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Breastfeeding duration influences infants’ brain responses to emotional body expressions New research shows that the amount of time in which breastfed meals are the only source of sustenance has an effect on emotion perception in infants. The study, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, found that prolonged exclusive breastfeeding — when the infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink — was [...]The post Breastfeeding duration influences infants’ brain responses to emotional body expressions appeared first on PsyPost.
Sleep-walking neurons: Brain’s GPS never stops working — even during sleep Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time — and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them. Such information could be useful in treating navigational problems, among the first major symptoms of Alzheimer’s [...]The post Sleep-walking neurons: Brain’s GPS never stops working — even during sleep appeared first on PsyPost.
Can we teach intelligence? Hardly any other psychological concept is as important to us as intelligence. We want to make intelligent choices, be able to keep up an intelligent conversation, and simply be intelligent people. Not surprisingly, scientists have investigated intelligent and less intelligent behaviour for decades. A wide array of different, sometimes even contradicting definitions of intelligence and [...]The post Can we teach intelligence? appeared first on PsyPost.
The brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way The human brain can select relevant objects from a flood of information and edit out what is irrelevant. It also knows which parts belong to a whole. If, for example, we direct our attention to the doors of a house, the brain will preferentially process its windows, but not the neighboring houses. Psychologists from Goethe [...]The post The brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way appeared first on PsyPost.
Have a sense of purpose in life? It may protect your heart Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore. The new analysis defined purpose [...]The post Have a sense of purpose in life? It may protect your heart appeared first on PsyPost.
New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation Inflammatory processes occur in the brain in conjunction with stroke and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from Lund University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, in close cooperation with a group led by Professor José L. Venero at the University of Seville, have presented new findings about some of the ‘key players’ [...]The post New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation appeared first on PsyPost.
Feeling sleepy? Might be the melatonin in your brain If you walk into your local drug store and ask for a supplement to help you sleep, you might be directed to a bottle labeled “melatonin.” The hormone supplement’s use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies. However, our bodies also make melatonin naturally, and until a [...]The post Feeling sleepy? Might be the melatonin in your brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Want To Be Happier Today? Do These Three Things     Life can often feel like there are a lot of reasons to be unhappy. A frustrating job, not enough time, money, love, respect, whatever. Sometimes, there is not a whole lot we can do about these things. And it can also feel like the changes that will lead...
How to Eat Healthier Foods Regardless of whether you’re dieting or simply want to eat better, committing to a healthy, balanced diet is a habit we can all benefit from. We know eating well helps us maximize our productivity and minimize our chance of heart disease, among other things, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy....
People with anorexia, body dysmorphic disorder have similar brain anomalies People with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar abnormalities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information, a new study reveals. People with anorexia have such an intense fear of gaining weight that they starve themselves even when they are dangerously thin. Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by an obsessive preoccupation with a perceived flaw in physical appearance.
MOOD + FOOD Photo by Walmart Corporate I MATTER: My Nutrition, My Sleep, My Energy So, you are faithfully taking your medications as prescribed, you are seeing a therapist weekly, and you are working hard to maintain your healthy lifestyle.  Sometimes we can get so caught up in making sure that we are...
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Most men with borderline testosterone levels may have depression Men with borderline testosterone levels have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than the general population, new research finds. The results will be presented Saturday, March 7, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. “Over half of men referred for borderline testosterone levels have depression. This study found [...]The post Most men with borderline testosterone levels may have depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows A recent study from the University of Georgia shows differences in brain structure according to how trusting people are of others. The research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism, said the study’s lead author Brian Haas, an assistant professor in the department of psychology. Each autism diagnosis is on [...]The post Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows appeared first on PsyPost.
People with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder have similar brain anomalies People with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar abnormalities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information, a new UCLA study reveals. People with anorexia have such an intense fear of gaining weight that they starve themselves even when they are dangerously thin. Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric [...]The post People with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder have similar brain anomalies appeared first on PsyPost.
BPD: Toxic People One of the best ways to look after yourself if you have BPD is to eliminate toxic people from your life.  And never look back. Just recently someone briefly entered my life and tried to cause damage by backstabbing and making bizarre random accusations.  Luckily people I knew informed me...
Dress meme used in anti-violence campaign The Salvation Army in South Africa has adapted the viral sensation color-confusing dress to help stop abuse against women.
Top 10 Asperger’s Blogs of 2015 Asperger’s is a curious syndrome, showing itself differently between individuals. One person may exhibit repetitive speech and one-sided conversations, while another will have challenges with nonverbal communication and have awkward mannerisms. Others may not engage appropriately in social interactions, may appear self-centered, lack empathy, or be obsessed with a particular...
When people can’t deal with your mental illness There is this thing called “stigma” that gets thrown around a lot when talk of mental illness comes up. To me, what I mean when I refer to the stigma of mental illness is that someone thinks less of you because of your illness or judges you unfairly. In your...
The surprising but curiously logical differences between male and female serial killers Female serial killers are a rarely studied phenomenon, because of culturally ingrained notions that women would be incapable of such crimes.