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Mullan joins APA’s Center for Workforce Studies Tapped to lead analysis of psychology’s workforce
Game technology teaches mice and men to hear better in noisy environments The ability to hear soft speech in a noisy environment is difficult for many and nearly impossible for the 48 million in the United States living with hearing loss. Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and Harvard University programmed a new type of game that trained both mice and humans to [...]
Tangled path of Alzheimer’s-linked brain cells mapped in mice By studying laboratory mice, scientists at The Johns Hopkins University have succeeded in plotting the labyrinthine paths of some of the largest nerve cells in the mammalian brain: cholinergic neurons, the first cells to degenerate in people with Alzheimer’s disease. “For us, this was like scaling Mount Everest,” says Jeremy Nathans, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience, [...]
Depression in the elderly linked to Alzheimer’s risk Many people develop depression in the latest stages of life, but until now doctors had no idea that it could point to a build up of a naturally occurring protein in the brain called beta-amyloid, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, late-life depression could become a major risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s faster than [...]
Angry faces back up verbal threats, making them seem more credible We’ve all been on the receiving end of an angry glare, whether from a teacher, parent, boss, or significant other. These angry expressions seem to boost the effectiveness of threats without actual aggression, according toresearch published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research findings show that angry expressions lend additional weight to a negotiator’s [...]
Can You Absolutely See the Warning Signs of Depression   I just got back for my first therapy at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care in Punta Gorda.  I got sent home with a few work sheets and at the top of one was titled “Warning Signs of Depression.” I thought, hey that would be a great update of my 2008...
"High-Functioning Alcoholic"--A Badge of Honor? Our tendency to romanticize illness, including alcoholism, can lead us down a slippery slope.
To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected states Anesthesia makes otherwise painful procedures possible by derailing a conscious brain, rendering it incapable of sensing or responding to a surgeon’s knife. But little research exists on what happens when the drugs wear off. “I always found it remarkable that someone can recover from anesthesia, not only that you blink your eyes and can walk [...]
Lifetime costs for autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million per patient Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In a study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics, the team found that costs for [...]
With distance comes greater wisdom, research finds If you’re faced with a troubling personal dilemma, such as a cheating spouse, you are more likely to think wisely about it if you consider it as an observer would, says a study led by a professor at the University of Waterloo. Professor Igor Grossmann, of Waterloo, and Professor Ethan Kross from the University of [...]
Online marketing schemes can still lure in customers Despite warnings and legislation, online consumers may still be susceptible to post-transaction marketing schemes, according to Penn State researchers. At least 40 percent of consumers who made an online purchase in a study bought an additional product, even though it offered no extra value, said Jens Grossklags, assistant professor of information sciences and technology. “The [...]
Humanitarian liking on Facebook “Liking” a page on the social networking site Facebook is a new form of civic engagement and humanitarian support, so concludes research published in the International Journal of Web Based Communities. According to the paper’s authors social motives and an emotional response underpinned users’ inclination to like, or follow, a page, rather than their simply seeking [...]
Does ‘free will’ stem from brain noise? Our ability to make choices — and sometimes mistakes — might arise from random fluctuations in the brain’s background electrical noise, according to a recent study from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. “How do we behave independently of cause and effect?” said Jesse Bengson, a postdoctoral researcher at [...]
As economy declines, African-Americans appear ‘blacker,’ NYU study shows When the economy declines, African Americans are more likely to be seen as “Blacker” and to bear stereotypical features, according to a new study by psychology researchers at New York University. Their findings, which appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that economic duress may spur racial discrimination. “It is well [...]
Psychiatry’s fight for a place in defining criminal responsibility By Ivan Crozier, University of Sydney Are people with “diseases of the mind” responsible for their criminal acts? In the latest article in our series Biology and Blame, Ivan Crozier looks back at how psychiatrists tried to carve out a role for their profession in determining criminal responsibility. Prior to 1760, medical opinion was not [...]
Finding a Voice within an Authoritarian Social System Of all the peculiarities that make me up, I could point to one peculiarity which has had persisting and devastating consequences in my 33 years of living: The inability to voice my feelings during stress. I think back to school and how I hated the lunch my mother packed for...
Wonder full-learning Young Ava instinctively knows to drink in the beauty and novelty in a bouquet of flowers, her new found friendship with a trio of turtles, and a stray Mendeville growing by the side of the road.
The five most stressed states in America The Midwest may be the least stressful place to live in the United States.
Dark and sour I laid in bed at noon and stared at my wrists – one a tangle of scars and one with the word “Love” on it. The word is supposed to remind me to love myself, especially on days like today. Everything just seems sour and dark. My goals seem too...
Red wine compound may improve memory Study shows a substance found in red wine and dark chocolate that has been touted for its supposed anti-aging effects may also improve people's memory.