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Blocking receptor in brain’s immune cells counters Alzheimer’s in mice The mass die-off of nerve cells in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease may largely occur because an entirely different class of brain cells, called microglia, begin to fall down on the job, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers found that, in mice, blocking [...]The post Blocking receptor in brain’s immune cells counters Alzheimer’s in mice appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists discover brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose Glucose is a component of carbohydrates, and the main energy source used by brain cells. By studying rats, a team at Imperial College London identified a mechanism that appears to sense how much glucose is reaching the brain, and prompts animals to seek more if it detects a shortfall. The researchers believe it may play [...]The post Scientists discover brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose appeared first on PsyPost.
Research finding sheds light on brain’s storage capacity and how memories are kept separate Researchers have long wondered if there is an upper limit to our capacity to store memories and how we manage to remember so many events without mixing up events that are very similar. To explore this issue, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for [...]The post Research finding sheds light on brain’s storage capacity and how memories are kept separate appeared first on PsyPost.
Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8. How the experiment was done The researchers, led by Prof. Victoria Talwar of McGill’s Dept. of Educational and [...]The post Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work appeared first on PsyPost.
Does smoking hamper treatment for alcohol abuse? A new study has shown that smoking can inhibit the success of treatment for alcohol abuse, putting people who are addicted to both tobacco and alcohol in a double bind. According to findings by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), clients who smoke have shorter stays in alcohol treatment programs than non-smokers [...]The post Does smoking hamper treatment for alcohol abuse? appeared first on PsyPost.
Low-crime, walkable neighborhoods promote mental health in older Latinos Older Latinos living in the U.S. who perceive their neighborhoods as safer and more walkable are less likely to develop severe depressive symptoms, and the effect may be long term, a new study suggests. Researchers examined links between the onset of depressive symptoms in 570 older Latino adults and various characteristics of the Greater Los [...]The post Low-crime, walkable neighborhoods promote mental health in older Latinos appeared first on PsyPost.
Hookah smoking increases risk of subsequent cigarette smoking among adolescents A team of researchers at Dartmouth College and University of Pittsburgh found respondents who had smoked water pipe tobacco but not smoked cigarettes were at increased risk of cigarette smoking two years later as recently published online in JAMA Pediatrics. The study followed 2,541 adolescents and young adults for two years. Samir Soneji, PhD, a [...]The post Hookah smoking increases risk of subsequent cigarette smoking among adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
The Middling Effect of ‘Hit and Run’ Parenting Parenting the older adopted child (or any child, for that matter) can be trying. I forever seem to be competing against his impressions that I just can’t relate to his beliefs, ideas, or perceptions, however reasonable they might or might not be. After all, adults from his past likely were...
Mind is a Pigsty of Opinions I came upon this graffiti on a Pittsburgh sidewalk and it caught my clinical-philosophical eye – a face of a pig (from what I can tell) with the word “truth” inscribed on it.  Enigmatic, I thought.  I snapped a photo and continued on with my walk. And then a possible...
The Taste Of Coffee Can Be Influenced By The Color Of Your Cup If your morning brew tastes more bitter than usual, you may want to consider changing the color of your mug instead of adding more sugar....
Brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose discovered Scientists have discovered a mechanism in the brain that may drive our appetite for foods rich in glucose and could lead to improved treatments for obesity.
5 Simple Steps to Avoid Overeating this Holiday Season When you tip the scale on January 2nd, 2015, what number do you want to see? Your current weight plus 10-15 pounds? I didn’t think so. The problem is, so many of us succumb to the desire for immediate, temporary tastebud gratification (even though most holiday treats don’t really taste...
​This Medical Condition Turns Your Life Into An Out-of-Sync Video Ever had trouble getting the audio synced up with the video on your computer? Get the right kink in your brain, and you could live your whole life that way....
How are sea anemones so good at producing nerve cells? A research group at the Uni Research Sars Centre in Bergen, Norway, has revealed how a seemingly simple animal is able to produce nerve cells throughout its entire body. A study published in the journal Development shows that the stem cells that a sea anemone uses to generate its nervous system are more similar to [...]The post How are sea anemones so good at producing nerve cells? appeared first on PsyPost.
The wealthy suffer from an ‘empathy gap’ with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality Wealth and income inequality have many causes, and it’s pretty much beyond dispute that any well-functioning capitalist society will have some degree of disparity between the richest and the poorest. It’s also beyond dispute that we are approaching a social consensus that wealth and income inequality in the United States today now threatens to seriously [...]The post The wealthy suffer from an ‘empathy gap’ with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality appeared first on PsyPost.
Eyetracking technology knows your subconscious pizza desires… or not If you prefer to order your pizza without going through all the trouble of actually speaking, Pizza Hut has just the thing for you — “the world’s first subconscious menu.” You sit down, glance through the menu, and before you say anything or even make a conscious decision, the menu has figured out which toppings [...]The post Eyetracking technology knows your subconscious pizza desires… or not appeared first on PsyPost.
Eleven maps for eleven rooms: Probing the brain's extensive capacity for storing memories The brain creates and stores memories in small networks of brain cells, with the memories of events and places stored in a structure called the hippocampus. Researchers have long wondered if there is an upper limit to our capacity to store memories and how we manage to remember so many events without mixing up events that are very similar.
Behavioral and intellectual disabilities in pediatric epilepsy New research explores the complex emotional, behavioral and intellectual disabilities associated with childhood epilepsy and their effect on development.
You won’t find the data in my pants The journal contexts has an excellent article on the long history of exploring the sex lives of sex researchers as a veiled attempt to discredit their work. …these stories suggest a troubling pattern: they tend to focus on researchers’ alleged sexual proclivities, spinning them as deviant motivations which compromise the research. For example, James Miller’s […]
Animal research sheds light on harmful mood disorders in new mothers In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but that animal research could provide valuable clues to their causes.