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Natalie Fobes on Pursuing Creative Passion How does our self concept, our identity, affect creative expression? How do we find creative passions and how does pursuing them demand changes in our life? One example of an artist who has addressed these questions is Natalie Fobes. A bio on her site summarizes some of her personal journey...
How you cope with stress may increase your risk for insomnia A new study is the first to identify specific coping behaviors through which stress exposure leads to the development of insomnia. Results show that coping with a stressful event through behavioral disengagement – giving up on dealing with the stress – or by using alcohol or drugs each significantly mediated the relationship between stress exposure [...]The post How you cope with stress may increase your risk for insomnia appeared first on PsyPost.
New strategy could uncover genes at the root of psychiatric illnesses Understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders has been extremely challenging because there are many genetic variants that may increase risk but are insufficient to cause disease. Now investigators reporting in the July 3rd issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Stem Cell describe a strategy that may help reveal how such “subthreshold” genetic risks interact with other [...]The post New strategy could uncover genes at the root of psychiatric illnesses appeared first on PsyPost.
New study discovers biological basis for magic mushroom ‘mind expansion’ New research shows that our brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. Psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms can profoundly alter the way we experience the world but little is known about what physically happens in the brain. New research, published in Human Brain [...]The post New study discovers biological basis for magic mushroom ‘mind expansion’ appeared first on PsyPost.
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?