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Intervention: Getting Addicts into Treatment The Client Margaret, a 29-year-old married mother of two preschool aged children, starts in therapy at the insistence of her husband, Jason, who wants her to stop drinking and popping pills. In the first session, she tells you there is nothing wrong with her behaviors, and it’s her husband who’s...
'All systems go' for a paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup All systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: on June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick. The system records electrical activity in the patient's brain and translates that to action. It also gives the patient tactile feedback using sensitive artificial skin.
Using Curiosity to Improve Your Relationship When we interact with our partner, we may jump to conclusions, make assumptions and judge them — without our partner even uttering a word. We may assume our partners are late from work because they took on another project — like usual. We may assume they forgot to make dinner...
Psych Central Seeks New Blogger for ‘Celebrity Psychings’ Hello, sweet readers! It’s with a bittersweet smile that I announce I’m resigning my role as writer for ‘Celebrity Psychings.’ With the help of Dr. John Grohol and Psych Central, I started ‘Celebrity Psychings’ in 2008 in hopes of using celebrity events as ways to educate readers, promote mental health...
Noticing Your Body From the Inside Out Right now I’m reading the book Living with Your Body & Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggle with Body Image Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by therapist Emily Sandoz, Ph.D, and writer Troy DuFrene. In it, Sandoz defines body image as simply how the body...
The Surprising Number of Secrets We Keep in Relationships You may wonder if it’s wise to keep secrets from your closest relationship partner. New research shows how surprisingly common this is, and what it means about your own intimacy.
Teaming up with Google to find autism cause The cause of autism is still unknown, but researchers hope harnessing the power of Google will help them solve this neurodevelopmental puzzle.
Inside the adult ADHD brain: Differences between adults who have recovered, and those who have not Brain scans differentiate adults who have recovered from childhood ADHD and those whose difficulties linger, research shows. In the first study to compare patterns of brain activity in adults who recovered from childhood ADHD and those who did not, neuroscientists have discovered key differences in a brain communication network that is active when the brain is at wakeful rest and not focused on a particular task. The findings offer evidence of a biological basis for adult ADHD and should help to validate the criteria used to diagnose the disorder.
Human stem cells used to create light-sensitive retina in a dish Using a type of human stem cell, researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of responding to light, the first step in the process of converting it into visual images.
How Sleep Helps Memories Form While researchers have long known that sleep is an important part of maintaining our overall health and mental health, they haven’t always known exactly how this happened. But in an amazing new study published recently in Science, two researchers now have a better understanding of the process of how sleep...
MRI shows brain abnormalities in late preterm infants Babies born 32 to 36 weeks into gestation may have smaller brains and other brain abnormalities that could lead to long-term developmental problems, according to a new study. Researchers focused on moderate and late preterm (MLPT) babies -- those born between 32 weeks, zero days, and 36 weeks, six days, into gestation. MLPT babies account for approximately 80 percent of all preterm births and are responsible for much of the rise in the rates of preterm birth over the last 20 years.
Insomnia: Sleep loss causes brain vulnerability to toxic elements In search of the answer to why do we sleep, researcher have now revealed that chronic sleep loss can cause certain neurotoxic molecules, which normally circulate in the blood, to be transported to the central nervous system and interfere with the function of neurons. The longer the insomnia, the more junctions of cerebral blood vessels begin to degrade.
World cup: Why mirror neurons play a part in jubilation The FIFA World Cup starts next Thursday in Brazil. When you, as a soccer fan, join in the celebrations because your favorite team wins or are extremely crestfallen at a defeat then the so-called mirror neurons are in play.
Eating is Yoga   The Sanskrit root of the word “yoga” means “to yoke.” Therefore, yoga is literally union. In truth, all of your existence is yoga. You are made of this world. You depend on this world. If this world ends— locally or globally—you end too. There is no absolute self-sufficiency, and therefore...
Do You Ever Feel Invisible? Every Tuesday, my post features a theme from my upcoming novel, “Don’t Try to Find Me” (available July 8.)  Today, I’m writing about how feeling invisible can cause people to seek validation in all the wrong places.  This is especially true for teenagers and young adults, but even for older people, there’s...
The 4 Roles Fathers Play When Mothers Are Unloving As Father's Day approaches. some daughters (and sons) will find themselves re-thinking the roles their dads played in their lives and may come up a bit short when it comes to celebrating them sincerely. For some children, Father's Day is painful.
How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory The physical changes in the motor cortex that result from learning and sleep.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss
Quality vs. Quanity I know many of us worry about the time we spend with our children. I for one, having a large family worry daily if I’m spending enough time with each of my children. Between running to social activities, counseling services and the other activities we find ourselves engulfed in, it...
Best of Our Blogs: June 10, 2014 Every moment is a choice. You can choose to be the slow moving sand under the fast changing current. You can be the rock or you can be flexible like the branches of a tree. You can choose to be your circumstance, your illness, your childhood, your tragedy. But you...
Need to Bounce Back RIGHT NOW? Try these 4 things If you’re in a spot where you feel like you need to bounce back right now, here’s what I want you to do:  1. Take a deep breath. Now, before you roll your eyes, let’s look at why this is important. Taking a deep breath does a couple of very...