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The Lies We Tell The previous post focused on pathological lying. This post will focus on the different types of lies people tell. Lying is a bad habit and can be a big and destructive problem. Let’s identify the different kinds of lies and see if you recognize them. Do you or anyone you...
Can You Get Drunk Off of Water? Don't blame it on the alcohol! Blame it on your expectations about drinking.
Why debunked autism treatment fads persist The communication struggles of children with autism spectrum disorder can drive parents and educators to try anything to understand their thoughts, needs and wants. Unfortunately, specialists in psychology and communication disorders do not always communicate the latest science so well. These factors make the autism community especially vulnerable to interventions and “therapies” that have been [...]The post Why debunked autism treatment fads persist appeared first on PsyPost.
Anxiety 101: Don’t Cross the Rocky Mountains in February I know what you’re thinking. “Of course you shouldn’t cross the Rockies during the coldest, snowiest time of year.” But while it may seem obvious that you could be setting yourself up for disaster, worriers like me throw ourselves headlong into harrowing obstacles all the time. We ignore that voice in our...
Full Body Transplant, Sound Tempting? I just got back from vacation, so my apologies for being gone for so long. I couldn’t believe the headline. An Italian doctor thinks he can figure out how to transplant a person’s head on to a donor body in the near future. The doctor told New Scientist how he...
Does Science Really Say That Hot Guys Are Jerks? There have been many recent media stories—with titles like "Science Says: Hot Guys Are A-Holes"—about a new study on attractiveness and behavior. I was lead author on this study, and I'll clarify here what our study really showed.
Intermediary neuron acts as synaptic cloaking device A specific type of neuron might be thwarting researchers' efforts at mapping the connectome by temporarily cloaking the synapses that link a wide field of neurons, report scientists. The researchers found that somatostatin cells send out a signal -- much like a cloaking device - that silences neighboring neurons, making the synapses invisible to researchers. By doing this, somatostatin neurons can change the way the brain functions, heightening some perceptual pathways and silencing others.
Method for mapping neuron clusters developed A method for identifying clusters of neurons that work in concert to guide the behavior has been developed by researchers. Their findings address a long-standing mystery about the organization of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) -- one of the most recently evolved parts of the primate brain that underlies complex cognitive functions.
Neurons that help predict what another individual will do identified Investigators have discovered two groups of neurons that play key roles in social interactions between primates -- one that is activated when deciding whether to cooperate with another individual and another group involved in predicting what the other will do.
Is Couples Counseling a Quick Fix? 1.Is couples counseling a “quick fix” or a long-term commitment? Counseling doesn’t need to be a long process, especially if you feel you’re starting out with a very solid foundation and only need some clarifications and goal-setting. For some people who are a “higher conflict” couple or have deeper issues...
Why It’s Important to Face Awkward Situations I was propelled into a situation recently where my integrity was attacked. I asked a girl out who had no interest in me. I knew that. Yes I overstepped my normally very solid bounds to do something I regret doing but what I did was vastly innocuous compared to the...
Moffitt researchers identify protein pathway involved in brain tumor stem cell growth Glioblastomas are a highly aggressive type of brain tumor, with few effective treatment options. Researchers are one step closer to understanding glioblastoma development following the identification of a key protein signaling pathway involved in brain tumor stem cell growth and survival. Brain tumor stem cells are believed to play an important role in glioblastoma development and may be possible therapeutic targets.
A Mother's Love: Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths Commonly held ideas about motherhood shape the dialogue we have culturally, get in the way of understanding parent-child conflict, and affect each of us individually by setting a high and sometimes impossible standard. Why it's time to banish some of the myths that animate the discussion and start a new conversation.
Navigating Daily Disappointments Many days I feel disappointed in myself. I’m disappointed I didn’t wake up early. I’m disappointed I missed the morning yoga class. I’m disappointed I didn’t work hard enough. I’m disappointed I’m easily distracted. I’m disappointed I didn’t do the laundry or make the bed or organize that thing I...
Is Your Partner Depressed? A married couple came to psychotherapist Rebecca Nichols, LPC, to improve their communication. The wife was having a hard time concentrating on conversations. In the last few months she’d become increasingly irritable and indecisive. And she constantly snapped at her husband. While the couple’s communication certainly needed work, it turned...
Red vs. Blue: Which Should You Choose? Has anyone ever done research on whether playing on the red team or the blue gives one a mental edge in games? Yep.
Twin study lends new insights into link between back pain and depression Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins. Genetic factors affecting both conditions may be involved in the association between back pain and depression, according to the report.
Beliefs can regulate effects of nicotine on the human brain Scientists have discovered that beliefs can regulate the effects of nicotine on the human brain. Two identical cigarettes led to a new discovery. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their cigarettes were nicotine free. This goes beyond he placebo effect, researchers say.
Activate These 5 Fundamentals For Conscious Change Do you believe you can change? These 5 steps are fundamental to positive change....
Optogenetic stimulation of the brain to control pain demonstrated in study New research reveals for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Researchers found that by using specific frequency of light to modulate a very small region of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, or ACC, they could considerably lessen pain in laboratory mice.