adopted/Foster Children...
||How would you feel if a therapist, who claimed to be trained in working with adopted or foster children with mental and behavioral health problems (a topic discussed last week) … ...
|Rolling with the Punches
||The past four months have been hard. I got dumped via text message over 5 & 1/2 years into the relationship. Then I continued to live in his house until … ...
|Could body posture during sleep affect how your brain clears waste?
||Sleeping in the side position, as compared to on one’s back or stomach, may more effectively remove brain waste and prove to be an important practice to help reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, new research suggests.
|Consolidating consciousness: Memory permanence may be mediated by neural rehearsal following learning
||The permanence of memories has long thought to be mediated solely by the production of new proteins. However, new research has shown that the electrical activity of the brain may be a more primary factor in memory solidification.
|Traumatic experiences change the brain — even in those without PTSD
||Trauma may cause distinct and long-lasting effects even in people who do not develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), according to research by scientists working at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry. It is already known that stress affects brain function and may lead to PTSD, but until now the underlying brain networks have proven [...]
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|New research shows remembering self-control failures leads to repeat failures
||It’s been said that “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it,” but even if you know your own history, that doesn’t necessarily help you with self-control. New research published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology shows the effectiveness of memory in improving our everyday self-control decisions depends on what we recall and [...]
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|New study reveals both benefits and risks of antidepressants during pregnancy
||Treating maternal psychiatric disorder with commonly used antidepressants is associated with a lower risk of certain pregnancy complications including preterm birth and delivery by Caesarean section, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. However, the medications — selective serotonin reuptake [...]
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|Brain infection study reveals how disease spreads from gut
||Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. The study reveals how the proteins – called prions – spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated meat. Scientists say their findings could aid the earlier [...]
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|Study: Number of new cases of dementia decreasing for African-Americans but not Africans
||An Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute study is the first to report significantly decreased incidence rates over two decades for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in African-Americans. The study is also the first to show that the incidence rate of these conditions in Africans was unchanged over the same period. In African-Americans in Indianapolis, dementia [...]
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|Medical Tales Retold: The Battle
||I’m an avid follower of The Awkward Yeti. Cartoonist Nick Seluk has the ability to take everyday situations and make them hilariously relatable. He also has a comic series “Medical … ...
|A Mindful Proposal: Can You Handle 5 Minutes of...
||In a past article, journalist Andrea Chalupa made a Mindful Proposal for everyone to make a plan to take out 24 hours in solitude. She quotes her father, Dr. Leo Chalupa, … ...
|3 Powerful Tips to Keep Shame from Taking Over...
||Let those ugly thoughts out and pull some happy thoughts IN! “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – African proverb When I was eighteen, I found myself caught up in a love triangle. It was more like two intertwined … ...
|Understanding the molecular mechanism leading to addiction in humans
||A new study just published in the prestigious journal Molecular Psychiatry by the team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at McGill University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism [...]
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|How new moms assess their partners’ ability to parent
||New mothers take a close look at their personal relationship with their husband or partner when deciding how much they want him involved in parenting, new research finds. The study found that mothers limited the father’s involvement in child-rearing when they perceived their couple relationship to be less stable. Mothers also limited fathers who were [...]
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|Insulin’s potential to treat dementia outlined in new study
||Researchers at the UW Medicine, Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound and Saint Louis University have made a promising discovery that insulin delivered high up in the nasal cavity goes to affected areas of brain with lasting results in improving memory. The findings were published online July 30 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Before this study, [...]
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|End Psychology's Role in National Security Interrogations
||Should psychologists continue to participate in national security interrogations as a means to keep such practices "safe, effective, and legal" or does such involvement violate APA ethics and policy?
|Mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy decreases PTSD symptom severity among veterans
||In a randomized trial that included veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those who received mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy showed greater improvement in self-reported PTSD symptom severity, although the average improvement appears to have been modest, according to a study in the August 4 issue of JAMA, a violence/human rights theme issue. Posttraumatic stress disorder [...]
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|Teen marijuana use not linked to later depression, psychotic symptoms or other health problems
||Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence into their mid-30s [...]
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