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Election day: The saddest day of the year? Election Day is difficult for many political candidates. But it’s no picnic for their supporters either. A new study shows just how tough election days can be. The study finds that winning elections barely improves the happiness of those from the winning political party.
Migraine linked to defective ‘insulation’ around nerve fibers, suggests study A new study shows cellular-level changes in nerve structure and function that may contribute to the development of migraine headaches, reports the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Nerve specimens from patients with migraine show abnormalities of the myelin sheath that serves [...]The post Migraine linked to defective ‘insulation’ around nerve fibers, suggests study appeared first on PsyPost.
Medication Changes for Bipolar Disorder I am happy to report that I am back in the land of the living. After a bad month, I feel on the mend. I sat today outside in the sun with my iced coffee and felt much lighter than I did a couple of weeks ago. That is how...
Impact of meditation seen at cellular level in breast cancer survivors For the first time, researchers have shown that practising mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. A group working out of Alberta Health Services’ Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the University of Calgary Department of Oncology has demonstrated that telomeres [...]The post Impact of meditation seen at cellular level in breast cancer survivors appeared first on PsyPost.
Study points to perception divide in abortion: Whom we think we know Pro-life Americans are less likely to hear about the abortions women they know have had than are pro-choice Americans, a New York University study shows. The findings, which appear in the journal Sociological Science, point to a previously unexplored divide on the abortion issue: differences in perceptions of those we associate with. “Americans who are [...]The post Study points to perception divide in abortion: Whom we think we know appeared first on PsyPost.
Neuroscientists offer novel insight on brain networks New research from the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) at UT Dallas offers a different approach for looking at the way the brain operates on a network level, and could eventually lead to new clinical diagnostic criteria for age-related memory disorders. The latest findings, published the week of Nov. 3 in the online early edition [...]The post Neuroscientists offer novel insight on brain networks appeared first on PsyPost.
Gender fairness prevails in most fields of academic science Women are significantly underrepresented in many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and attempts to understand why have only resulted in disagreement among researchers, the lay public, and policymakers. In a comprehensive new report, an interdisciplinary team of psychological scientists and economists aims to cut through the confusion, synthesizing available research and providing a [...]The post Gender fairness prevails in most fields of academic science appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers discover why anesthetics cause prolonged memory loss Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine have shown why anesthetics can cause long-term memory loss, a discovery that can have serious implications for post-operative patients. Until now, scientists haven’t understood why about a third of patients who undergo anesthesia and surgery experience some kind of cognitive impairment—such as memory loss—at hospital discharge. [...]The post Researchers discover why anesthetics cause prolonged memory loss appeared first on PsyPost.
Are You a Workaholic? If So, This Skill May Be Your Strength Whether 'olics love or feel bad about what they too much, they're great at ...
Are You a Workaholic? If So, This May Be Why Whether 'olics love or feel bad about what they too much of, they're great at ...
Biological fat with a sugar attached essential to maintaining the brain’s supply of stem cells Fat and sugar aren’t usually considered healthy staples, but scientists have found that a biological fat with a sugar attached is essential for maintaining the brain’s store of stem cells. Neural stem cells help the brain develop initially, then repopulate brain cells lost to usual cell turnover as well as to a trauma or malady, [...]The post Biological fat with a sugar attached essential to maintaining the brain’s supply of stem cells appeared first on PsyPost.
Beliefs about the soul and afterlife that we acquire as children stick with us What we believed as children about the soul and the afterlife shapes what we believe as adults  – regardless of what we say we believe now, according to a new Rutgers study. “My starting point was, assuming that people have these automatic – that is, implicit or ingrained – beliefs about the soul and afterlife, [...]The post Beliefs about the soul and afterlife that we acquire as children stick with us appeared first on PsyPost.
Women with bipolar disorder at 50 percent greater risk of delivering preterm babies Women who have been previously hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness, according to a new study by researchers at Women’s College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The study, published today in the American Journal of [...]The post Women with bipolar disorder at 50 percent greater risk of delivering preterm babies appeared first on PsyPost.
Living with Pain     Who gets to define what pain is?     I live with the pain of mental illness every day of my life. Some days are harder than others. Who gets to define what “real” pain is? Who gets to say that your pain is any less or any...
If You're Lonely, Try Loosening Up Introverts sometimes overthink social interactions. If you find you're feeling lonely, ask yourself if you could be more spontaneous and take advantage of easygoing, but also fulfilling, social connections that might drift your way.
Is It Sane to Agree That You Are Crazy? There exists difficulty in the application of humanistic theory’s therapeutic reflection in psychotherapy with the psychotic client. Mirroring of the client’s perspective regarding her mental illness is counterintuitive. There may exist a possibility of using humanistic therapy with empathy without relinquishing a stance that communicates the subjectivity of belief.
The Line Between “Spacing Out” and “Dissociation” is Only When you’re driving down the road and you suddenly realize you missed your exit or maybe you’re not quite sure where it is because you developed the “white line trance” you’re dissociating.  Those times you get so sucked into a movie or game that someone has to lob a Nerf...
A Stitch of Self Being stitches its way through Becoming: Now you see your essential Self and now – eclipsed by Form – you don’t. In and out, Being threads its way through the fabric of Nonbeing....
Smoking is a pain in the back Smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain, and dropping the habit may cut their chances of developing this often debilitating condition, researchers report.
Why Education Corrodes Religious Faith Many studies show that higher education correlates with decreased religiosity. Why?