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Brain activity after smokers quit predicts chances of relapsing, suggests study Quitting smoking sets off a series of changes in the brain that researchers say may better identify smokers who will start smoking again—a prediction that goes above and beyond today’s clinical or behavioral tools for assessing relapse risk.
Taming neural excitations: Pulses might one day lead to controlling harmful signals such as those in strokes What do lasers, neural networks, and spreading epidemics have in common? They share a most basic feature whereby an initial pulse can propagate through a medium - be it physical, biological or socio-economic, respectively. The challenge is to gain a better understanding - and eventually control - of such systems, allowing them to be applied, for instance to real neural systems. This is the objective of a new theoretical study.
The Age At Which Learning a New Language Stops Strengthening The Brain How learning a new language changes the brain. 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:New Study of Improvising Jazz Pianists Shows Similar Brain Circuits Used for Music and Language 10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language Brain Region Discovered That Stops You Being a Couch Potato Unique Human Brain Area Identified that Separates Us From Monkeys How To Enhance Learning: Even of Things You Are Not Interested In
The Princess Backlash This past October, as I watched the clusters of little Halloweeners wandering the streets of Santa Barbara, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not even one of the girls was dressed as a Princess or a bride. It is no longer news that plenty of moms are wary of...
Brain study uncovers new clues on how cues may affect memory The brain activity prior to seeing an item is related to how well it is later remembered, a new study shows. Moreover, researchers also found that the activity in different areas of the brain was unexpectedly related to how the information was remembered.
Brain research reveals new hope for patients with anorexia nervosa Researchers used state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to investigate the consequences of anorexia nervosa on brain structure. Their novel findings obtained by measuring “cortical thickness” for the first time in the eating disorder are now published. The authors conclude, “The global thinning of cortical gray matter observed in acutely ill adolescent patients can be completely reversed following successful weight rehabilitation therapy”. 
Better detection, prevention, and pre-clinical treatment: Three effective tools in the fight against Alzheimer's Detection, prevention, and preclinical treatment are three key areas that may make a difference in the battle to reduce the rapid rise of new Alzheimer's disease (AD) cases every year. These three topics are the focus of a new journal supplement.
Boys may actually be meaner than girls Study reveals that at every grade level, boys engage in aggressive relationship behavior more often than girls.
Close to eight percent of Americans are depressed, but few seek mental health treatment Study says one in 13 Americans suffers from moderate or severe depression, with women disproportionately affected.
Wherever You Experience Yourself In the Body, There You We are everywhere in the body: wherever your nerves are, so is your brain. About a year ago I read in New Scientist: “One tiny spider has even had to let its brain spill into its legs, because its head is too small to accommodate it.” We keep thinking of...
Book Review: “Firing God” by Cheryl Abram I recently had a chance to read and review an excellent book “Firing God” by Cheryl Abram. I met Cheryl through PsychCentral (she read one of my blogs and wrote to me).  At that time I went to her website and read some of her own blogs and found a...
3 More Obstacles in Therapy and How to Overcome Them Last month, in this piece, psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, shared three top obstacles in therapy: feeling shame for having problems and needing to go to therapy in the first place; not knowing how therapy works; and having to trust a total stranger with our innermost thoughts and feelings. This month...
Can ADHD Hold You Back From Success? Well duh!!! In order to have a valid diagnosis your symptoms have to have had a negative impact on your life. That’s one of the rules of the diagnosis. How is that not going to hold you back from success? But then again, how does ADHD hold you back from...
Studying society via social media is not so simple Behavioral scientists have seized on social media and their massive data sets as a way to quickly and cheaply figure out what people are thinking and doing. But some of those tweets and thumbs ups can be misleading. Researchers must figure out how to make sure their forecasts and analyses actually represent the offline world. [...]The post Studying society via social media is not so simple appeared first on PsyPost.
The biology of anxious temperament may lie with a problem in an anxiety ‘off switch’ Persistent anxiety is one of the most common and distressing symptoms compromising mental health. Most of the research on the neurobiology of anxiety has focused on the generation of increased anxiety, i.e., the processes that “turn on” anxiety. But what if the problem lay with the “off switch” instead? In other words, the dysfunction could [...]The post The biology of anxious temperament may lie with a problem in an anxiety ‘off switch’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Vitamin D deficiency, depression linked in UGA-led international study Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health—it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight. “Rather than being one of many factors, vitamin D could have a regulative role in the development of [...]The post Vitamin D deficiency, depression linked in UGA-led international study appeared first on PsyPost.
Want to get male millennials on board with your cause? Focus on feelings “Selfish” may be the adjective most often attached to millennials. But new research from Concordia University shows that the young men and women who make up the millennial generation aren’t so self-centred when it comes to supporting charities — as long as marketers use the right tactics for each gender. The forthcoming study in The Journal [...]The post Want to get male millennials on board with your cause? Focus on feelings appeared first on PsyPost.
Saved: How addicts gained the power to reverse overdoses Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives. Alexander Walley was a twentysomething medical student when he witnessed the power of naloxone. It was the midnight shift at the Emergency Department [...]The post Saved: How addicts gained the power to reverse overdoses appeared first on PsyPost.
Psychotic Disorders: Differences, Symptoms, and Ways To Cope   We have been talking a lot about psychotic disorders, childhood onset-schizophrenia, delusions, and hallucinations,so lets discuss the differences between the psychotic disorders and ways to cope as a family member, parent, friend, companion, or caregiver to someone who is suffering. Families, friends, and caregivers are often uninformed about the...
Ethnic Minorities Still Receiving Inferior Mental Health Treatment, Says APA Journal Culturally sensitive care in primary care settings can improve access to services