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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.
5 Pieces of Mental Health Advice that Miss the Mark Today, you’ll find myriad advice about improving your emotional health and relationships. This is a good thing. But, unfortunately, not all of it is accurate. And some of it can even be damaging. We asked psychotherapists to share the self-help myths they’ve seen suggested over and over — and to...
Is serotonin an upper or a downer? Science behind anti-depressants appears to be backwards The science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to be backwards, say the authors of a paper that challenges the prevailing ideas about the nature of depression and some of the world’s most commonly prescribed medications. The authors of the paper, posted by the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, combed existing research for evidence to support the [...]The post Is serotonin an upper or a downer? Science behind anti-depressants appears to be backwards appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain imaging links language delay to chromosome deletion in children with neuro disorders Children born with a DNA abnormality on chromosome 16 already linked to neurodevelopmental problems show measurable delays in processing sound and language, says a study team of radiologists and psychologists. By strengthening the case that the deleted gene disrupts a key biological pathway, the research may lay the foundation for future medical treatments for specific [...]The post Brain imaging links language delay to chromosome deletion in children with neuro disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
Conflicting Goals Can Make You a Better Decision Maker We tend to think of conflict as the enemy of good decision making. But, it turns out that when people have two conflicting goals that they are grappling with, they are likely to think carefully about choices in order to resolve the conflict.
New hope in the fight against pain: Analgesic drugs could be used to treat patients with neuropathic pain Drugs that selectively target the melatonin MT2 receptor represent a novel class of analgesic drugs that could be used to treat patients with neuropathic pain, an international study reports, for the first time.
How mindfulness can jumpstart our exercise routines Study shows that paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, even the most reluctant of exercisers might begin to find pleasure in movement.
Teen brain scans reveal a key to weight loss MRI scans of teenagers who had successfully lost weight and kept it off show that they have higher levels of executive function -- the ability to process and prioritize competing interests. Executive function is a trait that can be improved, scientists say.
Autism genes activate during fetal brain development Mutations that cause autism in children are connected to a pathway that regulates brain development, scientists have found. The researchers studied a set of well-known autism mutations called copy number variants or CNVs. They investigated when and where the genes were expressed during brain development.
How stress can lead to inequality How does stress affect our self-confidence when we compete? A new study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social and economic inequality, affecting our ability to compete and make financial decisions.
The Bite of Paranoia I’m pretty normal, for a person with schizophrenia that is. I’ve said many times before that you wouldn’t know I have a mental illness if I didn’t tell you and that’s because of years of social practice and self-therapy, ultimately in an attempt to reclaim the personality I thought I...
Recovering attention after a stroke: Brain's right hemisphere may be more valuable The right hemisphere may assist a damaged left hemisphere recover visual attention after a stroke, new research suggests. "The results demonstrate that the tasks we do every day change how the brain pays attention to the world around us. By understanding how these changes occur in healthy individuals, we can focus on behaviors that are impaired in stroke patients and provide a focus for rehabilitation," one researcher noted.
A bodyguard for your ears: Scientists discover novel pain sensors in inner ear that warn of dangerously loud noise Our hearing has a secret bodyguard, a newly discovered connection from the cochlea to the brain that warns of intense incoming noise that causes tissue damage and hearing loss. Scientists believe it's the ear's novel pain system designed to protect it from dangerous noise. Because the ear doesn't have the nerve cells that normally detect pain, it needs its own alert system. The findings could usher new treatments for painful hearing conditions like tinnitus and hyperacusis.
Loneliness within a Marriage Many of my clients discuss a feeling of loneliness within their marriages. Often their spouses look at them with confusion or contempt. They ask how it’s possible to feel alone when they are in the same house or even the same room much of the time. Mr. and Mrs. Just...
Are Humans Unique? The argument for human uniqueness is of mostly historical interest. As we gained more understanding of animal behavior, we learned that their psychology has more in common with us than had been imagined previously.
Can Daily Hugs Help Prevent Common Colds? Life can be stressful. Whether its dealing with tension at work or at home, many of us often feel under the gun. As it happens, when we are stressed out by those around us, we are more likely to get sick when exposed to a cold. So, what can be done to buffer ourselves from illness in times of stress? On answer might surprise you: daily hugs.
How To Interview A Therapist Before You Commit Choosing the right therapist for you is an important factor in the success of your therapy....
4 Ways To Keep Your Cool, No Matter What With these four simple steps we can become emotionally resilient, gracefully and calmly handling every situation that comes our way.