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This is How You Literally Feel Other People's Pain How many times have you seen someone receive a painful blow and doubled over yourself? People seem to have the ability to feel a kind of phantom pain when we see others getting hurt. What's the neurology behind sympathy pain?...
Blame it on the astrocytes: does brain's most abundant cell type have role in neurological disorders? The demonstration that astrocytes, the brain's most abundant cell type, participate in the formation of inhibitory synapses in the cortex suggests an important role for these cells in some neurological disorders. Astrocytes, named for their star-like shape, are ubiquitous brain cells known for regulating excitatory synapse formation through cells. Recent studies have shown that astrocytes also play a role in forming inhibitory synapses, but the key players and underlying mechanisms have remained unknown until now.
Ultrasound tracks odor representation in brain A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity in the piriform cortex of rats during odor perception. This deep-seated brain structure plays an important role in olfaction, and was inaccessible to functional imaging until now. This work also sheds new light on the still poorly known functioning of the olfactory system, and notably how information is processed in the brain.
Loss of Motivation     Lacking in motivation is not something only people with mental illness deal with…it is a human thing. We all are driven to be successful from a young age, be it from our parents, friends, the media, or even something deep down inside us. When you have stumble in...
Why My Boyfriend Told Me to “Just Go!” I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it. Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better. So, I’m extremely anxious about it. Anyway (and especially if you run), you’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a 5k. Barely over three miles.” That’s true, but...
What’s Behind the Door? Last week’s cartoon,  about how to flirt with someone online,  is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014,  My main cartoon website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! This week’s cartoon is about...
What Did I Just Tell You?   What did I say on Wednesday? What were those fateful words? Yeah, I don’t remember either, let’s look them up. Here they are, “And what about all those things you’ve been unable to keep track of that have caused you so much aggravation? Sure we can call that a...
Best of Our Blogs: July 11, 2014 It was 3 in the morning. The baby would not stop crying. It had been an hour of this and I was done. I was drained of energy and ideas on what to do next. I knew it was going to be another long day with little sleep. I was...
Men’s hot flashes: Hypnotic relaxation may ease the discomfort men don’t talk about Men who experience hot flashes are unlikely to talk much about it, but they may find relief from their silent suffering if they are willing to try an unusual treatment, according to findings from a Baylor University case study. After seven weeks of hypnotic relaxation therapy, a 69-year-old man who had uncontrolled hot flashes following [...]The post Men’s hot flashes: Hypnotic relaxation may ease the discomfort men don’t talk about appeared first on PsyPost.
Mobile phone bling may be a personal, but also cultural thing Choosing mobile phone cases and customizing phones with charms and decorations may reveal a lot about a person’s culture, as well as increase attachment to the devices, according to researchers. In a study on culture and mobile phone customization, researchers found that people from Eastern cultures tend to be more motivated to change the look [...]The post Mobile phone bling may be a personal, but also cultural thing appeared first on PsyPost.
Damning Diagnosis or Blueprint for Healing In 2005 I was given two diagnoses. One was for cancer and one was for Borderline Personality Disorder. Both diagnoses were delivered with a complete lack of caring and empathy, but the cancer diagnosis was not imparted with disgust and revulsion, either real or perceived. After the cancer diagnosis, I...
FDA Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Hits – and Misses As awareness grows about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, the government is following through on its promise to address the “nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revealed its risk evaluation and mitigation strategy for extended-release and long-acting opioids to prevent misuse and abuse, starting...
Psychologists Available to Discuss Immigration As U.S. border crisis continues, experts can offer insight on mental health implications
After a concussion, which teens will have emotional symptoms? After a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to also have emotional symptoms such as anxiety, according to a study released today that will be presented at The Sports Concussion Conference in Chicago, July 11 to 13, 2014, hosted by the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s leading [...]The post After a concussion, which teens will have emotional symptoms? appeared first on PsyPost.
Study looks at how Twitter can be used to address specific health issues Childhood obesity is one of the top public health concerns in the United States, with 32 percent of youths aged 2-19 classified as obese as of 2012. As health problems such as childhood obesity grow, individuals and organizations have taken to Twitter to discuss the problem. A new study, led by Jenine K. Harris, PhD,assistant professor [...]The post Study looks at how Twitter can be used to address specific health issues appeared first on PsyPost.
Working to loosen the grip of severe mental illness A neuroscientist at Rutgers University-Newark says the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest – a finding that could provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental health conditions that afflict an estimated 13.6 million Americans. In newly published research in the journal Neuron, Michael Cole, an assistant professor at the Center [...]The post Working to loosen the grip of severe mental illness appeared first on PsyPost.
Want a higher GPA in college? Join a gym For those students looking to bump up their grade point averages during college, the answer may not be spending more time in a library or study hall, but in a gym. New Michigan State University research shows that students who were members of the recreational sports and fitness centers on MSU’s campus during their freshman [...]The post Want a higher GPA in college? Join a gym appeared first on PsyPost.
What’s a concussion? Review identifies four evidence-based indicators A research review identifying the clinical indicators most strongly associated with concussion is an important first step in the process of developing evidence-based guidelines for concussion diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, according to a new report published by Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters [...]The post What’s a concussion? Review identifies four evidence-based indicators appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers advocate for more scientific research on consciousness Why does a relentless stream of subjective experiences normally fill your mind? Maybe that’s just one of those mysteries that will always elude us. Yet, research from Northwestern University suggests that consciousness lies well within the realm of scientific inquiry — as impossible as that may currently seem. Although scientists have yet to agree on [...]The post Researchers advocate for more scientific research on consciousness appeared first on PsyPost.
Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson’s disease, can be early indicator of disease onset Up to 70% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. Some patients have disturbed sleep/wake patterns such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, while other patients may be subject to sudden and involuntary daytime sleep “attacks.” In the extreme, PD patients may exhibit REM-sleep behavior disorder [...]The post Sleep disturbances, common in Parkinson’s disease, can be early indicator of disease onset appeared first on PsyPost.