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A meta-analysis of 3 types of peer norms and their relation with adolescent sexual behavior Researchers at Utrecht University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute collaborated on a meta-analysis of research on adolescent sexual behavior. The goal was to analyze how this behavior is related to adolescents’ perceptions of three types of sexual peer norms, including how sexually active their peers are, how much their peers would approve of [...]The post A meta-analysis of 3 types of peer norms and their relation with adolescent sexual behavior appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain inflammation dramatically disrupts memory retrieval networks Brain inflammation can rapidly disrupt our ability to retrieve complex memories of similar but distinct experiences, according to UC Irvine neuroscientists Jennifer Czerniawski and John Guzowski. Their study – which appears today in The Journal of Neuroscience – specifically identifies how immune system signaling molecules, called cytokines, impair communication among neurons in the hippocampus, an area of [...]The post Brain inflammation dramatically disrupts memory retrieval networks appeared first on PsyPost.
Tipping the balance of behavior: Social neurons and asocial neurons Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors. Autism has also been linked to dysfunction of the amygdala, a brain structure involved in processing emotions. Now Caltech researchers have discovered antagonistic neuron populations in the mouse amygdala that control whether the animal [...]The post Tipping the balance of behavior: Social neurons and asocial neurons appeared first on PsyPost.
Sleep disorders widely undiagnosed in individuals with multiple sclerosis In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue. Conducted in over 2,300 individuals in Northern California with multiple sclerosis, the [...]The post Sleep disorders widely undiagnosed in individuals with multiple sclerosis appeared first on PsyPost.
Grey matter matters when measuring our tolerance of risk There is a link between our brain structure and our tolerance of risk, new research suggests. Dr Agnieszka Tymula, an economist at the University of Sydney, is one of the lead authors of a new study that identifies what might be considered the first stable ‘biomarker’ for financial risk-attitudes. Using a whole-brain analysis, Dr Tymula [...]The post Grey matter matters when measuring our tolerance of risk appeared first on PsyPost.
The Meaning of Life Often I hear people yearning to find the meaning of life. They want to know what their purpose is for being here. This pursuit pretty much assumes that we each have a specific reason for being here and our job is to discover what that is. Some spend a lifetime...
Coronation Street: Examining the Usual (ADHD) Suspects I’ve been asked by readers to follow up on the ever-evolving Coronation Street plot featuring 7 (or 8, depending on the source) year-old Max as a potential candidate for the dreaded ADHD diagnosis. So here’s the promised update (as of the Canadian programming schedule; further episodes have aired elsewhere and,...
How Somatic Therapy Can Help Patients Suffering from Psychological Whatever happens in our lives impacts our mind either consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes events — such as the unexpected death of a loved one, illness, fearful thoughts, near-death accidents or experiences — result in traumas. Psychological trauma causes damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely...
Private Practice Business Planning Several months ago we developed analysis for therapists in private practice. It took them through an in depth series of questions that was aimed at helping them identify what was working in their private practice, and what needs extra attention. Free Private Practice Analysis Hundreds of therapists completed the free Private...
Analyze your Twitter Personality The language you use is inexorably linked to your personality traits. Researchers are using that fact to analyze your social media posts and learn about who you are. This post shows you one online tool that you can use right now to analyze your own Twitter account and see the kinds of things computer scientists are discovering about you.
Be Happier by Maximizing Your Strengths As ordinary as we may feel, we each possess special gifts that make us unique. Gifts that if we were to acknowledge and apply to our lives would not only make us happier, but would provide us more satisfaction and well-being. Positive psychologists (those that study the science of happiness)...
A wife’s happiness is more crucial than her husband’s in keeping marriage on track When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials. “I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the [...]The post A wife’s happiness is more crucial than her husband’s in keeping marriage on track appeared first on PsyPost.
Zebrafish model of a learning and memory disorder shows better treatment Using a zebrafish model of a human genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF1), a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that the learning and memory components of the disorder are distinct features that will likely need different treatment approaches. They published their results this month in Cell Reports. NF1 [...]The post Zebrafish model of a learning and memory disorder shows better treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study The hallucinogenic substance found in magic mushrooms could help smokers kick the habit, according to a pilot study published this week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. “This is the first study to provide preliminary data on the safety and feasibility of psilocybin as an adjunct to smoking cessation treatment,” Matthew W. Johnson of Johns Hopkins [...]The post Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study appeared first on PsyPost.
Strength and Courage: Lessons for the Abuser This is a poem I found while searching for more information on abuse to write in my post. The site is www.drirene.com which focuses on abuse. It has many articles to read and has helped and educated those interested in learning about abuse. Check it out for yourself.   Strength and...
WATCH: How biotechnology can expand the brain’s abilities Theodore W. Berger, a professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience, and director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California, spoke at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival about integrating microchips into brains.The post WATCH: How biotechnology can expand the brain’s abilities appeared first on PsyPost.
This neural pathway explains why the new Hershey’s logo looks like the poo emoji By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of Medicine I live in the city of Hershey, otherwise known as “the sweetest place on Earth” (registered trademark). I’m surrounded by references to chocolate everyday – from the smell of it in the air to Kiss-shaped streetlamps to chocolate-brown paved roads. And yes – it’s a pretty [...]The post This neural pathway explains why the new Hershey’s logo looks like the poo emoji appeared first on PsyPost.
Spike activity 12-09-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: New Scientist reports that sleeping brains can process and respond to words. Forward directly to boss. “Cyranoids” – Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest Experiment. Neuroskeptic covers the science behind a little known Milgram experiment and a curiously common TV trope. The Neurocritic reports on a case […]
TEST: How Good Is Your Relationship? Did your hopes and dreams come true? Do you even know what you really want from the relationship? Take this interactive test to find out how well you are doing and stimulate your thinking about what you really want.
Welcome to Leveraging Adversity There’s no getting around it — life is full of adversity. What you do with that adversity, however, is what matters. Some people seem to be able to bounce back pretty quickly, while others seem to get mired in the experience. So how can you be one of those people...