|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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|Are We Doomed to Fail in Love?
||Hedonic adaptation and feeling dissatisfied are two major tendencies that prevent us from being too happy. Do they also prevent us from being too much in love? Are we doomed to fail in love, just as we are generally fated not to be very happy?
|Scientists show fMRI memory detectors can be easily fooled
||For the past several years, Anthony Wagner has been developing a computer program that can read a person’s brain scan data and surmise, with a high degree of certainty, whether that person is experiencing a memory. The technology has great promise to influence a number of fields, including marketing, medicine and evaluation of eyewitness testimony. [...]
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|Been there? Done that? If you are sure, thank your ‘memory cells’
||The witness on the stand says he saw the accused at the scene of the crime. Is he sure? How sure? The jury’s verdict could hinge on that level of certainty. Many decisions we make every day are influenced by our memories and the confidence we have in them. But very little is known about [...]
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|Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism in mice
||Bread, cereal and other sugary processed foods cause rapid spikes and subsequent crashes in blood sugar. In contrast, diets made up of vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthier, in part because they take longer to digest and keep us more even-keeled. New research in a mouse model of autism showed that such low glycemic [...]
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|Impact of insecticides on the cognitive development of 6-year-old children
||In an article published in the journal Environment International, researchers from Inserm (Inserm Unit 1085 – IRSET, the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health, Rennes), in association with the Laboratory for Developmental and Educational Psychology, LPDE (Rennes 2 University), provide new evidence of neurotoxicity in humans from pyrethroid insecticides, which are found in [...]
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|Study: Pedophiles more likely to have physical irregularities and be left-handed
||New research suggests pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs). They are also more likely to be left-handed, says Fiona Dyshniku of the University of Windsor in Canada. She led an investigation into the prevalence and distribution of physical anomalies among men who are sent for sexological [...]
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|Research shows that kids as young as 18 months understand stoicism
||When you’re one and a half years old, having your favourite ball taken away is likely to result in a temper tantrum. But while babies wear their feelings on the sleeves of their onesies, adults often mask their emotions, responding to life’s disappointments with stoic reserve. While you might think that witnessing such reactions would [...]
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|Study discovers how interneurons find their way to the striatum
||Researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN) at King´s College London, led by Prof. Oscar Marín, have identified the mechanisms guiding interneurons to the striatum, a major brain centre involved in the coordination of body movement and motivation. These results, published in Journal of Neuroscience in collaboration with investigators from the Instituto de [...]
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|Many older adults going online to discuss and learn about sex
||Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found. “Many older people preserve both a high interest [...]
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|Risk for sleep disorders among college freshmen may predict retention, success
||A new study suggests that the risk for sleep disorders among college freshmen may be a predictor of retention and academic success. Results show that students at risk for a sleep disorder were more likely to leave the institution over the three-year period, although this association was weakened when covariates were included. Risk for sleep [...]
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|Clinical trial launched to assess safety and efficacy of autism drug treatment
||Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of an unprecedented drug therapy for autism. The phase 1 clinical trial, which is recruiting 20 qualifying participants, will evaluate suramin — a century-old drug still used for African sleeping sickness — as [...]
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|Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development
||Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain. In a new study published June 4 in the journal Cell Reports, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center and Department of Neuroscience [...]
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|Sleep problems and energy product use associated with increased alcohol use in teens
||A new study suggest sleep problems and energy product use are associated with increased alcohol use in teens, even after controlling for sociodemographics and mental health. Results show that both sleeping problems and use of energy products are associated with greater risk of alcohol use in teenagers, according to a study conducted by the RAND [...]
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|More frequent overnight hot flashes linked with brain scan changes
||Women who experience more hot flashes, particularly while sleeping, during the menopause transition are more likely to have brain changes reflecting a higher risk for cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke and other brain blood flow problems, according to a pilot study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today [...]
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|Keeping mind, body active may not protect against underlying signs of Alzheimer's
||While participating in physical activities such as bike riding, dancing, walking and gardening and mentally stimulating activities such as crosswords and reading may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, they may not do so by affecting the underlying markers for the disease, according to a study.
|How Having a Good Cry Can Help
||“This is the best day ever,” said my daughter Sweet P, tears running down her cheek. She cried and smiled as she looked around her room. We had updated it. New shelving, new comforter, a few other big-kid things — as part of a birthday … ...
|What Makes You So Special?
||Why do we treat ourselves worse than we'd treat an enemy? We can learn to be more compassionate with ourselves.