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Sugar's 'tipping point' link to Alzheimer's disease revealed For the first time a molecular 'tipping point' has been demonstrated in Alzheimer's, linking high blood sugar with this debilitating disease.
Fructose is generated in the human brain Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study. The finding raises questions about fructose's effects on the brain and eating behavior.
Sons of cocaine-using fathers have profound memory impairments Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by fathers -- separate from the well-established effects of cocaine use in mothers -- may negatively impact cognitive development in their male offspring.
What if Donald Trump Was Only an Algorithm? What if Donald Trump existed only as an algorithm? Imagine if his entire campaign, presidency, and life all stemmed from a systematic approach to gain an identity other than the algorithm. It would be absurd. The very pattern of all his actions would be governed by the … ...
Remembering Jodi Arias: Poster Girl for Narcissism Jodi Arias reminds us we overuse the word “Narcissist,” and this serious diagnosis should never be just a slur for people who’ve hurt us, or who we don’t like.
How To Stop Procrastinating With ADHD Introduction How do you stop procrastinating with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?  This article will explore this topic.  Ways to stop procrastinating with ADHD include doing something fun first, creating the … ...
Studies show that the cerebellum is crucial to understanding vulnerability to drug addiction The cerebellum, contrary to what was thought, fulfils functions that go beyond the motor sphere and can be co-responsible for the brain alterations associated with addictive consumption of drugs, research shows. The findings would represent a step forward towards the design of new therapies for the future, say the investigators.
Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.
10 Common Mistakes Therapists Make During the First Session... Not everyone who comes into counseling truly wants to get better. Some are present because a relationship, an employer, or the legal system mandates it. Unfortunately for the therapist, this is not always transparent initially. Or is it? In Galvin De Becker’s book The Gift … ...
Today I Love The Sun Piercing The Clouds Today I love the sun piercing through the clouds and casting moody light over the melting landscape. I love the smell of earth and water when it is mild and … ...
Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults Teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults, new research concludes.
Can Punctuality Ruin Love? There are good reasons for considering punctuality to be a virtue. Is it also a romantic virtue? There are reasons to think it is not.
PODCAST: Understanding Depression – What It Is and What...   In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss depression and why so many people don’t understand this insidious disease. They speak of their own versions of depression (bipolar depression and persistent depressive disorder) and why terminology matters. Despite hundreds of millions of … ...
What Happens When You Are Single, Living Alone, and... It is the question that other people put to those of us who are single and living alone. Sometimes we ask it ourselves. What will happen to us if we … ...
What am I Doing Wrong? We spend much of our lives asking the wrong questions and complaining we can’t get a straight answer. For example, “Why are you so stupid?” or “How can I get … ...
This fascinating concept could help us better understand why belief in God is so widespread Psychology research published in the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior provides new clues as to why some individuals believe in a god while others do not. The two-part study of 316 Americans found that religious “credibility-enhancing displays” (CREDs) were positively linked to the belief in God and religiosity. In the study, the survey assessing “credibility-enhancing [...]
Is your smartphone making you shy? During the three years I’ve spent researching and writing about shyness, one of the most common questions people ask is about the relationship between shyness and technology. Are the internet and the cellphone causing our social skills to atrophy? I often hear this from parents of shy teenagers, who are worried that their children are [...]
OCD-like behavior linked to genetic mutation, study finds A new Northwestern Medicine study found evidence suggesting how neural dysfunction in a certain region of the brain can lead to obsessive and repetitive behaviors much like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Both in humans and in mice, there is a circuit in the brain called the corticostriatal connection that regulates habitual and repetitive actions. The study [...]
Is there really a link between owning a cat and mental illness? Study examines Toxoplasma gondii infections Over the past few years, cats have increasingly attracted media attention due to a number of scientific studies reporting that a Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii) infection is linked with mental health issues, including schizophrenia, suicide and intermittent rage disorder. Since domestic cats are the primary hosts of T. Gondii – that is, they provide an [...]
We read emotions based on how the eye sees We use others’ eyes – whether they’re widened or narrowed – to infer emotional states, and the inferences we make align with the optical function of those expressions, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research reveals, for example, that people consistently associate narrowed eyes [...]