|College students who binge drink have more delayed sleep timing
||A new study suggests that students who initiate and/or continue drinking and engage in binge drinking in college have more delayed sleep timing and more variable sleep schedules. Results show that heavier drinkers had later bedtimes and rise times, and more day-to-day variability in sleep length, bedtime and rise time. “These data indicate that students [...]
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|Why it is Good to Go It Alone
||Worries about what others will think can keep us couch bound. But you may be surprised what happens when you head out for some fun on your own.
|Infants' superior perception linked to later autism symptoms
||People with autism are often described as 'seeing the world differently.' They tend to show superior perception for details, like, for example, the autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire's highly accurate representations of cityscapes drawn from memory. Now, researchers show that those differences in perceptual skill are present very early in infancy, before the onset of clinical symptoms of autism.
|Unique role of nerve cells in body’s use of energy
||While it is well-known that weight gain results from an imbalance between what we eat and our energy expenditure, not so obvious is the role the nervous system plays in controlling energy balance. Scientists have shed light on the question.
|Scientists find way to disrupt brain tumor stem cells
||Brain tumor stem cells can resist treatment and regrow tumors, but scientists have identified a vulnerability in these cells that could lead to a new approach in battling deadly brain tumors.
|Virtual reality sheds new light on how we navigate in the dark
||A series of immersive virtual reality experiments has confirmed that the human brain's internal navigation system works in the same fashion as the grid cell system recently found in other mammals.
|Why Some People Don’t Know Who They Are
||Has a client ever struggled with answering a simple open ended question such as, “Tell me about yourself?” Perhaps they look like a deer caught in the headlights, responding with … ...
|Does a Handout to the Homeless Help or Hurt?
||We walk down a city street or stop at a stoplight and the panhandler is there, cardboard sign in hand, seeking a handout. What should we do? Close our eyes … ...
|20 Things to Do When You Find Yourself in a Rut
||Monotony can be stifling. It can cause youto feel stuck, stagnant, and lack the ability to keep moving forward in life. I suffer from it, and recently did some minor … ...
|Debunking 11 Domestic Violence Myths
||Know the facts. “If anything is truly equal opportunity, it is battering. Domestic violence crosses all socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, educational, age and religious lines.” – K. J. Wilson, author of When Violence Begins At Home. Sadly, a US Department of Justice study indicates that approximately one … ...
|Interactions between cortical, subcortical regions important in hypersensitivity in autism
||A research team has identified an abnormally high synchrony between the sensory cortices involved in perception and subcortical regions relaying information from the sensory organs to the cortex. This finding provides a key to understand the often underestimated sensory hypersensitivity in autism and to seed a scientific understanding of how to tackle this hypersensitivity.
|Longitudinal brain changes during transition from adolescence to adulthood found in ASD
||The atypical trajectory of cortical/brain development in autism spectrum disorder extends well beyond young childhood and into late adolescence and young adulthood, a new study demonstrates.
|Why You Should Be True To Yourself
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|Can Watching a Film Character Sniff Make You Sniff?
||Can watching a film character take a sniff elicit sniffing behavior in the audience? And if so, how might we explain this response?
|Are You Going to Be an Elder Orphan? Part 1: The Odds
||Single people are accustomed to the scare story that they are going to die alone. Most have heard it so often that they have long ago realized its ridiculousness – … ...
|Bipolar and the Art of Communication
||My husband has suggested I write a book. This book would not be the Great American Novel, nor would it be a how-to guide on medicine cabinet organization. He wants … ...
|Are You a Hypocrite? Good!
||On the benefits of saying one thing and doing another: Being reminded of your own hypocrisy can help you change your attitudes and behavior.
|Avoid Going from Bad to Worse in a Crisis
||No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. ~ Randy Pausch But, as Pausch, author of The Last Lecture, also pointed out, “at the same time, it is often within your power to make them better.” When things are not going … ...
|Six Obstacles to a Successful Relationship With a Psychopath
||Psychopaths are typically excited and stimulated by a new partner. This can easily be mistaken as bonding and deep caring. However, this tends to be the dopamine driven stage of romantic love that can feel like addictive attraction. Once that wears away, so does their interest. It is often at this point that they display disdain for their partner.
|Early intervention improves long-term outcomes for children with autism
||Early intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder helps improve their intellectual ability and reduces autism symptoms years after originally getting treatment, a new study shows. The study is the first in more than 20 years to look at long-term outcomes after early intensive autism intervention. The therapy began when children were 18 to 30 [...]
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