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Profile of a Drug Overdose Victim When you think of a drug overdose victim, chances are you think of someone inexperienced with drug use who takes more than they can handle, or a person who unknowingly … ...
Dishonesty gets easier on the brain the more you do it Cast your mind back over the past week. How many times were you tempted to act dishonestly? Perhaps you were given too much change at the pub and deliberated whether to tell the barman. Maybe you thought of lying about your weekend plans in order to avoid an awkward dinner party. Dishonesty is a common [...]
Study finds no link between long-term playing of violent video games and changes in empathy The link between playing violent video games and antisocial behavior, such as increased aggression and decreased empathy, is hotly debated. Researchers in Germany used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on long-term players of violent video games and found that they had the same neural response to emotionally provocative images as non-gamers. This finding suggests that [...]
Memorization tool bulks up brain’s internal connections, scientists say A time-honored mnemonic method used by memory athletes — people adept at feats such as quickly memorizing the sequence of all the cards in a deck or a vast string of digits — can be taught to people with no prior hint of prodigious memorization skills, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of [...]
Consumption of alcohol and marijuana associated with lower GPA in college College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a study published March 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Shashwath Meda from Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living, USA, and colleagues. Alcohol and marijuana are the two most abused substances in US colleges, but little is [...]
Sound waves boost older adult’ memory and deep sleep Gentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, [...]
Researchers identify how inflammation spreads through the brain after injury Researchers have identified a new mechanism by which inflammation can spread throughout the brain after injury. This mechanism may explain the widespread and long-lasting inflammation that occurs after traumatic brain injury, and may play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases. The findings were published today in a study in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. This new [...]
Probiotic found in yogurt can reverse depression symptoms, UVA finds Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria found in live-cultures yogurt. Further, they have discovered a specific mechanism for how the bacteria affect mood, providing a direct link between the health of the gut microbiome and mental health. Based on [...]
Emotionally Focused Therapy and Your Relationship How to get results in your relationship that will LAST. Some say EFT stands for extremely funny therapy, but actually, it stands for Emotionally Focused Therapy — a short-term approach (only 8 to 20 sessions with a therapist) that gets great results solving problems in your … ...
Study: Economic arguments for marijuana legalization fly higher with likely voters Four states legalized recreational marijuana in November, nearly doubling the number of states where recreational pot is legal. As more states consider joining them, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. But which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? It’s the arguments that support legalization, according [...]
‘Jumping genes’ may set the stage for brain cell death in Alzheimer’s, other diseases The latest round of failed drug trials for Alzheimer’s has researchers questioning the reigning approach to battling the disease, which focuses on preventing a sticky protein called amyloid from building up in the brain. Duke University scientists have identified a mechanism in the molecular machinery of the cell that could help explain how neurons begin [...]
Study: Increasing minimum wage would reduce teen pregnancies A $1 increase in the minimum wage would likely reduce the U.S. adolescent birth rate by about 2 percent, according to new Indiana University research. That would mean about 5,000 fewer births annually, and the number could go higher if the minimum wage increase climbed over $1, according to Lindsey Rose Bullinger, the study author [...]
What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science? Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...
3 Places You Can Find People With ADHD According to one estimate, about 7.5 percent of the population has ADHD. That’s a lot. So where are all these people? The short answer is that they’re everywhere. They’re in … ...
Does this Man Have Philophobia or Fear of Falling... Philophobia is defined as the fear of falling in love or fear of emotional attachment. What follows is a real story from a man who suspects he suffers from philophobia. … ...
Avoidant Personality Disorder How can you best help and understand those with Avoidant Personality Disorder?
Tips on Choosing the Right Therapist Sometimes when confronted with the harsh realities of life and how to effectively cope with such situations, it might be worth it to seek out a qualified therapist who is able to be objective, while helping you resolve any recurring problem, however short or long … ...
This Little-Known Supplement Improves Sleep Supplement found to buffer the body against stress and improve sleep. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.
Studying altruism through virtual reality A computer-based environment has been developed with the aim to shed light on the origins of altruism. This new study immersed participants in a virtual environment that reproduced a building on fire which they had to evacuate in a hurry, deciding whether to save their lives or interrupt their escape and help rescue an injured person. The results showed that altruistic individuals self-reported to have greater concern for others’ wellbeing and had larger right anterior insula (a brain area involved in processing social emotions) compared to non-altruists.
New insights into how inhibitory neurons contribute to functional networks in the cortex Networks consist of many types of neurons, including some that send excitatory signals, increasing the likelihood of other neurons firing, and some that send inhibitory signals, decreasing the likelihood of other neurons firing. Researchers have now demonstrated that inhibitory neurons participate in finely-tuned, functionally-specific networks, similarly to excitatory neurons. Researchers suspect that abnormalities in these networks may play a role in a variety of brain disorders.