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Of bugs and brains: Striking similarities in brain structures across invertebrates The fundamental structures underlying learning and memory in the brains of invertebrates as different as a fruit fly and an earthworm are remarkably similar, according to neuroscientists. It turns out that the structure and function of brain centers responsible for learning and memory in a wide range of invertebrate species may possibly share the same fundamental characteristics.
Reducing Holiday Stress With the end of the year coming and as we inch closer to the holiday season, I can feel my stress level rising. I’m not sleeping well and I have yet to do any shopping for the kiddos. That will come this weekend and then that’s one thing off my...
Homing signal in brain located, explaining why some people are better navigators The part of the brain that tells us the direction to travel when we navigate has been identified by scientists, and the strength of its signal predicts how well people can navigate. In other words, the researchers have found where our 'sense of direction' comes from in the brain and worked out how to measure it using functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI.
Parent, Adolescent, and How Each Other "Turns Out" Just as the adult child doesn't quite "turn out" like the parents expected; parents don't quite "turn out" as the adult child expected. And that has to be okay.
How to Approach the Holidays When You’re Depressed It’s a myth that suicide rates skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The truth is that the month of December has the fewest number of suicides than any other time of year (Karr, 2012). What is interesting to note, however, is that there is a significant increase of suicides right after...
You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function This is How Exercise Protects You From Stress-Induced Depression How Easily Stress is Transferred Between People A Fast-Acting Treatment Which Helps Severely Depressed Experience Pleasure Again
Subtle but important memory function affected by preterm birth A study of children born prematurely has found differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory: the ability to form and retrieve memories about context. The study examined 33 8-to 10-year olds using magnetic resonance imaging to measure the volume of the hippocampi. The results suggest that the maturational state of the hippocampus at the time of birth influences the maturation of certain memory functions even at 8- to 10-years old.
It’s Jesus’s Birthday, But What About Mary? (A Postpartum If there was ever a prime candidate for a postpartum depression poster child, Mary (as in “Jesus’ mommy”, which is how my kids describe her) would be at the top of the list.  Whether you regard the biblical story as fact or as fantasy, you’ve got to admit: Mary had all the cards stacked...
The ONLY Commitment Strategy You Will Ever Need! We all have different goals we wish to reach in life. Some of the goals are to be attained at some point in the future – we will call them “long term goals” – while others are more immediate – we will call them “short term goals.” Some example of...
How to Lower Your Holiday Stress It’s holiday time. In addition to everything else you have to do, you now have shopping, decorating, wrapping, entertaining, organizing, cleaning and cooking to tend to. Why does life have to be so hectic? Why can’t the celestial stars align in a more efficient way? With perfect timing, you know...
A Guide to Practicing Self-Acceptance For those of us who have spent a lifetime rejecting our inner experiences, it’s not easy to change. When we form long-term habits of doing that, it can seem like a Sisyphean task to change and start practicing healthier responses. But experts in the field have found effective ways to...
Suicide: Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts Chato Stewart: “I MEANT Business Plan!” Mental Health Tech: T-shirt psych ward (door Psychiatrist Office) Caption: NOTE to self: Listen to the whole question before I answer (my therapist). When you tell your doctor you have a plan, make sure he knows it not a suicide plan!   Suicide Holiday|Suicide Ideation|Suicidal thoughts...
7 Tips on How to Survive Christmas Dinner I’m just gonna cut straight to the chase. Christmas dinner can be ROUGH. Once you sit down with your loved ones, it is game time. Here are seven tips to help get through the Christmas feast, or fiasco, or whatever you want to call it: One: Being put on the...
From disgust to deceit: A shorter path than you might think Feeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours such as lying to get more money. At first look, these findings would suggest that feelings of disgust are to be avoided (such as dealing with that mouldy food container in the work fridge before the holiday break). On deeper [...]The post From disgust to deceit: A shorter path than you might think appeared first on PsyPost.
Little evidence brain games boost intelligence or prevent dementia Computerized brain games that are advertised as a way to help boost intelligence and prevent dementia will be popular Christmas gifts this year. But there’s little scientific evidence to support these industry claims, experts say.
Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University researcher. Sooyeol Kim, doctoral student in psychological sciences, was involved in a collaborative study that found that employees who openly discuss their religious beliefs at [...]The post Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier appeared first on PsyPost.
Migraine may double risk for facial paralysis Migraine headache may double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell’s palsy, according to a new study published in the December 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Bell’s palsy affects between 11 and 40 per 100,000 people each year. Most [...]The post Migraine may double risk for facial paralysis appeared first on PsyPost.
Unpacking brain damage in ALS Researchers look to understand the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in the hope of finding new ways to treat the disease. A new study published online today (December 17th) in the Cell Press journal Neuron shows that a common gene mutation in ALS generates a deadly protein that may cause the damage in the [...]The post Unpacking brain damage in ALS appeared first on PsyPost.
Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates. But does it lead to actual testing, and [...]The post Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing appeared first on PsyPost.
More than half of all children in the US will likely live with an unmarried mother More than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a report issued by Princeton University and Harvard University. The absence of a biological father increases the likelihood that a child will exhibit antisocial behaviors like aggression, rule-breaking and delinquency, the [...]The post More than half of all children in the US will likely live with an unmarried mother appeared first on PsyPost.