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This is your brain’s blood vessels on cocaine A new method for measuring and imaging how quickly blood flows in the brain could help doctors and researchers better understand how drug abuse affects the brain, which may aid in improving brain-cancer surgery and tissue engineering, and lead to better treatment options for recovering drug addicts. The new method, developed by a team of [...]The post This is your brain’s blood vessels on cocaine appeared first on PsyPost.
How a Little Space and Time Can Help Heal “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to go forward.” – C.S. Lewis When you’re in the middle of any sort of relationship crisis, the very last thing you want to do is let go. Conflict...
The 20 Most Common Mistakes of the Hurt Spouse In “The 20 Most Common Mistakes of the Hurt Spouse,” Leslie Hardie of Affair Recovery.com talks about common mistakes people make when they find out their partner is taking part in sexually inappropriate behaviour. Whether your partner is having an affair or is addicted to pornography, these simple mistakes reveal the fragile and complicated journey […]
Make it about TODAY A friend of mine once asked me how I managed to get through a painful divorce. She asked because she saw me broken once and now I seemed complete again. And not only did I seem complete, but happy. “How did you get through it?” she asked me crying. Her...
How studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain’s mysteries Until the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function—hence the frequent use of lobotomies in the early 20th century to treat psychiatric disorders. Now a review publishing August 28 in the Cell Press journal Neuron highlights groundbreaking studies of patients with brain [...]The post How studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain’s mysteries appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists boost memory by using magnetic pulses to deliver electric current to the brain Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study. The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and [...]The post Scientists boost memory by using magnetic pulses to deliver electric current to the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Study identifies genetic change in autism-related gene A new study from Bradley Hospital has identified a genetic change in a recently identified autism-associated gene, which may provide further insight into the causes of autism. The study, now published online in the Journal of Medical Genetics, presents findings that likely represent a definitive clinical marker for some patients’ developmental disabilities. Using whole-exome sequencing – [...]The post Study identifies genetic change in autism-related gene appeared first on PsyPost.
Are cigarette substitutes a safe alternative? It depends on user habits Cigarette smoking kills approximately 440,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection. It’s the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. In order to overcome this addiction, many people resort to nicotine replacement therapies. A recent literature review study by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) suggest that small dosages [...]The post Are cigarette substitutes a safe alternative? It depends on user habits appeared first on PsyPost.
After the Great Recession, Americans are unhappy, worried, pessimistic, Rutgers study finds The protracted and uneven recovery from the Great Recession has led most Americans to conclude that the U.S. economy has undergone a permanent change for the worse, according to a new national study at Rutgers. Seven in 10 now say the recession’s impact is permanent, up from half in 2009 when the recession officially ended, [...]The post After the Great Recession, Americans are unhappy, worried, pessimistic, Rutgers study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Dyslexic readers have disrupted network connections in the brain Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don’t function normally. The use of non-invasive functional neuroimaging tools has helped characterize how brain activity is disrupted in dyslexia. However, most prior work has focused on [...]The post Dyslexic readers have disrupted network connections in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
How does it feel to be old in different societies? People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as ‘old’ feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups. New research from psychologists at the University of Kent, titled ‘Being old and ill’ across different countries: social status, age identification and older people’s subjective health, [...]The post How does it feel to be old in different societies? appeared first on PsyPost.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy! It’s not just for your sake. Happiness depends more on the inner disposition of mind than on outward circumstances” – Benjamin Franklin In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s been a wealth of information recently in the form of books, TV shows, CDs, DVDs, magazine articles, and even movies on a...
Transformational Writing and Sparking Creative Flow Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls: “I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and...
Soul Mates: Do They Really Exist? Lately, I’ve perused articles regarding soul mates, and I couldn’t help but note how a soul mate may often be conceptualized as an individual’s “other half to their whole,” synchronizing with Plato’s theory. A news article on Psych Central even relayed that those who perceive their partner as their soul...
Electric current to brain boosts memory: May help treat memory disorders from stroke, Alzheimer's, brain injury Stimulating a region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory. The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and the memory problems that occur in healthy aging.
Have You Been Drafting Through Life? I spent last weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race. If you know anything about NASCAR — or any kind of racing, really — you probably know what “drafting” is. (For those of you who don’t, drafting is when one car...
How studying damage to prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteries Until the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function. Now a review highlights groundbreaking studies of patients with brain damage that reveal how distinct areas of the frontal lobes are critical for a person's ability to learn, multitask, control emotions, socialize, and make decisions. The findings have helped experts rehabilitate patients experiencing damage to this brain region.
Does Media Violence Breed Real Life Killing? Terrorism from abroad scares us, and yet the larger danger may be the terrorists we inadvertently are breeding within our own families and communities. Over 1000 research studies have clarified a frightening reality. Fortunately, there's lots you can do about it.
Letter To A Former Guru, Circa 1986 A letter to my former buddhist meditation teacher (circa 1986)....
The Nature-Nurture Question: Nature The operations of nature are not defined by genetically determined physiological brain mechanisms–genes, neurotransmitters, localized areas of cortex, etc.–as is commonly believed. Rather, they come from our genetically programmed temperaments. The role of temperament is to field and digest the impacts of "nurture" in the construction of consciousness.