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Researchers identify key factor in transition from moderate to problem drinking A team of UC San Francisco researchers has found that a tiny segment of genetic material known as a microRNA plays a central role in the transition from moderate drinking to binge drinking and other alcohol use disorders. Previous research in the UCSF laboratory of Dorit Ron, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction [...]The post Researchers identify key factor in transition from moderate to problem drinking appeared first on PsyPost.
Even depressed people believe that life gets better Adults typically believe that life gets better — today is better than yesterday was and tomorrow will be even better than today. A new study shows that even depressed individuals believe in a brighter future, but this optimistic belief may not lead to better outcomes. The findings are published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal [...]The post Even depressed people believe that life gets better appeared first on PsyPost.
Lunch With No Hot Sauce Well, I started taking a new medication for depression. So far, so good, until bam, lunch with no hot sauce. I was at lunch with a new coworker and was trying to put hot sauce on my sandwich and my hands started shaking. Everyone at work knows I’m bipolar which...
Overwhelmed and Stuck With a Stone-Age Brain Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot.
The consequences of face-ism: Study shows how facial appearances foster biased decisions Research in recent years has shown that people associate specific facial traits with an individual’s personality. For instance, people consistently rate faces that appear more feminine or that naturally appear happy as looking more trustworthy. In addition to trustworthiness, people also consistently associate competence, dominance, and friendliness with specific facial traits. According to an article [...]The post The consequences of face-ism: Study shows how facial appearances foster biased decisions appeared first on PsyPost.
A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such [...]The post A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment appeared first on PsyPost.
Animal therapy reduces anxiety, loneliness symptoms in college students Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design. Their findings are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. The researchers provided animal-assisted therapy to 55 students in a [...]The post Animal therapy reduces anxiety, loneliness symptoms in college students appeared first on PsyPost.
Smoking interferes with neurocognitive recovery during abstinence from alcohol Numerous studies have shown that individuals with an alcohol use disorder perform worse than those without one on multiple neurocognitive domains of function following detoxification from alcohol, although the level of impairment can vary widely among individuals. A new study of the degree of neurocognitive recovery in treatment-seeking alcohol dependent individuals (ALC) – with varied [...]The post Smoking interferes with neurocognitive recovery during abstinence from alcohol appeared first on PsyPost.
​Immersed in violence: Study finds gaming in 3D leads to higher anger levels Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more real – and that may have troubling consequences for players, a new study reveals. Researchers found that people who played violent video games in 3-D showed more evidence of anger afterward than did people who played using traditional 2-D systems — even those with large [...]The post ​Immersed in violence: Study finds gaming in 3D leads to higher anger levels appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows how troubled marriage, depression history promote obesity The double-whammy of marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, according to new research. In the study, men and women with a history of depression whose arguments with spouses were especially heated showed several potential metabolic problems after eating [...]The post Study shows how troubled marriage, depression history promote obesity appeared first on PsyPost.
To reduce drug-related harm, it’s time to be honest about the pleasure By Adam Winstock, King’s College London Despite the language we use about drugs, many people don’t see themselves as “drug users” but as rational adults who aren’t on a mission to seek moral disintegration and cause themselves harm. People who use drugs are just people who happen to use drugs (they might also do yoga, [...]The post To reduce drug-related harm, it’s time to be honest about the pleasure appeared first on PsyPost.
Introducing Women’s Wellness Corner Sometimes women’s issues get a short shrift — both in psychology and society. How women cope with stress, treatment strategies, and life can be very different than how men cope. Yet all too often researchers and clinicians clump the two genders together. Women lose out. That’s why I’m pleased to...
The Practical Reasons We Resist Criticism Defensiveness is just ego? Nope. Defensiveness has its place and serves a purpose, keeping you focused on your work and not your doubts. The question isn't whether to be defensive but in which situations. It has its place and we should focus on where to place it, and where to replace it with receptivity.
The Primal Scene: 100 Years of FOMO The primal scene is 100 years old. What does Freud's "Wolf Man" case have to teach us about 21st Century FOMO?
Fight against Alzheimer's disease: New research on walnuts An new animal study reveals potential brain-health benefits of a walnut-enriched diet. Researchers suggest that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, slowing the progression of, or preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
The Secret to Living with Treatment-Resistant Depression You’d never suspect this by listening to pharmaceutical ads, but only one-third of people with major depression get better after trying an antidepressant. The others go on to try different drugs, or combinations of medicine and psychotherapy, and usually seven in 10 achieve remission. The other third? They are labeled...
Girl Declared “Brain-Dead”, Jahi McMath, Is Alive And Responsive Should brain-dead people be taken off life support? What the Jahi McMath case is beginning to teach us....
How To Force People To Do Anything (And Have Them Thank You For it) Does someone in your life not want to do something? Do you not care, even the slightest bit, about their wishes? Here's how to force them to complete a task they don't care about, and even feel superior while you're doing it....
How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique The powerful effect of the right kind of learning technique. 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:You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How to Learn Anything Better By Tweaking Your Mindset The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Humming in Sync: How Our Brains Can Learn So Quickly
Brain Scans Reveal Why Up To One in Six People Get SAD in Winter New research reveals why so many people are affected by the 'winter blues'. 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:High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities How New Ideas Change Your Brain Cells