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Sleep twitches light up the brain A new study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.
7 Prompts that Initiate Healing from the Inside Out It’s the one principle that all spiritual and non-spiritual disciplines share: Healing occurs from the inside out. But how do you do it? The hardest part is squaring yourself what the fact that you’ve got issue. This is difficult for all of us. Our ego gets in the way, neck-deep...
Have You Tried Meditation to Help With Migraines? A new study shows that mindfulness meditation may help lessen the duration and severity of a migraine — one of the most painful and debilitating types of headaches. This is a significant finding as many sufferers have found little to no relief with conventional treatments. Most migraine sufferers share similar...
In the face of uncertainty, the brain chooses randomness as the best strategy Past experience is usually a reliable guide for making decisions, but in unpredictable and challenging situations, it might make more sense to take risks. A study published by Cell Press September 25th in the journal Cell shows that, in competitive situations, rats abandon their normal tactic of using past experience to make decisions and instead [...]The post In the face of uncertainty, the brain chooses randomness as the best strategy appeared first on PsyPost.
Alzheimer’s patients can still feel the emotion long after the memories have vanished A new University of Iowa study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence—good or bad—on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact [...]The post Alzheimer’s patients can still feel the emotion long after the memories have vanished appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain scans reveal ‘gray matter’ differences in media multitaskers Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new University of Sussex research. A study published September 24 reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to [...]The post Brain scans reveal ‘gray matter’ differences in media multitaskers appeared first on PsyPost.
Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something. The research, led by Richard Kryscio, PhD, Chairman of the Department of of Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kentucky, appears [...]The post Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says appeared first on PsyPost.
Bariatric surgery not a magic wand to curb depression Most severely obese people experience much better spirits once they shed weight through a diet, lifestyle changes or medical intervention. This is unfortunately not true for everyone, says Valentina Ivezaj and Carlos Grilo of the Yale University School of Medicine in the US. In an article in Springer’s journal Obesity Surgery, the researchers advise that the [...]The post Bariatric surgery not a magic wand to curb depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Exploring the connection between empathy, neurohormones and aggression Empathy is typically seen as eliciting warmth and compassion—a generally positive state that makes people do good things to others. However, empathy may also motivate aggression on behalf of the vulnerable other. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined whether assessed or elicited empathy would lead to situation-specific aggression on behalf [...]The post Exploring the connection between empathy, neurohormones and aggression appeared first on PsyPost.
I Was Wrong About Online Therapy (With A Caveat I've changed my mind about online therapy....
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Caring about Children and Their Future: Is It a In the lead-up to the Climate Change Summit, a famous actor (I don’t remember who; I’m not good with celebrities) was asked why he was so committed to the cause. He said it was because he had children and he cared about their future. I’ve heard those kinds of comments...
Erasing Bad Memories Is a False Cure for PTSD Creating the false promise that one can zap the brain and magically treat PSTD and depression misleads a gullible public. This kind of extrapolation from brain research is a dangerous practice. Lets not add lobotomy by laser to the dark arsenal of the long forgotten sordid history of modalities that act directly on the brain – lobotomies, ECT, and IST.
An Ancient Way to Heal The Mind Finds New Scientific Support The benefits were particularly strong for those who were stressed. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:10 Remarkable Ways Nature Can Heal Your Mind Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking 20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health
Benzodiazepines & Alzheimer’s Disease If you’re taking an anti-anxiety medication referred to as a benzodiazepine — such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin — there’s a new eye-opening study out that should get your attention. When used PRN — on as needed basis — sparingly for times of increased anxiety, these drugs can be...
Protein that causes frontotemporal dementia also implicated in Alzheimer's disease Low levels of the naturally occurring protein progranulin exacerbate cellular and cognitive dysfunction, while raising levels can prevent abnormalities in an Alzheimer's model.
Signature of aging in brain: Researchers suggest that the brain's 'immunological age' is what counts Evidence of a unique 'signature' that may be the 'missing link' between cognitive decline and aging has been found by researchers. The scientists believe that this discovery may lead, in the future, to treatments that can slow or reverse cognitive decline in older people.
There Are No Mistakes   I did my best… I did my best! Dane Cook, comedian The phrase “to make a mistake” implies purposive, conscious, planned action. That’s utterly inaccurate: there are no intentional mistakes, no one consciously sets out to fail. When we fail on purpose, when we make a mistake by design,...
How Many “iRules” Should Your Family Have? Are you a family of tech-enthusiasts? Technology should enrich family life — not rule it. Here are important guidelines your family needs to thrive.
The Funny Thing About Anger and Laughter There are countless articles out there about the value of humor and laughter with regard to psychological and physical health. While some of that may be exaggerated, there is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that humor and laughter are important coping mechanisms when it comes to alleviating anger.