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Extra exercise helps depressed smokers kick the habit faster People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. And those who have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of. Those insights were among the collective findings recently [...]The post Extra exercise helps depressed smokers kick the habit faster appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds potential genetic link between epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders A recent scientific discovery showed that mutations in prickle genes cause epilepsy, which in humans is a brain disorder characterized by repeated seizures over time. However, the mechanism responsible for generating prickle-associated seizures was unknown. A new University of Iowa study, published online July 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals [...]The post Study finds potential genetic link between epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
You are what you eat: how diet affects mental well-being By Felice Jacka, Deakin University Over the last half century, the global food industry has profoundly changed the way we eat. While we understand how these dietary changes have impacted physical health, their effect on mental well-being is only now being realised. Big business has successfully developed and marketed food products that appeal to our [...]The post You are what you eat: how diet affects mental well-being appeared first on PsyPost.
Who are more likely to be bullies – poor kids or rich kids? By Neil Tippett, University of Warwick and Dieter Wolke, University of Warwick Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of power with the aim of causing intentional harm. Examples of bullying have been found in all societies, including among modern hunter-gatherers and in ancient civilisations. But new research has shown that in the modern age, [...]The post Who are more likely to be bullies – poor kids or rich kids? appeared first on PsyPost.
Hundreds of genes and link to immune system found in largest genetic schizophrenia study By Michael O’Donovan, Cardiff University There are lots of medicines available to help with the symptoms of schizophrenia. Some are a bit more effective than others. Some have side effects that make them better suited to particular patients. But fundamentally, they all work pretty much in the same way; they all reduce the activity of [...]The post Hundreds of genes and link to immune system found in largest genetic schizophrenia study appeared first on PsyPost.
Do Puppy Personality Tests Predict Adult Dog Behaviors? Temperament testing in litters of puppies is quite common, however many of the tests used today have not been scientifically tested to see if they actually predict the behaviors of adult dogs. Some new data looks at how valid these tests are in determining the ultimate personality of dogs.
Suspicious Things Really Make Us ‘Smell Something Fishy’ When we say “Fred is a warm person,” we don’t usually mean his body temperature is hotter than average. We use metaphors such as “warm”, “high”, and “clean” to describe more abstract concepts like “friendly,” “powerful,” and “morally sound.” So we mean that Fred is friendly, not that he has...
On Courage And Not Loving Our Bodies I just read this great post from Dani Shapiro on Marianne’s blog. In it she explains that we don’t need confidence to write something great. In fact, confidence gets in the way. She writes: Show me a confident writer, and in all likelihood you will also be showing me work...
Would You Rather be Considered Nice or Smart? Research on impression formation and dialect shows that there may be something to the idea of “Southern comfort.” For Americans, speaking with a Southern accent signals that you're a nice person, and a Northern accent signals you're smart. If it's niceness you seek, these 5 tips can help you find the right tone of voice.
Understanding Quasi Depression Depression rears its ugly head in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes our depression isn’t obvious. You don’t have to be stuck in bed for days to be considered depressed. Unfortunately we don’t always know we are in a quasi depression until it’s over, and we look back and recall the...
Study reveals 'unhappiest' cities in the U.S. New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices. The analysis suggests people may be deciding to trade happiness for other gains.
Genetics play a bigger role than environmental causes for autism New research shows that more than half of autism risk comes from common genes, while only a small percentage are attributed to spontaneous mutations caused by environmental factors.
Can Seeing a Doctor Give You Symptoms of Dementia? Taking a memory test can be stressful, especially if you are concerned about Alzheimer's disease, but negative age-based beliefs about your memory can hurt your performance.
Learning to Let Go of Past Hurts: 5 Ways to Move On We’ve all been hurt. You can’t be an adult — or teen — alive today who hasn’t experienced some kind of emotional pain. It hurts. I get that. But what you do with that hurt is probably more important than the hurt itself. Would you prefer to get back to...
Children Who Experience Family Members’ Trauma at Twice the We know the effects of childhood traumas like abuse and neglect on later substance abuse. But what impact does second hand trauma have? A study published in the August issue of the journal Addiction shows that when a child under age 15 is exposed to a family member’s trauma (e.g....
Injustice And Lies Are The Way To Solve Our Hatred Of Waiting In Line Everyone hates waiting in line. It's boring, it's annoying, and you actively feel your life slipping away as you do it. You might think the solution to this problem would be common courtesy and fair play. You'd be wrong....
How Cannabis Causes Paranoia Cannabis study provides insight into how to treat serious mental disorders.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning OCD: The Surprising Truth Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres
Neuroprotective role of immune cell discovered A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis, can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to research. "Our findings suggest the innate immune system helps protect the brain after injury or during chronic disease, and this role should be further studied," the lead researcher said.
Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcoholism A rare gene variant discovered is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research. People with the variant are around 2 to 3 times more likely to develop schizophrenia or alcohol dependence, researchers report. The study is based on genetic analysis of 4,971 people diagnosed with one of the three disorders compared with 1,309 healthy controls.
Rigid connections: Molecular basis of age-related memory loss explained From telephone numbers to foreign vocabulary, our brains hold a seemingly endless supply of information. However, as we get older, our ability to learn and remember new things declines. A team of scientists has identified the molecular mechanisms of this cognitive decline using latest high-throughput proteomics and statistical methods.