|Self-Harm: The Myths & the Facts
||If you’ve followed me here on Psych Central, my personal blog or my Facebook page then you know I’m very open about my own trials and triumphs when it comes … ...
|Sex and the Single Borderline Woman
||The Buddha and the Borderline is a cross between "Girl, Interrupted" and "Bridget Jones’s Diary." She is much more than a ‘lonely and increasingly horny receptionist,’ as she says in the book. Her insights into the world of the borderline mind are as funny as they are revealing.
|How to Cope With an Existential Crisis
||Despite the weirdness of existence, most of us are able to get on with our lives and avoid debilitating feelings of despair, personal failure, and cosmic meaninglessness. But every once in a while we’re tugged out of our complacency and forced to re-evaluate our lives. Here’s what you need to know about existential crises, and how to cope with them....
|Crying, Depression, and Being a Man
||Society has the backward notion that men aren’t supposed to cry, even when depressed. Sure, men get a pass at their daughter’s wedding or the funeral of a loved one, … ...
|What Pixar’s Inside Out Tells Us About How We Work
||Pixar’s new movie Inside Out explains the vital role we have as parents and educators in setting our kids up for success in their lives -- and their future careers.
|The Psychology Behind Writer’s Block
||Writer’s block is a locked door without a key. Writer’s block is entrapment. Stifling. A few weeks ago, any creative impulse I may have had dissipated, as I gazed at the blank space on my computer screen and the empty pages in my notebook. Why … ...
|Brain-based algorithms make for better networks
||Researchers have, for the first time, determined the rate at which the developing brain eliminates unneeded connections between neurons during early childhood. Though engineers use a dramatically different approach to build distributed networks of computers and sensors, the research team of computer scientists discovered that their newfound insights could be used to improve the robustness and efficiency of distributed computational networks
|Common Vitamin May Help Depression According to Research...
||It is currently known that vitamin C is involved in neurotransmitter synthesis, as well as being a key part of dopamine conversion into nor-epinephrine, a chemical that is vital to … ...
|Reframing How We See Our Bodies
||Last weekend I was browsing through the book Unexpected Art: Serendipitous Installations, Site-Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions. One artist’s words — Tomoko Konoike — especially struck me: “I consider my body not … ...
|Bilinguals of two spoken languages have more gray matter than monolinguals
||A new study suggests people who speak two languages have more gray matter in the executive control region of the brain.
|Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons
||A study showed that scientists can wirelessly determine the path a mouse walks with a press of a button. Researchers created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and shine lights on neurons deep inside the brains of mice.
|How To Detect A Liar In 10 Seconds
||While people will always get away with lying, most lies are pretty easy to spot if you know how to read the signs. Here are a few techniques to determine if someone is telling the truth or not.
|Neuroscientists decipher brain's noisy code
||By comparing and analyzing the signals of individual neurons in animals undergoing behavioral tests, neuroscientists have deciphered the code that the brain uses to make the most of its inherently 'noisy' neuronal circuits.
|Clarifying prefrontal neurons' roles in flexible behavior
||Results of a new study suggest that adjusting behavior based on previous events involves an unexpected mix of neurons working together in the brain's prefrontal cortex. The authors say this new understanding in rats may in the future help to inform research on how these brain systems may be disrupted in human psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or addiction, both characterized by an impaired ability to adjust one's actions based on events.
|Magnetic pulses to the brain deliver long-lasting relief for tinnitus patients
||In the largest US clinical trial of its kind researchers found that transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly improved tinnitus symptoms for more than half of study participants.
|“The Addicted Lawyer” Part I-Law School Chaos
||This is part one in a new blog series about my journey through law school and as a practicing attorney while also dealing with mental health challenges. I went through the law school process when the word “recovery” in a competitive, graduate education environment was … ...
|Take The Narcissism Test and Find Out If You’re ‘Normal’
Most people are at least a little narcissistic — that’s normal. But where do you come on the scale? Despite being self-absorbed, arrogant, entitled and exploitative, narcissists are also fascinating. […]
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|What Artistic Pigeons Tell Us About Suspicious Parents
||Like most first-time parents, we had a set of baby-care rules that was more complicated than the federal tax code and more sacred than the Bible. We wanted everyone to follow it to a T.
|Did the American Psychological Association’s Board Violate DC Law?...
||Among the many findings of the Hoffman Report was how the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board acted when the time came to review the report that allowed psychologists to remain involved in torture interrogations being carried out by the military. The document, called the PENS … ...
|Huge brain scan database is revealing secrets of the mind
||Researchers are using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans to watch how blood flows through active areas of the brain in real time.