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Eternal Bonds Allie_Caulfield via Compfight Raising a family has taught me that entanglement is real. Even when they are physically apart, parents and children never quite leave one another. We can try, and in some situations we have to, expunge the destructive voices in our heads or rid ourselves of the harmful...
Kiss, Kiss! 7 Healthy Perks to Puckering Up Your mom always said that you have to kiss a lot o’ frogs before you meet your prince … but whoever said that was a bad thing? From burning calories to offsetting signs of aging, it turns out that smooching has scientifically-proven health benefits. So go ahead — pucker up!...
Brain's reaction to male odor shifts at puberty in children with gender dysphoria The brains of children with gender dysphoria react to androstadienone, a musky-smelling steroid produced by men, in a way typical of their biological sex, but after puberty according to their experienced gender, finds a study for the first time. Around puberty, the testes of men start to produce androstadienone, a breakdown product of testosterone. Men release it in their sweat, especially from the armpits. Its only known function is to work like a pheromone: when women smell androstadienone, their mood tends to improve, their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing go up, and they may become aroused.
Yes, You CAN Buy Happiness--If You Do This When does a purchase make you happy and when does it leave you dissatisfied? New research reveals the key to feeling happier with your choices.
PMS & Relationships Last year I gave a talk on PMS and nobody came. I was surprised when I looked out at the empty room because so many of the women I see in therapy suffer from PMS. Whether they come in to deal with anxiety, anger, depression, grief, self-esteem or a breakup,...
Memory is a dynamic and interactive process, new research shows Memory is more dynamic and changeable than previously thought, new research shows. Two important brain regions, the hippocampus and the neocortex, have different yet complementary roles in remembering places and events. A researcher proposes a novel theory to explain interactions between these brain regions, and how we remember. These results could help inform treatment and management of people with memory disorders.
Cocktail party neuroscience: Making sense of voices in a crowd Listening to a conversation in the context of a cocktail party presents a great challenge for the auditory system. Without realizing it, one must extract, from a complex mixture of sound, the sound of a single voice to understand and track it. Researchers are studying how our brains meet that challenge, and allow us to distinguish specific voices in crowded, noisy and distracting environments.
Elliot Rodger: A Psychotic Psychopath? Elliot Rodger appears to have had a blend of the psychopathic features of Eric Harris and the psychotic traits of Dylan Klebold.
Dialysis patients' anxiety, depression linked to physical impairments Higher rates of depression and anxiety among adults undergoing dialysis could be associated with their impaired physical exercise capability and reduced daily physical activity, researchers have found. Hemodialysis is a life-preserving treatment for hundreds of thousands of Americans with kidney failure. It is a medical procedure to remove fluid and waste products from the blood and to correct electrolyte imbalances. This is accomplished using a machine and a dialyzer, which is sometimes described as an "artificial kidney."
Scientists control rapid re-wiring of brain circuits using patterned visual stimulation Researchers have shown for the first time how the brain re-wires and fine-tunes its connections differently depending on the relative timing of sensory stimuli. In most neuroscience textbooks today, there is a widely held model that explains how nerve circuits might refine their connectivity based on patterned firing of brain cells, but it has not previously been directly observed in real time.
Taking Too Many Selfies? Don’t Worry, It’s Not a A news article was recently published that described how the American Psychiatric Association had classified taking too many selfies as a new mental disorder. The only problem? It wasn’t true. Showing that far too many people don’t ever bother to check to see what kind of website they’re on, thousands...
Brainflight: Flying a Plane With Your Mind Look Ma, no hands!→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Remote Control of the Mind – Over the Internet Electrical Brain Stimulation Can Instantly Improve Self-Control The Peaceful Mind: 5 Step Guide to Feeling Relaxed Fast The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind 10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind
Medication Adjustments As a bipolar mom of seven children and being on the medication merry go round for some time, I understand that medication adjustments can take their toll not only on us, but on our children as well. Sometimes going through a medication adjustment can be just as difficult as going...
Ever Say Something Stupid? Get To Know Your Shame My 12-year-old came to me last night and reported that he felt very ashamed. Apparently, he said something stupid to a friend. Then, the friend got angry and went and twisted it and told other kids what he said. It didn’t go over well so the whole basketball team was miffed...
A Crying Face in the Crowd A few days ago I was driving down the main street that crosses my town. I stopped in a traffic light waiting to turn left, when all of a sudden I heard loud sounds of weeping. The sounds stood out above the noise of cars, buses, and roadwork. Animal-like sounds...
The Best Way to Hold Yourself Accountable: Get a If it hadn’t been for one of my friends, I probably wouldn’t have made it to a yoga class last week. Actually, I’m pretty sure I absolutely would not have made it. It’s not that I didn’t want to go — the class is part of a series I’ve been...
Setting Boundaries In The Helping Profession: Part 2 I recently posted part 1 of this topic as I decided to share some information I presented to a small group.  As we continue the discussion, we explore enabling and the benefits of setting boundaries. Am I an Enabler? Ask yourself a few questions: Do you do things for another person...
The Process of Love Addiction Withdrawal It is well established that when a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, they can experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Less is documented about the reality of physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms from love and sex addiction, yet they are no less real. I see clients who are...
ADHD holding me back? How? ADHD definitely has a negative effect on my life. I missed my dental hygienist appointment on Monday. I wasn’t late, I didn’t go. I was looking for it on my phone calendar today to see what time it was and discovered it was yesterday. Okay, that’s kind of like being...
“I’m Tired of Self-Improvement” Deciding what to keep trying to change and what to accept about yourself.