|Best of Our Blogs: May 5, 2015
||There are the things you “should” do because everyone says you should do them. (You should work harder. You should be more successful than you are. You should be married.) And then there are things you “should” do because you know you should like take … ...
|Season Of Change
||Change is hard for most of us, even those who do not live with a mental illness dread the concept of change. We get comfortable and used to our lifestyles … ...
|The Social Psychology of Religion, Prejudice and Intergroup Processes
||Seven questions for religious prejudice expert Wade Rowatt, PhD
||As you know my ex-boyfriend and I broke up a little over a month ago. I didn’t write down the date. It’s all been a blur of endlessly lonely days. … ...
|How our view of what makes us happy has changed in 80 years
||Our view of what makes us happy has changed markedly since 1938. That is the conclusion of the psychologist who has recreated a famous study of happiness conducted in Bolton in 1938.
|Researchers follow zinc to uncover pathway that fine-tunes brain signaling
||A study team led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who used specially developed technologies to “follow the zinc” have uncovered a previously unknown pathway the brain uses to fine-tune neural signaling — and that may play a role in Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Their findings appear online this week in [...]
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|#148 God’s Gift Shops
||Scrubhiker (USCdyer) via Compfight Giving our children an appreciation of the beauty of art and nature should be high on everyone’s list of values. If we give this a high … ...
|‘Fuzzy thinking’ in depression and bipolar disorder: New research finds effect is real
||People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy”, or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a very large study that effect is indeed real – and rooted in brain activity differences that show up on advanced brain scans. What’s more, the results add [...]
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|WATCH: How poverty changes your brain — permanently
||Worrying about money can put a strain on you in the short-term, but new research shows that living in poverty can affect you for life.
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|A psychological technique to helps smokers quit tobacco in just 20 minutes
||An international research project led by scientists from the U. of Granada has demonstrated that motivational interviewing can make smokers see tobacco as something disagreeable, thus helping them to quit the habit. Motivational interviewing is a psychological technique of direct intervention that seeks to produce changes in patient behaviour. 53 smokers participated in this research, [...]
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|Green tea extract and exercise hinder progress of Alzheimer’s disease in mice
||According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may affect as many as 5.5 million Americans. Scientists currently are seeking treatments and therapies found in common foods that will help stave off the disease or prevent it completely. Now, University of Missouri researchers have determined that a compound found in green tea, [...]
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|Researchers use cellular bubbles to deliver Parkinson’s meds directly to brain
||Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used exosomes — tiny bubbles of protein and fat produced naturally by cells — to bypass the body’s defenses and deliver a potent antioxidant directly to the brain to treat Parkinson’s disease. And what’s the best way of getting her drug-packed exosomes to the [...]
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|Scientists find new link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s
||Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. While many earlier studies have pointed to diabetes as a possible contributor to [...]
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|Gender and attractiveness stereotypes continue to exist in virtual worlds
||Stereotypes related to gender and appearance that burden women in the real world could follow them into virtual ones, according to researchers. In a study of how people interacted with avatars in an online game, women received less help from fellow players than men when they operated an unattractive avatar and when they used a [...]
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|Mothering Through Depression and Anxiety
||My labor with my eldest went really quickly. I got my epidural, took a nap, and awoke to pain telling me she was ready to be born. It was hectic in those last few moments. Nurses were running all around trying to get prepared for … ...
|Five Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
||Hero worship makes me uncomfortable. I am an extremely minor public figure, except among certain family members and friends who inflate my fame. As a marriage expert, I sense that many people who have heard of me think I must be a perfect marriage partner. … ...
|'Fuzzy thinking' in depression, bipolar disorder: New research finds effect is real
||People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy”, or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a large study that effect is indeed real – and rooted in brain activity differences that show up on advanced brain scans.
|Why The Germanwings Tragedy Couldn't Happen In The U.S.
||Can a flight attendant in the cockpit keep a deranged pilot from intentionally crashing a plane?
|New link between diabetes, Alzheimer's found
||A unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease has been uncovered by researchers, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar.
|Premature birth alters brain connections: More connections to face, fewer elsewhere
||Premature birth can alter the connectivity between key areas of the brain, according to a new study. The findings should help researchers to better understand why premature birth is linked to a greater risk of neurodevelopmental problems, including autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit disorders. Stronger connections involving face and lips in babies born preterm may reflect their early exposure to breastfeeding and bottlefeeding, while the reduced connectivity in other brain regions may be linked to the higher incidence of difficulties seen in later childhood.