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Stupid Mistakes and Perfect Solutions Anna was having anxiety attacks in the morning on and off for the past two years. Therapist: “What happened two years ago?” Anna: “I was robbed while I went out for my morning jog.” Anna’s morning anxiety can be understood as anger that has been internalized from a loss of...
Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning The human mind can rapidly absorb and analyze new information as it flits from thought to thought. These quickly changing brain states may be encoded by synchronization of brain waves across different brain regions, according to a new study.
Ingredients of a Good Dad: What the Science Says It’s time for our moment in the sun: Father’s Day  -  the day we dads are officially honored before things go back to normal for the other 364 days of the year. While all that glory may feel undeserved at times, it turns out we might just matter more than...
When a stressful hospital stay makes you sick Beeping machines, frequent needle sticks, unpredictable waits and sleep deprivation are among the barrage of stressors that some doctors say contribute to post-hospital syndrome.
Teens are drinking, smoking and fighting less, but screen time is up The government’s latest study of worrisome behavior shows that teens are texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers.
Slender Man Twelve year old girls charged with first-degree attempted homicide. Unbelievable! Are they responsible for their actions or do we need to look for other causes? Should we blame the victim? The weapon? The parents? Religion? Politics? The media? The girls attributed their behavior to the fictional character Slender Man. Perhaps we should also blame him...
How To Survive A BBQ, Party, Or Other Work Event Some people love office parties. Others would rather be stuck at an airport. With a toothache....
Ray Kurzweil’s ‘Hybrid Thinking’ Misunderstands the Brain Ray Kurzweil’s presentation of 'Hybrid Thinking' does not grasp the biological operations of the brain and consciousness. Sentience and the limbic-cortical play is what makes us human. His hybrid would make us robotic and more like a machine. I find this a scary proposition.
Father’s Day, Anxiety Day I love my father and the rest of my family, but, holidays have always brought me anxiety which I could never fully place, or understand. It starts when I go to Target and see the rows of father’s day cards waiting to be purchased. It triggers me knowing that the...
When good people do bad things: Being in a group makes some people lose touch with their personal moral beliefs Researchers find that being in a group makes some people lose touch with their personal moral beliefs. When people get together in groups, unusual things can happen -- both good and bad. Groups create important social institutions that an individual could not achieve alone, but there can be a darker side to such alliances: Belonging to a group makes people more likely to harm others outside the group.
Fungal protein found to cross blood-brain barrier In a remarkable series of experiments on a fungus that causes cryptococcal meningitis, a deadly infection of the membranes that cover the spinal cord and brain, investigators have isolated a protein that appears to be responsible for the fungus' ability to cross from the bloodstream into the brain.
‘We Would Need a Monument 5 Times Bigger than We can do more to prevent gun-related mental health deaths. But probably not the deaths you’re thinking of. You’re probably thinking of all those high-profile, media-driven mass shootings that apparently are becoming more and more common. You might even think the shooter’s mental health is a big component of identifying...
Why We “Click” With Some People and Not With I have always been fascinated by this question. With some of my friends, we can go for years without connecting. Yet, when we do come back together, it feels like no time has passed. With other friends, however, the process is much less organic. There seem to be inbuilt “requirements”...
Alcohol abuse damage in neurons at a molecular scale identified for first time New research has identified, for the first time, the structural damage caused at a molecular level to the brain by the chronic excessive abuse of alcohol. In concrete, the research team has determined the alterations produced in the neurons of the prefrontal zone of the brain (the most advanced zone in terms of evolution and that which controls executive functions such as planning, designing strategies, working memory, selective attention or control of behavior. This research opens up pathways for generating new pharmaceutical drugs and therapies that enhance the life of alcoholic persons and reduce the morbimortality due to alcoholism.
Is the Fault in Our Stars? The Psychology of Belief in Fate Taking a close look at the explanations we offer, especially our sense of events being destined to happen, when we experience both the highs and lows of life. How much of your life was "meant to be?"
Neurostimulator implanted for epilepsy A recently FDA-approved device that uses electric stimulation of the brain to treat adult epilepsy patients whose seizures have not responded to medication has been implanted by an American hospital.
How the body regulates high levels of CO2 in the blood The importance of a specific group of neurons found in a region of the brain known as the retrotrapezoid nucleus (RTN) in detecting changes in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and in modulating the activity of the neuronal groups that control respiratory activity has been confirmed by researchers. The group's work has demonstrated that the respiratory changes caused by the increase in CO2 levels are compromised during the occurrence of selective destruction of the RTN neurons that express Phox2b.
Immune response affects sleep and memory Sickness-induced insomnia is common because of the link between the brain and the immune system. Fighting off illness- rather than the illness itself- causes sleep deprivation and affects memory, a new study has found. Biologists said a common perception is that if you are sick, you sleep more. But the study, carried out in flies, found that sickness induced insomnia is quite common.
Required to Hear False Information – and Pay for Starting later this year, if you want to get a divorce in Oklahoma and you have kids younger than 18, you are going to have to take a course first, and pay for it yourself. Among the topics to be included in the course is “the effects divorce has on...
A Technique for Feeling Painful Feelings Many of us avoid feeling our feelings because we worry that feeling them will be more painful than just pretending they don’t exist. Or we assume they’ll simply skulk away (and stay away permanently). However, according to therapist and author Tina Gilbertson, LPC, in her book Constructive Wallowing: How to...