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Complex environments push ‘brain’ evolution Little animations trying to master a computer game are teaching neuroscience researchers how the brain evolves when faced with difficult tasks. Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have programmed animated critters that they call “animats.” The critters have a rudimentary neural system made of eight nodes: two sensors, two motors, and [...]The post Complex environments push ‘brain’ evolution appeared first on PsyPost.
She thinks friends, he thinks sex: This classic miscommunication appears baked into our psyche Imagine the following scenario: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is interested in the conversation, and is friendly, smiling and warm. He interprets her behavior as sexual interest. Or maybe: a man is sexually attracted to a woman he has just met, and signals this in various ways. She thinks that [...]The post She thinks friends, he thinks sex: This classic miscommunication appears baked into our psyche appeared first on PsyPost.
Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain’s dopamine system — responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function – and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers study. The research published Wednesday in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology [...]The post Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications. This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. According [...]The post Study finds texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness appeared first on PsyPost.
Affluence more fluid than once thought — but a few troubling exceptions remain Here’s some good news for the New Year: According to new research by Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University, there’s a 1 in 9 chance that a typical American will hit the jackpot and join the wealthiest 1 percent for at least one year in her or his working life. And now the [...]The post Affluence more fluid than once thought — but a few troubling exceptions remain appeared first on PsyPost.
Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new study from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. The research, which appears in the leading international journal Diabetes, was led by Dr Alex Tups of the University’s Centre for [...]The post Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation appeared first on PsyPost.
Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The report finds significant differences in views [...]The post Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues appeared first on PsyPost.
New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for Valium Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein. Understanding this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium’s side effects and point the way to more effective drugs. Now, [...]The post New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for Valium appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where Feng Shui practitioner and organizational expert Linda Pisani draws on this 5,000+ year art form to share simple, easy tips for clearing clutter, increasing “chi” or energy flow in your...
Repeated head blows linked to smaller brain volume, slower processing speeds The Impact of repeated head blows is evident at relatively young age, researchers report, and is linked to a heightened risk of cognitive impairment. Researchers warn that there do seem to be important indicators of brain damage linked to repeated blows to the head, which could be used to inform future regulations.
Kidney-brain connection may help drive chronic kidney disease Salt intake accelerated kidney scarring in rats with chronic kidney disease by activating a brain-kidney connection called the renin-angiotensin axis that interlinks the damaged kidney and brain by afferent and efferent sympathetic nerves, scientists report. Targeting these nerves reduced salt-induced kidney scarring, they add.
Be Daring, Be Original, Be You and Celebrate 30 Days Alcohol Free! One of my best moments of celebration was during a family caravan holiday to the Grampians, a beautiful location marked by mountains and forest. Being a couple with young children, our caravan was typically well equipped with every necessity for a happy, enjoyable and relaxing holiday – or so I thought. Unfortunately I made one […]
Virtual bodyswapping reduces bias against other races In 1959, John Howard Griffin, a white American writer, underwent medical treatments to change his skin appearance and present himself as a black man. He then traveled through the segregated US south to experience the racism endured daily by millions of black Americans. This unparalleled life experiment provided invaluable insights into how the change in [...]The post Virtual bodyswapping reduces bias against other races appeared first on PsyPost.
Transgender kids show consistent gender identity across measures A study with 32 transgender children, ages 5 to 12, indicates that the gender identity of these children is deeply held and is not the result of confusion about gender identity or pretense. The study, led by psychological scientist Kristina Olson of the University of Washington, is one of the first to explore gender identity [...]The post Transgender kids show consistent gender identity across measures appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers discover brain circuit that controls compulsive overeating and sugar addiction Compulsive overeating and sugar addiction are major threats to human health, but potential treatments face the risk of impairing normal feeding behaviors that are crucial for survival. A study published January 29th in the journal Cell reveals a reward-related neural circuit that specifically controls compulsive sugar consumption in mice without preventing feeding necessary for survival, [...]The post Researchers discover brain circuit that controls compulsive overeating and sugar addiction appeared first on PsyPost.
Many religious people view science favorably, but reject certain scientific theories A new study finds that many U.S. adults — roughly one in five — are deeply religious, know a lot about science, and support many practical uses of science and technology in everyday life, but reject scientific explanations of creation and evolution. “We were surprised to find that many people who are knowledgeable about science [...]The post Many religious people view science favorably, but reject certain scientific theories appeared first on PsyPost.
Feelings of loneliness and depression linked to binge-watching television It seems harmless: getting settled in for a night of marathon session for a favorite TV show, like House of Cards. But why do we binge-watch TV, and can it really be harmless? A recent study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that the more lonely and depressed you are, the [...]The post Feelings of loneliness and depression linked to binge-watching television appeared first on PsyPost.
Novel eye-tracking technology detects concussions and head injury severity New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere, in a study publishing online January 29 in Journal of Neurotrauma, present a unique, simple and objective diagnostic tool for concussion that [...]The post Novel eye-tracking technology detects concussions and head injury severity appeared first on PsyPost.
Work on Yourself: Expressing Your Emotions Tom was reluctant to talk about his feelings. He had learned from his tough guy father that such matters were for “weaklings,” not to be discussed in broad daylight. Tom made the right choice. He chose to work on his relationship with himself, which was in tatters. His homework was...
Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips that May Help Many of us tend to think these kinds of thoughts daily: “I’m sooo busy. Life has been really overwhelming. I feel like I’m being torn apart. I wish I could clone myself, so I could keep up. I’ll relax after I’m done with all the tasks on my list —...