|Fundraising and Support Groups
||I know I have blogged about this before, but I am so excited to announce that we have raised enough money to apply for our Articles of Incorporation. Next Monday when the funds come available to me I will be sending a check and the paperwork in so we can...
|Fat Because You Can’t, Won’t, Or Shouldn’t Lose Weight?
||With weight gain or any situation that gives us trouble, there are three basic interpretations. Familiarize yourself with them and you'll do a better job of figuring out which fits the situation.
|How the brain stabilizes connections in order to learn better
||Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorize. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured. However, in order for learning to leave a trace, connections must be stabilized. A team researchers has now discovered a new cellular mechanism to help understand this.
|Forty percent of Ontario female prisoners enter correctional system with a traumatic brain injury
||Almost 40 per cent of Ontario female prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a study has shown. Unlike the men participating in the study, half of these women sustained a TBI before committing their first crime. Typically caused by a blow to the head, TBI is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. TBI is commonly caused by falls, motor vehicle collisions, physical assault or sports injuries.
|Anxious? Stressed? Depressed? Hire Nature as Your Therapist
||Stressed out? Let nature calm you down. For the past ten years I have taken a small group of people into the woods for a seven-day retreat in the fall. Every year, I am amazed at the healing effects of this. By the end of the week, everyone is blissful,...
|What are the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident?
||Many patients continue to suffer from symptoms (headaches, pain) several months after an accident. Now, a research team has studied the subsequent development of 1,300 people who were admitted to hospital for trauma. The researchers demonstrate that it is possible to identify people who will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which generally occurs when the individual's life was put in danger.
|Potential new therapy with brain-on-a-chip axonal strain injury model
||The use of 'Brain-on-a-Chip' microsystem has been used to assess specific effects of traumatic axonal injury. This innovative approach was used to characterize the biochemical changes that are induced following traumatic axonal injury and highlights an apparent injury threshold that exists in axonal mitochondria.
|Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule is Proven Bunk
||Ah, poor Malcolm Gladwell. Apparently research has caught up to one of his proclamations that people needed about 10,000 hours of practice to become an amazing expert in that field. Never mind that he based his proclamation largely on a single study of musicians from 1993. His Outliers book is...
|The Messed-Up Experiment Meant To Induce Crippling Guilt In Children
Do you know when children start to feel guilt? Scientists at the University of Iowa do, because of this little experiment. They gave children a toy, told them that the toy was very special to them, and asked the child to be extremely careful with it. Then the toy broke....
|We Use Way More Than 10 Percent of Our Brains
||One of the biggest misconceptions in neuroscience is that we only use 10% of our brains. As ludicrous as the claim is, however, 2/3 of the public and half of science teachers still believe it to be true. How did this misconception come about, anyway?
|What I Have in Common with the Dallas Buyers Club
||Recently I finally got to watch “The Dallas Buyers Club,” starring two of my fav actors – Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. First of all (and just for the record), Matthew McConaughey will always be hot. Not quite as hot as STING, but still quite hot. Second of all –...
|Danish DNA could be key to happiness
||Genetics could be the key to explaining nation’s levels of happiness, according to new research. Economists have found the closer a nation is to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is. The research could help to solve the puzzle of why a country like Denmark so regularly tops the world happiness rankings.
|Increased levels of the body's own cannabinoids impair embryonic brain development
||The human body produces substances, called endocannabinoids, that work in a similar way to cannabis. These endocannabinoids may not produce a “high”, but are of tremendous importance for the functioning of the neural network in the brain -- especially during the embryonic stage. If this network is interfered with as a result of too many circulating endocannabinoids, the development of the embryonic brain can be impaired. Researchers have now discovered what mechanism underlies the development of this impairment.
|Measuring nurture: Study shows how 'good mothering' hardwires infant brain
||By carefully watching nearly a hundred hours of video showing mother rats protecting, warming, and feeding their young pups, and then matching up what they saw to real-time electrical readings from the pups’ brains, researchers have found that the mother’s presence and social interactions -— her nurturing role -— directly molds the early neural activity and growth of her offsprings’ brain.
|Playing Games Increases Brain Size
||Could playing games -- both traditional and video games -- help protect against Alzheimer's disease?Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|The Ego-Self: Identification, Information, Impermanence
||Ego is not an anatomical structure. It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray. Ego is an informational structure. That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.” “The I” is “the information” that you have...
|Cultivating Gratitude: Beyond Narcissism and Toward Connection
||No doubt, our parents worked tirelessly to get us to say “thank you” when someone offered a gift or did us a favor. Most likely, they succeeded in getting us to mouth these words. But while we internalized proper etiquette, did we understand the purpose behind uttering thanks? To what...
|Mild traumatic brain injury may cause cognitive problems, lasting brain damage
||Researchers have found that mild TBI may impact patients’ cognition and brain matter.
|Humans 'bad at detecting lies'
||Planned experiment hopes to uncover the science behind lying.
|Coping with a co-worker's body odor
||It isn't easy to tactfully inform co-workers that they stink and need to address it.