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3 Ways to Develop a Spiritual Practice There are just as many thoughts and definitions of spirituality as there are people. That’s because spirituality is highly personal. “How I define it is different from how you define it,” said Polly Campbell, a blogger, speaker and author who specializes in spirituality, positive psychology and personal development. She described...
Scientists pinpoint how genetic mutation causes early brain damage Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shed light on how a specific kind of genetic mutation can cause damage during early brain development that results in lifelong learning and behavioral disabilities. The work suggests new possibilities for therapeutic intervention. The study, which focuses on the role of a gene [...]
Groundbreaking model explains how the brain learns to ignore familiar stimuli A neuroscientist from Trinity College Dublin has proposed a new, ground-breaking explanation for the fundamental process of ‘habituation’, which has never been completely understood by neuroscientists. Typically, our response to a stimulus is reduced over time if we are repeatedly exposed to it. This process of habituation enables organisms to identify and selectively ignore irrelevant, [...]
Depression linked to higher heart disease death risk in younger women Women  55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die or require artery-opening procedures if they’re moderately or severely depressed, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. “Women in this age group are also more likely to have depression, so this may be one of the ‘hidden’ risk factors [...]
Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids Parents who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are about one third less likely to have more children than families without an affected child, according to a study led by a UC San Francisco researcher. The findings, which appear in the June 18 issue of JAMA Psychiatry, stem from the largest study of its [...]
Moral tales with positive outcomes motivate kids to be honest A moral story that praises a character’s honesty is more effective at getting young children to tell the truth than a story that emphasizes the negative repercussions of lying, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that stories such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” [...]
How a new approach to funding Alzheimer’s research could pay off More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the affliction that erodes memory and other mental capacities, but no drugs targeting the disease have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2003. Now a paper by an MIT professor suggests that a revamped way of financing Alzheimer’s research could spur the [...]
Low cortisol levels may increase risk of depression in bipolar disorder Depression is almost twice as common, and poor quality of life almost five times as common, in people with bipolar disorder who have elevated or low levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, report this in a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. “In bipolar depression the [...]
Is Your Relationship Nourishing or Exhausting? We have a unique approach to romantic relationships—we think they should be easy. Yet, we encounter so many couples who tell us that their relationships are hard work. Why do these people stay in such relationships? Two basic reasons. 1) They prefer the known to the unknown. 2) They believe...
ADHD and Learning – A Different Approach for Different Jesus Solana via Compfight With a university or college graduation rate of 5% or less for young ADHD adults, clearly today’s post-secondary institutions have a long way to go before successfully engaging the special minds of ADHD students. With academic aspirations thwarted, many young ADHD adults go on to test...
Can Good Psychiatric Management be good enough to treat BPD DBT vs MBT vs SFT vs TFP...all are well-documented treatment approaches for Borderline Personality. But how do you help the borderline who can't commit to these intensive and expensive programs. Gunderson's description of "Good Psychiatric Management" may open up an approach more practical for more people.
Can You Be Bimusical? The benefits of bilingualism have become well known thanks to a wealth of work by linguists, psychologists, and neuroscientists. For even a casual music listener, these benefits raise an interesting question: might there be a condition parallel to bilingualism in the domain of music? Can you be bimusical?
The Final Post: Her Bipolar Life I am a writer. From the first book I published in kindergarten, to the post you are reading now, every step of the way, writing was important. Throughout the years, I wrote for the school newspaper, completed writing and editing internships at exciting companies in college, and earned a Bachelor of...
The Role of Connection in “Her” Spike Jonze’s “Her” made its debut in theaters last year. This refreshing and bold narrative emphasizes how connection unfolds in a society where technological advancement can potentially substitute substantial and tangible human contact. Set in Los Angeles in the near future, “Her” features Theodore Twombly — a kind, lonely and...
Portable brain-mapping device allows researchers to 'see' where memory fails The use of functional near infrared spectroscopy to map brain activity responses during cognitive activities allows researchers to "see" which brain region or regions fail to memorize or recall learned knowledge in student veterans with PTSD.
Childhood maltreatment associated with cerebral grey matter abnormalities An international study has analysed the association between childhood maltreatment and the volume of cerebral grey matter, responsible for processing information. The results revealed a significant deficit in various late developing regions of the brain after abuse. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), child maltreatment is defined as all forms of physical and/or emotional [...]
Blocking brain’s ‘internal marijuana’ may trigger early Alzheimer’s deficits, study shows A new study led by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine has implicated the blocking of endocannabinoids — signaling substances that are the brain’s internal versions of the psychoactive chemicals in marijuana and hashish — in the early pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. A substance called A-beta — strongly suspected to play a key [...]
Modeling how neurons work together A newly-developed, highly accurate representation of the way in which neurons behave when performing movements such as reaching could not only enhance understanding of the complex dynamics at work in the brain, but aid in the development of robotic limbs which are capable of more complex and natural movements. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, [...]
Study dismisses link between suicidal behaviour and ADHD drugs A new register-based study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that drug therapy for ADHD does not entail an increased risk of suicide attempts or   suicide, as was previously feared. The results are published in the  British Medical Journal (BMJ) . “Our work in several ways shows that most likely there is no link between treatment with ADHD [...]
Self-repairing mechanism can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases New research, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, has found that neurogenesis, the self-repairing mechanism of the adult brain, can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Prion or Parkinson’s. The progressive degeneration and death of the brain, occurring in many neurodegenerative diseases, is often seen as an unstoppable [...]