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Drugs in space and sleepless in the shuttle A fascinating study published in today’s Lancet Neurology reports on sleep deprivation in astronauts but also describes the drugs shuttle crew members use to keep themselves awake and help them fall asleep. The study looked at data from 64 astronauts on 80 space shuttle missions along with 21 astronauts on 13 International Space Station missions, […]
This is Your Brain on Oxygen   Many of us hold our breath unintentionally while engaged in daily tasks such as reading and writing email (a phenomenon called “email apnea” or “screen apnea” 1 ). We simply “forget” to breathe. This deficit of oxygen-flow to the brain can result in headaches, increased stress, loss of...
Want a Divorce? Stop the Emotional Yo-Yo and Be Don’t beat around the bush when asking for divorce. Sheila had been thinking about it for months and she had talked to her girlfriends about it. They were shocked by her admission — she wasn’t sure she loved her husband Jeff any more. Her friends were shocked because, even after...
Do You Have Sensory Processing Disorder? Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD,  is when the “brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through our senses” (Web MD). This is usually identified in children but can also be seen in adults. According to Matlen, “SPD is a neurological condition that does not allow for normal...
Your Mind On Life: An Unofficial Journal to the First Half Each decade has its own unique challenges and lessons. Like it or not we are forced to change or at least consider changing as we cross new psychological terrain. A 30 second unofficial map of what's possibly ahead.
Should women ‘man up’ for male-dominated fields? Women applying for a job in male-dominated fields should consider playing up their masculine qualities, indicates new research by Michigan State University scholars that’s part of a series of studies on bias in the hiring process. In a laboratory experiment, women who described themselves using masculine-like traits (assertive, independent, achievement oriented) were evaluated as more [...]The post Should women ‘man up’ for male-dominated fields? appeared first on PsyPost.
Physical fitness can help prevent young adolescents’ depression, study finds Physically fit sixth-graders – especially girls – are less likely to report feeling depressed when they reach seventh grade, according to a study presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. Even when researchers considered existing symptoms of depression and weight, sixth-grade girls who performed better on a cardiorespiratory fitness test were less likely [...]The post Physical fitness can help prevent young adolescents’ depression, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Human skin cells reprogrammed as neurons regrow in rats with spinal cord injuries While neurons normally fail to regenerate after spinal cord injuries, neurons formed from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) that were grafted into rats with such injuries displayed remarkable growth throughout the length of the animals’ central nervous system. What’s more, the iPSCs were derived from skin cells taken from an 86-year-old man. The results, [...]The post Human skin cells reprogrammed as neurons regrow in rats with spinal cord injuries appeared first on PsyPost.
Researcher finds companies’ religious affiliation can buffer negative reactions While companies like Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A are at the forefront of debate over the religious rights of employers, a new study by a Grand Valley State University researcher shows religious affiliation can safeguard companies against negative reactions to store policies. The findings were published in the Journal of Services Marketing. The research, led by Kelly [...]The post Researcher finds companies’ religious affiliation can buffer negative reactions appeared first on PsyPost.
Newsroom journalists at increased risk of PTSD and depression from images of extreme violence Journalists working with images of extreme violence submitted to newsrooms by the public are at increased risk of adverse psychological consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder. New research, published today by JRSM Open, shows that frequent, repetitive viewing of traumatic images by journalists working with ‘live’ or User Generated Content material can be closely linked to anxiety, [...]The post Newsroom journalists at increased risk of PTSD and depression from images of extreme violence appeared first on PsyPost.
Excavation of ancient well yields insight into Etruscan, Roman and medieval times During a four-year excavation of an Etruscan well at the ancient Italian settlement of Cetamura del Chianti, a team led by a Florida State University archaeologist and art historian unearthed artifacts spanning more than 15 centuries of Etruscan, Roman and medieval civilization in Tuscany. “The total haul from the well is a bonanza,” said Nancy [...]The post Excavation of ancient well yields insight into Etruscan, Roman and medieval times appeared first on PsyPost.
Caffeine intake associated with lower incidence of tinnitus New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds that higher caffeine intake is associated with lower rates of tinnitus, often described as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear when there is no outside source of the sounds, in younger and middle-aged women. This research is published in the August issue of the American [...]The post Caffeine intake associated with lower incidence of tinnitus appeared first on PsyPost.
Part of the brain stays ‘youthful’ into older age At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide. A study compared the ability of 60 older and younger people to respond to visual and non-visual stimuli [...]The post Part of the brain stays ‘youthful’ into older age appeared first on PsyPost.
Elderly with depression, mild cognitive impairment more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more likely to have biological and brain imaging markers that reflect a greater vulnerability for accelerated brain aging, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings were published online in Molecular Psychiatry. Older adults [...]The post Elderly with depression, mild cognitive impairment more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging appeared first on PsyPost.
Obamacare Helps Young Adults Get Mental Health Treatment Despite all the hype and hand-wringing done over Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act — there’s a lot of good coming already from its implementation. And if some politicians want to undo this good, they may find themselves up against an increasing vocal minority of their citizens who’ve benefited....
6 Basic Steps to Effect Change in Your Couple Relationship Is your relationship feeling stuck? Do you ever feel like you are ‘talking to a brick wall’ when speaking to your partner about problematic issues? Do you despair that your partner may never change? I speak to many couples where one or both people feel this way. It is very typical of human behaviour that, […]
The Writing Life: 8 New Tips Most writers, whether committed amateurs or those who’ve been published many times, love to acquire books about writing. One or all of those reviewed here might be congruent with your voice and needs. Each can help you fulfill your passion.
APA Presents Highest Honor to Spelman College President Award recognizes lifetime achievements as scientist, social justice advocate
Masturbation doesn’t cause insanity, but it can reduce depression By Spring Chenoa Cooper, University of Sydney and Anthony Santella, University of Sydney Conduct an Internet search for “masturbation,” and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of slang phrases for the act. This proliferation of slang phrases suggests people want to talk about masturbation, but are uncomfortable about doing so directly. Using comedic terms [...]The post Masturbation doesn’t cause insanity, but it can reduce depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Losing weight might make you healthier but not happier By Sarah Jackson, University College London Supermodel Kate Moss’ quip that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” captured the sense in society that being thin is the recipe for happiness. Obesity causes a range of health problems, including diabetes, but will losing weight really make you happier? While there’s no doubt that losing weight [...]The post Losing weight might make you healthier but not happier appeared first on PsyPost.