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How to Dodge Despair and Lure Hope With this post, I return again to that literal tome of life wisdom, “Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. I have always learned so much from my animal companions….and continue to do so each and every day. I also love watching nature documentaries that follow animals during their day-to-day...
Habits > Lifehacks Compounding interest produces the most meaningful results, not individual swings.
Brain development in utero observed by researchers New investigation methods using functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT) offer insights into fetal brain development. These "in vivo" observations will uncover different stages of the brain's development. A research group has observed that parts of the brain that are later responsible for sight are already active at this stage.
Marital Status in the Courtroom: Does It Matter? There is probably no better representation of the diversity of people where you live than the people who get called for jury duty. In the past (at least in my experience), it was easier to wrangle your way out of this obligation, because someone from the courts called you, and...
Conflict Resolution and Communication Styles I recently read John Gray’s classic, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. This relationship guide (with an extraterrestrial twist) details the various differences and nuances in behavior between the genders. I’m normally one to advocate that people are people; there’s something to be said for individualism and circumstance....
Restless Body Syndrome or ADHD, Hyperactive Type I was leaning against the kitchen counter yesterday morning, waiting for the toaster to pop and wondering what today’s blog post should be about. As is often the case, I thought “No worries, something will come to me.” I relaxed and let my mind wander, which is to say I...
The fragile American Dream: Insights from the economics of happiness By Carol Graham, University of Maryland Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. Every morning schoolchildren across America pledge allegiance to the [...]The post The fragile American Dream: Insights from the economics of happiness appeared first on PsyPost.
WATCH: Can we build a better brain? The post WATCH: Can we build a better brain? appeared first on PsyPost.
How cognitive therapy works in the brain A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics tries to unravel the baring mechanism of cognitive therapy in depression. Previous studies have demonstrated that antidepressant medication and electroconvulsive therapy increase occipital cortical γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in major depressive disorder (MDD), but a small pilot study failed to show a similar effect of [...]The post How cognitive therapy works in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
WATCH: The shocking psychological benefits of gossiping The post WATCH: The shocking psychological benefits of gossiping appeared first on PsyPost.
Fine Tuning ” Positive Thinking” With A Plan An important article by psychologist and author, Gabriele Oettingen appeared in the New York Times with a misleading title,“ The Problem with Positive Thinking.” Actually what Dr. Oettingen offers is an important fine-tuning of positive thinking. What she suggests based on her research is not that positive thinking is problematic,...
Real-time readout of neurochemical activity Scientists have created cells with fluorescent dyes that change color in response to specific neurochemicals. By implanting these cells into living mammalian brains, they have shown how neurochemical signaling changes as a food reward drives learning.
Activity in dendrites critical in memory formation Researchers have discovered how neurons in the brain might allow some experiences to be remembered while others are forgotten. Using a unique microscope, they peered into the brain of a living animal navigating a virtual reality maze. Images of individual neurons called place cells showed that, surprisingly, the activity of the cell body and its dendrites can be different. A lasting memory of an experience was not formed by neurons when cell bodies were activated but dendrites were not.
Being Borderline Abroad I recently was awarded the Inaugural Barbara Hocking SANE Australia Fellowship to study mental illness overseas. The sole focus of my application was Borderline Personality Disorder and what services and programmes I could bring back to Australia.  I was so excited because I could now set out to change the...
6 Ways to Convince an Addict to Get Help Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person dealing with substance abuse to get help. Family intervention. Family members and an...
Book Review: What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work (2014) (by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton) is a short book. Although it’s listed on Amazon at 272 pages, the book is actually about 240-ish pages, of which only 135 pages is for actual reading. The rest of the book, the second half, is composed of a […]
Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss A new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can aid in lost memory skills.
Traumatic stress may affect DNA, but psychotherapy may heal it A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics for the first time demonstrates that traumatic stress may induce DNA breakage, but psychotherapy may heal it. Previous research reveals an association between traumatic stress and an increased risk for numerous diseases, including cancer. At the molecular level, stress may increase carcinogenesis via [...]The post Traumatic stress may affect DNA, but psychotherapy may heal it appeared first on PsyPost.
Can your birth month affect your personality? The post Can your birth month affect your personality? appeared first on PsyPost.
Neuroscientists are erasing bad memories. This video explains how they do it The post Neuroscientists are erasing bad memories. This video explains how they do it appeared first on PsyPost.