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Panetics Ever heard of Panetics? “Sitting atop the evolutionary pinnacle, Homo sapience is now  the most vulnerable of all organisms when it comes to suffering. … We would do almost anything to preclude, reduce, or cease our own suffering. Yet we ...
Another Spin on the Marriage-Go-Round: New Data on Americans You don’t need to be an American to know that Americans just love marriage. Matrimania – the over-the-top hyping of marriage, coupling, and weddings – is pervasive. But the evidence for our special relationship with marriage is not just in the popularity of shows like The Bachelor or the tedious...
Forecast of Acceptance Nothing of significance happened yesterday: just Universe stepping on its own toes all over the place. Same forecast for today. And for the day after tomorrow. – www.pavelsomov.com...
Gene linked with early epilepsy discovered Certain types of early-onset epilepsy are caused by previously unknown mutations of a potassium channel gene, KCNA2. The mutations disrupt the electrical balance in the brain in two ways. In some patients, the flow of potassium is greatly reduced; while in others, it is raised enormously. Both states can lead to hard-to-treat epileptic seizures. New information may lead to a treatment to help prevent poor brain development in some cases, researchers say.
Dark neural patches explored Researchers have found a surprise upon mapping the precise connectivity inside a brain structure called the neostriatum. The cell groups here do not seem to be talking to each other, and are less interdependent in their functioning than previously suspected.
Computer model explains how brain learns to categorize A computer model has been devised to explain how a neural circuit learns to classify sensory stimuli into discrete categories, such as "car vs. motorcycle." Their findings shed new light on the brain processes underpinning judgments we make on a daily basis.
Collusion? Where the APA Investigator Should Look There have been many allegations that the American Psychological Association colluded with the Bush Administration to support the use of psychologists in abusive detention and interrogation operations. APA’s standard response has followed the CIA’s unofficial motto: “Admit nothing. Deny everything. Make counter-accusations.” But now an investigation is finally underway.
Are You Too Clingy? Too Distant? Or Is Your Partner? Our childhood experiences can influence us in our day-to-day adult lives, especially in the arena of intimate relationships. Are you able to find the balance between being yourself and part of a dyad? If not, you should probably read this...
12 Steps to Knock Out that ‘Out of Control’ Get going! Life’s waiting for you. It’s that time of year when many people resolve to make changes relating to everything from finance to fitness. Unfortunately, by February, a good majority of us will have settled (un)comfortably back into old habits and will find ourselves feeling just slightly more powerless...
ADHD Is No Party But parties are places where people with ADHD can be found. Why do we like parties? I don’t know. Who doesn’t like parties. Of course there’s the down side to parties. Sometimes they aren’t the kind of party that we appreciate. Personally, I’m not keen on parties where there are...
My anxiety is keeping me from focusing.   Welcome to Part 2 of my 3-part series on anxiety. I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot more about anxiety in the future but a general set up always helps me. During an anxiety/dysphoric episode, I find it hard to focus on any one thing. I’m having trouble focusing...
Sleep and Bipolar Healthy Sleep Cycles = Stability Research suggests a strong relationship between a person’s ability to regulate sleep adequately and regulating mood. Allison G. Harvey, PhD describes how the relationship between daytime mood regulation problems and nighttime sleep disturbances can play out as a cycle where the sleep disturbances contribute to...
Childhood Trauma: 8 Misconceptions About Traumatic Experience What is trauma? If I were to quiz you on trauma would you know how to define it? You might say something like trauma is a negative experience that you cannot forget or move past. I would give you an A+ but also challenge you to consider different situations in...
Is there a Connection between Intelligence, Creativity and Mental Is there a Connection between Intelligence, Creativity and Mental Illness? Plagued by mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar polar disorder, and schizophrenia, are a host of artists, writers and famous people throughout history. In fact, many times the eccentric tendencies of genius are associated with mental illness. t An...
Is it Okay to be Mad at Your Therapist? Last week’s cartoon was about bringing your compulsions into the workplace. (Some call them crafts or hobbies.) All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My Donna Barstow site is here. And you can Like me on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons as I post...
Charlie Rose: The Brain Series on Aggression Recently on Charlie Rose: The Brain Series featured a panel of speakers discussing aggression. Here are a few quotes I pulled from the discussion which I believe are worthy of attention and conversation. “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) does not want to fund aggression research at the level they...
Boredom and frustration trigger skin-picking and other compulsive behaviors Individuals who get easily bored, frustrated or impatient are more inclined to develop skin-picking and other body-focused repetitive behaviors, say researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and the University of Montreal. “Chronic hair-pulling, skin-picking disorder and nail-biting and various other habits are known as body-focused repetitive behaviors. Although these behaviors can [...]The post Boredom and frustration trigger skin-picking and other compulsive behaviors appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain development controlled by epigenetic factor McGill researchers have discovered, for the first time, the importance of a key epigenetic regulator in the development of the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning, memory and neural stem cells. Epigenetic regulators change the way specific genes function without altering their DNA sequence. By working with mutant mice as models, the [...]The post Brain development controlled by epigenetic factor appeared first on PsyPost.
Content creators leave social networks when messaging gets too easy It’s not much harder or more expensive to send a tweet or a Facebook post to hundreds or even thousands of people than to just a handful. So you’d think that the ease of communicating with lots of people via social networks would result in more and more people sharing their thoughts, political views, and [...]The post Content creators leave social networks when messaging gets too easy appeared first on PsyPost.
Committing the ‘gamblers fallacy’ may be in the cards, new research shows It’s called the gambler’s fallacy: After a long streak of losses, you feel you are going to win. But in reality, your odds of winning are no different than they were before. For years, the gambler’s fallacy has been thought to be a prime example of human irrationality, but a new study published by researchers [...]The post Committing the ‘gamblers fallacy’ may be in the cards, new research shows appeared first on PsyPost.