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Achieving gender equality in science, engineering and medicine Gender equality has not yet been achieved in science, medicine, and engineering, but The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), through its Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering, is committed to making sure progress is made. NYSCF convened the Inaugural Meeting of its Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE) Working Group in [...]The post Achieving gender equality in science, engineering and medicine appeared first on PsyPost.
Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to fire retardants, phthalate chemicals Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals–both present in the average home–can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study to be presented Thursday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego. “Our research points to potentially preventable causes of autism, which remains [...]The post Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to fire retardants, phthalate chemicals appeared first on PsyPost.
Yale researchers map ‘switches’ that shaped the evolution of the human brain Thousands of genetic “dimmer” switches, regions of DNA known as regulatory elements, were turned up high during human evolution in the developing cerebral cortex, according to new research from the Yale School of Medicine. Unlike in rhesus monkeys and mice, these switches show increased activity in humans, where they may drive the expression of genes [...]The post Yale researchers map ‘switches’ that shaped the evolution of the human brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Poverty, not the ‘teenage brain’ account for high rates of teen crime While many blame the “teenage brain” for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average poverty rates than do older adults. A new study out today in SAGE Open finds that teenagers are no more naturally crime-prone than any other [...]The post Poverty, not the ‘teenage brain’ account for high rates of teen crime appeared first on PsyPost.
6 Things I Learned from ‘Breaking Up’ With Managed It was a scary step to resign from all insurance panels! I wasn’t aware of any therapists who had built a fee-for-service practice in my area. The things I learned in the process of were better than I had expected. When my practice Wasatch Family Therapy transitioned from managed care...
Which of These Four Stories Do You Tell Yourself Paul Sullivan wrote an interesting New York Times piece, “Stressed by Money? Get on the Couch” about people going through “financial therapy” to get a better grip on their emotions and behavior around money. Certainly, from what I’ve seen, the relationships among money, happiness, and habits are extraordinarily complex. Sullivan cites...
Obesity is associated with brain’s opioid receptors Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain’s opioid system, which is intimately involved in generating pleasurable sensations.  Researchers found that obesity was associated with significantly lowered number of opioid [...]The post Obesity is associated with brain’s opioid receptors appeared first on PsyPost.
Male images seen by left side of the brain, new study finds A new study published today in the journal Laterality, has found that people are quicker to categorise a face as being male when it is shown to the left side of the brain. The team of researchers from the University of Surrey analysed the responses from 42 volunteers, who were asked to focus on a [...]The post Male images seen by left side of the brain, new study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Alter Brain Chemistry with your Beliefs Disclaimer: Although the title to this post sounds like personal growth hype, it isn’t. The scientific research cited is legitimate. The real life application discussed at the end of the article may prove very helpful, but contains a flaw, as you will gather from my self-reported experiments. If you could...
Oxytocin nasal spray causes men to eat fewer calories A synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin reduced caloric intake in healthy men, particularly consumption of fatty foods, after a single treatment, a new study finds. The results, to be presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, confirm those of animal studies showing oxytocin reduces food intake. Oxytocin nasal [...]The post Oxytocin nasal spray causes men to eat fewer calories appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists find reliance on smartphones is linked to lazy thinking Our smartphones help us find a phone number quickly, provide us with instant directions and recommend restaurants, but new research indicates that this convenience at our fingertips is making it easy for us to avoid thinking for ourselves. The study, from researchers at the University of Waterloo and published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, [...]The post Scientists find reliance on smartphones is linked to lazy thinking appeared first on PsyPost.
Antibodies that attack brain proteins may trigger psychosis Antibodies defend the body against bacterial, viral, and other invaders. But sometimes the body makes antibodies that attack healthy cells. In these cases, autoimmune disorders develop. Immune abnormalities in patients with psychosis have been recognized for over a century, but it has been only relatively recently that scientists have identified specific immune mechanisms that seem [...]The post Antibodies that attack brain proteins may trigger psychosis appeared first on PsyPost.
Two Little Words That Can Change Your Life Have you ever found your mind preoccupied by the myriad of tasks that have piled up on your desk, even before you get to work each day? As your mind recites each task, counting them off rapidly, your breathing quickens, your pulse starts to accelerate and you may even feel an overwhelming feeling of dread. […]
Family interventions reduce smoking rates in children and adolescents A global review by Canada’s University of Calgary and QUT into the effectiveness of family-based programs has found these programs can be highly effective in stopping children from taking up smoking. The findings have just been published in the Cochrane Library of the Cochrane Collaboration, a world-wide independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates [...]The post Family interventions reduce smoking rates in children and adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
Human brains age less than previously thought, study finds Older brains may be more similar to younger brains than previously thought. In a new paper published in Human Brain Mapping, BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit demonstrate that previously reported changes in the ageing brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may be due [...]The post Human brains age less than previously thought, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Do Our Physical Actions Influence Our Opinions? Can holding a pen in your mouth lead you to see cartoons as more or less funny?
How to Redefine Boundaries to Your Own Personal Freedom “The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” - Tara Brach I was in the heart of my Ph.D. program when I received the diagnoses: OCD, depression, and binge eating disorder. It explained a lot, of course. All those years of anxiety, self-doubt, and intrusive...
Mapping 'switches' that shaped the evolution of the human brain Thousands of genetic 'dimmer' switches, regions of DNA known as regulatory elements, were turned up high during human evolution in the developing cerebral cortex, according to new research.
Confusing How and Why Is Prolonging The Suffering in Do you suffer from bipolar disorder or know someone who does? If you want to end all suffering you need to understand the difference between why and how. The reason so many people are still suffering is because this difference has not been made clear enough. Why do people go...
Smoking affects sleep Smoking regularly can wreak havoc on the body's natural sleep routine, and some of that damage cannot be undone.