|Depression Confuses Me
||I don’t understand depression. It’s been a companion of mine off and on for about eight years, but still, it remains a bit of a mystery to me. Anxiety I understand. I understand why it comes on and when it comes on. Sometimes I can … ...
|In Those Moments When We Let Go
||Divine rememberings You know those times when you lose yourself in what you are doing or when you are exercising, meditating or creating and you allow yourself to just be. … ...
|The trustworthiness of an inmate’s face may seal his fate
||The perceived trustworthiness of an inmate’s face may determine the severity of the sentence he receives, according to new research using photos and sentencing data for inmates in the state of Florida. The research, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveals that inmates whose faces were rated as low [...]
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|Scientists watch rats string memories together: Study shows neurons firing as rats thinks
||By using electrode implants to track nerve cells firing in the brains of rats as they plan where to go next, Johns Hopkins scientists say they have learned that the mammalian brain likely reconstructs memories in a way more like jumping across stepping stones than walking across a bridge. A summary of their experiments, published [...]
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|New evidence linking brain mutation to autism, epilepsy and other neuro disorders
||Findings, published today in Nature Communications, reveal the extent a mutation associated with autism and epilepsy plays in impairing a biochemical process in the brain. The study, led by University of Bristol researchers, could provide a new target for treating neurological disorders. The brain contains billions of nerve cells which communicate via the release of [...]
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|You need this hole in the head — to be smart
||University of Adelaide researchers have shown that intelligence in animal species can be estimated by the size of the holes in the skull through which the arteries pass. Published online ahead of print in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the researchers in the School of Biological Sciences show that the connection between intelligence and hole [...]
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|Study examines psychoactive ‘bath salt’ use among US high school seniors
||Recent years have seen an unprecedented growth in number and availability of new synthetic psychoactive drugs in the US and worldwide. In 2014, 101 new psychoactive drugs were identified, worldwide. Such drugs are often sold as “legal” highs or “research chemicals” over the internet or in head shops. Among these new drugs, “bath salts” appear [...]
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|Rates of drunk driving tied to state alcohol policies
||States with more restrictive alcohol policies and regulations have lower rates of self-reported drunk driving, according to a new study by researchers at the Boston University schools of public health and medicine and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The research team assigned each state an “alcohol policy score,” based on an aggregate [...]
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|How to Stop Self-Criticism and Constructively Work on Your...
||We’ve all had it: that sinking feeling when you just know you’ve bombed at a meeting or presentation. It stinks — and, frankly, it hurts our ego. We all want to be good — scratch that — great at our jobs, so a misstep can leave … ...
|Mind Control Techniques To Be Aware Of
||Mind manipulation techniques used by abusive governments, marshal art cults and other groups to manipulate people into giving them money and power.
|Alzheimer's may affect the brain differently in African-Americans than European-Americans
||Alzheimer’s disease may cause different changes in the brain, or pathologies, in African-Americans than in white Americans of European descent, according to a new study.
|Compounds show potential in fighting brain, breast cancers
||A new discovery has potential to help brain and breast cancer patients, scientists suggest. The researchers examined compounds that inhibit Stat3, a protein implicated in a variety of cancers that include brain and breast cancers.
|Jealousy in a romantic relationship can lead to alcohol problems
||People who depend on their relationship to make them feel good about themselves are more likely to drown their sorrows if they believe their partner is cheating, suggests new research. The study, published in Addictive Behaviors, links romantic jealousy, relationship-dependent self-esteem and alcohol problems for the first time. The authors of the study, from the [...]
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|How the largest association of psychologists in the US colluded in torture
||In November 2014, the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association (APA) asked David Hoffman, a former federal prosecutor, to lead an independent review of allegations that the APA colluded with government officials to sanction the use of interrogation techniques tantamount to torture. The APA asked Hoffman to investigate these allegations just weeks before [...]
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|Exercise can improve brain function in older adults
||New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center indicates that older adults can improve brain function by raising their fitness level. Jeffrey Burns, M.D., professor of neurology and co-director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, led a six-month trial conducted with healthy adults ages 65 and older who showed no signs of cognitive [...]
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|Review examines nutritional issues related to autism spectrum disorder
||About 1 in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 78% increase in the incidence of autism spectrum disorder since 2002 (although some of the increase may be due to improved diagnostic capabilities). Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder may have poor nutrition because they often exhibit selective eating patterns as well [...]
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|Brain network that controls and redirects attention identified
||Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have found that 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. The research, which was published in the July 13 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [...]
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|‘Housing First’ can reduce alcohol problems for homeless people with mental illness
||A “Housing First” approach, where homeless people with mental illness are provided with a place to live without preconditions such as sobriety or seeing a psychiatrist, coupled with intensive case management, helps to reduce alcohol-related problems, a new study has found. These interventions also improve housing stability and community functioning for this population, said lead [...]
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|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.