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Does Acceptance Reduce Suffering? Self-Acceptance and Ambiguity Those of us who live with chronic medical conditions often live with ambiguity, uncertain whether disease will recur, or whether opportunistic infections may set in, or whether a new treatment protocol will work. Some of us never know when our plans will have to be changed because...
How to Win Smart effort is a good thing. It might well win Urban Meyer another national championship. But he learned the hard way that bottomless, pull-your-hair-out effort produces more stress than success.
Mindful Living 101 It can be hard to catch a breath most days. We are driven by our never ending to do list, and are constantly changing our agenda depending on the needs of our family, friends and workplace. When we do this, we can neglect ourselves and we consistently live in a hyper-tense state. Living with this […]
Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror Unlike humans and great apes, rhesus monkeys don’t realize when they look in a mirror that it is their own face looking back at them. But, according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 8, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn. What’s more, once rhesus monkeys in the study developed mirror [...]The post Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror appeared first on PsyPost.
Insulin nasal spray shows promise as treatment for adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s A man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and other mental capabilities in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease dementia, according to a pilot study led by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study’s subjects were 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or [...]The post Insulin nasal spray shows promise as treatment for adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s appeared first on PsyPost.
iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety, poor cognitive performance Cell phone use has become a common part of life as mobile devices have become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Even so, very little research exists on the impact of cell phone usage and specifically what happens when people are separated from their phones. Now, research from the University of Missouri has [...]The post iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety, poor cognitive performance appeared first on PsyPost.
Meditating for a Healthy Living Meditation transforms our mind. Practicing meditation can help develop concentration, awareness,  positivity, clarity, and seeing the true nature of things. It promotes relaxation, compassion, love, patience and forgiveness. I suggest to my client’s who have anxiety or are stressed to incorporate some form of meditation in their lives. It is...
Me, myself or I? Why it’s hard to use pronouns in the right way Most English-speaking adults know that in the sentence “Jane is washing her,” the pronoun “her” cannot refer back to Jane. But English pronouns are complicated and it takes time for children to understand who they are referring to, even if they know what they mean. Research has shown that in the example above, children aged [...]The post Me, myself or I? Why it’s hard to use pronouns in the right way appeared first on PsyPost.
Neuroprosthetics for paralysis: Biocompatible, flexible implant slips into the spinal cord New therapies are on the horizon for individuals paralyzed following spinal cord injury. The e-Dura implant can be applied directly to the spinal cord without causing damage and inflammation, scientists report.
How My Daughters Are Helping Me Keep My Resolutions   In my last post, I offered some ideas for how to set effective New Years Resolutions. Although there are many folks out there who question the value of setting resolutions at all, I couldn’t help myself. I love the idea of a fresh start and a new opportunity to...
Relationships Are Not Mysterious or Impossible; They’re Just Really If you love her, support her. -Randy Pausch Love may seem magical, whimsical, steered by the forces of fate, timing and chemistry…but, in fact, love thrives when people behave well towards one another and withers when they treat one another badly. (Duh!!) There’s quite a bit of good research out...
Rihanna's music eases kids' pain after surgery Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other singers of their choosing -- or audio books -- had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, according to a new study. Audio therapy avoids risky side effects of opioid drugs, which can cause breathing problems in children. Because caregivers usually limit the amount of opiods prescribed, children's pain can sometimes be not well controlled.
Facial motion activates a dedicated network within the brain Like humans, rhesus macaque monkeys have a network of small areas within their brains that respond to images of faces. But it hasn't been clear if these same areas in the monkey's brain are responsible for processing changing expressions and other facial movements. New research confirms that they are.
Practice really does make perfect New research into the way in which we learn new skills finds that a single skill can be learned faster if its follow-through motion is consistent, but multiple skills can be learned simultaneously if the follow-through motion is varied.
Could gut microbes help treat brain disorders? Mounting research tightens their connection with the brain The community of microbes that inhabits the body, known as the microbiome, has a powerful influence on the brain and may offer a pathway to new therapies for psychiatric and neurological disorders, according to researchers.
What is Commitment Phobia & Relationship Anxiety? For most people, relationships are fairly easy things. They come as naturally to life as breathing or making a meal. For some, however, relationships are not so easy. In fact, they present such a challenge to the individual, that a person can be said to have relationship anxiety, a fear...
Go on The Road Right Now One of the things that is unique to humans is our ability to find patterns, to naturally seek and identify structure in everything we observe. Abilities like recognizing visual shapes, spotting harmonious musical arrangements, and detecting consistent concepts, all lie at the heart of human intelligence. In fact, we are...
To treat depression: Drugs or therapy? Recent studies identify individual factors that might predict a better response to one type of treatment over another.
Huntington's disease: Therapeutic potential of triheptanoin confirmed The therapeutic potential of triheptanoin in 10 patients with Huntington's disease has been demonstrated by researchers. Huntington's disease is a genetic disease; mutation of the gene encoding the huntingtin protein results in a progressive degeneration of the neurons, especially in regions of the brain involved in the control of movement, thereby causing serious neurological, motor, cognitive and psychiatric problems. Weight loss is also observed in patients at an early stage in the disease, despite normal or even increased food intake. These two observations (degeneration of neurons and loss of weight) led the researchers to propose the hypothesis that an energy deficit in these patients might play an important role in the onset and progression of the disease symptoms.
New recommendations for return to activity after concussion in military personnel Military service members with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, should follow a six-step process of progressive activity, leading to return to active duty, according to new clinical recommendations by an expert panel.