|School ‘EMPATHY’ program helps youth cope with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts
||Peter Silverstone knows that, of all his professional accomplishments, none are more important than the work he’s doing right now. “I said to my wife that this is probably the most important thing I’ll ever do in my life, if I can get this going and make a difference.” Silverstone, a professor in the University [...]
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|Study suggests hyper-functional brain circuits drive autistic behaviors
||A new study in Frontiers in Neuroscience shows that social and sensory overstimulation drives autistic behaviors. The study, conducted on rats exposed to a known risk factor in humans, supports the unconventional view of the autistic brain as hyper-functional, and offers new hope with therapeutic emphasis on paced and non-surprising environments tailored to the individual’s [...]
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|Neuroimaging findings generally nondiagnostic in kids with sports-related concussions
||Researchers from the Canada North Concussion Network in Manitoba examined neuroimaging studies obtained in children and adolescents with sports-related concussions and found that the images appeared normal in 78% of cases. Detailed findings of this study are reported and discussed in “Neuroimaging findings in pediatric sports-related concussion” by Michael J. Ellis, MD, and colleagues, published [...]
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|No improvement in cognition with post-menopausal hormones
||Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) given to recently postmenopausal women in the US for up to four years does not improve cognition, but may have some positive benefits for some mood symptoms, according to a study published by Carey Gleason and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, in this week’s PLOS Medicine. The researchers [...]
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|Maternal use of antidepressants found to pose little risk to newborn
||Use of antidepressants late in pregnancy has been controversial since the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory in 2006 warning that the use of antidepressants in late pregnancy may increase risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a condition that typically occurs in term or near-term infants and presents within hours of birth [...]
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|Aging couples connected in sickness and health
||As the world’s population of older adults increases, so do conversations around successful aging — including seniors’ physical, mental and social well-being. A variety of factors can impact aging adults’ quality of life. Two big ones, according to new research from the University of Arizona, are the health and cognitive functioning of a person’s spouse. [...]
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|Overcoming Common Obstacles to Change
||Change is hard. One big reason is that old habits are stubborn. (The adage “old habits die hard” couldn’t be truer.) “When we decide that we want to change, we’ve probably been repeating the same habits for decades,” said Gail Brenner, Ph.D, a psychologist for … ...
|We All Manipulate People, What if We Didn’t?
||In reading a column about prayer and prosperity in religion this week, it occurred to me that there are times when I try to manipulate people. The column was talking … ...
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|Just 3 More Weeks Until Our Meetups!
||As a part of our 20th anniversary celebration all year long, we’re holding a set of international meetups for anyone and everyone who wants to come out and celebrate with us! The meetups will be held in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. on Saturday, … ...
|Transgender children's books fill a void and break a taboo
||A group of emerging authors are writing children’s literature that centers on transgender characters, hoping to fill the void they felt as young readers.
|Build Your EQ with These 7 Constructive Thinking Tools
||The quality of your emotional intelligence, or “street smarts,” can help you achieve greater success in your daily life. These 7 types of constructive thinking will help you understand and improve your ability to put your EQ to use.
|The Kindness of Strangers
||There's no need to make excuses for human kindness. We should celebrate it is one of the most fundamental aspects of human nature.
|Psychology Around the Net: June 6, 2015
||Learn about the “just do it” approach to dealing with anxiety and fear, how singer Demi Lovato is working to spread awareness about bipolar disorder and other mental health issues, why there might be a connection between psychotropic drugs and homicide, and more in this … ...
|Spike activity 05-06-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Fusion has an oddly fascinating piece on the AI of dick pic detection which turns out to be a surprisingly hard problem (matron). Uber poaches 40 people from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics researcher community wanting to boost their autonomous car technology according to the Market […]
|Saying Goodbye to Guilt & Shame
||My children are enrolled in a martial arts class that keeps us very busy. From 4pm until 7pm twice during the week and from 10 am until noon one day on the … ...
|Study finds people — even teenagers — unconsciously follow advice from their elders
||We follow the wisdom of our elders, even when it is wrong. A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have found that adults and teens are unconsciously swayed by incorrect advice from older adults. Their study was published June 1 in the journal PLOS One. The study found that “contrary to conventional wisdom [...]
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|Study: Powerful people are quick to notice injustice — when they are the victim
||Powerful people respond quickly to unfair treatment when they are the victims, but they are less likely to notice injustice when they benefit or when others are victimized, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In four experiments, participants who were primed to think of powerful situations perceived unfair [...]
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|Memory loss among the elderly is lower than what was originally thought
||Alaitz Aizpurua, a lecturer at the UPV/EHU, maintains that “the highly widespread belief that memory deteriorates as one approaches old age is not completely true. Various pieces of neuro-psychological research and other studies show that cognitive loss starts at the age of 20 but that we hardly notice it because we have sufficient capacity to [...]
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|Babies who can resettle are more likely to ‘sleep through the night’
||Young infants who can “resettle” themselves after waking up are more likely to sleep for prolonged periods at night, according to a video study in the June Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Infants are capable of [...]
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