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ABC’S “Scandal” and Mental Illness in the White House A recent episode of ABC’S Scandal featuring the First Lady of the United States Millie Grant (played by Bellamy Young) showed the First Lady suffering severe depression. One scene entails her sitting at the White House in a robe, no makeup, no pearls, and eating fried chicken. She had previously...
Behavioral Science and Local Empowerment The West African Ebola crisis is holding up a mirror to the world, and what it is reflecting back is worrisome. I was listening to the news reporting yesterday with a mixture of interest and horror. The horror was not just about what is going on in these West African countries.
No, You Are Not Sooooooo OCD. Have you ever been out, enjoying a perfectly nice day, and overheard this? I have guests coming this weekend and I’ve been cleaning all day. I’m sooooooo OCD about having a clean house. Or this? I’ve never had a past-due notice.  I’m soooooooo OCD about paying bills. Or this? My...
What happens in the hippocampus? By Mike Stewart, The Open University This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine recognises work on “cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.” Those cells are found in the hippocampus. It is just one tiny part of the brain, but this structure gets at least its fair share of research attention. The hippocampus is [...]The post What happens in the hippocampus? appeared first on PsyPost.
How genes can influence children’s exam results By Eva Krapohl, King’s College London and Kaili Rimfeld, King’s College London The idea that children can inherit the ability to get good results at school can spark heated debate. But, put simply, all this means is that children differ in how easy and enjoyable they find learning and that these differences are to a [...]The post How genes can influence children’s exam results appeared first on PsyPost.
Which Makes Goldfish Learn Faster: Vodka or Bourbon? If you want to understand how different types of alcohol affect learning, ask a goldfish. That's what one Harvard Medical School researcher did in 1969, when he had them swim around in vodka and bourbon....
Cannabis is as addictive as heroin British study shows cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, and may cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use.
Why saying is believing The science of self-talk shows that the internal sense of oneself is a powerful thing.
What's next in the fight over same-sex marriage? The Supreme Court refused to rule on gay marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to be legal in additional states.
How female flies know when to say 'yes' A fundamental question in neurobiology is how animals, including humans, make decisions. A new study reveals how fruit fly females make a very important decision: to either accept or reject male courtship. This decision appears to be generated by a very small number of excitatory neurons that use acetylcholine as their neurotransmitter located in three brain regions. This study provides the framework to understand how decisions are generated.
Are You a Workaholic? Take the Test One of the most powerful motives that humans can possess is the drive to achieve. Typically, we consider high achievement to be positive. We encourage ourselves, and our children, to be high achievers. But can we become too achievement oriented, and cross over into workaholism?
The Psychology Behind the Crisis-Prone Personality People who are continually in crisis mode not only lead unhealthy lives but also create havoc for those who know or work with them. Psychology has some answers to help understand what’s behind it all and how to help them live calmer, more even-keeled and ultimately happier lives.
Counteracting Negative Self-Talk with Supportive Statements How we talk to ourselves affects everything. It influences everything from how we feel about ourselves to the decisions we make. Negative self-talk can sabotage and undermine our efforts in any part of our lives. For instance, if you keep telling yourself you’re unworthy or incapable — “I can’t do...
Baby Boomers: No More Strength in Our Numbers? We baby boomers have been lucky. Born into post-World War II prosperity, we grew up with more access to nutrition, medical care and education than any other generation in history. We’ve had opportunities undreamed of by our ancestors, and through our sheer numbers – 78 million strong – we’ve dominated...
Sugar linked to memory problems in adolescent rats Sugar consumption affected memory and was linked to brain inflammation in juvenile rats, researchers report. "The brain is especially vulnerable to dietary influences during critical periods of development, like adolescence," remarked a corresponding author of the study. "Consuming a diet high in added sugars not only can lead to weight gain and metabolic disturbances, but can also negatively impact our neural functioning and cognitive ability."
Stroke-fighting drug offers potential treatment for traumatic brain injury The only drug currently approved for treatment of stroke's crippling effects shows promise, when administered as a nasal spray, to help heal similar damage in less severe forms of traumatic brain injury. In the first examination of its kind, researchers found in animal studies that the brain's limited ability to repair itself after trauma can be enhanced when treated with the drug tPA, or tissue plasminogen activator.
The Sex Life of the Psychopath Psychopaths have sex, but the way they do it serves a higher purpose. The local bar is often a place where psychopaths find it easiest to ensnare their next prey.
3 Minutes, 27 Seconds: Can We Auto-correct Humanity? Rapper Prince Ea's powerful, truth-telling video about what we might be missing by living a techno-life....
Life After Death? This is What People Experience As The Brain Shuts Down What people see, feel and experience, in the minutes after cardiac arrest and before they are brought back to life.
I have depression and alcoholism. So what? I find people generally have three reactions when I tell them I am a recovered alcoholic with Bipolar II. They either tell me that they or a loved one has struggled with a mental illness, begin talking about the weather or look at me like I just told them I...