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This is your brain on snacks — brain stimulation affects craving and consumption Magnetic stimulation of a brain area involved in “executive function” affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a study in the September issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. After stimulation of [...]The post This is your brain on snacks — brain stimulation affects craving and consumption appeared first on PsyPost.
Delay in age of walking can herald muscular dystrophy in boys with cognitive delays The timing of a toddler’s first steps is an important developmental milestone, but a slight delay in walking is typically not a cause of concern by itself. Now a duo of Johns Hopkins researchers has found that when walking and cognitive delays occur in concert, the combination could comprise the earliest of signals heralding a [...]The post Delay in age of walking can herald muscular dystrophy in boys with cognitive delays appeared first on PsyPost.
Marijuana users who feel low get high Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may attempt to manage negative moods by using the drug, according to a study in September’s Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. “Young people who use marijuana frequently experience an increase in negative affect in the 24 hours leading up to a use event, which lends strong [...]The post Marijuana users who feel low get high appeared first on PsyPost.
Study first to use brain scans to forecast early reading difficulties UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges. In the United States, children usually learn to read for the first time in kindergarten and become proficient readers by [...]The post Study first to use brain scans to forecast early reading difficulties appeared first on PsyPost.
The most important ingredient for a happy retirement Study reveals the overwhelming key to a satisfying retirement is having your health.
Can looking at food photos make you feel full? Research indicates that looking at images of food might have the effect of making people feel more satisfied.
Study questions Alzheimer's treatments Research shows that more than half of patients with advanced dementia who are in the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease continue to receive drugs that have questionable benefits.
Walking, biking to work seems to have mental health benefits Daily commuters who stopping driving to work and started walking or riding a bike were under less stress and were able to concentrate better.
Researchers urge psychologists to see institutional betrayal Clinical psychologists are being urged by two University of Oregon researchers to recognize the experiences of institutional betrayal so they can better treat their patients and respond in ways that help avoid or repair damaged trust when it occurs in their own institutions. The call to action for clinicians as well as researchers appears in [...]The post Researchers urge psychologists to see institutional betrayal appeared first on PsyPost.
Mindfulness protects adults’ health from the impacts of childhood adversity Adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have poorer health, but adults who tend to focus on, and accept their reactions to, the present moment—or are mindful—report  having better health, regardless of their childhood adversity. These findings, to be published in the October issue of Preventive Medicine, are based on the first [...]The post Mindfulness protects adults’ health from the impacts of childhood adversity appeared first on PsyPost.
When rulers can’t understand the ruled Johns Hopkins University political scientists wanted to know if America’s unelected officials have enough in common with the people they govern to understand them. The answer: Not really. Surveying 850 people who either work in government or directly with it, researchers found that the inside-the-Beltway crowd has very little in common with America at large. [...]The post When rulers can’t understand the ruled appeared first on PsyPost.
EEG study findings reveal how fear is processed in the brain An estimated 8% of Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point during their lifetime. Brought on by an overwhelming or stressful event or events, PTSD is the result of altered chemistry and physiology of the brain. Understanding how threat is processed in a normal brain versus one altered by PTSD is essential [...]The post EEG study findings reveal how fear is processed in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
How the media covers suicide: Day 1 Covering Suicide and Mental Illness is a three-day seminar for journalists sponsored by The Poynter Institute, The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here are my thoughts on issues covered during today’s session. #suicidereporting What the DSM is to mental health, the AP Stylebook is...
Brain scans used to forecast early reading difficulties Researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.
#116 Abundant Living Nominees I asked friends and family to nominate people they know or have known who live abundantly. I invited them to use my definition which I posted in blog #115 or they could use their own definition. As the nominations are coming in I am discovering that most people are choosing...
Know What Makes You Happy? 3 Tips to Help You already know what to do to increase your happiness. Now get unstuck and do it! You know a zillion things you could do to feel better, to increase your happiness and to get more of what you want, and yet you don’t do them. You want to lose weight...
Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech. Researchers from MIT and several European universities have shown that the human version of a gene called Foxp2 makes it easier to transform new experiences into routine [...]The post Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene appeared first on PsyPost.
Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD study finds slower development of connections A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without. Kids and teens with ADHD, a new study finds, lag behind others of the same age in how quickly their brains form connections within, and between, [...]The post Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD study finds slower development of connections appeared first on PsyPost.
Network measures predict neuropsychological outcome after brain injury Cognitive neuroscience research has shown that certain brain regions are associated with specific cognitive abilities, such as language, naming, and decision-making. How and where these specific abilities are integrated in the brain to support complex cognition is still under investigation. However, researchers at the University of Iowa and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, believe [...]The post Network measures predict neuropsychological outcome after brain injury appeared first on PsyPost.
Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness. The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is reported online Sept. 15 [...]The post Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders appeared first on PsyPost.