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If you live your life without mental health issues, science says you’re the weird one Research shows that mental health is something that the vast majority of people struggle with at some point in their lives.
Physical activity improves math learning in children Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies. The project have investigated whether different types of math math learning strategies changes [...]
Scientists show brain’s own opioids involved in musical pleasure The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. “This is the first demonstration that the brain’s own opioids are directly involved in musical pleasure,” says [...]
Blood test may help differentiate Parkinson’s from similar diseases A simple blood test may be as accurate as a spinal fluid test when trying to determine whether symptoms are caused by Parkinson’s disease or another atypical parkinsonism disorder, according to a new study published in the February 8, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In early [...]
Key friendships vital for effective human social networks Close friendships facilitate the exchange of information and culture, making social networks more effective for cultural transmission, according to new UCL research that used wireless tracking technology to map social interactions in remote hunter-gatherer populations. The research demonstrates how increased network efficiency is achieved through investment in a few strong links between non-kin friends connecting [...]
Designer compound may untangle damage leading to some dementias In a study of mice and monkeys, National Institutes of Health funded researchers showed that they could prevent and reverse some of the brain injury caused by the toxic form of a protein called tau. The results, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest that the study of compounds, called tau antisense oligonucleotides, that are genetically [...]
Want to help your mate beat the blues? Show them the love The more depressed your romantic partner may be, the more love you should give them, according to new University of Alberta research. It can be tempting to pull back, but tough as it may be, helping your loved one stick it out through a bout of depression can help their future mental health, said relationships [...]
Believe in the American dream? You’re less likely to impulse buy, study finds When materialistic consumers believe in the American dream — that it’s possible to improve their economic status through hard work — they are less likely to spend impulsively, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management. “When materialistic people believe they have the power to change their financial circumstances, they’re more [...]
Poor and less educated suffer the most from chronic pain Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought, climbing as high as 370 percent in some categories, according to new research by a University at Buffalo medical sociologist. The [...]
A trust gap may hinder academic success for minorities Middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to perceptions of mistreatment from school authorities are less likely to attend college even if they generally had good grades, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin published in the journal Child Development. Low expectations from teachers and extreme [...]
Study finds naps may help preschoolers learn Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in preschool-age children. Researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds and found that those who napped after learning new verbs had a better [...]
Using Your Marriage as an Asset in Raising Teens:Three... At a time when teens are negotiating major issues of identity, sexuality, friendships, spirituality, cognitive leaps, emotional swings, and future goals, they are in a push-pull relationship with parents. While … ...
Anti-cell death agent a potential treatment for vision loss associated with MS A new therapeutic agent tested in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS) produced anti-inflammatory activity and prevented loss of cells in the optic nerve, according to a new study.
A Wood-Chopping Process Meet Psych Central’s odd(est) couple — Gretchen Rubin and Nick Saban. Rubin is a New York Times best-selling author, producing self-improvement tomes like The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Saban is Alabama’s head football coach, collecting national championships like you and I collect stamps. … ...
10 Hidden Lies Said about Love Cupid arrows, chocolate covered cherries, cute stuffed animals, huge balloons, and red flowers have blossomed all over the stores. There is hardly a store (including gas stations) that has not been inundated with Valentine’s Day paraphernalia. But this does not represent true love. This is … ...
Quiz: Do you Seek Professional Comfort over Professional Growth?... A few weeks ago, I posed a question: Are your therapists buddies bringing you down? To my surprise, a lot of you heralded this post as a beacon of truth, shared it, left positive comments. In truth, I was baffled. I thought I’d be pursued with … ...
ADHD and the Transition to Adulthood (Part 1) Let me start off with a little self-congratulation. There are some days where I stop and think to myself “hey, I’m getting pretty good at this whole adulting thing.” Still, … ...
Maybe You Shouldn’t Always ‘Believe Yourself’ How much do you trust your own opinions? Do you feel that your beliefs and worldviews are based upon an “evidence file” of real facts? Most people do — and if asked to justify their position on big issues like politics, religion and life they … ...
Using Your Smartphone to Boost Your Creativity Smartphones can squash our creativity—especially when they get in the way of being bored and give us an all-too easy fix for avoiding discomfort. Plus, smartphones can disconnect us from our work, our … ...
Expert Tips for Marketing your Therapy Practice Featuring Gail... This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Gail Guttman, LCSW, a Certified Imago Couples Therapist & Consultant, of Guttman & Pearl Associates and Evan Leepson, MBA, author of “Critical Connections: The Step-by-Step Guide to Transform Your Business Through Referral Marketing.” As experts in marketing private practice, they … ...