|Transplant of stem-cell-derived dopamine neurons shows promise for Parkinson's disease
||Parkinson's disease is an incurable movement disorder that affects millions of people around the world, but current treatment options can cause severe side effects and lose effectiveness over time. In a new study, researchers showed that transplantation of neurons derived from human embryonic stem cells, hESCs, can restore motor function in a rat model of Parkinson's disease, paving the way for the use of cell replacement therapy in human clinical trials.
|New knowledge about human brain's plasticity
||The brain's plasticity and its adaptability to new situations do not function the way researchers previously thought, according to a new study. Earlier theories are based on laboratory animals, but now researchers have studied the human brain, and reached some new conclusions.
|Ghost illusion created in the lab
||Patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric conditions have often reported 'feeling a presence' watching over them. Now, researchers have succeeded in recreating these ghostly illusions in the lab.
|First peek at how neurons multitask
||Researchers have shown how a single neuron can perform multiple functions in a model organism, illuminating for the first time this fundamental biological mechanism and shedding light on the human brain.
|How To Be More Mature
||I think the most useful thing I’ve done in my relationship with my partner is to stop complaining about what I didn’t get, (“I’m upset because you _________.”) and instead, ask for what I want. This doesn’t mean I always get what I want, but the vast majority of the...
|Prescription Opioid Abuse: A Gateway to Heroin and Overdose
||Prescription Opioid Abuse: A Gateway to Heroin and Overdose Opioid-involved overdoses in the United States have dramatically increased in the last 15 years, largely due to a rise in prescription opioid (PO) use. Emerging evidence suggests the increase is linked to unintentional PO misuse that easily turns into addiction. Individuals...
|Try These 3 Tricks to Improve Your Self-Esteem
||It’s time to clean off the mud to reveal the true you. You are in many settings throughout your day, and whether you’re at home, at work, at the gym, having a meal, engaged in personal time, interacting with your kids, partner, friends, or co-workers, your self-esteem affects 100 percent...
|Foods to Improve Your Mood
||Scientists are beginning to recognize the link between diet, levels of inflammation in the body, and mood. It is a commonly held belief that your gut is in fact your “second brain.” In fact, more serotonin (the “feel-good” neurotransmitter) is produced in the gut than in the brain. Eating anti-inflammatory...
|Breathing Right Can Change Your Mental State
||Breathing correctly is important for your mental and physical well-being....
|Why You Can't Always Trust Your Brain
You're probably familiar with the rabbit-duck illusion. Like other "ambiguous images,"
this illusion can tell psychologists a lot about how we perceive our surroundings. The implications are as clear as they are unsettling: When confronted with ambiguity, we often see what our brains want us to see. ...
|3 Ways to Let Go of the Desire to be “Liked”
|| I’ve been really angry lately. And it’s not healthy. The stigma of mental illness – the misunderstood nature of it really gets to me from time to time. Trying to explain myself for those who either think I’m overstating my pain and seriousness of my illness...
|Why Your Personality May Not Matter
||How much of our behavior is caused by our personalities, and how much is caused by other factors? You might be surprised by when, how, and why personality doesn't matter.
|Who Wouldn’t Love This?
||Such goes my favorite line from one of my new favorite movies, “The Sapphires” (2012). The film is based on the true story of an all-girl singing troupe who entertained the troops during the Vietnam war. As aborigines living in their native Australia, the girls were marginalized – even hated....
|Three Ways To Fight Disease With Your Mind
Three psychological approaches which improve health at the cellular level.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Does the Pope Care about Single Catholics?
||I admit it – I’m a lapsed Catholic. When I was a child, I was very serious about my Catholicism for a while. I tried to get an aunt who hadn’t been to Mass for a very long time to return to the fold and I used to have a...
|First Impressions: A Roadmap or a Roadblock?
||Labels and expectations are pinned on us at every turn. Are we adopting them?
|Can depression be an advantage in your career?
||A good headline, like a lot of good things in life, will suck you in. This one got me: “How business leaders can use fatigue and depression to their advantage.” Do tell, I thought, because I’ve been in the working world for more than 30 years and I’ve yet to meet...
|Robin Williams: A Terribly Real Thing in a Terribly
||“You,” he said, “are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.” That quote belongs in Emilie Autumn’s psychological thriller novel, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. It’s the essence, I think, of Robin Williams. He was...
|The Vibrant Life: How to Live By Your Personal
||Mindfulness practices have grown exponentially in recent years worldwide. In this article, I will introduce you to a powerful application of mindfulness practice that is often overlooked during trainings at Buddhist meditation centers or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses: living by your personal values and goals in each mindful moment. You...
|When the Virtual World Becomes the Real World :
|| Online gaming has spread rapidly and now there is bulk of sites online which provide games for free. “Flash games” have been at the front of the growth as many gamers consider them the best to play hardware or software is needed. A person just opens up the site and plays in...