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Surprising new role for calcium in sensing pain When you accidentally touch a hot oven, you rapidly pull your hand away. Although scientists know the basic neural circuits involved in sensing and responding to such painful stimuli, they are still sorting out the molecular players. Duke researchers have made a surprising discovery about the role of a key molecule involved in pain in [...]The post Surprising new role for calcium in sensing pain appeared first on PsyPost.
Cannabis withdrawal symptoms common among adolescents treated for substance use disorder Although cannabis – commonly known as marijuana – is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators found that 40 percent of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder reported experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence. Study participants reporting withdrawal were more [...]The post Cannabis withdrawal symptoms common among adolescents treated for substance use disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest What’s the price of your integrity? Tell the truth; everyone has a tipping point. We all want to be honest, but at some point, we’ll lie if the benefit is great enough. Now, scientists have confirmed the area of the brain in which we make that decision. The result was published online this week in Nature [...]The post Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest appeared first on PsyPost.
Looks can be deceiving: A more manly face could mean poorer semen quality A new study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has found an association between facial masculinity and men’s semen quality — but the results are contrary to what one might expect. The study found that men with more masculine facial features tended to have poorer semen quality. In the study, 64 women and 24 [...]The post Looks can be deceiving: A more manly face could mean poorer semen quality appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers develop new program to evaluate prominent individuals’ personalities Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a new program that automates classification of personality traits of prominent individuals — both friend and foe — according to a paper soon to be published in the American Intelligence Journal. “This new field, termed ‘Computational Personality,’ gives us the ability to better understand the minds of [...]The post Researchers develop new program to evaluate prominent individuals’ personalities appeared first on PsyPost.
Experiences make you happier than possessions – before and after To get the most enjoyment out of our dollar, science tells us to focus our discretionary spending on experiences such as travel over material goods. A new Cornell University study shows that the enjoyment we derive from experiential purchases may begin even before we buy. This research offers important information for individual consumers who are [...]The post Experiences make you happier than possessions – before and after appeared first on PsyPost.
Early cerebellum injury hinders neural development, possible root of autism A brain region largely known for coordinating motor control has a largely overlooked role in childhood development that could reveal information crucial to understanding the onset of autism, according to Princeton University researchers. The cerebellum — an area located in the lower rear of the brain — is known to process external and internal information [...]The post Early cerebellum injury hinders neural development, possible root of autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Make People Mute By Forcing Them To Listen to Themselves You can't talk and listen at the same time. Scientists proved this conclusively when they came up with speech shadowing experiments that rendered people mute by forcing them to listen to the drivel coming out of their mouths....
Brain circuit differences reflect divisions in social status in macaque monkeys Life at opposite ends of primate social hierarchies is linked to specific brain networks, research in macaque monkeys has shown. The more dominant you are, the bigger some brain regions are. If your social position is more subordinate, other brain regions are bigger.
Will Social Anxiety Keep Your Child From Succeeding in With the ringing of the first classroom bell to signal the start of a new school year, two images often come to mind: children excited about seeing old friends and their favorite teacher, or the endearing scene of a shy child clinging to his mother’s leg. But what if the...
Afraid of Your Own Anger – Part 1 Sam: “I have an unusual problem. I’m not afraid of other people; I’m afraid of me. I’m afraid of what I might do. For instance, I let my ex-girlfriend criticize me for years because I was afraid of what I’d do if I ever opened up. ” Therapist: “So you...
Research Results on Food Addiction Research Results on Food Addiction Recent evidence suggests that palatable, high-calorie foods, think comfort foods like mac & cheese or burgers with fries or steaks cut half the size of your head, may have an addictive potential that can contribute to overeating. Impulsivity, obesity and overconsumption of such foods have...
Brain Insights and Well-Being With integration emerges coherence and harmony, the basis of health.
Just Sitting or… Is There Even Less to It? Buddhism, as a healing art rather than a religion, in its therapeutic mandate of healing human suffering, takes the path of getting rid, not of the Suffering, but of the Sufferer… Let me clarify… Buddhism, in its strategic (long-term) rather than tactical (short-term) mandate, is not a “feel-good” endeavor, it’s...
Reducing the Risk of Triggering Mania with the Use A recent article in the American Journal of Psychiatry sheds light on the vexing challenge of treating depression in individuals who have an underlying bipolar disorder: For many people with bipolar disorder, depression occurs more frequently and damages function more severely than mania, but treating bipolar depression with antidepressants carries...
Possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest What's the price on your integrity? Tell the truth; everyone has a tipping point. We all want to be honest, but at some point, we'll lie if the benefit is great enough. Now, scientists have confirmed the area of the brain in which we make that decision, using advanced imaging techniques to study how the brain makes choices about honesty.
12 Ways To Help Your Child’s Back-To-School Jitters From Occupational therapist Miriam Manela of Otthrive.com, offers 12 helpful suggestions to help your child deal with back-to-school fears and anxiety. ...
McConaughey’s and Harrelson’s Roles in "True Detective" Marty and Rust work hard and bravely to catch murderers and predators. Both detectives are lonely, not good at relationships, and struggle with different kinds of inner demons... Rust is a philosophical loner with an active mind who propounds the meaningless of life.
Mindfulness Instruction: A Trigger for Flashbacks of Abuse? Why can’t mindfulness and I just get along? It’s perverse: here’s this healthy practice endorsed by scientists and mystics alike. Since I respect both, you’d think I’d find it easy to join the fad. But I balk. I find myself returning to a theme explored in an earlier essay on...
When You Feel Worthless A sinking self-worth usually starts early. Maybe your caregivers criticized your every move, or maybe they criticized themselves and you learned to do the same with yourself. Journalist Anneli Rufus struggled with self-loathing for over 40 years. “I hated myself unreservedly, as if it was required,” she writes in her...