|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.
|Can running help autistic children?
||Evidence shows that running helps people with autism improve their emotional and physical health.
|When Words Fail in Therapy
||If you think of art, music, movement and playing as methods of communicating and you want to see more of that in your therapy, see if you can get your therapist to work with you. If you’re assigned homework in CBT, see if there is a way you can do...
|Chinese researchers describe impaired self-face recognition in those with major depressive disorder
||Neuropsychological impairment has long been established as a fundamental characteristic of depression, but a specific pattern of impairment that is widely recognized has not been summarized. Professor Jia Hongxiao and his group from the Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, explore major depressive disorder (MDD) from the perspective of neuropsychology. They found that the self-serving [...]The post Chinese researchers describe impaired self-face recognition in those with major depressive disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
|Worm study provides hope for deadly disease of the brain
||An untreatable and deadly neurodegenerative disease has been modelled and treated in worms by University of Liverpool researchers, suggesting a cure could be found for humans. The scientists studied adult onset neuronal lipofuscinosis (ANCL) which usually strikes around 1 in 100,000 people in Europe and North America in their 30s and results in death by [...]The post Worm study provides hope for deadly disease of the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Seeing the glass as half full: Taking a new look at cognition and aging
||From a cognitive perspective, aging is typically associated with decline. As we age, it may get harder to remember names and dates, and it may take us longer to come up with the right answer to a question. But the news isn’t all bad when it comes to cognitive aging, according to a set of [...]The post Seeing the glass as half full: Taking a new look at cognition and aging appeared first on PsyPost.
|Poor sleep quality linked to lower physical activity in people with PTSD
||A new study shows that worse sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Results show that PTSD was independently associated with worse sleep quality at baseline, and participants with current PTSD at baseline had lower physical activity one year later. Further analysis found that sleep quality completely mediated the [...]The post Poor sleep quality linked to lower physical activity in people with PTSD appeared first on PsyPost.