|If You Don’t Use Something, Why Can’t You Part
||Yet another Lord-of-the-Rings-inspired post! What can I say? Everything reminds me of habits these days. And here’s a hobbit habit, as described in The Fellowship of the Ring: “Anything that Hobbits had … ...
|Suicide not associated with deployment among US military personnel
||Deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom was not associated with suicide in a study of more than 3.9 million U.S. military personnel in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. The suicide rate among active duty U.S. military members has increased in [...]The post Suicide not associated with deployment among US military personnel appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study of brain networks shows differences in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder
||A new study by scientists at the Wayne State University School of Medicine demonstrates that communication between some of the brain’s most important centers is altered in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The research led by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience’s David Rosenberg, M.D., and Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., sheds significant light on our understanding [...]The post Study of brain networks shows differences in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
|New receptors could underlie the many actions of the anesthetic ketamine
||Penn Medicine researchers are continuing their work in trying to understand the mechanisms through which anesthetics work to elicit the response that puts millions of Americans to sleep for surgeries each day. Their most recent study looked at ketamine, an anesthetic discovered in the 1960s and more recently prescribed as an anti-depressant at low doses. [...]The post New receptors could underlie the many actions of the anesthetic ketamine appeared first on PsyPost.
|Common cholesterol drug stimulates the same receptors as marijuana
||If you want the benefits of medical marijuana without the “unwanted side effects” of cannabis, new research should leave you on a high note. According to a research report appearing in the April 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, fenofibrate, also known by the brand name Tricor®, may benefit a wide range of health issues, [...]The post Common cholesterol drug stimulates the same receptors as marijuana appeared first on PsyPost.
|10 Signs You’re Attached to the Past (Infographic)
||Is the past impeding upon your present? Read this infographic and learn 10 signs that this might be the case. Mike Bundrant is author of the book Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage. Follow Mike on Facebook below....
|What "Fifty Shades of Grey" Got Wrong About BDSM
||Contrary to the portrayal of Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey," BDSM aficionados are psychologically normal and healthy.
|The Modern Savage: A New Book Questions Why We Eat Animals
||James McWilliams' book "The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals" is a very thoughtful work about our meal plans where he covers the ecological and ethical reasons for not eating other animals and shows that labels such as "cage free," "free range," and "humanely raised" are not necessarily sound and ethical. There's a good life beyond beef and after meat.
|Migrating immune cells promote nerve cell demise in the brain
||The death of dopamine-producing nerve cells in a certain region of the brain is the principal cause underlying Parkinson's disease. In mice, it is possible to simulate the Parkinson's symptoms using a substance that selectively kills dopamine-producing neurons. Scientists have now shown that after this treatment, cells of the peripheral immune system migrate into the brain, where they play a major role in the death of neurons.
|Alcohol-related cues, stress strongly impact females and increase 'craving'-like behavior
||A study conducted in rats measuring risk factors that contribute to alcohol abuse suggests females are particularly sensitive to alcohol-related cues and stress which elicits a “craving” response.
|Antioxidant therapy may have promising potential in concussion treatment
||Antioxidants may play a key role in reducing the long-term effects of concussions and could potentially offer a unique new approach for treatment, a new study suggests. Common among athletes and soldiers, it is estimated that 3.4 million concussions occur each year in the United States. The development of a readily available oral supplement would have the potential to improve brain function in a percentage of concussion sufferers.
|Music, Math and Sex
||Could runaway sexual selection really be responsible for the evolution of music? What would that tell us about human nature?
|Study of brain networks shows differences in children with OCD
||Communication between some of the brain's most important centers is altered in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a new study shows. The results are highly consistent with observations in the clinic, said a researcher. "Children with OCD are beset by preoccupations and can't easily move on from certain tasks and behaviors. As all complex behavior arises from brain networks, being trapped in this mode must arise from impaired brain network interactions in OCD. In our previous studies we had focused on assessing the structure and the neurochemistry of the anterior cingulate. We had long suspected that brain network interactions originating in this region are impaired in the disorder. But this is the first study to clearly demonstrate this."
|Schizophrenia: Labels Aren’t a Magic Bullet
||A new report from the British Psychological Society challenges “the received wisdom” about psychosis and schizophrenia. “Many people believe that schizophrenia is a frightening brain disease that makes people unpredictable and … ...
|Fat Check: Med Control IV
||It stared me down, again. My antidepressant. And the guilt creeped in that I have not taken my medication for two days straight, and now it is day three. It is sad that I think I can monitor or check my weight gain, or not, in such a short amount...
|The Personality Trait That’s Unexpectedly Sexy To Both Men And Women
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|Does It Really Matter Where You Go To College?
||If you want to be a leader in society, where you go to school probably matters. A good college, after all, might increase the likelihood of your success. When parents worry about which school their kids go to, they may be acting quite rationally.
|4 Psychological Secrets of Kentucky’s Success
||This weekend, the Kentucky Wildcats will attempt to win two more games and become the first men’s college basketball team to finish a season undefeated since Indiana in 1976, and the first to win 40 games. The Wildcats are stocked with talent, assisted in part by coach John Calipari’s openness...
||One of the more interesting types of Culture Bound Syndromes is Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS). The symptoms are such as to prevent students from carrying on with their work and include various unpleasant head symptoms, memory loss, visual difficulties, inability to concentrate, and inability to write. But is this real and what does the psychological literature say?
|Mighty microexons take center stage in shaping of the brain
||Complex brain disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia, still puzzle scientists because their causes lie hidden in early events of brain development, which are still poorly understood. This is about to change thanks to researchers who have developed a powerful model that will allow researchers to better understand the physiology behind many disorders.