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‘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...
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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...
Therapist Turned Entrepreneur: Howard Spector, Founder and CEO of I’m excited to introduce you to the kick off of a new series: Therapist Turned Entrepreneur and introduce to you a mental health professional who transformed his training into creating mental health related businesses. Howard Spector is a therapist turned entrepreneur and is the creator of TrackYourHours.com and more recently, SimplePractice management...
Super Fun Brain-Break Video for Kids (Parents & Therapists, You have probably heard that you should exercise and that your kids need to be physically active…. And I agree, physical activity is an important part of healthy child development. If you have a child or are working with a child with practically any personality with a diagnosis or not,...
'Ouch zone' in 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 has found. These results could help detect pain in people with limited communication abilities. The research team now plans to verify these results by attempting to switch off this brain region in relevant patients suffering from intractable pain.
Protein in brain can 'put the brakes' on binge drinking A new study identifies both where in the brain and how a protein in the brain, called Neuropeptide Y or NPY, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking. These findings suggest that restoring NPY may be useful for treating alcohol use disorders and may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.