|Molecular switches for age-related memory decline? A genetic variant protects against brain aging
||Even among the healthiest individuals, memory and cognitive abilities decline with age. This aspect of normal aging can affect an individual's quality of life and capability to live independently, but the rate of decline is variable across individuals. There are many factors that can influence this trajectory, but perhaps none more importantly than genetics.
|Why It’s So Easy to Talk to an Introvert
||Despite the general belief that people high in introversion are difficult to talk to, they may actually be the easiest. If you’re in need of someone to provide you with support and understanding, you may find that the introvert is your best bet.
|Seeing 'Jesus in toast' phenomenon perfectly normal, professor says
||Researchers have found that the phenomenon of “face pareidolia” -- where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toasts, shrouds, and clouds -- is normal and based on physical causes.
|3 Facts about Feelings
||Many of us have an uncomfortable relationship with our feelings. We might stuff down our sadness or sweep away our anger. We might even have trouble identifying what we’re feeling in the first place. This isn’t surprising. According to psychotherapist Joyce Marter, LCPC, we’re socialized to mask our feelings. We...
|What Does Your Musical Taste Say About You?
||New research suggests that our musical preferences offers a window into our personality. Whats on your smartphone? The Jesus Lizard? Coltrane? Huey Lewis and the News? Bob Dylan? Led Zeppelin? Ludacris? Lynyrd Skynyrd? Prince? Read on to figure out what this says about you....
|Are You an Enneagram Type 4, the Romantic?
||Not only do 4-Romantics often have gifts of expression, such as being musical, artistic, and/or good with words, they often feel the need to express themselves. This partially explains 4-Romantic artistic geniuses such as Beethoven, Billy Holiday, Edvard Munch, and Charles Baudelaire.
|A Blood Test for Depression
||Connection found between a brain network implicated in depression and levels of serotonin in the bloodstream.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Tracking the chemical calling card of a killer stroke: New research hopes to decode molecular messages in brain
||It’s been called a “thunderclap” headache – a sudden intense pain that’s the hallmark of a rare but usually deadly type of stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). If the initial event doesn’t kill, as many as 30% of patients will suffer further strokes within two weeks from a blockage caused by blood vessels in spasm. Now, a neurosurgeon is hoping to someday prevent these secondary strokes by decoding – and harnessing - the frenzied molecular messages produced by a stroke-choked brain.
|Dream Big, or Be Practical?
||A dream of mine is soon coming true: My novel, “Don’t Try to Find Me”, will be released in hardcover on July 8. As thrilled as I am, I’ve learned that realizing your dream doesn’t stop the laundry from piling up, or the kid from having a tantrum. It doesn’t...
|Trauma, Imagery, Remembrance and Healing
||Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far I have come. Anyone with a history of trauma who is aware of its impact in their life might know what I mean. It’s like this: there are a lot of sounds, noises, smells and sights that I can enjoy with great relish...
|How Safe is Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis?
||In California, Hawaii and Washington, the percentage of fatally injured drivers with cannabis in their systems grew an average 6.6 percent after medical marijuana laws increased access to the drug. Now with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the question of how cannabis impacts driving is even...
|Gender may contribute to recovery time after concussion
||A study of concussion patients using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) found that males took longer to recover after concussion than females did. Results of the study show that DTI can be used as a bias-free way to predict concussion outcome. Each year, more than 17 million Americans suffer a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), more commonly known as a concussion, of which approximately 15 percent suffer persistent symptoms beyond three months.
|Using rational argument to change minds
||I have a longer piece in the latest issue of Contributoria: What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds? Here’s a few snips from the opening: Are we, the human species, unreasonable? Do rational arguments have any power to sway us, or is it all intuition, hidden motivations, and various other forms […]
|Steve McQueen Changing Diapers
||My sister got married in the 70s. I was only six but I still remember her walking down the aisle, while my brother-in-law-to-be awaits her in his best pair of bell bottoms. He was a modern man, and as such he was a husband who “helped”. He helped in all...
|Best of Our Blogs: May 6, 2014
||I know things are getting bad when I’m trying to brush my teeth and do tai chi. Simultaneously. Or when I’m talking on the phone while listening to a podcast. The worst days are when I’m feeding the baby, cooking dinner, doing the laundry and trying to get through my...
|American Psychological Association Appoints New Senior Director, PsycINFO
|Adults at Higher Risk of Suicide Attempt if Parent Abused Alcohol, Research Finds
||Having divorced parents who also abused alcohol did not increase suicide risk, according to study
|What not to do when you're angry
||Anger can compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks in ways that could be dangerous for you or the people around you.
|How (and why) we should celebrate Mother's Day
||Research confirms that while raising children, a variety of factors can influence the perception of time, including emotion and attention.
|Happy Birthday Sigmund Freud!
Today marks 158th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud. Or at least, today marks the day most frequently identified as the day Freud was born. The day on which Freud himself believed he was born. The traditional date differs from the one given in town records where he was born, which list March 6, 1856 as the correct birth date. ...Read Full Post