|The Coming Climate Disruptions: Are You Hopeful?
||Hope is such a muddled word: “We must have hope!” “There is light at the end of the tunnel!” Why do climate books and speeches have to end on a note of hope? Re-thinking hope in the face of overwhelming climate changes.
|How our emotions transform mundane events into strong memories
||Human beings are information seekers. We are constantly taking in details – big and small – from our environment. But the majority of the stuff we encounter in a given day we rarely need to remember. For instance, what are the chances that you need to remember where you ate lunch with a friend last [...]The post How our emotions transform mundane events into strong memories appeared first on PsyPost.
|Too much light at night is messing with our circadian rhythm and disrupting our sleep
||Today most people do not get enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called insufficient sleep an epidemic. While we are finally paying attention to the importance of sleep, the need for dark is still mostly ignored. That’s right. Dark. Your body needs it too. Being exposed to regular patterns of [...]The post Too much light at night is messing with our circadian rhythm and disrupting our sleep appeared first on PsyPost.
|Internet-style 'local area networks' in cerebral cortex of rats
||Studying 40 years' worth of data on rat brains, scientists found that the rat cerebral cortex has hubs and 'local area networks,' much like the Internet.
|Near-death brain signaling accelerates demise of the heart
||What happens in the moments just before death is widely believed to be a slowdown of the body’s systems as the heart stops beating and blood flow ends. But there's a brainstorm happening, strongly synchronized with heart rhythm. Blocking this brain outflow may change the odds of survival for those who suffer cardiac arrest.
|Broken cellular communication in brain contributes to Huntington's disease symptoms
||Broken communication in a specific part of the brain plays a role in the involuntary physical movements that affect individuals with Huntington's disease, researchers have found.
|Brain activity boosts processes that promote neural connections
||Brain activity affects the way the developing brain connects neurons and a new study suggests a new model for understanding that process. "Our study has implications for understanding psychiatric disease and ties into the current conversations about the changing adolescent and teenage brain," said the senior author of the study.
|Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocaine exposure
||Cocaine-specific disruptions have been seen in a part of the brain circuitry thought to play an important role in arousal regulation, a new study of newborns with prenatal drug exposure finds. "This study may inform new strategies aimed at early risk identification and intervention," said a corresponding author of the study.
|The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing
||Pay attention. Look up, look down, look all around yourself. Look for the things that other people don't see. Chances are if you see an obvious occasion to innovate, other people see it, too.
|Equine Therapy Remarkable Proof Works!
||Caption: Serotonin’s molecular formula: Remarkable proof therapy works! Note, I had to rethink Serotonin, after I drew the above-Mental Health Humor cartoon. I actually finished the cartoon back on February 12, … ...
|Multiple sclerosis patients could benefit from brain boost study
||Multiple sclerosis patients could one day benefit from treatments that boost their brain function, a study suggests. Increasing the activity of neurons could be beneficial in people with the disease, researchers say. It could stimulate the production of a substance that protects nerve fibres, the researchers say.
|The brain game: How decreased neural activity may help you learn faster
||Why are some people able to master a new skill quickly while others require extra time or practice? Counterintuitive as it may seem, study participants who showed decreased neural activity learned the fastest. The critical distinction was in areas not directly related to seeing the cues or playing the notes that participants were trying to learn: the frontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex. These cognitive control centers are thought to be most responsible for what is known as executive function. The frontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex are among the last brain regions to fully develop in humans, which may help explain why children are able to acquire new skills quickly as compared to adults.
|Discovering the relationship between autism and epilepsy
||Researchers are studying the neurobiological link between the autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy, in order to understand the reason why the brain of an autistic child is 20-30 percent more susceptible to seizures that an infant without this condition.
|Brain's 'lowly' visual processor is more sophisticated than once thought
||When managing, assigning each task to a specialist is often the most efficient strategy. Most researchers regard the brain as working similarly, with each region specialized to a given task. But now neuroscientists have found, in rats, that the brain's primary visual cortex not only portrays the visual world but can also drive the timing of actions.
|Why It Took Me So Long to Recover from
||I remember sitting on the black leather couch in my therapist’s office, longing to be free from my eating disorder, when she said something to the tune of “there is no recovered. You get there and then you keep going.” I didn’t like that statement. … ...
|What’s Your Conflict Resolution Strategy? [TEST]
||So here you are again: on one side you have your goals and dreams, and on the other you have your significant other, your friend, your relative, your boss, or colleague. What do you do to resolve the conflict? This test will help you find out what's your personal conflict resolution style.
|Domestic Violence & The Cycle of Abuse: Transgenerational Transmission
||Domestic violence and abuse are among the top precursors for developing depression and anxiety during adolescence and later in adult life. Sometimes the violence is between partners, other times it’s … ...
|How To Learn New Words Quickly and Efficiently
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|Why Opening Day Should Be a Holiday
||Last year, led by the efforts of Budweiser and Ozzie Smith, over 100,000 people signed a petition sent to the White House asking to recognize baseball’s Opening Day as a … ...
|Why your commute is bad for you
||Researchers found that mental health scores decreased for car commuters as time spent behind the wheel increased.