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Born this way: Stories of young transgender children Many children are grappling with the very grown- up issue of gender identity.
Schadenfreude in Sports: What’s the Deal With #Lebroning? Since his famous “The Decision,” in which Lebron James publicly announced his decision to leave Cleveland and “take his talents to South Beach,” it seems that basketball fans across the country have turned against him. After losing in the finals in his first season with the Miami Heat, the sports...
Being Attractive Is Attractive Enough. It is not necessary to be the most attractive person around. Feeling competitive is not justified by the facts of attractiveness and the elements that go into being attractive.
How to Trust People Again Hypervigilance is one of the hallmark symptoms of trauma. It can look many different ways: military veterans who dive for cover when a car backfires, people who startle easily and always feel on edge, or folks who go into panic mode when experiencing certain triggers. I think it’s the same...
Introducing Sports on the Couch Have you ever watched a great game, then tuned into a sports talk radio the next day to hear all the analysis of the game? Many people have, and it’s great fun listening to commentators and experts talk about their perspective on the game. That perspective is often limited to...
I shouldn't have eaten there: Rats show behavior of 'regret' in choosing the wrong 'restaurant' New research reveals that rats show signs of 'regret' -- a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely and fundamentally human. To measure the cognitive behavior of regret, scientists developed a task that asked rats how long they were willing to wait for certain foods. In this task, the rats are presented with a series of food options but have limited time at each 'restaurant.'
Tiny molecule may help battle depression Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment options for those who suffer from depression. The discovery may provide "a potential target for the development of new and more effective antidepressant treatments," one researcher notes.
Discovery of new genes involved in food preferences will revolutionize diets and improve health New understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences can  lead to personalised nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding  diseases such as cancer, depression, and hypertension. The ability to devise diets based on individual genetic profiles can lead to significantly better results – for example, a weight [...]
Study shows increasing rates of premature death and violent crime in people with schizophrenia since 1970s New research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, shows that rates of adverse outcomes, including premature death and violent crime, in people with schizophrenia are increasing, compared to the general population. The results come from a unique study, led by Dr Seena Fazel, at Oxford University, UK, which analyses long-term adverse outcomes – including conviction for a [...]
Crows’ memories are made of this Tübingen researchers discover neurons allowing crows to remember short-term – although their brains are different from ours An important prerequisite for intelligence is a good short-term memory which can store and process the information needed for ongoing processes. This “working memory” is a kind of mental notepad – without it, we could not follow a [...]
Severe intellectual disability diagnosed by analysis of entire genome With a new technique, which at once studies the whole genome, a genetic cause can be identified in six out of ten children with severe intellectual disability. This makes the method more successful than all the usual methods together. Moreover, almost all mental impairments are caused by new mutations that have not yet occurred in [...]
Smokers and passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows Giving up or reducing smoking and avoiding passive exposure to tobacco smoke may reduce your risk of hearing loss, new research shows. Smokers and passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows Current smokers have a 15.1% higher odds of hearing loss than non-smokers The University of Manchester study, funded by Action on [...]
Use of gestures reflects language instinct in young children Young children instinctively use a “language-like” structure to communicate through gestures, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research, led by the University of Warwick, shows that when young children are asked to use gestures to communicate, their gestures segment information and reorganize it into language-like sequences. This finding suggests that [...]
Spike activity 06-06-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Psychedelic chemist, godfather of Ecstasy, and lover of phenethylamines, Alexander Shulgin, has left the building. PhysOrg has an obituary. New Republic looks back at 50 years of the landmark account of psychosis ‘I Never Promised You a Rose Garden’. The US Secret Service wants […]
Why Is It Sometimes Hard To Keep a Promise? Why Is It Sometimes Hard To Keep a Promise? Out of awareness feelings may not let us “know” we are ambivalent. By Melissa Ritter, Ph.D.
How Does Despising Yourself Hold You Back? Those of us who struggle with low self-esteem tend to shun whatever activities might conceivably make us lose, drool or look ridiculous. This avoidance is not entirely conscious. We might not realize how seldom we feel safe. We might not say out loud: The less I do, the less I...
3 Simple Visualizations to Help You Relax I hope everyone is enjoying a great Sunday! I wanted to pop in and share several soothing visualizations with you. You can practice these right now. You can practice them when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed. You can practice them to help you ease emotional and physical tension, to...
How to Strengthen & Improve the Sound of Your Speaking Voice Do you like the sound of your speaking voice? Would you like to develop a stronger and more attractive tone, so you’re taken more seriously, interrupted less, and treated with greater respect? Here are a few suggestions...
When Multiple Family Members Have A Mental Illness In our home right now, including myself there are four family members that have a mental illness. As it stands right now, we have Aspergers, ADHD, and three of us with bipolar 1 disorder. My Hubs diagnosis is subject to change though and I believe in the future he will...
The Power of Empathy in Romantic Relationships & How “Empathy is truly the heart of the relationship,” said Carin Goldstein, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “Without it, the relationship will struggle to survive.” That’s because empathy requires compassion. And, without compassion, couples can’t develop a bond. “ A bond is like glue: If there is no glue then...