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System reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques. In their report in the October issue of the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology, the research team describes how combining key physiologic measurements with a behavioral task that does [...]The post System reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep appeared first on PsyPost.
Coping Skills for Anxiety I had a rough week with little time to myself so, first of all, forgive me for the lag in blogging, but it couldn’t be helped. If you read my last blog you know that I drove to my parents’ house in North Carolina to celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday...
Economic gloom makes humans stockpile food like animals hoarding for winter Poverty is associated with a great number of health problems. One relatively recent health crisis largely attributed to poverty is obesity. According to the World Health Organisation, obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980, exceeding 500m worldwide by 2012 with 1.4bn overweight. In other words, approaching one tenth of the world population is currently [...]The post Economic gloom makes humans stockpile food like animals hoarding for winter appeared first on PsyPost.
Hunt to discover the ‘secret’ of sexuality is far from over “Undress your mind” shouts the promotional material for the Wellcome Trust’s latest exhibition, The Institute of Sexology. It’s an apt tagline, encapsulating how sexology – or the science of sex – has attempted to analyse this most physical and private of acts. Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been easy. Over the discipline’s history, there have been many obstacles. [...]The post Hunt to discover the ‘secret’ of sexuality is far from over appeared first on PsyPost.
Brains transform remote threats into anxiety Modern life can feel defined by low-level anxiety swirling through society. Continual reports about terrorism and war. A struggle to stay on top of family finances and hold onto jobs. An onslaught of news coverage about Ebola. At the heart of issues like these lies uncertainty – the unknown likelihood of how ongoing crises will [...]The post Brains transform remote threats into anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
When adopted children forget their birth language, it may not be lost without a trace How robust are languages learned in childhood but disused later in life? A new study by researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal has found that the forgotten birth language of adoptees can apparently leave its traces in the brain, many years after the adoption has taken place. International adoption is rapidly on [...]The post When adopted children forget their birth language, it may not be lost without a trace appeared first on PsyPost.
Five Reasons You Won’t Get What You Want There are a lot of things we all want — a great relationship, a meaningful career, a slimmer waistline, less stress, and maybe a little more happiness — and try as we may, the sad truth for most of us is that it won’t happen. And for all of our...
Bankers Are More Likely To Cheat -- But Only When At Work A recent experimental study sought to answer the question as to whether bankers are more likely to cheat than people in other professions. You can probably imagine the results, but you'll be surprised as to the reason why. ...
What No One Tells You About Personality Disorders 16-year-old Bruce is feeling lonely and bored on this Saturday. After buying a soda and candy bar for breakfast at the convenience store, he stops by his only friend Joe’s house to hang out. A couple of hours later, he starts to feel annoyed by Joe’s “childish” sense of humor....
Epidemic spreading and neurodegenerative progression Researchers have used a model inspired by patterns of epidemic disease spreading to map how misfolded proteins propagate within the brain.
Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.
Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics A government study reveals that nine out of 10 people who drink too much are not addicts, and can change their behavior with support.
Stressful relationships tied to mental decline Having close personal relationships in middle age that cause stress, problems or worries, may contribute to a decline in thinking ability in older age, according to a new study.
Being Happy at Work Matters for You—and Your Boss Should you be happy at work? The science suggests yes - it will make you better at your job, too. Most people who think happiness at work isn't important believe that happiness is all about having fun. But happiness is about feeling fulfillment, too. This article discusses what happiness at work means and how you can get more of it.
What Early Humans Might Have Had In Common With The Borg In Star Trek, the prospect of being assimilated into the Borg Collective—and losing all sense of self—is a fate worse than death. One theory about the evolution of human consciousness could explain why we find the Borg so uniquely unsettling....
Reprogramming 'support cells' into neurons could repair injured adult brains The cerebral cortex lacks the ability to replace neurons that die as a result of Alzheimer's, stroke, and other devastating diseases. A new study shows that a Sox2 protein, alone or in combination with another protein, Ascl1, can cause nonneuronal cells, called NG2 glia, to turn into neurons in the injured cerebral cortex of adult mice. The findings reveal that NG2 glia represent a promising target for neuronal cell replacement strategies to treat brain injury.
Out of danger: Neural basis for avoiding threats A key neuronal pathway that makes learning to avoid unpleasant situations possible has been discovered by researchers. The work shows that avoidance learning requires neural activity in the habenula representing changes in future expectations.
Suffering From Jealousy? Try These 10 Tips to Overcome We’ve all been there. Maybe it was the popular cheerleader in high school who seemed to have it all: perfect hair, teeth, and her hunky boyfriend made you wonder if you’d ever outgrow your awkward stage. Or maybe it was the rising star at work who beat you out for...
Connect Better with Your Tween Using Three Magic Words Does your tween suffer from abandonment issues? If you are a nurturing parent, you are probably balking at this question. Most of us associate abandonment with physical conditions, such as inadequate nourishment, inadequate clothing, physical abuse or literally leaving our child without care. If you provide for the well-being of...
Understand Your Strengths Digging deeper into commonly misunderstood character strengths such as humility, prudence, spirituality, leadership, judgment, and creativity.