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A Checkup From the Neck Up As I am writing this article, my neck is wrapped in a warm compress, leaning against a hot pink airplane pillow.  For the past few weeks, I have utilized all … ...
Scientists identify two brain networks influencing how we make decisions Scientists have pinpointed two distinct mechanisms in the human brain that control the balance between speed and accuracy when making decisions.
Stress hormones underlie Indigenous health gap in Australia Scientists have made a disturbing finding about some young Indigenous people's biological reaction to stress, but one that could help close the health gap for indigenous people.
Immune system suppression may be related to problem drinking Cytokines are small proteins in the immune system that act as chemical messengers between cells. Prior research suggests that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are dysfunctional during alcohol dependence and may contribute to the progression from healthy to problem drinking. This study compared social and non-dependent problem drinkers on the impact of alcohol-related changes in the body’s immune response to stress, alcohol-cue induced craving and anxiety, motivation to drink, and alcohol consumption.
Addicted individuals less responsive to reward-anticipation It may be difficult for addicted individuals to learn when they can expect a reward. This learning problem could perhaps explain why they are more prone to addiction and find it difficult to kick the habit. Researchers reached this conclusion on the basis of an extensive meta-analysis of the brain imaging literature.
Antidepressants Induce Resilience and Reverse Susceptibility When they work, antidepressant medications may take weeks or months to alleviate symptoms of depression. Progress in developing new and more effective antidepressant treatments has been limited, though a new study offers new insights into how antidepressants work.
Lasting autistic traits in women with anorexia Women with anorexia display clear autistic traits, even once the eating disorder is under control and they have achieved a normal weight, according to research. The similarities between anorexia and autism in women are also seen in a part of the brain which process social skills.
Nicotine creates a chronic drug memory in the brain A researcher reports a surprise that came after three months into her study on nicotine abstinence, when lab rats suddenly became fearless and sought out well-lighted areas that prey animals normally avoid. At the same time, signaling in the brain’s reward system changed, as shown by a study.
PODCAST: Mental Illness: To Disclose or Not to Disclose?... In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss the pros and cons of disclosure with regard to mental illness. Should you “come out” as mentally ill?  And if so, to whom? These are questions everyone living with a metal illness has to answer … ...
William James, dude William James, founding father of modern psychology is often known by photos of him in his later years. But, here we see him in his early twenties on a trip to Brazil and looking f.i.n.e. See the full photo on Wikimedia Commons: William James in Brazil, 1865 h/t @GregoryHickok on twitter
Does Torture Work? Donald Trump has said he would be open to bringing back torture because he “absolutely” believes it works, claiming that “people at the highest level of intelligence” have confirmed to him that torture does work. But this seems to directly contradict the latest psychological research … ...
Is Neuroscience the Future or the End of Psychology? Neuroscience has become the dominant paradigm in psychology. Some think it will even replace psychology altogether.
3 Ways Parents Can Boost Their Daughter’s Body Image Being an adult in a thin-obsessed society is bad enough. It’s hard enough to feel good about yourself when so many sources are telling you that your weight is wrong (and … ...
Groundhog Day, Correlation, and Human Evolution Ever wonder what's up with Groundhog Day? Evolutionary psychology can help us understand this one.
Wendy Williams: “Most of the kids these days want... Being famous is a terrible pipe dream that the younger generation is being told. Sadly.  On many levels. Does that mean higher education loses it’s foot?  Does expression of the self become … ...
Why battered women won’t always leave their batterers Professionals as well as the criminal justice system frequently lack sympathy for women who stay with their abusers.
Early signs of anxiety and depression may be evident in newborns Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Analyzing brain scans of newborns, the researchers found that the strength and pattern of connections between certain brain regions predicted the likelihood of the babies developing excessive sadness, [...]
Astronauts’ brains change shape during spaceflight MRIs before and after space missions reveal that astronauts’ brains compress and expand during spaceflight, according to a University of Michigan study. The findings could have applications for treating other health conditions that affect brain function, says principal investigator Rachael Seidler, U-M professor of kinesiology and psychology. The study, believed to be the first to [...]
Adults with autism see interests as strengths and career paths Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, continue a shift away from perceiving strong interests [...]
‘Mirror game’ test could secure early detection of schizophrenia, study shows Virtual reality could hold the key to unlocking an affordable, reliable and effective device to provide early diagnosis and management of schizophrenia. A pioneering new study, led by experts from the University of Exeter in collaboration with partners from the Alterego FP7 EU project, has developed a new, ‘mirror game’ test using computer avatars to [...]