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Extreme Sexual Deviant Tells All A psychiatrist's opened files reveal stunning details about one of the world's most perverse child killers, Albert Fish. Chillingly, Fish states, "There are a lot of us."
Spike activity 05-10-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was American’s World War One. The latest edition of […]
Psychology Around the Net: October 4, 2014 This week’s Psychology Around the Net features information about social anxiety treatments, ways to increase productivity, a possible link between depression and terrorism, and more. Talk Therapy May Trump Medication For Social Anxiety, Study Says: The Lancet Psychiatry has published new research suggesting talk therapy — or cognitive behavior therapy...
How to Detect Lies Here is a quick way to find out whether or not someone is lying to you (visual representation).
Implications of ipsilateral spatial neglect after stroke explored by stroke researchers Stroke researchers have confirmed that damage to the right frontal-subcortical network may cause ipsilateral spatial neglect. More patients with ipsilateral neglect had frontal subcortical damage than anticipated -- 83 percent vs the expected 27 percent. A difference was also seen in spatial bias, ie, the type of spatial errors among this group tended to be 'where'(perceptual-attentional) rather than 'aiming' (motor-intentional) errors.
Neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship: Mothers' brains respond differntly to images of their child and their dog How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? Researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.
IN FOCUS: INCREASING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK Having Bipolar Disorder is like having an electrical short in your strand of Christmas tree lights; all you get is On. Off. On. Off. I have a fairly high-pressure job as faculty at a small Christian university – one of those places where one person does the job of 5,...
Supreme procrastination: Why nation’s highest court puts off big decisions until the last moment As the Supreme Court of the United States begins its fall 2014 session this month, it faces decisions on several “blockbuster” cases, including freedom of speech, religious freedoms in prison, pregnancy discrimination and a possible decision on gay marriage. Just don’t expect any of these decisions until next June, just before the court’s session ends. [...]The post Supreme procrastination: Why nation’s highest court puts off big decisions until the last moment appeared first on PsyPost.
Marijuana use associated with lower death rates in patients with traumatic brain injuries Surveying patients with traumatic brain injuries, a group of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) researchers reported today that they found those who tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, were more likely to survive than those who tested negative for the illicit substance. The findings, published in the October edition of [...]The post Marijuana use associated with lower death rates in patients with traumatic brain injuries appeared first on PsyPost.
Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” does not. So why is it that when they’re swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? UC Berkeley scientists have cracked that mystery. Researchers have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on [...]The post Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double appeared first on PsyPost.
Soon to become a minority in the US, whites express declining support for diversity White Americans may view diversity and multiculturalism more negatively as the U.S. moves toward becoming a minority-majority nation, UCLA psychologists report. As part of their study, the researchers divided 98 white Americans from all regions of the country — half male, half female, with an average age of 37 — randomly into two groups. One [...]The post Soon to become a minority in the US, whites express declining support for diversity appeared first on PsyPost.
Curiosity helps learning and memory, study finds Curiosity helps us learn about a topic, and being in a curious state also helps the brain memorize unrelated information, according to researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. Work published Oct. 2 in the journal Neuron provides insight into how piquing our curiosity changes our brains, and could help scientists find ways to [...]The post Curiosity helps learning and memory, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Study suggests neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship It has become common for people who have pets to refer to themselves as “pet parents,” but how closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? A small study from a group of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers makes a contribution to answering this complex question by investigating differences [...]The post Study suggests neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship appeared first on PsyPost.
New study shows that yoga and meditation may help train the brain New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. The research could have major implications for treatments of people who are paralyzed [...]The post New study shows that yoga and meditation may help train the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Pain word stand out more for those experiencing it: study Ache, agony, distress and pain draw more attention than non-pain related words when it comes to people who suffer from chronic pain, a York University research using state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology has found. “People suffering from chronic pain pay more frequent and longer attention to pain-related words than individuals who are pain-free,” says Samantha Fashler, a [...]The post Pain word stand out more for those experiencing it: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Energy drinks cause insomnia and nervousness in athletes A study analysing the positive and negative effects of energy drinks on athletes has seen that, although in principle their sports performance was seen to improve by between 3% and 7%, there was also an increase in the frequency of insomnia, nervousness and the level of stimulation in the hours following competition. The consumption of [...]The post Energy drinks cause insomnia and nervousness in athletes appeared first on PsyPost.
Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Why Does it Happen? Researchers believe that society is more willing to report, talk about and act on allegations of the abuse of vulnerable adults. Over the last two years, the number of reports of abuse has risen by almost two percent, according to statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre in...
Innovation in Haute Cuisine One of the most exciting arenas of innovation is in the world of haute cuisine. This article deconstructs the innovative spirit of cuisine d'art, and shows how you can learn everything you need about innovation by understanding how these multi-star Michelin restaurants succeed -- the 5 S's of startup success: spunk, seeing, spark, spine and simplicity. Bon appetit!
Best of Our Blogs: October 3, 2014 Sorry this post is late. Our family is recovering from the flu so it’s taken me longer to return to my laptop. Like anything challenging in life, it reminded me of an important thing. Illness is a great teacher. Priorities shift. Appointments need to be cancelled. Assignments, tasks, to-dos are...
A Little Good News for a Change Last Thursday was one of those “Maybe-I just-need-to-stop-reading-the-newspaper-for-a-while days. There wasn’t a lot of uplifting news in the world, at least, not that I was hearing about from my usual sources. But then I came upon this piece on-line and my faith in humanity and in the power and possibility...