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From brain tumors to memory: A very multifunctional protein Everything is connected, especially in the brain. A protein called BAI1, involved in limiting the growth of brain tumors, is also critical for spatial learning and memory, researchers have discovered. Mice missing BAI1 have trouble learning and remembering where they have been. Because of the loss of BAI1, their neurons have changes in how they [...]The post From brain tumors to memory: A very multifunctional protein appeared first on PsyPost.
Blood-based genetic biomarkers identify young boys with autism In a study published in the current online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, report finding a highly accurate blood-based measure that could lead to development of a clinical test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk in males as [...]The post Blood-based genetic biomarkers identify young boys with autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows teens and adults hazy on Washington marijuana law More than two years after Washington legalized marijuana, parents and teens may be hazy on the specifics of the law, if the findings of a new study are any indication. University of Washington research, published recently in Substance Use & Misuse, found that only 57 percent of Washington parents surveyed knew the legal age for [...]The post Study shows teens and adults hazy on Washington marijuana law appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Keys To Freeing Up Creativity From David Lynch “I don’t really care what is going on in the world, nor with cinema. However, once in a while, you can see a film that is truly great. And you say, ’that person has really got something fantastic.’ It is an inspiration, and it pushes you forward.” David Lynch. David...
‘Ouch zone’ in the brain identified Activity in a brain area known as the dorsal posterior insula is directly related to the intensity of pain, a brain imaging study of 17 people has found. Researchers at the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain used a new brain imaging technique to look at people experiencing pain over many [...]The post ‘Ouch zone’ in the brain identified appeared first on PsyPost.
Protein in the brain can ‘put the brakes’ on binge drinking A new study led by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers has found that a naturally-occurring protein in the brain can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking, a major public health problem estimated to cost the U.S. more than $170 billion each year. The study, published online by the journal Nature Neuroscience on March [...]The post Protein in the brain can ‘put the brakes’ on binge drinking appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers find smiles, word choice show what type of sexism men display If you want to know what a man’s true attitude towards the female sex is, carefully watch how he smiles and chats to her. This advice is gleaned from a study by Jin Goh and Judith Hall of Northeastern University in the US, published in Springer’s journal Sex Roles. It sheds light on how sexism [...]The post Researchers find smiles, word choice show what type of sexism men display appeared first on PsyPost.
Study of fruit fly ‘brain in a jar’ reveals mechanics of jet lag Long the stuff of science fiction, the disembodied “brain in a jar” is providing science fact for UC Irvine researchers, who by studying the whole brains of fruit flies are discovering the inner mechanisms of jet lag. To do this, Todd C. Holmes, professor of physiology & biophysics in the UCI School of Medicine, and [...]The post Study of fruit fly ‘brain in a jar’ reveals mechanics of jet lag appeared first on PsyPost.
Mood, anxiety disorders common in Tourette patients, emerge at a young age A new study of Tourette syndrome (TS) led by researchers from UC San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found that nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for TS will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and that nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses. [...]The post Mood, anxiety disorders common in Tourette patients, emerge at a young age appeared first on PsyPost.
Surprising finding provides more support for Alzheimer’s being an autoimmune disease Brain levels of the lipid ceramide are high in Alzheimer’s disease, and now scientists have found increased levels of an antibody to the lipid in their disease model. While some members of this lipid family are a plus in skin cream, inside the brain, ceramide appears to increase beta amyloid production and help the iconic [...]The post Surprising finding provides more support for Alzheimer’s being an autoimmune disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Perceptual training boosts contrast sensitivity for older adults Older adults whose vision is affected by declining contrast sensitivity – which is a factor in the ability to detect and resolve details in low light – can improve their ability to see with perceptual learning training, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Brown University. The researchers also found, to their [...]The post Perceptual training boosts contrast sensitivity for older adults appeared first on PsyPost.
Understanding how neurons shape memories of smells In a study that helps to deconstruct how olfaction is encoded in the brain, neuroscientists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a type of neuron that appears to help tune, amplify and dampen neuronal responses to chemosensory inputs from the nasal cavity. The study, published March 9 in Nature Neuroscience, [...]The post Understanding how neurons shape memories of smells appeared first on PsyPost.
Eviction can result in depression, poorer health and higher stress Eviction from a home can have multiple negative consequences for families – including depression, poorer health and higher levels of stress – and the side effects can persist for years, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University and Harvard University. The study, “Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship and Health,” is the first to examine [...]The post Eviction can result in depression, poorer health and higher stress appeared first on PsyPost.
Psychedelic drug use could reduce psychological distress, suicidal thinking A history of psychedelic drug use is associated with less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts, according to new research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In a national survey of over 190,000 U.S. adults, lifetime use of certain psychedelic drugs was associated with a 19 percent reduced [...]The post Psychedelic drug use could reduce psychological distress, suicidal thinking appeared first on PsyPost.
Is Your Spirit Steering Your Relationships or Is It I like to describe the ego’s job as the protector. This “guy” is the part of us that stands on the bow of our relationship and frantically yells, “Iceberg!” when it sees trouble ahead. This is useful information, for sure. However, when the Iceberg Guy is scared, he becomes erratic...
Migraine Therapy — More Effective Than Medication? While this isn’t a direct relationship issue, being in a relationship with someone who struggles with migraines can have a significant impact on the relationship. This impact will be discussed more at length in a future post, but I hope this can be helpful to someone in your life who...
Cyberbullying & Depression What do you think of when you hear the word bully? I think of some big guy that teases and picks on the little guy on the playground, however, in today’s modern society with social media and Internet advancements, the word bullying has taken on a whole other realm on...
Suffering from Too Much Happiness? Alison had a recurring pattern of self-sabotage. She would say or do the “wrong thing” and turn people who liked her against her. She would make and lose friends regularly. Some of her self-sabotages were spectacular! At the company New Year’s Eve Ball she got drunk and scandalized the entire...
Recess Is Endangered High stakes testing, fear of litigation, budget crunches, and just plain ignorance are reducing and even eliminating recess for children. Yet a wealth of research establishes the benefits of recess for academic achievement, physical development, healthy weight, and social competence. It's time to make sure recess is an educational right for all children.
6 Ways to Regroup and Reconnect with Your Partner Have you been in a relationship for some time now, yet feel confused because lately you’re plagued with loneliness? Do you spend time remembering those first early months (even years) together when you felt happily connected? It all felt so easy then. But now? Well, it seems life got in...