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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.
Introducing Reflections from a Children’s Therapist There are a lot of interesting developments in the world of children’s psychology and childhood development. Being a children’s therapist brings a lot of challenges — but a lot of insights that can be beneficial outside of the office too. What are good, effective child therapy practices in today’s world?...
Tool helps guide brain cancer surgery A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery. The mass spectrometry tool sprays a microscopic stream of charged solvent onto the tissue surface to gather information about its molecular makeup and produces a color-coded image that reveals the location, nature and concentration of tumor cells.
More left-handed men are born during the winter: Indirect evidence of a hormonal mechanism Men born in November, December or January are more likely of being left-handed than during the rest of the year. While the genetic bases of handedness are still under debate, scientists obtained indirect evidence of a hormonal mechanism promoting left-handedness among men.
Do not disturb! How the brain filters out distractions You know the feeling? You are trying to dial a phone number from memory ... you have to concentrate ... then someone starts shouting out other numbers nearby. In a situation like that, your brain must ignore the distraction as best it can so as not to lose vital information from its working memory.Scientists can now give us some insight into just how the brain manages this problem.
Biological basis for magic mushroom 'mind expansion' discovered New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. The study found that under psilocybin, activity in the more primitive brain network linked to emotional thinking became more pronounced, with several different areas in this network -- such as the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex -- active at the same time. This pattern of activity is similar to the pattern observed in people who are dreaming.
How to Gain Strength Through Difficult Experiences We don’t develop mental strength by osmosis any more than we develop physical muscle by reading books or watching youtube videos. A strong mind can only be developed in the crucible of challenging experiences.
Using computers to model the human brain The human brain is the most complex computer in existence.  Understanding how it works has been a scientific endeavor for centuries.  However, technology has only recently advanced to the point where we can really understand brain function down to the molecular level.  By combining the newest advances in computer programming with biochemistry, scientists are helping to create the tools that will advance our understanding of the brain.  
The 10,000 Hours Myth: Practice Predicts Only 12% of Performance Are the best at sport, school, music, and business 'born' or 'made'?Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement:→ A new PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU is at Related articles:Mental Practice Makes Perfect Irregular Bedtimes Reduce Children’s Cognitive Performance The Age At Which You Reach Peak Cognitive Performance 8 Easy Bodily Actions That Transform Mental Performance Power Up: The Performance Benefits of a Simple Mental Exercise
How Throwback Thursday Benefits Our Psychological Well-Being So take the photographs and still frames in your mind. Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time. ~ Green Day If you frequent any social media site, you probably have noticed the trend to post old pictures of yourself every Thursday. The trend of Throwback Thursday...
Gazing At Calm: The Work Of Karen Hollingsworth If I were to psychoanalyze myself, I would probably interpret the calm interior spaces as my inner self, with the windows representing my eyes bridging the gap between me and the outside world. --Karen Hollingsworth on her art...
Inducing synaesthesia: Can you learn to taste and smell the letter B? By Nicolas Rothen, University of Sussex Synaesthesia is a relatively rare condition that gives people extraordinary perceptual experiences from everyday normal sensory input. For example, someone with synaesthesia might be able to taste or hear colours. Scientific studies have identified many different types of synaesthesia such as spatial associations for numbers, days, and months, or [...]The post Inducing synaesthesia: Can you learn to taste and smell the letter B? appeared first on PsyPost.
Vocal Prowess for Introverts, Part 1 When you think of introverts, vocal power may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, you have the potential to express yourself with your voice fully and authentically—regardless of whether your greatest source of energy is cocooning or mingling, and whether your voice is typically soft or loud.
Find Out How You Can Ease Chronic Illness with A novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the lives of people with chronic illness, particularly those with diabetes mellitus or coronary heart disease. Instead of worrying about the past or the future, patients begin to gently accept the limitations of their illness and focus on what...
“Let’s up your Prozac.” I went to see my therapist and psychiatrist today (two separate people in one office suite). I talked with my therapist about the results of my liver tests and ultrasound and she was proud of the steps I am taking in order to be physically healthy as well as mentally well....
Becoming an expert takes more than practice Deliberate practice may not have nearly as much influence in building expertise as we thought, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Scientists have been studying and debating whether experts are “born” or “made” since the mid-1800s. In recent years, deliberate practice has received considerable attention in these debates, while innate [...]The post Becoming an expert takes more than practice appeared first on PsyPost.
Behavioral therapy in pediatric antidepressant treatment reduces likelihood of relapse Cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to medication improves the long-term success of treatment for children and adolescents suffering from depression, a new UT Southwestern Medical Center study indicates. Based on the results of a clinical trial conducted at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, depression relapse rates were substantially lower in a group of youth who received both [...]The post Behavioral therapy in pediatric antidepressant treatment reduces likelihood of relapse appeared first on PsyPost.
Harnessing a personal rivalry can boost an individual’s athletic performance We can all think of great sports rivals: tennis players Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, or basketball players Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. These fierce, personal rivalries seem worlds apart from a hometown 5K race. Yet even local races often produce rivals who push each other to higher levels [...]The post Harnessing a personal rivalry can boost an individual’s athletic performance appeared first on PsyPost.
Therapist Blog Challenge #13: Mental Health and Parenting The therapist blog challenge is back! I’m making it easy to blog regularly as a practice building strategy. Rather than start a new challenge, I’ve decided to pick up where we left off last year — with challenge #13. If you are new to the challenge, you can start with...
Twin study links community socioeconomic deprivation to sleep duration A new study of adult twins suggests that the level of socioeconomic deprivation in a neighborhood is associated with the sleep duration of residents. Results show that increased socioeconomic deprivation was significantly associated with decreased sleep duration across all twins. Further analysis within twin pairs found that this association remained significant after accounting for genetics [...]The post Twin study links community socioeconomic deprivation to sleep duration appeared first on PsyPost.