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Researchers use supercomputer to study link between addiction and neurological disease Recent published research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates how changes in dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function are linked to neurological and psychiatric diseases, including early-onset Parkinsonism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “The present findings should provide a critical basis for further exploration of how dopamine dysfunction and altered dopamine transporter function contribute to brain disorders” [...]The post Researchers use supercomputer to study link between addiction and neurological disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison? Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals. The study comes amid media scrutiny over whether cutbacks in mental health actually save money, when other costs are taken into account. Some health plans require an extra approval [...]The post Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison? appeared first on PsyPost.
Preschoolers can reflect on what they don’t know Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers find that preschoolers are able to gauge the strength of their memories and make decisions based on their self-assessments. The study findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Previously, developmental researchers assumed that preschoolers did not introspect much on their mental states, and were not able [...]The post Preschoolers can reflect on what they don’t know appeared first on PsyPost.
Can Narcissists Learn Empathy? In a recent study, researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Surrey have attempted to find out whether patients suffering from narcissism can learn to show empathy for another person’s suffering. Their study, which is being published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, has shown that...
A charitable foundation has just donated $650 million to the Broad Institute, earmarked for psychiat A charitable foundation has just donated $650 million to the Broad Institute, earmarked for psychiatric research. It is the largest such donation ever made, and is welcome in an era when we're seeing a decline in funding for the study of mental illness. ...
Linguistic, cultural forces shape children’s understanding of the natural world “Name everything you can think of that is alive.” How would a child respond to this question? Would his or her list be full of relatives, animals from movies and books, or perhaps neighborhood pets? Would the poppies blooming on the front steps make the list or the oak tree towering over the backyard? How might [...]The post Linguistic, cultural forces shape children’s understanding of the natural world appeared first on PsyPost.
CEOs who motivate with ‘fightin’ words’ shoot themselves in the foot Heading into the war room to fire up the troops? Declaring war on the competition to boost sales? Well, CEO, you might want to tamp down them’s fightin’ words—you could be shooting yourself in the foot. A new Brigham Young University business study finds that bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric—think [...]The post CEOs who motivate with ‘fightin’ words’ shoot themselves in the foot appeared first on PsyPost.
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.