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Twelve Steps Behind Bars “Oh, I’m dead sober, Andy, but I s’pect I’ll get over it.” — Otis Campbell Anyone who grew up in America in the 1960s recognizes the name Otis Campbell. Mayberry’s … ...
During learning, neurons deep in brain engage in a surprising level of activity Researchers have learned something surprising about the cerebellum, perhaps best known as the part of the brain that makes sure you cannot tickle yourself. The team found that cerebellar neurons, once thought to fire only occasionally, are actually quite active when the brain is learning a new task.
Mouse study identifies new method for treating depression Standard antidepressant medications don't work for everyone, and even when they do they are slow to kick in. In an effort to find better depression treatments, researchers discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) relieves signs of depression in mice. Moreover, inhibiting GLO1 worked much faster than the conventional antidepressant Prozac.
Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection -- but this self-defense mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.
Explaining more about Mindfulness-Based Empowerment Practices... The beauty of Mindfulness-Based Empowerment Practice (MBEP) is that, unlike sitting mindfulness practices like vipassana, or dynamic concentration practices like tai chi or yoga, MBEP does not necessitate setting aside … ...
#239 Gender Identity and Irrefutable Biology Young people and millennials are exploring the fluidity of gender in ways that have never before entered the public consciousness. The recent article in Time Magazine (March 27, 2017) describes … ...
Best of Our Blogs: March 21, 2017 This time of year, many are preparing for spring break. Vacations are a much needed resolve from the day to day hustle and bustle. But gone are the days when you had a mandatory week off. What do you do if you’re not going anywhere, but … ...
The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.
Personality traits have no influence on initial romantic attraction, study finds New research published in the European Journal of Personality indicates that perceived personality traits play no role in romantic interest when first being introduced to someone. In the study, 335 college students watched videos of potential romantic partners of the opposite sex talking about themselves. The participants rated the potential partners’ personality traits and physical attractiveness, [...]
Men view women’s orgasms as a masculinity achievement, study finds Men feel manlier when the woman they are having sex with has an orgasm, according to new research. The study of 810 men (average age 25) found that women’s orgasms often function as a masculinity achievement. The participants said that making a female partner orgasm enhanced their feeling of masculinity, and this effect was exacerbated [...]
Study finds loss of virginity in adolescence does not lead to delinquent behaviour Loss of virginity in adolescence does not lead to delinquent behaviour, according to a study recently published in Deviant Behaviour. Traditionally, adolescent sexual activity out of wedlock has been perceived as deviant. Adolescence is an important transition into adulthood, there is immense pressure from friends, family and school as well has hormones running high and [...]
A 48-hour sexual ‘afterglow’ helps to bond partners over time Sex plays a central role in reproduction, and it can be pleasurable, but new findings suggest that it may serve an additional purpose: bonding partners together. A study of newlywed couples, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, indicates that partners experience a sexual ‘afterglow’ that lasts for up to [...]
Adult subcortex processes numbers with the same skill as infants Despite major brain differences, many species from spiders to humans can recognize and differentiate relative quantities. Adult primates, however, are the only ones with a sophisticated cortical brain system, meaning that the others rely on a subcortex or its evolutionary equivalent. Carnegie Mellon University scientists wanted to find out whether the adult human subcortex contributes [...]
Protein could prevent brain damage caused by stroke A small protein that could protect the brain from stroke-induced injury has been discovered by researchers from The University of Queensland and Monash University. UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience researcher Professor Glenn King, who led the research, said the small protein showed great promise as a future stroke treatment. “We believe that we have, for [...]
Gay men and lesbian women less likely to be employed in a leadership position Gay men and lesbian women face discrimination when seeking leadership positions due to the sound of their voice, a new study in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour has found. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Surrey, also found that people thought gay men should be paid less than their heterosexual counterparts. [...]
Critical thinking instruction in humanities reduces belief in pseudoscience A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers finds that teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” that is unsupported by facts. “Given the national discussion of ‘fake news,’ it’s clear that critical thinking – and classes that teach critical thinking – are more important than ever,” [...]
Aligning depression treatment to patient need leads to efficient care Depression looks different in every person, making it a challenge to ensure that each receives the appropriate care. Many patients get treatment too intensive for their condition while others don’t get enough. Taking into account five predictive indicators, including severity of depression, hostility level, introversion, sleep problems and unemployment status, University of Pennsylvania researchers Lorenzo [...]
People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing “Kumbayah” or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon the virtual actions of more than 80,000 players of the role-playing video game ArcheAge, suggests you’ll be singing. The study, conducted by a University at Buffalo-led team of computer scientists, [...]
How to Control Anger Have you ever been so angry you couldn’t see straight or you felt like taking it out on anyone who happened to be available, like the dog, a spouse or … ...
How to Live Life with Integrity “Live your life with integrity… Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn When it seems like all the world is engaged in lies and deceit, it can be tough … ...