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Most people would rather be shocked than sit and think, study finds Most people are just not comfortable in their own heads, according to a new psychological investigation led by the University of Virginia. The investigation found that most would rather be doing something – possibly even hurting themselves – than doing nothing or sitting alone with their thoughts, said the researchers, whose findings will be published [...]The post Most people would rather be shocked than sit and think, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Schizophrenia-associated gene variation affects brain cell development Johns Hopkins researchers have begun to connect the dots between a schizophrenia-linked genetic variation and its effect on the developing brain. As they report July 3 in the journal Cell Stem Cell, their experiments show that the loss of a particular gene alters the skeletons of developing brain cells, which in turn disrupts the orderly layers [...]The post Schizophrenia-associated gene variation affects brain cell development appeared first on PsyPost.
Movement disorders in young people related to ADHD Researchers at the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Hospital have identified a particular genetic mutation that may cause parkinsonism in young people. The mutation interferes with the brain’s transport of the important signal substance dopamine and may also plays a role in mental diseases, e.g. ADHD. The findings have just been published in [...]The post Movement disorders in young people related to ADHD appeared first on PsyPost.
A ‘switch’ in Alzheimer’s and stroke patient brains that prevents the generation and survival of neurons A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has identified a chemical “switch” that controls both the generation of new neurons from neural stem cells and the survival of existing nerve cells in the brain. The switch that shuts off the signals that promote neuron production and survival is in abundance in [...]The post A ‘switch’ in Alzheimer’s and stroke patient brains that prevents the generation and survival of neurons appeared first on PsyPost.
One third of dyslexic adults report being physically abused during childhood Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Thirty-five per cent of adults with dyslexia report [...]The post One third of dyslexic adults report being physically abused during childhood appeared first on PsyPost.
You Are Not Alone in Your Diagnosis of Mental Illness In the eight years I’ve lived with schizophrenia I’ve seen horrible days and I’ve seen days where the sun seemed to shine just right on my face and strike a certain happiness in my soul. Throughout every day, though, I’ve struggled with my thoughts. There isn’t a day that goes...
Couple Relationships: 20 Ways to Improve Your Sleep It is 2am in the morning and I am settling myself on the couch, snuggling down under a blanket, relieved to be in the quiet space of my lounge room. I do have a very comfortable bed in the next room where my husband of 25 years, sleeps blissfully unaware of my nocturnal wanders. As […]
Declaring Our Independence From What Doesn’t Serve Us Every year, around July 4th, I republish and update a piece on declaring our independence from what doesn’t serve us — everything from dieting to damaging beliefs. Hope you find it helpful! Tomorrow, we’re celebrating our independence here in America. But wherever you live, it also might be the day...
Researchers find genetic link to autism known as CHD8 mutation In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. The results are being published in Cell magazine July 3, 2014: “Disruptive CHD8 Mutations Define a Subtype of Autism in Early Development.” “We finally got a clear cut case of an autism specific gene,” said Raphael Bernier, the [...]The post Researchers find genetic link to autism known as CHD8 mutation appeared first on PsyPost.
Could boosting brain cells’ appetites fight disease? New research shows promise Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells – dooming them to an early death. But boosting those cells’ natural ability to clean up those clogs might hold the key to better treatment for such conditions. That’s the key [...]The post Could boosting brain cells’ appetites fight disease? New research shows promise appeared first on PsyPost.
Compounded outcomes associated with comorbid Alzheimer’s disease & cerebrovascular disease Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have been able to confirm anecdotal information on patients with both Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) using mouse models in two different studies. The findings of these two studies, which were recently published in Acta Neuropathologica and Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, have potentially significant [...]The post Compounded outcomes associated with comorbid Alzheimer’s disease & cerebrovascular disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side? A man in a village is given a horse. All of the people in the village tell him, “This is wonderful! You’ll get so much more accomplished on your land with this horse.” The man says, “I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.” The...
Study finds magic mushrooms expand your mind by amplifying your brain’s dreaming areas By Robin Carhart-Harris, Imperial College London Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects. In a new study, published in Human Brain Mapping, we scanned [...]The post Study finds magic mushrooms expand your mind by amplifying your brain’s dreaming areas appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Things You Can Do in the Next 5   Happiness is a lifelong pursuit of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. But while it could take years of persistence to deeply transform your life, there are scientifically-tested strategies that are shown to provide an immediate happiness boost. Such activities provide a modest increase in happiness but it lasts for weeks...
Is Your Relationship in Trouble? Here is the short answer: It is generally safe to assume that something is amiss in your current romantic relationship if your thoughts, feelings, and desires leave your longing for a “real” romantic connection. Many partners in a hurting romance will describe a sense of feeling lost. They wonder what could...
Fiction and the Facebook Experiment Is the anger over Facebook's mood manipulation study similar to the anger we feel when fiction doesn't go the way we think it should?
'Switch' in Alzheimer's and stroke patient brains prevents generation and survival of neurons A new study finds a modification to the transcriptional protein MEF2 that inhibits the growth of new brain cells and survival of existing cells. The findings show promise for therapeutic intervention for a variety of neurodegenerative disorders.
What Type of Investor Are You? Your investor type describes the behavioral sources of your errors, your investment characteristics, and ultimately your overall success.
Basking In Reflected Glory (BIRG) – USA! Though the United States soccer team’s World Cup run has come to a disappointing finish, the record breaking viewership numbers continue to accumulate. In general, as  the World Cup took the US by storm, the American media focused significant attention to the noticeably increased interest in soccer throughout the US. Several...
How to Help a High-Functioning Alcoholic in Denial High-functioning alcoholics might be one of the most dangerous types. They often are in denial about their alcoholism. They don’t realize how hard their drinking is on family members and friends, and since they seem to function normally, they don’t see a problem with it. High-functioning alcoholics do not fit...