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Do You Have a Spirit Animal? Recently, I was inspired to pen an article that explored the topic: What is my spirit animal? The desire to write this piece came to me after speaking with a friend of mine, Ben, who is a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians. According to Ben, several Native Indian...
9 11: Remember World Trade Center’s Twin Towers: 9 11 Tribute with Twin Towers Memorial. I felt compelled to draw the above tribute today.  I kept seeing images of the World Trade Center in my mind but it was transparent – fading ~ yet it was an ever-present, unabating image.  If you read...
How You Can Find Gratitude When You’re Overwhelmed with It’s pretty easy to feel grateful when good things happen. Win the lottery or fall in love? Easy. But what if you lose your spouse, or child, or even your job, how do we find gratitude then? Scientifically, we know gratitude is strongly linked to well being. People just feel...
Stem cells help researchers understand how schizophrenic brains function Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers have gained new insight into what may cause schizophrenia by revealing the altered patterns of neuronal signaling associated with this disease. They did so by exposing neurons derived from the hiPSCs of healthy individuals and of patients with schizophrenia to potassium chloride, which triggered these stem cells [...]The post Stem cells help researchers understand how schizophrenic brains function appeared first on PsyPost.
Yogic breathing shows promise in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp. A new study from the Center [...]The post Yogic breathing shows promise in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Bully victims more likely to suffer night terrors and nightmares Children who are bullied at ages 8-10 are more likely to suffer from sleep walking, night terrors or nightmares by the time they are 12 years old. In a study published this week in Pediatrics, journal of the American Pediatric Association, Professor Dieter Wolke and Dr Suzet Tanya Lereya from the University of Warwick, found being bullied increases [...]The post Bully victims more likely to suffer night terrors and nightmares appeared first on PsyPost.
Is the pattern of brain folding a ‘fingerprint’ for schizophrenia? Anyone who has seen pictures or models of the human brain is aware that the outside layer, or cortex, of the brain is folded in an intricate pattern of “hills”, called gyri, and “valleys”, called sulci. It turns out that the patterns of cortical folding are largely consistent across healthy humans, broadly speaking. However, disturbances [...]The post Is the pattern of brain folding a ‘fingerprint’ for schizophrenia? appeared first on PsyPost.
Chivalry’s Not Dead It has often been said that chivalry is dead, but new research by The University of Virginia suggests that couples who stick to old-fashioned values often have healthier and longer lasting relationships. It is common for couples to live in de facto relationships, and this can be perceived as a natural and healthy progression in […]
Tipping the balance of behavior: Neurons found that control social behavior may have implications for autism Antagonistic neuron populations in the mouse amygdala that control whether the animal engages in social behaviors or asocial repetitive self-grooming have been recently discovered by researchers. Dubbed a 'seesaw circuit,' this discovery may have implications for understanding neural circuit dysfunctions that underlie autism in humans.
Some male scientists willing to forsake careers for family One third of men in academic science are willing to scale back their careers to focus on family life, according to researchers. While traditional fatherhood roles may be shifting, men in the male-dominated field of academic science, such as physics and biology, face significant challenges in trying to balance work and family life, said Sarah [...]The post Some male scientists willing to forsake careers for family appeared first on PsyPost.
Stop the Violence: Teach Anger Management We are the home of the brave and the land of the free. We are also the land of the violent. Other countries do not understand why Americans are so violent, and neither do we. They say there are 99 guns for every 100 people. But the issue is not...
Study: Meditation may mitigate migraine misery Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Stress is a well-known trigger for headaches and research supports the general benefits of mind/body interventions for migraines, but there hasn’t been much research to evaluate specific standardized meditation interventions,” said Rebecca Erwin Wells, [...]The post Study: Meditation may mitigate migraine misery appeared first on PsyPost.
Facebook posts reveal personality traits, but changes complicate interpretation A study from the University of Kansas finds that people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity; however, changes to the social media site in the past three years could be making it harder to do so. Researchers sampled 100 Facebook users, paralleling the demographics of the social networking site, and [...]The post Facebook posts reveal personality traits, but changes complicate interpretation appeared first on PsyPost.
Not enough vitamin B1 can cause brain damage A deficiency of a single vitamin, B1 (thiamine), can cause a potentially fatal brain disorder called Wernicke encephalopathy. Symptoms can include confusion, hallucinations, coma, loss of muscle coordination and vision problems such as double vision and involuntary eye movements. Untreated, the condition can lead to irreversible brain damage and death, according to neurologists at Loyola [...]The post Not enough vitamin B1 can cause brain damage appeared first on PsyPost.
Sometimes, adolescents just can’t resist Don’t get mad the next time you catch your teenager texting when he promised to be studying. He simply may not be able to resist. A University of Iowa study found teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. The findings may help explain, for example, why [...]The post Sometimes, adolescents just can’t resist appeared first on PsyPost.
Elderly who have had serious falls may show symptoms of post-traumatic stress Older adults who experience a serious fall may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the days following the event, finds a study. Women, people who were unemployed or who had less education were more likely to report post-traumatic stress symptoms, as were those with injuries to the back or chest.
Say ‘ahh’ to let your smartphone check for Parkinson’s disease By Pete Shadbolt, Imperial College London Smartphones are designed to be curious. Having already learned about your friendships, your family and the pattern of your daily routine, designers are now interested in your health and fitness. A new crop of apps and wearable devices continuously measure and analyse vital signs such as movement and heart [...]The post Say ‘ahh’ to let your smartphone check for Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Reading Harry Potter Could Make You A Better Person Three studies suggest that J.K. Rowling's storytelling style can sow the seeds of empathy in the minds of her readers....
Another Study Links Compulsive Sexual Behavior to Other Forms Status Quo (For Now) In mid-July I published a blog discussing a recently released fMRI (brain imaging) study showing that the brain activity of sex addicts, when they are shown pornography, mirrors the brain activity of drug addicts when they are exposed to drug-related imagery. That research strongly suggested that...
Yogic breathing shows promise in reducing symptoms of PTSD New research offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective treatment for PTSD.