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LSD ‘microdosing’ is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it actually make you more creative? It may seem like a doomed attempt to mix business and pleasure. But a growing number of young professionals in Silicon Valley insist that taking small doses of psychedelic drugs simply makes them perform better at work – becoming more creative and focused. The practice, known as “microdosing”, involves taking minute quantities of drugs such [...]
Why some men get depressed when their partners are pregnant Men who were stressed or in poor health had elevated depression symptoms when their partners were pregnant and nine months after the birth of their child, according to the results of a study of expectant and new fathers in New Zealand published online by JAMA Psychiatry. The research by Lisa Underwood, Ph.D., of the University [...]
How authentic are photographic memories? Since the invention of photography itself, people have used photograph-themed metaphors when thinking and talking about memories and remembering. When we want to retain memories of everyday events for example, we take “mental snapshots”, and when we think back to momentous events, we regard them as “flashbulb moments”. But are memories ever truly like photographs? [...]
Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age. The study, published today in Nature, is the first to show it is possible to identify [...]
Primary motor cortex contributes to word comprehension, study finds Researchers from HSE, Northumbria University, and Aarhus University have experimentally confirmed the hypothesis, whereby comprehension of a word’s meaning involves not only the ‘classic’ language brain centres but also the cortical regions responsible for the control of body muscles, such as hand movements. The resulting brain representations are, therefore, distributed across a network of locations [...]
Emotions are cognitive, not innate, researchers conclude Emotions are not innately programmed into our brains, but, in fact, are cognitive states resulting from the gathering of information, New York University Professor Joseph LeDoux and Richard Brown, a professor at the City University of New York, conclude in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We argue [...]
When does a man say ‘I’m the father’? American men much more readily acknowledge that they are the legal father of a child born out of wedlock when the woman involved is more affluent, educated, and healthy. It also helps (slightly) if the baby is a boy, says Kermyt Anderson of the University of Oklahoma in the US, after scrutinizing data from 5.4 [...]
Mouse studies offer new insights about cocaine’s effect on the brain Cocaine is one of the most addictive substances known to man, and for good reason: By acting on levels of the “feel-good” chemical dopamine, it produces a tremendous sensation of euphoria. Now the laboratory of Rockefeller University Professor and Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard has shown for the first time in mice how a protein called [...]
People assume sexists are also racist and vice versa The stigma associated with prejudice against women and people of color seems to transfer from one group to another, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In a series of experiments, researchers found that women tended to believe that a person who espoused racist beliefs would [...]
Is it depression or dementia? Brain SPECT imaging helps distinguish them Does a patient have depression or a cognitive disorder (CD) such as Alzheimer’s disease or both? Since both disorders have overlapping symptoms, how can a clinician tell them apart to make an appropriate diagnosis? In a new article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers have found that single photon emission computed tomography, or [...]
Pause Before Posting: The Benefits of Not Over Sharing... For most of us, social media is their main means of communicating with friends and family. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that eight-in-ten Americans have a FaceBook profile and of these users, 32 percent have an Instagram account and 24 percent … ...
Professional Development is a Personal Responsibility One senior clinician told me that, at age 55 and with 30 years experience, he didn’t need to learn any more. It was an outrageous assertion. As expert and kind as he is as a clinician, he isn’t doing his job if he has really … ...
The Con of Propaganda If you don’t hear much about propaganda, that’s what you’re hearing.
The Darker Side of Grief The Darker Side of Grief I recently had an interesting online interaction. I’m a member of several grief blog sites and I witnessed two grieving men cussing and calling each … ...
3 Things You Can Do Right Now If You Have ADHD Looking for something to do? People with ADHD don’t like to wait. And the good news is that maybe you don’t have to if you want to take some concrete … ...
How To Beat Major Depression With The Right Diet World-first study reveals how diet can treat major depression. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
Childhood Bipolar? Parenting Advice When you have a child with bipolar, parenting advice is never in short supply and is understandably not very welcome. However, in my practice, I spend far more time undiagnosing … ...
Meaningful mindfulness: How it could help you be happier, healthier and more successful You don't have to meditate a lot to be mindful and see positive health results.
When Do I Need to See Someone about My... You’re anxious. You have been dealing with anxiety for a long time and you are starting to wonder whether or not you need to talk to a counselor about what you are experiencing. You feel that talking to a counselor would help, but you don’t … ...
Fighting Less:  Asperger’s/NLD “Children” and Parents... Parents and children (of all ages) often live together. This is especially challenging for families of AS/NLD “kids.” For example, parents of a girl I’m working with had a laundry list … ...