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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...
MRI technique detects evidence of cognitive decline before symptoms appear A magnetic resonance imaging technique can detect signs of cognitive decline in the brain even before symptoms appear, according to a new study. The technique has the potential to serve as a biomarker in very early diagnosis of preclinical dementia.
Adolescents with cerebral palsy report similar quality of life to their able-bodied peers Adolescents with cerebral palsy face multiple challenges, but they rate their quality of life (QoL) on a par with their able-bodied peers, according to new research reporting on how adolescents with cerebral palsy from nine European regions feel about life.
Academic Achievement: You Inherit More Than Just Intelligence From Your Parents Why the heritability of educational achievement is about much more than just intelligence.
Best of Our Blogs: October 7, 2014 Wish you had more time in the day to do everything? It may not be your time that needs managing, but your energy. We’re all buzzing around doing and accomplishing. In fact, sharing all the things you have to do is accepted, validated and even envied by others. The desire to...
Therapist Roll Call: Join The Private Practice Pinterest List Do you use Pinterest? I do and I have found some amazing relationship and emotional health resources for my clients and practice building resources. In the past, I’ve featured a roll call for therapists so we could connect on Twitter and Facebook, and it was very well received. I’d like...
25 Affirmations for Confidence We Should Say Each Day!   Have you ever looked in the mirror and played an ugly mental narrative? You know – that negative tape that imparts nasty messages about yourself and says things like: “You look terrible!” OR “You look fat!” OR “God … you look old!” Sound familiar?  Mirror Work If so, I...
IT’S NOT A SIN TO BE SICK It’s not a sin to be sick     Let’s just put it out there right now. I’m a Christian. There. I said it. No, I’m not one of those “holier than thou” and everyone-needs-to-do-as-I-do types. We all know them. Maybe you’ve even been one. Until the day you received...
Are You A Narcissist? Or Are You The Opposite? Are You A Narcissist? Or A Detrimental Caretaker? I recently published several columns about narcissism and relationships. These blog posts received a flurry of reader responses: Some people felt they were dealing with a narcissist, and some deemed themselves narcissists. If you’re just now tuning in, this is a good time for the visual spectrum...
Women in business negotiations face more deceit than men, according to new research Women in business negotiations face more deceit than men, according to new research. In a study to be published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, researchers found that women are usually at a disadvantage during negotiations. “We found that men and women alike were targeting women with more deception than men,” said Jessica Kennedy, [...]The post Women in business negotiations face more deceit than men, according to new research appeared first on PsyPost.