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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.
Asperger’s: We Can Be Normal. Just Not All The Time. One stereotype I can’t stand is that you’d know within two seconds if someone has Asperger’s. Like if you met us at a bar we’d be standing six inches away … ...
Can What You Post Online Reveal Your Personality? Can open-language assessment on social media posts be used to study personality? A new research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggests that it can. Computerized analysis of the language used were consistent over time and correlated well with how participants responded on personality tests. And that may be just the beginning.
This is How Little Exercise Can Boost The Aging Brain The right amount of exercise to help boost the older brain. » Continue reading: This is How Little Exercise Can Boost The Aging Brain » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Quick Exercise That Immediately Improves Long-Term Memory The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging The Type of Exercise That Most Benefits Memory, Reasoning and Mental Flexibility The Psychological Secret to Great Exercise Habits 20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind
The Amount of Exercise That Can Boost The Aging Brain The right amount of exercise to help boost the older brain. » Continue reading: The Amount of Exercise That Can Boost The Aging Brain » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Quick Exercise That Immediately Improves Long-Term Memory The Type of Exercise That Most Benefits Memory, Reasoning and Mental Flexibility The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood This is How Exercise Protects You From Stress-Induced Depression
Commercial brain stimulation device impairs memory People show impaired memory after receiving low intensity electrical stimulation administered to the frontal part of the brain by a commercial, freely available, device, a new study shows.
An Inward Turn “The turn toward inward development, the triumph of inwardness over outwardness, if it ever happens, will be a great turning point in the history of mankind, comparable to the transition … ...
Designing Cognitive and Behavior Resolutions for Clients... Have you ever vowed, “Tomorrow I am going to begin a healthy lifestyle” or “Starting tomorrow, I’m only eating healthy foods….” and somehow, tomorrow never comes? Or maybe only lasts a few days? Self-maintainence and self-care are difficult in the best of circumstances. Often worse … ...
6 Practical Pointers for Being Decisive When It Counts Being indecisive isn’t a bad thing. It might mean using a slower, more deliberate process with an important decision, said Susan Lager, LICSW, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in Portsmouth, N.H. For instance, you’re more intentional about a decision that involves your boss than an … ...
Brain Structure Links Between Bipolar and Schizophrenia... The relationship between bipolar and schizophrenia is a fraught one. Are they part of a larger spectrum? The word is still out.  Are they the same genetically? They definitely share … ...