|Scientists find mechanism for altered pattern of brain growth in autism spectrum disorder
||As early as 1943, when autism was first described by psychiatrist Leo Kanner, reports were made that some, but not all, children with autism spectrum disorder have relatively enlarged heads. But even today, more than half a century later, the exact cause of this early abnormal growth of the head and brain has remained unclear. [...]
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|Mechanism for altered pattern of brain growth in autism spectrum disorder discovered
||Scientists have uncovered how mutations in a specific autism risk gene alter the basic trajectory of early brain development in animal models.
|Brain network that controls, redirects attention identified
||Key parts of the human brain network that give us the power to control and redirect our attention -- a core cognitive ability -- may be unique to humans, researchers have discovered.
|What are Situations?
||What were you doing yesterday at 10am? 2pm? 8pm? Why were you doing those things? A moment’s reflection on our day’s activities makes it obvious that situations impact our behavior. But what are situations actually? I’ve spent the past 9 years doing research aimed at answering this very question. This post describes what we currently know about situations.
|New antibody treats traumatic brain injury and prevents long-term neurodegeneration
||Researchers have provided the first direct evidence linking traumatic brain injury to Alzheimer's disease and CTE and develop an antibody to treat TBI -- and prevent the development of these debilitating diseases.
|Anxiety: The Loss of Control
||Some people seem to exaggerate the importance of control. Without being aware of it, they spend an excessive amount of time and energy trying to control their children, their spouses, … ...
|By Neglecting Spatial People, What Innovations Have We Lost?
||Peter Thiel famously said of the future: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” As innovative as Twitter might be, it pales in comparison to engineering feats that could truly transform our future. And by neglecting spatially talented people, we may have already lost so many incredible inventions.
|The Benefits of Being Shy: A Doorway To Connection
||Have people told you that you’re shy? Growing up, did you hear admonitions such as, “You’re so shy! Don’t be bashful. Why are you so shy?” If so, you’re not alone. In our extraverted society, being assertive, if not aggressive, is valued. Being introverted, reflective, … ...
|Success in adulthood linked to childhood psychiatric health
||Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, according to new research.
|High blood levels of growth factor correlate with smaller brain areas in patients with schizophrenia
||High blood levels of a growth factor known to enable new blood vessel development and brain cell protection correlate with a smaller size of brain areas key to complex thought, emotion and behavior in patients with schizophrenia, researchers report.
|The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes
||A new study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. This deficit can have serious consequences, such as not noticing that a child is sick or in pain, or that a potential mugger or violent predator is approaching.
|Gene associated with thinking skills
||Researchers have identified a gene that underlies healthy information processing -- a first step on a complicated road to understand cognitive aging and age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease.
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|American's are taking less vacation time than before and it's hurting relationships
||Study shows that many people are not taking all the vacation days they earn, which can be damaging for relationships.
|Can your smartphone tell you if you have depression?
||Smartphone apps might be able to tell you if you are at risk of depression, simply by collecting GPS and other data.
|Few school districts have anti-bullying policies protecting LGBT students
||A majority of American school districts have no policies protecting LGBT students from bullying.
|Was Mickey Mantle that Good? – Misremembering Legends...
||Last night, Major League Baseball played its 86th All Star Game. As part of the festivities, MLB.com launched a campaign for fans to vote for its team’s “Franchise Four,” the … ...
|The Stanford Prison Experiment
||Some 44 years ago, I conducted a research experiment that could have been the bane of my existence. Instead it spurred me on to research several topics: good vs evil, how our personal time perspectives affect our lives, and the self-imposed "prison," shyness. Now, The Stanford Prison Experiment is an award-winning feature film that has viewers questioning: What would I do?
|The Gift of Healthy Narcissism
||To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings Healthy narcissism forms a constant, realistic … ...
|Coming Close is Better than Winning it All
||If you want to be a winner, you may have to lose a few times. According to research published in the journal Psychological Science, “near misses,” such as losing on the last-second shot, or missing a winning lottery number by one digit, actually boost our … ...