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This Moderately Immoral Study Shows How We Misidentify Our Emotions In today's experiments, one of the most common tricks that experimental psychologists play is giving people placebos instead of drugs . In the past, it was pretty much the reverse. Doctors would call people in, tell them they'd get an innocuous substance, and then inject them with something a thousand times more powerful....
Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain For decades, scientists thought that neurons in the brain were born only during the early development period and could not be replenished. More recently, however, they discovered cells with the ability to divide and turn into new neurons in specific brain regions. Scientists now report that newly formed brain cells in the mouse olfactory system -- the area that processes smells -- play a critical role in maintaining proper connections.
Timing is key for traumatic brain injury treatment Two potential treatments for traumatic brain injury have been found to be most effective when given at different stages after the injury has occurred. Laboratory studies have confirmed that changes in brain water channels over time play a critical role in traumatic brain injury.
We Must Empower, Not Stigmatize Abuse Victims Intimate partner violence poses numerous barriers to victims who want to leave abusive partners.
Institutional rearing may increase risk for attention-deficit disorder by altering cortical development Over the past decades, we have seen numerous tragic examples where the failure of institutions to meet the needs of infants for social contact and stimulation has led to the failure of these infants to thrive. Infancy and childhood are critical life periods that shape the development of the cortex. A generation of research suggests that enriched environments, full of interesting stimuli to explore, promote cortical development and cognitive function. In contrast, deprivation and stress may compromise cortical development and attenuate some cognitive functions.
Fear Itself Drawing on research in evolutionary biology and an informed interpretation of American history and literature, Chris Walsh analyzes the relationship between courage and cowardice, the distinction between physical and moral cowardice, and argues that the idea of cowardice has faded in significance recently, and reappeared with somewhat different connotations.
Parkinson's: How toxic proteins stress nerve cells Parkinson's Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. The focus of the disease is the progressive degeneration of dopamine-producing nerve cells in a certain region of the midbrain, the substantia nigra. Misfolded proteins are the cause. Until recently, it was unclear why damage is confined to specific nerve cells. A team of researchers has now defined how this selective disease process begins using a genetic mouse model of Parkinson's disease.
Guest Post: Tips for Writing Notes Part 2 – Guest Post by Dr. Maelisa Hall. This is part 2 of a 3 part series on clinical documentation. There is one phrase every therapist needs to ask before, during, and after writing clinical case notes: “Could another therapist read this and know my actions were appropriate?” You’re a professional and you’re held to specific standards....
12 Things Narcissists Think How Narcissists view themselves - 12 surprising answers
Best of Our Blogs: October 14, 2014 What drew you here today? Was it an illness, relationship issue, health question? Most likely you’re coping with a problem you’re anxious to resolve. That sense of urgency, the need to know, is an affliction that befalls all of us problems big and small. Here’s the answer you weren’t expecting....
College Mental Health Primer Published by Higher Education and Psychological Organizations Publication points out myths about mental health, provides resources for campuses
ADHD Awareness Month Road Trip Sometimes I feel like I don’t have to explain ADHD at all. Just watch me live my life, and you’ll pretty much have it. I don’t mean “have it” as in have it. ADHD, thank goodness, is not contagious (as far as we know, but to watch some people’s reactions...
Should You Make Your Child Apologize? A Therapist’s View Like all parents, there are a lot of things I make my child to do. I make her brush her teeth. I make her to go to school when she doesn’t want to. She is not allowed to ride her bike without a helmet or to walk around the block...
21 Warning Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship Is it possible that you are being abused and not even know it? Domestic violence is once again in the forefront of the news. This is in part due to abusive incidents with sports figures or celebrities that have become very public. Abuse is not always as obvious as being...
Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to mental stress, according to a study of men and women who were already being treated for heart disease. The study, published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looked at 56 women and 254 men diagnosed with heart disease enrolled in a [...]The post Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women appeared first on PsyPost.
Novel culture system replicates course of Alzheimer’s disease, confirms amyloid hypothesis An innovative laboratory culture system has succeeded, for the first time, in reproducing the full course of events underlying the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Using the system they developed, investigators from the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) now provide the first clear evidence supporting the hypothesis that deposition of beta-amyloid [...]The post Novel culture system replicates course of Alzheimer’s disease, confirms amyloid hypothesis appeared first on PsyPost.
Digital divide: Pediatricians debate whether tots should have access to electronic devices When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published its policy statement in 1999 discouraging electronic media use by children under 2, the focus was on television programs, videos and DVDs. Over the past 15 years, the technology landscape has changed dramatically. Toddlers now have access to a dizzying array of touchscreen devices that are available [...]The post Digital divide: Pediatricians debate whether tots should have access to electronic devices appeared first on PsyPost.
Chemical derived from broccoli sprouts shows promise in treating autism Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The study, a joint effort by scientists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns [...]The post Chemical derived from broccoli sprouts shows promise in treating autism appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Inner GPS’ of bird brains may be better than that of humans By Sana Suri, University of Oxford The 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was awarded to three neuroscientists for their pioneering work on the brain’s “inner GPS system”. Over the course of four decades, they revealed that a small part in the brain called the hippocampus stores a map of animals’ surroundings and helps [...]The post ‘Inner GPS’ of bird brains may be better than that of humans appeared first on PsyPost.
Are You Living Life on the Outside? Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN): A parent’s failure to respond enough to a child’s emotional needs. People who grew up with CEN end up feeling on the outside. It’s a sense of being alone, unable to join, separate, different. This feeling is compounded by the fact that the cause of it all,...