|How to convince vaccine skeptics — and how not to
||Many people who are skeptical about vaccinating their children can be convinced to do so, but only if the argument is presented in a certain way, a team of psychologists from UCLA and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported today. The research appears in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the [...]
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|Marriage can lead to dramatic reduction in heavy drinking in young adults
||Research on alcohol-use disorders consistently shows problem drinking decreases as we age. Also called, “maturing out,” these changes generally begin during young adulthood and are partially caused by the roles we take on as we become adults. Now, researchers collaborating between the University of Missouri and Arizona State University have found evidence that marriage can [...]
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|Life and the Essence of Adolescence
||During a summer vacation on a lake in Wisconsin, I look at my son and daughter, my nieces and nephews, and soak it all in. Life is a passing of these moments, I know, ones we cannot hold onto. A startling discovery of exploring this important adolescent period of life is that the ESSENCE of adolescence is also the key way to keep our brains vital and growing.
|I Am My Own Bipolar
||Hi there. If you are reading this, please know everything written is coming from my brain — which means these thoughts are all real to me, but likely unrealistic or potentially disturbing to “normal” people. I consider a “normal” person anyone that advises me not … ...
|Poor Social Judgment and Schizophrenia
||This article examines the qualities of alienation, introversion and divergent thinking that may typify the individual with schizophrenia. These characteristics can synergistically contribute to poor social judgment as seen in the behavior and choices of that individual. In fact, they may form a triad and a pattern as seen persons with schizophrenia generally.
|Our elegant brain: Motor learning in the fast lane
||To learn new motor skills, neurons within the cerebellum engage in elegant, virtually mathematical, computations to quickly compare expected and actual sensory feedback. They then quickly readjust, changing the strength of connections between other neurons to form new patterns in the brain in order to accomplish the task at hand, researchers report.
|Trouble spot in brain linked to learning difficulties in Down syndrome identified
||New brain research has mapped a key trouble spot likely to contribute to intellectual disability in Down syndrome. Scientists suggest the findings could be used to inform future therapies which normalize the function of disrupted brain networks in the condition.
|Eating Disorders Online: Support or Triggers?
||Much of the public learned about pro-ana and pro-mia websites from an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show back in 2001. When people go online for information and support about eating disorders, does what they find help or make them worse?
|A Riddle For All Ages
||When my son was old enough to understand the basic concept of infinity (but hardly its nuance), he presented me with a “trick riddle.”
|5 Tips For Getting Unstuck
||“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.” – Jim Rohn Every once in a while I go through what I like to call a … ...
|What Makes A Great Lover
||The ingredients that comprise a great lover may surprise you.
|“All You Had to Do Was Ask”
||As many of you know, I joined a gym earlier this year, and one of the perks I listed for joining my particular gym was the manager’s promise to personally … ...
|Separating the Narcissist’s Delusion from Reality
||If you’ve ever dealt with a narcissist, you’ve probably experienced the sharp shock when you noticed the world wasn’t exactly the way the narcissist wanted you to think it is. A narcissist can be a great storyteller. They captivate you with tales of personal triumphs, heroism, … ...
|The Experiment: The Final Frontier
||I have come to the end of my experiment. I’ve decided that although I have had to deal with the side effects of not taking my antidepressant, it’s better than … ...
|Forgive Yourself For Not Being In The In-Crowd
||And forgive your friends too. When I was growing up, like in elementary and middle school, I really did have very few friends. After that, though, I learned that plenty … ...
|Schizophrenia Doesn’t Take Vacations
||Last weekend I went camping. It was a needed respite after a few weeks of feeling incredibly stagnant and depressed. It was time I needed to get away. We set … ...
|What Your Musical Taste Says About How You Think
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|Brain teaser: 3-D printed 'tissue' to help combat disease
||A bench-top brain that accurately reflects actual brain tissue would be significant for researching not only the effect of drugs, but brain disorders like schizophrenia, and degenerative brain disease. Researchers have now completed 3-D printing a six-layered structure similar to brain tissue, in which cells are accurately placed and remain in their designated layer.
|The Hoffman Report & the American Psychological Association: Meeting...
||If I value transparency, it is a good idea for me to practice it. So, in the interest of transparency and self-disclosure of my perspective (or potential bias), it is important that readers know upfront that I resigned from APA in 2008 over changes APA … ...
|If you're using drugs, scientists want to help you avoid addiction
||Abstinence is the best way to avoid drug addiction. But in many societies, drug use is the norm, not the exception, especially by youth. What keeps the majority of users from becoming addicted? How drugs are taken has something to do with it, according to pharmacology researchers.