|Scientists discover 'dimmer switch' for mood disorders
||Researchers have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as "disappointment." The discovery may provide be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down.
|Open Forum for Yoga Teachers: What Made YOU Decide
||Several times over the past couple of years, I’ve considered getting my RYT 200, i.e. 200 hours of yoga teacher training so I can become a Registered Yoga Teacher. During 2013, I seriously considered it, going so far as to complete the application and start browsing the books I needed...
|Single dose of antidepressant changes the brain
||A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor reveal changes in connectivity within three hours, say researchers.
|Gambling with confidence: Are you sure about that?
||Confidence determines much of our path through life, but what is it? Most people would describe it as an emotion or a feeling. In contrast, scientists have found that confidence is actually a measurable quantity, and not reserved just for humans. The team has identified a brain region in rats whose function is required to for the animals to express confidence in their decisions.
|Gene linked to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism
||Knocking out the gene NrCAM increases the number of dendritic spines on excitatory pyramidal neurons, researchers have discovered. Other studies have confirmed that the overabundance of dendritic spines allows for too many synaptic connections – a phenomenon strongly linked to autism.
|Former addicts may be at lower risk of new addictions
||Research shows people who get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder.
|One in five workers has left their job because of bullying
||Study shows nearly one third of workers report having felt bullied at work.
|Not Sad Not Hurt Not Angry: Empty
||It’s like I have no emotions. I’m numb a lot of the time. Something is missing in me. I have no idea how I feel about anything. Sometimes my chest feels hollow. I feel empty inside. What might seem like five unrelated statements is actually five different people describing the...
|PTSD is linked to food addiction in women
||Study shows that women who suffer from the worst symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely to be addicted to food than those who do not.
|When Your Partner Has Difficulty Expressing Emotion
||When partners aren’t able to express their emotions, it can erode the relationship. Emotions give us important information that we can use to better understand our needs, priorities and limits. We can use emotions to set boundaries and make decisions. “If you’re not authentically experiencing, expressing, and learning from your...
|15 Reason Why Women Have Sex With Their Ex
||A lot of us have been there. Breaking up is hard, and sometimes we lose sight of the reasons why we broke up to begin with. Here is a list of 15 reasons women have sex with their Ex: Loneliness: You find it hard to be alone Nostalgia: You miss...
|How To Quickly Turn Your Emotions Up or Down
You can dial your emotions both ways with this simple switch.
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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|How to Tell if You are an Emotional Sleeper
||A week or so ago I was talking to one of my colleagues. We were discussing stress. I asked her how she copes with stress in her life – her answer surprised me. She said, “I am an ‘emotional sleeper.’” It didn’t take me long (i.e. about two seconds) to...
|How stress tears us apart: Enzyme attacks synaptic molecule, leading to cognitive impairment
||Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills and cognitive impairment. When triggered by stress, an enzyme attacks a synaptic regulatory molecule in the brain, leading to these problems.
|Spontaneous mutations in key brain gene are a cause of autism, study concludes
||Spontaneous mutations in the brain gene TBR1 disrupt the function of the encoded protein in children with severe autism. In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein, researchers report.
|Movie Music and Theory of Mind
||Movie music can have a huge impact on our perception of a film. Ever since the days of “silent” movies, filmmakers have recognized that music enhances the movie-going experience. The earliest movies were shown in halls with live accompanists playing pianos and organs. Some films were even accompanied with full...
|How to Become a Drug Addicted Alcoholic Hollywood Writer
||It’s relatively easy. First you get a job as a writer for a studio or network. Then you’ll find there’s a rich tradition around getting drunk or high while writing or hanging out with other writers. Everyone likes tradition. Back in the day, W.C. Fields and Raymond Chandler were infamous...
|Good Vibrations: Relaxing Music & Sound Therapy In Addiction
||For several years I’ve been working with an extremely effective method of helping those in recovery from addiction reduce anxiety—music and sound therapy. ...
|Suicide Prevention Requires Access to Effective, Evidence Based Treatment, APA Member Tells Congress
||Asks panel to fund critical federal programs
|5 Ways to Happiness Through the ADHD Golden Rule
||Learning about ADHD late in life has taught me a few things about how I’d like to be treated. There were many times in the past (before my diagnosis) that things might have gone more smoothly if I’d understood myself better, and what I needed from others. This got me...