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Research uncovers the epigenomics of Alzheimer’s disease progression Our susceptibility to disease depends both on the genes that we inherit from our parents and on our lifetime experiences. These two components — nature and nurture — seem to affect very different processes in the context of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature. The study was carried [...]The post Research uncovers the epigenomics of Alzheimer’s disease progression appeared first on PsyPost.
People who believe they were ‘born that way’ more inclined to blame God for bad behavior People are more likely to blame God for their bad moral behavior when they believe they were born to act that way, according to an ongoing Case Western Reserve University project on spirituality and religion. A growing body of research demonstrates that feelings of anger, disappointment, or mistrust toward God can negatively impact mental and [...]The post People who believe they were ‘born that way’ more inclined to blame God for bad behavior appeared first on PsyPost.
Many teens with clinical excessive daytime sleepiness test positive for marijuana A new study shows that many adolescents with excessive daytime sleepiness consistent with a clinical diagnosis of narcolepsy test positive for marijuana, emphasizing the importance of drug screening when interpreting diagnostic sleep studies for teens. Results show that 43 percent of pediatric patients with a positive urine drug screen for marijuana had objectively measured daytime [...]The post Many teens with clinical excessive daytime sleepiness test positive for marijuana appeared first on PsyPost.
Oliver Sacks: “now I am face to face with dying” In a moving and defiant article for the The New York Times, neurologist Oliver Sacks has announced he has terminal cancer. Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its […]
Behavioral Science Versus Moral Judgment Learning more about the mind clashes with simple descriptions of personality. But our moral judgments of others won't surrender without a fight.
Research Proves That Money Can’t Buy Happiness A recent study conducted by two Emory University economics professors provides more evidence, documented by formal research, that money can’t buy happiness, or to be more precise, that spending a lot of money on a lavish wedding doesn’t make a couple’s future prospects for happiness any more likely than spending...
What is it Like to Have Schizophrenia? Virtual reality takes you into the minds of those who suffer from a mental illness.
Integrate Spirituality Into Your Plan Integrating a user friendly “practice” or routine that facilitates your ability to “stay connected” with your “higher power” can transform an effective and powerful tool, into a transcendent one. As reported in her blog on PsychCentral, Traci Pederson discusses recent research into the effectiveness of prayer with people who suffer...
Men Who Hate Women The misogynists. You may have heard of them. But what you may not know is that they can be anywhere around you. They are notoriously hard to spot. They do not come with a label attached to them, and they may even come across as woman lovers.
Opportunities to Feel Facebook, Twitter, Instagram bring us additional opportunities to feel anger simply by providing more stuff to get angry about.
7 Myths about Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other mental illness is highly stigmatized, overlooked and looked down upon by society. BPD is characterized by poorly regulated emotional responses to events or feelings, possible urges to self-harm or commit suicide, and unstable relationships with others. Here are 7 popular myths about borderline personality...
What Is Wrong With Me?     Do you ever hear the voices inside your head ask yourself, “What is wrong with me?”   I do. All the time. Especially when I am overwhelmed with tasks, duties, obligations and deadlines. I find myself stuck in a perpetual loop of procrastination-based activities. I Facebook. I Pinterest....
Golfer Peter Lawrie Blames Soda Addiction for Struggles Not long ago, when people talked about addiction, our minds immediately assumed that drugs or alcohol must be involved but, nowadays, things are a little different. Sugar has become such a huge part of the American diet that people are struggling to deal with their consumption. Indeed, we have learned...
What you didn’t know about gut feelings We are born with an innate ability to perceive danger and make the distinction between dangerous and safe situations. It is an internal barometer we each possess that includes a combination of facts, past experiences, perceptions and attitudes about ourselves, the people around,  our reality, and much more. We refer...
What goes on in teachers’ brains as they help students to learn Humans spend an enormous amount of time and effort thinking about other people. Like primates, birds and even ants, we often learn skills and information from others. In the past, research has extensively focused on how skills are learnt through observation or imitation and what happens in the brain when we do so. Yet a [...]The post What goes on in teachers’ brains as they help students to learn appeared first on PsyPost.
Faker or Just Trying to Grow? How To Tell Fake it til you feel it—a saying that directs someone to act the way they want to feel with the hope that they’ll get there. Of course, like all things reality is more difficult than a pithy saying, and change takes a lot of time, struggle and starts and stops....
The brain’s scriptwriter: Study redefines the role of Broca’s area What is happening in the brain of an actor reciting Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” soliloquy or of the person next to you at lunch saying, “Please pass the salt”? For 150 years, scientists have known that a brain region called Broca’s area plays a key role in speech production, but exactly what [...]The post The brain’s scriptwriter: Study redefines the role of Broca’s area appeared first on PsyPost.
New insights into origins of the world’s languages Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as ‘Indo-European languages’, are the modern descendants of a language family which first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago. Now, a new study gives us more information on when and where it was most likely used. Using data [...]The post New insights into origins of the world’s languages appeared first on PsyPost.
Brace yourself: Study finds people can use different strategies to prepare for stress A pilot study from North Carolina State University finds that people are not consistent in how they prepare mentally to deal with arguments and other stressors, with each individual displaying a variety of coping behaviors. In addition, the study found that the coping strategies people used could affect them the following day. The findings stem [...]The post Brace yourself: Study finds people can use different strategies to prepare for stress appeared first on PsyPost.
New insight into a fragile protein linked to cancer and autism In recent years, scientists have found a surprising a connection between some people with autism and certain cancer patients: They have mutations in the same gene, one that codes for a protein critical for normal cellular health. Now scientists have reported in the ACS journal Biochemistry that the defects reduce the activity and stability of the [...]The post New insight into a fragile protein linked to cancer and autism appeared first on PsyPost.