|5 "Flaws" That Make You More Lovable
||You may think that people love you despite your flaws, not because of them. But some of the traits that you see as flaws may be more attractive than you realize.
|Lego Therapy for Children with Autism
||Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder struggle with inappropriate or delayed social skills, fine motor skills, group skills, communication skills, attention skills, play skills, and more. Professionals from many fields are involved in the care of children with ASD including speech therapists, occupational therapists, mental health … ...
|Fingerprinting our sense of smell: Scientists map humans’ olfactory receptors
||Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. The distribution of these receptors varies from person to person – so much so that each person’s sense of smell may be unique. In research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), [...]
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|Omega-3 supplements and antioxidants may help with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease
||Here’s more evidence that fish oil supplementation and antioxidants might be beneficial for at least some people facing Alzheimer’s disease: A new report published in the July 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal describes the findings of a very small study in which people with mild clinical impairment, such as those in the very early [...]
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|Study: The fear you experience playing video games is real — and you enjoy it
||With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research by faculty in Indiana University’s Media School. And many game players enjoy the fear [...]
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|Is Facebook the next frontier for online learning?
||Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today’s time-strapped classrooms. In a first-of-its-kind study, Michigan State University’s Christine Greenhow found that high school and college students engaged in vigorous, intelligent debate about scientific issues in a voluntary Facebook forum. Such informal [...]
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|Sleeping on the job? Actually, that’s a good thing
||Employees seeking to boost their productivity at work should take a nap–yes, sleeping on the job can be a good thing. A new University of Michigan study finds that taking a nap may be an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behavior and to boost tolerance for frustration. Napping, the researchers say, can be a cost-efficient [...]
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|Study: Children from high conflict homes process emotion differently
||Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotion differently and may face more social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes, according to the author of a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology. The research study measured brain activity in children who were shown a mix [...]
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|7 Fun Steps that Lead to ‘Happily Ever After’
||You decide how the story of your life is told. One of the most powerful acts of self-care you can make is owning your life story. This core story is your personal narrative, based on the ideas you’ve collected and internalized about yourself, your experiences and … ...
|Of Crime, Criminality, and Nature
||Thieving primates, invading chimpanzees, alcoholic monkeys, and insect rape are a few examples of the criminality evident in nature discussed in this post. To further lay the foundation for a biosocial viewpoint of crime and criminality, this post examines how human criminal behavior has numerous analogues in the wild.
|10 Media Interview Mistakes Therapists Make
||I’ve written before about how media interviews (television, podcasts, speaking engagements etc.) can be helpful in educating your community about critical mental health issues, establishing yourself as an expert in your field, and perhaps even gaining new clients (click here to learn more benefits of … ...
|Why Beauty Isn’t As Important As You Think
||New research finds that attractiveness does little to guarantee a healthy relationship.
|The X Factor: Genetics and Female Mental Health
||XIST, the gene that controls X chromosome gene expression, is up regulated in psychosis, just as the imprinted brain theory predicts.
|Innovative imaging study shows that the spinal cord learns on its own
||The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an innovative imaging study. The results of the study may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation after spinal cord injury.
|What Would [Role Model] Do?
||I’ve been getting annoyed more than usual the last few days. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been dealing with some difficult people (maybe) or I’ve just been in … ...
|What You Probably Don't Know About the Most Famous Case in Neuroscience
||In 1845, a meter-long iron rod pierced the skull of Vermont railway worker Phineas Gage. The resulting changes to his personality forever changed our perception of the human brain. But what happened next to Gage is rarely covered in textbooks — a problematic oversight, say psychologists....
|This Facial Expression Appears More Trustworthy To Others
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|Pope returns to cocaine
||According to a report from BBC News the Pope ‘plans to chew coca leaves’ during his visit to Bolivia. Although portrayed as a radical encounter, this is really a return to cocaine use after a long period of abstinence in the papal office. Although the leaves are a traditional, mild stimulant that have been used […]
|Preventing Disaster Through Screening and Assessment
||Recently we have seen two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, escape prison with the help of two prison employees, Gene Palmer and Joyce Mitchell. It leads us to ask the question, how does this happen?
|Alcohol sensitizes brain response to food aromas, increases food intake in women, research shows
||The first study of its kind measuring the brain’s role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women shows that alcohol exposure sensitizes the brain’s response to food aromas and increases caloric intake.