|America’s Affluent Teen Crisis
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|People with opioid dependence in recovery show 're-regulation' of reward systems
||Within a few months after drug withdrawal, patients in recovery from dependence on prescription pain medications may show signs that the body's natural reward systems are normalizing, reports a new study. In brain activity studies, patients with recent drug withdrawal showed heightened responses to drug-related cues, such as pictures of pills. In the extended-care patients, these increased responses to drug cues -- in a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, involved in attention and self-control -- were significantly reduced.
|Reality and Imagination Flow In Opposite Directions in the Brain
Above: Professor Barry Van Veen wearing an electrode net that measures brain activity.
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|Sleep disturbance linked to amyloid in brain areas affected by Alzheimer's disease
||Disturbed sleep could be an early target in preventing cognitive deficits later in life according to a study. Amyloid, a protein which is elevated in the brains of Alzheimer's Disease patients, was found in higher concentrations in the brains of healthy research patients who reported being sleepy and less rested. Higher amyloid in these regions has been linked to sleep disturbances.
|Stroke: Neuro-rehabilitation helps patients cope with loss of motor function
||The majority of patients who survive a stroke usually continue to suffer from permanent motor disorders (hemiparesis) or a linguistic handicap (aphasia). A new study reveals an improvement in the efficiency of the brain activity when patients receive a treatment combining motor revalidation with non-invasive brain stimulation. These results were demonstrated via the technique of functional MRI.
|Best of Our Blogs: December 9, 2014
||Perhaps there is no other time than the holidays that exhibits such dichotomy in the way things should be and the way things really are. The season signals a shared ritual of giving and goodwill in its jovial music, decorations and opportunities to give back. Yet, it’s also the time...
|Love is sweet: Taste can influence our romantic perceptions, study finds
||Calling your loved one a “sweetie” may be more than just a metaphor. New research has found that tasting something sweet influences people’s thoughts about romance. “There is a new developing area in psychology, and the literature suggests that the metaphors we use in our language can influence psychological processes, attitudes, and behaviors,” the study’s [...]The post Love is sweet: Taste can influence our romantic perceptions, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
|Can you see these optical illusions?
||Can you see what I see? We all experience things subjectively, including how we perceive optical illusions.The post Can you see these optical illusions? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Top Five New Years’ Resolutions from the Wisdom of
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|Enhance Giving: Recognize the Connection Between Giving and Receiving
||The Holiday Season has always been about giving. It is reflected both in terms of gifts given to family and friends and increasingly in terms of generosity of action and spirit to those we love and to those in need. What about the other side of giving–What about receiving? Do...
|Starting a Counseling Practice Part 5: Getting Paid
||When you start your private practice, part of your business plan is to decide your procedures around payment for your services because you need money to run a business. Before you form your payment policies, first you want to know the types of payments you accept. Cash – Cash is...
|APA Applauds Release of Senate Intelligence Committee Report Summary
||Says transparency will help protect human rights in the future
|Listen to a professor explain why we’re all on the verge of hallucinating
||Professor Paul Fletcher argues that voice hearing may be the result of how our brains model sensory input about the world around us. Yet how our brains model the world can also be misconstrued and potentially unreliable. This story first appeared on Mosaic and is republished here under a Creative Commons licence.The post Listen to a professor explain why we’re all on the verge of hallucinating appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers explore new approach for treating Alzheimer’s disease
||It is estimated that about 35 million people worldwide currently suffer from dementia and it is expected that the number will increase to 135 million by the year 2050. The disease is already one of the most common health problems in the elderly, which is why experts predict that the numbers of people affected will [...]The post Researchers explore new approach for treating Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
|#128 The Daddy-Daughter Dance #1
||Much has been written about mothers and sons; mothers and daughters; fathers and sons. The topic of fathers and daughters has received less press for a number of reasons. The relationship between fathers and daughters has been deemed less important than the others because, sadly enough, daughters have, throughout history,...
|Shedding new light on the formation of emotional fear memories
||Everyday events are easy to forget, but unpleasant ones can remain engraved in the brain. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies a neural mechanism through which unpleasant experiences are translated into signals that trigger fear memories by changing neural connections in a part of the brain called [...]The post Shedding new light on the formation of emotional fear memories appeared first on PsyPost.
|Four Myths Happy Just Don’t Buy
||There are a lot of things we are told about happiness. Maybe it’s because happiness something we all want — but like an elusive prize — it seems to evade us all. Or maybe we believe a lot of things about happiness that are just not true. And who would...
|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.