|Human brain study sheds light on how new memories are formed
||In the first study of its kind researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better understanding of memory loss and new methods to fight it in Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.
|Lifelong learning is made possible by recycling of histones, study says
||A new mechanism that makes neuronal plasticity and, as a result, learning possible has been discovered by researchers. This discovery centers on a specific type of histone, proteins that support DNA and help control its expression.
|Human brain may contain a map for social navigation
||A study reveals how the hippocampus contributes to social behavior. The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others and how they rank them socially.
|Revised view of brain circuit reveals how we avoid being overwhelmed by powerful odors
||Scientists report the discovery of a neural circuit in the mouse olfactory bulb that explains how our mammalian cousins (and by extension, we) are able to dial down powerful odor signals sampled from the environment, for the simple reason that they would otherwise overpower the nerve cells that receive and process them.
|Why (Almost) everyone is Happy about Same-Sex Marriage
||On Sunday morning I flew back from Orlando to New York, after attending the World Congress on Positive Psychology. To my good fortune, the airplane had TV service, so I … ...
|Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization
||Often we hear about unethical and egregious behavior of organizations and their leaders that seem intent on screwing their customers, lying and cheating, and laughing all the way to the bank.Yet, there are many ways that organizations can create a culture that supports and nurtures ethics. And good ethics is good business in the end. What have so many not gotten the memo?
|Electrical nerve stimulation can reverse spinal cord injury nerve damage in patients
||Researchers find that nerve stimulation can improve the function of peripheral nerves damaged by spinal cord injury (SCI). This technique may be a new approach to preventing long-term changes in nerve and muscle function after SCI and improving SCI rehabilitation outcomes.
|What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer
||Dylan is a short film written and directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, and is based on a interview done with Dylan Winn Garner. The film follows a young trans man as he explains his story, his exploration in the trans community, his family's acceptance of his identity, and ultimately his physical and emotional transformation.
|Guilt Trip: Denying Your Mistakes
||We may describe Mark as irresponsible, lazy, rebellious or stubborn. He won’t cooperate with us in accomplishing the routine tasks of everyday life. To him, everything is “boring,” and he … ...
|For argument’s sake
||I have (self) published an ebook For argument’s sake: evidence that reason can change minds. It is the collection of two essays that were originally published on Contributoria and The Conversation. I have revised and expanded these, and added a guide to further reading on the topic. There are bespoke illustrations inspired by Goya (of […]
|Sleep deprivation could reduce intrusive memories of traumatic scenes
||A good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But a new study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong thing to do.
|Women’s Wellness Corner Returns!
||“The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus When I posted my last blog back in January, there was no way I could anticipate all the changes that … ...
|The Ironic Effect Depression Has On Managing The Emotions
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|Symposium: The Wisdom of Happiness All in One Place
||For as long as we can remember, happiness has been a hot topic. Who doesn’t want to be happy? The Dalai Lama once said, “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” But what does happiness even mean? It’s such an elusive term … ...
|Amidst All the Matrimania, the Power of Friendship Endures...
||We’ve heard a lot of flowery prose about marriage lately, both within the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide and in the ensuing commentaries. I don’t think marriage is … ...
|Males may contribute to offspring's mental development before pregnancy
||A new study provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring's brains starting before pregnancy.
|How the stress hormone cortisol reinforces traumatic memories
||The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences. However, it is effective not only while the memory is being formed for the first time, but also later when people look back at an experience while the memory reconsolidates. Researchers suggest that the results might explain the persistence of strong emotional memories occurring in anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
|People with epilepsy can benefit from smartphone apps to manage their condition
||While many people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication, those unpredictable and involuntary changes in behavior and consciousness can be limiting for others. Neurologists evaluated the application of smartphones in epilepsy care. Apps include seizure diaries as well as medication trackers with reminders to take the next dose of medication. In addition, apps are available to answer any questions patients with epilepsy might have, to detect potential drug interactions and to detect seizures.
|Computer model shows how nerve cell connections form in visual cortex
||Researchers develop a computer model to explain how nerve cell connections form in the visual cortex. When newborn babies open their eyes for the first time, they already possess nerve cells specialized in particular stimuli in the visual cortex of their brains - but these nerve cells are not systematically linked with each other. How do neural networks that react in a particular way to particular features of a stimulus develop over the course of time?
|Are You Overemotional Or Are You Just Being Manipulated?...
||How many times have you expressed a strong thought, feeling or desire at work and had someone marginalize you with a condescending statement, look or gesture indicating that you were … ...