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Optical tool monitors brain's circulatory response to pain A new report demonstrates that an optical imaging tool used to monitor regional blood flow and tissue oxygenation may be used to track the brain's response to acute pain in infants, children, and adults.
Brain 'rewires' itself to enhance other senses in blind people The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study.
The Natural Foods That Decrease Stress Risk By 23% One of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of stress and anxiety. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.
Clinical Tips for Ordering Toxicology Screening: Q&A with Alex... CATR: Dr. Stalcup, there’s plenty of variability in how psychiatrists order tox screens. How useful are tox screens, and when should we order them? Dr. Stalcup: The tox screen is underused in psychiatric practice. A urine tox screen should be a standard part of all … ...
The Grass isn’t Always Greener… We are all guilty of feeling jealous at some point in our lives of someone who seems to have it all – or at least things that we want and … ...
Can Conformity Be Creative? You want to be original and creative. Can copying someone else's example actually help you do that?
Prestige, Power, and Placebos Intuitive errors and social pressures often fool us into the wrong decisions. But our social minds also possess untapped healing power. Recent research shows us how to use it!
Scientists identify brain circuit that drives pleasure-inducing behavior Neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that responds to rewarding events. Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala, a structure located deep within the brain, is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant events, but the new study finds that most of the neurons here are involved in the reward circuit.
Diametric brain circuits switch feeding, drinking behaviors on and off in mice Scientists can now show that two opposing pathways within the amygdala, an important memory center, act to promote and suppress appetitive behaviors and also drive responses to fear-inducing stimuli.
Science Is Not Political Nonetheless, science is embroiled in politics. Why is science so controversial, and why are the scientists planning a big march?
Two Questions to Consider Before Starting Your Creative Project... Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed asks her students two questions about their writing, questions that are important for each of us to examine about our own creative work—whatever your project might be. Strayed talks … ...
Should Your Husband Be Your BFF? “Marriages are forms of super friendship” – John F. Helliwell, Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research     Some marriages begin with love at first sight. Usually, but not always, they fail after the initial buzz wears off. Others begin with a friendship that … ...
13 Reasons Why People Abuse Hands down, the number one question I get asked in therapy is “Why would they do this?” Mostly, this stems from a person who has been abused and is trying desperately to understand why their attacker is abusive. There are seven forms of abuse: verbal, … ...
HAPPY WORLD DOULA WEEK I’m taking a brief pause from my series on loss to bring your attention to World Doula Week. So what is a doula? Derived from a Greek word that translates … ...
The Artistic Side of Artificial Intelligence Need a portrait? Your fine artist might just be a computer.
Scientific discovery may change treatment of Parkinson When monitoring Parkinson's disease, SPECT imaging of the brain is used for acquiring information on the dopamine activity. A new study shows that the dopamine activity observed in SPECT imaging does not reflect the number of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra, as previously assumed.
ADHD – Diagnose This! People with ADHD are everywhere. We make up ten percent or more of the population. Think about that, if you’re on an elevator with ten people, there’s a good chance … ...
Alzheimer's disease linked to the metabolism of unsaturated fats A new study has found that the metabolism of omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids in the brain are associated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
'Smell you later!' Abililty to smell well linked to social life in older women A new study of older US adults reports that a woman's social life is associated with how well her sense of smell functions. The study found that older women who do less well on a smell identification task also tend to have fewer social connections.
How Different Are Social Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety?... All non-anxious people are alike, but every anxious person is anxious in their own way – to paraphrase Tolstoy. Two broad kinds of anxiety people can experience are social anxiety and generalized anxiety. Social anxiety disorder, as the name suggests, is a fear of being scrutinized or judged by other...