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Scientists make a key discovery about human memory As Superman flies over the city, people on the ground famously suppose they see a bird, then a plane, and then finally realize it’s a superhero. But they haven’t just spotted the Man of Steel – they’ve experienced the ideal conditions to create a very strong memory of him. Johns Hopkins University cognitive psychologists are [...]
Cerebrospinal fluid shows promise as autism biomarker Researchers from the UC Davis MIND Institute, University of North Carolina (UNC) and other institutions have found that altered distribution of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in high-risk infants can predict whether they will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study appears March 6 in the journal Biological Psychiatry. “Normally, autism is diagnosed when the child is [...]
Patients with OCD have difficulty learning when a stimulus is safe People who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are poorer at learning about the safety of a stimulus than healthy volunteers, which may contribute to their struggles to overcome compulsive behaviour, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. OCD is a disorder characterised by intrusive thoughts and repetitive, irrational behaviours, for example an [...]
World’s largest autism genome database shines new light on many ‘autisms’ The newest study from the Autism Speaks MSSNG project – the world’s largest autism genome sequencing program – identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism. The new report appears this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience. It involved the analysis of 5,205 whole genomes from families affected by [...]
Political affiliation, weight influence your opinion on fighting obesity, study finds People’s political leanings and their own weight shape opinions on obesity-related public policies, according to a new study by two University of Kansas researchers. Actually, Republicans — no matter how much they weigh — believe eating and lifestyle habits cause obesity, the research found. But among Democrats there is more of a dividing line, said [...]
Religious participation may serve to strengthen social bonds Roughly 80 percent of people around the globe identify with some type of religion, and scientists have been seriously pursuing insight into the evolutionary benefit of religious practice since the early part of this century. In a new study published today in Nature Human Behaviour, Eleanor Power of the Santa Fe Institute writes that active [...]
Study finds disruptive children do not inspire similar behavior in their siblings A new Tel Aviv University study published in Child Development finds that the disruptive behavior of an individual child does not encourage similar behavior in their brothers and sisters. On the contrary, Dr. Ella Daniel of TAU’s Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education finds that siblings, predominantly older siblings, of disruptive children tend to [...]
More social connection online tied to increasing feelings of isolation The more time a young adult uses social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, according to a national analysis led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists. In addition to the time spent online, the scientists found that frequency of use was associated with increased social isolation. The finding, published [...]
Extended use of MAO-B inhibitors slows decline in Parkinson’s disease patients There has long been interest in whether monoamine oxidase type B (MAO-B) inhibitors slow progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and improve long-term outcomes. They have shown neuroprotective effects in cell culture and animal studies of PD, but clinical trial results have been mixed and have failed to convincingly demonstrate disease modifying effects in people with [...]
Dreams Of ADHD And Fortune You know, before I knew I had ADHD, I had big dreams. I used to think that someday I’d be rich and famous. Or maybe just rich. Or … maybe … ...
Sex Makes Life Better, Study Says Ever wondered if having sex is a good thing, an act that could actually make you a more productive person and help you perform better at work? Wonder no more, dear reader. A new psychology study claims that fucking at home makes people do better at the office....
Top 6 Bedroom Plants that Promote Better Sleep It has long been scientifically established that proper sleep hygiene is essential for optimal brain functioning. What is up for debate however is what the precise number of hours should be where one feels the very best and that varies across the board for a … ...
Cooking and Mental Health Cooking at home is the best of both worlds, according to new research: it’s healthier and cheaper than eating out! The downside, of course, is that you have to cook. The study asked 437 Seattle-area adults about their eating habits, including how often they ate out and how often they...
Brain cells show teamwork in short-term memory Nerve cells in our brains work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory, and are not solo artists as previously thought, new brain research has determined. The research has implications in understanding and perhaps treating patients with dementia or other disorders of the brain and mind.
Revenge Really Is Sweet Revenge is sweet, but causes problems in the long run. Why do we so often turn to retaliation to feel better when it doesn't usually work out to mutual advantage?
Head injuries can alter hundreds of genes and lead to serious brain diseases Head injuries can adversely affect hundreds of genes in the brain that put people at high risk for diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, ADHD, autism, depression and schizophrenia, life scientists report. The researchers have identified for the first time potential master genes which they believe control hundreds of other genes that are linked to many neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Depression Reduced By This Ancient Method People in the study were suffering from major depressive disorder. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.
5 Tips for Dealing with Grief Whether you lost a loved one to sickness, tragedy , divorce or even a significant break-up, loss is a trauma. Losses can create identity challenges, lifestyle changes, financial problems and … ...
When Life Feels Out of Control, Focus on Yourself Life has a way of surprising us – sometimes in wonderful ways and sometimes challenging us in ways we never could have imagined.   Most of us like to feel … ...
5 Ways to Be a Less Anxious Parent As a therapist who has counseled parents for 20 years and as a mother of two daughters (ages 14 and 11), I understand that parenthood is a rollercoaster of highs … ...