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Study finds brain architecture alters to compensate for depression A study led by Ravi Bansal, PhD, and Bradley S. Peterson, MD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has found structural differences in the cerebral cortex of patients with depression and that these differences normalize with appropriate medication. The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry on March 7, is the first to [...]
Are selfie pictures related to personality characteristics? Can you predict a person’s personality just by analyzing one of their selfies? In a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology, researchers examined Slovenians students selfie photos and found some differences between male and female selfies. Men were more likely to be centered in their selfies, while women tended to be more expressive in their selfies. Women [...]
New ways to treat depression in teenagers Around one in 20 teenagers suffers from depression. Episodes can last for several months. Unfortunately, about 50% of teenagers who have a depressive episode are at risk of falling ill again, increasing the likelihood of relationship difficulties, educational failure and poor employment prospects. It’s important that treatments have a lasting effect to reduce the risk [...]
Study suggests alcohol may actually protect eyewitness memory – here’s how Ever witnessed a punch up during a boozy night out? Did you assume that you probably wouldn’t be a reliable witness because you’d been drinking? You may have been right, but our latest research indicates that in some circumstances this is not the case. There is a strong link between alcohol and crime. According to [...]
Scientists pinpoint sensory links between autism and synesthesia Concrete links between the symptoms of autism and synaesthesia have been discovered and clarified for the first time, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Sussex. The study, conducted by world-leading experts in both conditions at Sussex and the University of Cambridge and published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that both [...]
New study shows Americans are having sex less often While the topic of sex is less taboo than it was a generation ago, that doesn’t necessarily mean people are having more of it. According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior today, Americans who were married or living together had sex 16 fewer times per year in 2010-2014 compared [...]
A backup copy in the central brain: How fruit flies form orientation memory Insects have a spatial orientation memory that helps them remember the location of their destination if they are briefly deflected from their route. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have examined how this working memory functions on the biochemical level in the case of Drosophila melanogaster. They have identified two gaseous messenger substances that [...]
Cyberbullying rarely occurs in isolation, research finds Cyberbullying is mostly an extension of playground bullying – and doesn’t create large numbers of new victims – according to research from the University of Warwick. Professor Dieter Wolke in the Department of Psychology finds that although cyberbullying is prevalent and harmful, it is a modern tool used to harm victims already bullied by traditional, [...]
Study tests the ‘three-hit’ theory of autism Since the first case was documented in the United States in 1938, the causes of autism have remained elusive. Hundreds of genes, as well as environmental exposures, have been implicated in these brain disorders. Sex also seems to have something to do with it: About 80 percent of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder [...]
Group tolerance linked to perceptions of fairness and harm Look for the fault line in any modern conflict and it likely follows a familiar division between the opposing groups. Whether that divide is sectarian, ethnic or ideological, people’s devotion to the values that define their communities can make it seem as if violence along their boundaries is inevitable. But a new study of groups [...]
PTSD risk can be predicted by hormone levels prior to deployment, study says Up to 20 percent of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder from trauma experienced during wartime, but new neuroscience research from The University of Texas at Austin suggests some soldiers might have a hormonal predisposition to experience such stress-related disorders. Cortisol — the stress hormone — is [...]
Giving up cigarettes linked with recovery from illicit substance use disorders Smokers in recovery from illicit drug use disorders are at greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with those who do not smoke cigarettes. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Most [...]
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When PTSD Strikes the Parents of Addicts Autumn didn’t realize she had PTSD when she found her daughter near death on the floor. She realized it when she tried to kill her daughter’s dealer. “I think back to what I did and it’s so irrational. It sickens me.” Autumn (requested first name … ...
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3 Everyday Tips for Managing Depression Yes, when you are depressed finding an antidepressant that works for you is a great start, but there are little things throughout the day you can do to help alleviate … ...