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Beauty Sickness – Do You Have It? A colleague recently sent me a YouTube video called “An Epidemic of Beauty Sickness.” To be honest, my first thought was, “Ugh. Another useless rant about our cultural addiction to thinness.” But, given that this is the year I decided to embark on a full-scale about-face in how I accept...
Protein that rouses brain from sleep may be target for Alzheimer's prevention A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. The new research, in mice, demonstrates that eliminating that protein -- called orexin -- made mice sleep for longer periods of time and strongly slowed the production of brain plaques.
Neurodegenerative diseases: Has a possible new lead been found? Good communication between brain cells is vital for optimal (mental) health. Mutations in the TBC1D24 gene inhibit this process, thereby causing neurodegeneration and epilepsy. Fruit flies with a defect in Skywalker, the fruit fly variant of TBC1D24, are being used as a model for neurodegeneration. Researchers have succeeded in completely suppressing neurodegeneration in such fruit flies, by partially inhibiting the breakdown of 'defective' proteins in brain cells.
And He Knew All the Words Stuart Fischoff pioneered Media Psychology. He was a TV talk-show shrink—until it got too rowdy even for him. He knew all the words to Sondheim. And now he's gone.
Emotional Detachment When Parenting Adolescents When parents can model emotional detachment with their adolescent, the adolescent can learn by example to do the same with them
Motor coordination issues in autism are caused by abnormal neural connections Abnormal connections between neurons are the likely cause of motor coordination issues seen in autism spectrum disorder. Using a mouse model of autism, scientists identified a malfunctioning neural circuit associated with reduced capacity for motor learning. This appears to arise from an inability to eliminate unneeded neural connections in the brain.
Schizophrenia may be triggered by excess protein during brain development A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research. Researchers saytoo much protein expressed by the NOS1AP gene, which has been associated with schizophrenia, causes abnormalities in brain structure and faulty connections between nerve cells that prevent them from communicating properly.
Mastering the Art of Relationship Yoga Jean Henrique Wichinoski via Compfight When you hear the word “Yoga”, it’s likely that words like stretching, exercise, practice, flexibility, bending, and twisting come to mind. That’s because the primary association that most Westerners have with yoga has to do with the “on the mat” or physical aspects of the...
How to Deal with Invasive Thoughts I’m no stranger to nasty thoughts. I recognize when they’re present so innately that it’s safe to say it almost hurts. In my almost nine years of living with schizophrenia I’ve had to battle my fair share of these thoughts and I’ve gotten so good at it that I can...
What I Missed While I Was Distracted What have you missed in your life due to being distracted? There are all the usual things you and I both know. There are burnt dinners, overdue payments, overdue library books, medical and business appointments, social and educational dates. There are coupons on my fridge door from 1̶9̶9̶8̶ (just cleaned the...
An Evidence-Based Path to Optimized Well-being For well over a century, people unhappy with life have gravitated to psychotherapists. Yet new advances in psychology now reveal that, unless psychotherapists guide clients toward adopting healthier behaviors, they can spend years or even decades in therapy with little to show for it except a better understanding of the...
Distraction effects I’ve been puzzling over this tweet from Jeff Rouder: Surely, I thought, psychology is built out of effects. What could be wrong with focussing on testing which ones are reliable? But I think I’ve got it now. The thing about effects is that they show you – an experimental psychologist – can construct a situation […]
Statistics I was doing a little research as I gear up to get ready for my speech with our local NAMI chapter. I was reading through what NIHM had to say about bipolar disorder. I read that 5.5 million people in America alone are effected by Bipolar Disorder. That comes out...
The Four Pillars of Purpose The late Norman Cousins gave us a famous aphorism: “Belief creates biology.” Life is belief in action. The mind directs the body. Tibetan Monks can slow their heart rates using the power of their minds. Marathon runners break records every decade because they believe they can shave off more time,...
Psych Central ADHD Webinar Roundup I’ve been hosting webinars for Psych Central for a while now. Did you know we have a growing library of archived webinars? A number of experts, both in-house and special guest experts have covered a wide variety of topics in addition to ADHD, such as codependency, narcissism, the psychology of...
Teens Prescribed Anti-Anxiety or Sleep Medications More Likely to Abuse Those Drugs Illegally, Research Finds Substance abuse assessments needed before drugs are prescribed, researchers say.
Psychologists Available to Discuss Mental Health of Immigrants As plans for immigration reform unfold, experts can offer insight on psychological implications
RIP: Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D. Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D. died in the early morning hours of November 21, 2014. He was a well-known media psychologist in America. Dr. Fischoff was the founding President of the American Psychological Association’s Media Psychology Division (now called The Society for Media Psychology and Technology) and was responsible for creating the...
Violence as Social Incompetence Violence is a form of social incompetence, in that it usually fails to achieve its goals, sometimes inflicts more damage on the victim than was intended, and often brings about serious negative consequences for the aggressor. The child abuse case involving football player Adrian Peterson is used to illustrate these points.
Serial: Murder, mystery and the science of memory Can you recall what you were doing last Wednesday between 2.15pm and 2.36pm? Where were you? What did you see? Who did you talk to? How well do you remember those 21 minutes? Now try to recall Wednesday six weeks ago. What about a Wednesday 15 years ago? How detailed and accurate do you think [...]The post Serial: Murder, mystery and the science of memory appeared first on PsyPost.