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Understanding consciousness: 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, new research 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 an objective measure to index consciousness, progress has been made with this agenda in several labs around the world.
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.” A new article discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD, as well as medications, disease pathology, and comorbidities, and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options.
Chimp intelligence 'runs in families,' environment less important A chimpanzee’s intelligence is largely determined by its genes, while environmental factors may be less important than scientists previously thought, according to a Georgia State University research study.
Don’t Fail Marriage: 3 Homework Assignments to Earn an Ready for a divorce? Try doing these things first. School may be over for most kids, but for some parents in Oklahoma, it’s only beginning. Oklahoma lawmakers signed a bill this month requiring divorcing couples with children under the age of 18 to complete a mandatory educational program. We guess...
Welcome to Being Borderline Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is probably one of the most misunderstood and most stigmatized of mental disorders. Even mental health professionals sometimes have a hard time hiding their disdain for people who have this disorder. Discrimination against people with BPD is rampant. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce, Being Borderline...
Venus Envy – ADHD and Social Awkwardness It happened at a job interview. I found myself feeling clueless about eye contact: how much was too much? I was trying to pay attention to what the interviewer was saying, and ended up worrying that I was staring like an expressionless sociopath so I looked away – just when...
Neurologist offers hope to patients with genetic tumor disorder Although it is rare, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) can be a difficult and frightening diagnosis for parents and children. The genetic disorder causes nonmalignant tumors to form in many different organs, including the brain, eyes, kidneys and heart. If a child’s brain is affected by the disease, it can be especially debilitating since it can cause seizures, developmental delays, intellectual disability and autism.
People Think Their Dogs Are A Lot Smarter Than They Really Are We love to brag about the intelligence of our canine companions. But a recent survey suggests that many of us are grossly overestimating the cognitive capacities of our dogs — and that our emotional attachment to them has a lot to do with it. ...
12 Steps to Abstinence? Not for Everyone There are a number of effective treatment strategies for alcohol use disorders. Is there a way to find out which treatment is the best one for a particular patient? Not yet, but maybe soon.
The Road to Recovery On July 27, 2014, my treasured colleague and fellow MentorCONNECT board member, Emi Berger, will participate in Ironman Lake Placid. An Ironman event (in case you, like me, were not aware) is death-defying. It starts with a 2.4 mile lake swim. This is followed up by a 112 mile bike...
Women, Marriage, and Should You Submit? Weddings and marriage have been on my mind lately. In June, I went to a beautiful wedding on the side of a hill in Ramona, California. It was soooo pretty. The backdrop of the wedding was absolutely Eden like, as was the idealic love of the couple who were over-the-moon...
Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Four 10 to 15 minute sleep interruptions in the night enough to leave people groggy and grumpy.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 Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep
The Power of Positive Feedback I recently wrote about the importance of receiving – and how letting in good stuff is often more difficult than giving. But this is not to minimize the value and power of extending ourselves in generous ways to others. How often have we felt devalued, unappreciated, and criticized? A basic human...
Study cracks how the brain processes emotions Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell University neuroscientist Adam Anderson. “We discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with [...]The post Study cracks how the brain processes emotions appeared first on PsyPost.
Study says uninterrupted playtime between siblings is key for learning Whether it’s how to throw a ball or put together a puzzle, young children learn a lot from their older siblings. While researchers have long known that brothers and sisters teach each other about the world, most of their observations about this have been made in a lab setting. A new study recently published in [...]The post Study says uninterrupted playtime between siblings is key for learning appeared first on PsyPost.
The Bigger the Better: Cigarette Warning Labels Prompt Quit Attempts Smokers who avoid seeing labels still inclined to try quitting, international study finds
Asian Gambling Addiction There are a number of cultural factors that influence gambling among Asians here in the U.S. When we trace the roots back to Asia, you can see Asian cultures view gambling much more as a social activity than mainstream American society. In addition...
Staying Stable Right now I’m doing all I can to stay and remain stable. My sleep has been all sorts of wrong lately and I’m finding myself slipping just a bit. I’m not sure which way I’m swinging, but whatever way it’s going, it’s not good and it’s not balanced like I...
Think fun when exercising and you’ll eat less later Think of your next exercise workout as a “fun run” or as a well-deserved break, and you’ll eat less afterward.  Think of it as exercise or as a workout and you’ll later eat more dessert and snacks to reward yourself. These new findings from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study involved two studies where [...]The post Think fun when exercising and you’ll eat less later appeared first on PsyPost.
Cinnamon may be used to halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  The results of the study were recently published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune [...]The post Cinnamon may be used to halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.