|Nano memory cell can mimic the brain’s long-term memory
||Researchers have mimicked the way the human brain processes information with the development of an electronic long-term memory cell.
|Best of Our Blogs: May 12, 2015
||I read once that you should never take anything for granted. Yet if I’m anxious, depressed, ill, or going through a setback, gratitude for my state feels masochistic. The phrase seems made for people with “normal” lives that don’t suffer from hardship, trauma or illness. But appreciation … ...
|How sexual minority men cope with harassment, masculinity, and body image
||What does an ideal man or woman look like? How do they dress and behave? These are questions that every young person agonizes over. For those who don’t compare to the typical man or woman, ridicule from peers and insecurities about oneself can often be the result. Men who are in the sexual minority (gay, [...]
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|Certain immigrants and refugees at higher risk of psychotic disorders
||Immigrants from the Caribbean and Bermuda, as well as refugees from East Africa and South Asia, have a 1.5 to 2 times higher risk of psychotic disorders compared to the general population of Ontario, Canada, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Centre for Addiction [...]
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|Is it time to ditch annual performance reviews?
||Most of us have had annual or semi-annual formal performance reviews, but a new paper by psychologists at Rice University reinforce the importance of continuous feedback on employee performance, and how the social environment can either encourage or inhibit that feedback. Although there is little disagreement that companies need to evaluate and obtain accurate information [...]
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|Finish Your Screenplay Now: Motivational Tricks Part 3...
||As a screenwriting coach, I tell my clients their number one goal is to finish your screenplay. Writing the same project can go on for months, and even years. When … ...
|Mediterranean diet plus olive oil or nuts associated with improved cognitive function
||Supplementing the plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts was associated with improved cognitive function in a study of older adults in Spain but the authors warn more investigation is needed, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Emerging evidence suggests associations between dietary habits and cognitive [...]
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|Researchers discover how cocaine, amphetamines disrupt the brain’s normal functioning
||In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. This discovery paves the way for developing treatments that could blunt the effects of cocaine and amphetamines in [...]
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|WATCH: The neuroscience of how Adderall helps you focus
||More than 25 million people rely on Adderall™ and other similar drugs to help treat narcolepsy, depression and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But how does amphetamine, the active ingredient in Adderall, work?
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|Narrow misses can propel us toward other rewards and goals
||Whether it’s being outbid at the last second in an online auction or missing the winning lottery number by one digit, we often come so close to something we can “almost taste it” only to lose out in the end. These “near wins” may actually boost our motivation to achieve other wins, leading us to [...]
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|Dopamine signals the value of delayed rewards
||Dopamine is the chemical messenger in the brain most closely associated with pleasure and reward. Recent scientific advances now shed light on precise roles for dopamine in the reward process. A new paper published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry implicates dopamine in a person’s ability to be motivated by delayed rewards. People like [...]
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|#149 Art Appreciation as a Family Value
||Alicia Bernal via Compfight An appreciation of music, poetry and the visual arts is a wonderful gift to give our children. Just as we teach them an enjoyment of the … ...
|Congress approval rating tanking over poor choice of words
||U.S. Congress approval ratings are at record lows. Now a new study suggests that this may be partly due to a decline in the use of warm, agreeable language in the House. The study, co-authored by University of British Columbia business professor Karl Aquino, found that the use of prosocial words — language such as [...]
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|Brain cells capable of ‘early-career’ switch
||Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered that the role of neurons — which are responsible for specific tasks in the brain — is much more flexible than previously believed. By studying sensory neurons in mice, the Salk team found that the malfunction of a single molecule can prompt the neuron to make an “early-career” [...]
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|For children with autism, trips to the dentist just got easier
||Going to the dentist might have just gotten a little less scary for the estimated 1 in 68 U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder as well as children with dental anxiety, thanks to new research from USC. In an article published on May 1 by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, researchers from USC [...]
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|Healing plants inspire new compounds for psychiatric drugs
||Treatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria have inspired scientists at Northwestern University to synthesize four new chemical compounds that could one day lead to better therapies for people with psychiatric disorders. In a paper published online in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, the scientists detail how they created these natural compounds by completing [...]
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|Overcoming the Unconscious Mind
||Each individual has a unique set of life experiences. It is within these life experiences that we develop beliefs, values, and perceptions. Often, these beliefs are limiting, irrational, and faulty. How we perceive the world, and how we make meaning of each situation, is then … ...
|Our Journey Begins
||Our Journey Begins “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Our journey together begins now. Maybe some of you reading this are on step one … ...
|Breaking through the blood-brain barrier
||The bacteria that sneak past the brain's defenses to cause deadly bacterial meningitis are clever adversaries. New research investigates the molecular tricks bacteria use to convince their host that they are harmless and cause disease.
|Brain protein linked to binge-drinking behavior
||Scientists have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking -- defined as drinking to the point of intoxication -- puts people at greater risk for health problems such as cardiovascular disease, liver disease and neurological damage.