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Study pinpoints autism-linked protein for sculpting brain connections Shortly after birth, human brains expand rapidly with the experience of an entirely new world. During this period, neurons in the newborn brain compete with one another to form lasting connections, called synapses. A new study by Duke researchers provides a close-up of synapse refinement and identifies a protein that is crucial in this process. [...]The post Study pinpoints autism-linked protein for sculpting brain connections appeared first on PsyPost.
Test-driving the brain could reveal early signs of Alzheimer’s In some ways the human brain is like a well-oiled car engine, purring along without being noticed, until something goes awry. Neuro-imaging techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG) or fMRI – which measures brain activity by detecting associated changes in blood, give us different ways of peering into the working brain, but mostly this happens in [...]The post Test-driving the brain could reveal early signs of Alzheimer’s appeared first on PsyPost.
Many people use drugs, but here’s why most don’t become addicts Drug use is common, drug addiction is rare. About one adult in three will use an illegal drug in their lifetime and just under 3m people will do so this year in England and Wales alone. Most will suffer no long-term harm. There are immediate risks from overdose and intoxication, and longer-term health risks associated [...]The post Many people use drugs, but here’s why most don’t become addicts appeared first on PsyPost.
The secret vocal cues of flirting Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When it comes to corny pick-up lines and geeky flirting strategies, science doesn’t seem to favor the smooth operator with her, or his, routine phrases–this, according to a new study out of the University of Stirling. Researchers found that certain “paralingual” features of the human voice can [...]The post The secret vocal cues of flirting appeared first on PsyPost.
I am PMSing! What P-M-S really stands for… “What? Are you having your period or something?” “She must be on the rag.” Hmmm… A 2005 Medical News Today article detailed the results of the Men’s Attitude of PMS survey – in which one finding was that 12% of men believe PMS is not real and that “it’s all...
The 10 Best Gifts Cost Nothing Even though the holidays are over, the time to give a gift is always here. In fact, gifts given when they aren’t expected have a bigger impact. And gifts that involve making things with your own hand and heart (and cost nothing) have a much bigger impact than gifts that...
Keys to Creativity: Taking Risks. The creative process demands a lot from the person who engages with it. In retrospect, most creative people agree that the rewards of the creative endeavor are sizable and still, like anything worthwhile, creativity requires taking risks. Solitude, self-awareness, honesty with self, and vulnerability are some of the areas that...
Computer model explains how animals select actions with rewarding outcomes A computer model charting what happens in the brain when an action is chosen that leads to a reward has been developed by researchers. The model could provide new insights into the mechanisms behind motor disorders such as Parkinson's Disease. It may also shed light on conditions involving abnormal learning, such as addiction.
It’s Great to NOT Be Special (Day Six: Twelve As you get older, you may find that enabling the dreams of others is even more fun. -Randy Pausch I’m part of that generation of women who were told we could have it all and actually believed it. Somewhere at the root of this kind of thinking lay the presumption...
Is Your Smartphone Making You Dumb? How the "mere presence" of a smartphone -- even when it's not on -- alters our behavior.
What is Gender Dysphoria? Gender dysphoria (Gender Identity Disorder) is used to describe individuals who are dissatisfied with the sex they were born with or with the roles associated with that sex. Individuals who feel that their body does not reflect the gender they were born with can cause severe anxiety, depression or distress. The...
Study quantifies effect of depressive thoughts on memory For people with depressed mood, memory and concentration difficulties are often a day-to-day reality. While those with the disorder report that these cognitive problems are some of the most deeply troubling, previous studies have been unable to observe this phenomenon in a laboratory setting. In a new study, researchers are the first to substantiate these memory deficits.
The Surprising Way That Reading Can Change Your Personality The myth that personality becomes set in stone early in life persists despite growing evidence that change is possible, and occurs, throughout life. New research suggests a simple, and surprising way to jump start the process.
Do You Love Simplicity or Abundance? To my delight, I saw this December New Yorker cover illustrating exactly a point that I make in Better Than Before. There, I write about how we make and break habits, and here’s the most important thing I’ve learned: If you’re trying to form a habit, the first — and most important — thing to...
On Being the Main Character of Your Own Life Many elderly people have lost their improvisational abilities, and reciting lines is the only kind of participation they can still muster.
Here's Why the "Good Cop, Bad Cop" Routine Actually Works You know the routine. A tough cop berates and browbeats a suspect until his partner sends him out. The partner is reassuring, and the suspect spills his guts. But does it work? Scientists did a few rather odd experiments to find out....
When Scientists Simulate "Good Cop Bad Cop," Things Get Weird You know the routine. A tough cop berates and browbeats a suspect until his partner sends him out. The partner is reassuring, and the suspect spills his guts. But does it work? Scientists couldn't viciously interrogate people so they did the next best thing — pranking the populace....
Introverts Looking For Love: Let Your Gentle Light Shine It's easy for introverts to image they're invisible amidst the razzle-dazzle of extroverts. But we're not; we put out our own warm glow.
How to Overcome the Panic and Anxiety of Joining a Gym Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and — let’s...
Navigating Big Changes In my last post, I shared that so far, 2015 is a year of big changes in my life. This time last year, I was still at the helm of MentorCONNECT, the nonprofit I founded in 2009. This year, as of January 1, the reins are in the hands of...