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Unearthing secrets of new neurons Heather Frank, then a senior majoring in neuroscience at Colgate University, explains studies on neurogenesis that she worked on during an internship in the NIMH Unit on Neuroplasticity.The post Unearthing secrets of new neurons appeared first on PsyPost.
New SNAP-tagging technique provides unprecedentedly detailed images of mouse neurons Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, Italy. The work, published online today in Nature Methods, enables researchers to easily use artificial tags, broadening the range of what they can study and [...]The post New SNAP-tagging technique provides unprecedentedly detailed images of mouse neurons appeared first on PsyPost.
How to overcome trauma after wars In the current issue of P&P a group of German investigators report on a psychological treatment applied in the setting of post war trauma. Dissemination of psychotherapeutic modules to local counselors seems a key requirement for coping with mental health disasters in conflict regions. The authors tested a train-the-trainer (TTT) dissemination model for the treatment [...]The post How to overcome trauma after wars appeared first on PsyPost.
Biological predictors may predict who is going to respond to psychotherapy In the current issue of P&P a new study identifies biological characteristics who may predict who is going to respond to psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy has been used to treat depression for more than a century. However, not all patients respond equally well, and there are few reliable predictors of treatment outcome. The authors used resting [...]The post Biological predictors may predict who is going to respond to psychotherapy appeared first on PsyPost.
Is perfectionism the problem behind chronic fatigue? In the current issue of P&P a report outlines the role of perfectionism in chronic fatigue and in other medical disturbances such as irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia. Biopsychosocial models of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) posit that personality and stress have predisposing and perpetuating roles in the persistent and unexplained fatigue that characterizes this functional [...]The post Is perfectionism the problem behind chronic fatigue? appeared first on PsyPost.
My Second Hospitalization in a Psych Ward It was nearly 5 years ago that I slit my wrist with a kitchen knife upstairs in my dad’s home office. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking as this is one of those times when my bipolar brain took over. I don’t remember making a plan. I don’t...
VIDEO: Try This 5-Minute Yoga Vinyasa Flow for the Between traveling, buying gifts, cooking the “perfect” meal and managing kids and in-laws, coming home for the holidays can be stressful, to say the least. Give yourself a much-deserved yoga time-out on this episode of Conscious Living ®, where I lead a 5-minute vinyasa flow practice to help you relax,...
The illusion of separateness: An ancient Buddhist practice makes white students less racist, study finds New research has discovered that an ancient Buddhist practice can reduce unconscious racial biases in white college students. The study by Adam Lueke and Bryan Gibson, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that brief training in mindfulness meditation reduced implicit race and age bias. Mindfulness meditation originated in the East Asian [...]The post The illusion of separateness: An ancient Buddhist practice makes white students less racist, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
A new psychological solution for those who feel ugly In the current issue of P&P, David Veale and associates in the UK report on a new psychological treatment for those who feel ugly, the so called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The evidence base for the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for is weak. Thus, Authors aimed to determine whether CBT was more effective [...]The post A new psychological solution for those who feel ugly appeared first on PsyPost.
Is emotional instability a major sign of depression? In the current issue of P&P there is a report on the role of mood instability as a predictor of outcome in depression. Initial treatment for depression may not result in remission in up to two thirds of patients; therefore, pretreatment predictors of outcomes are important in determining the optimal treatment for each patient. Previous [...]The post Is emotional instability a major sign of depression? appeared first on PsyPost.
The brain depends on gut bacteria for protection With the abundance of information available about eating right, no one could question the capacity of your brain to protect your digestive tract. But a recent study shows that the intestines may in turn be protecting the brain, long before you’re old enough to surf health and nutrition websites. An international research team has found [...]The post The brain depends on gut bacteria for protection appeared first on PsyPost.
Drugs used for impotence could treat vascular dementia? Scientists are to explore whether drugs usually used to treat erectile problems by expanding blood vessels could become the next major way to tackle the dementia epidemic. Experts led by Dr Atticus Hainsworth at St George’s, University of London, will explore whether tadalafil, which is a drug in the same class as Viagra, could help [...]The post Drugs used for impotence could treat vascular dementia? appeared first on PsyPost.
Insomnia that does not respond to standard treatments may have a new therapy In the current issue of P&P a group of German investigators report on findings concerned with a relatively new psychotherapeutic approach to insomnia that was not found to respond to standard psychological treatments. Even though, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the first-line treatment for chronic primary insomnia (PI), many patients retain sleep disturbances [...]The post Insomnia that does not respond to standard treatments may have a new therapy appeared first on PsyPost.
Are you genetically predisposed to antisocial behavior? Both positive and negative experiences influence how genetic variants affect the brain and thereby behaviour, according to a new study. “Evidence is accumulating to show that the effects of variants of many genes that are common in the population depend on environmental factors. Further, these genetic variants affect each other,” explained Sheilagh Hodgins of the [...]The post Are you genetically predisposed to antisocial behavior? appeared first on PsyPost.
How much science can be found in pop music? And how much pop music is in science? In his research, Joachim Allgaier (Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies) examines the occurrence of science in mainstream pop music and asks whether the media of popular culture are suitable for scientific communication. Working with Chun-Ju Huang (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan), the sociologist recently published a study in the journal “Public Understanding of [...]The post How much science can be found in pop music? And how much pop music is in science? appeared first on PsyPost.
Cocaine consumption quadruples the risk of sudden death in people between 19 and 49 A joint piece of research conducted by the UPV/EHU, the Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Biomedical Research Centre Network into Mental Health (CIBERSAM) of the Carlos III Institute of Health links, for the first time, the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age [...]The post Cocaine consumption quadruples the risk of sudden death in people between 19 and 49 appeared first on PsyPost.
Current practices in reporting on behavioral genetics can mislead the public “Media reports about behavioural genetics unintentionally induce unfounded beliefs, therefore going against the educational purpose of scientific reporting,” writes the University of Montreal’s Alexandre Morin-Chassé, following his study of 1,500 Americans. “Among other things, we wanted to know if the public understood (or misunderstood) popular science articles about a new research field, genopolitics, and whether [...]The post Current practices in reporting on behavioral genetics can mislead the public appeared first on PsyPost.
Cross-talk in the brain: Study finds neurons listen to glia cells Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have discovered a new signal pathway in the brain that plays an important role in learning and the processing of sensory input. It was already known that distinct glial cells receive information from neurons. However, it was unknown that these same glial cells also transmit information [...]The post Cross-talk in the brain: Study finds neurons listen to glia cells appeared first on PsyPost.
Self-Care Sunday: Make A Date with Your Feelings In her book Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life Christine Hassler includes a valuable tip for honoring our feelings. Sometimes, when negative feelings arise, we might not be able to experience them fully. We might be at work or with others. That’s when scheduling a date with...
Friends sabotaging your goals? Or is it the other In a 2014 experiment of the famous Milgram Paradigm study (1) – regarding agreeability and obedience – it was shown that people who are more agreeable or “nicer” are more likely to hurt others because they do not want to displease or look disagreeable. Specifically – when told to induce...