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Hypnosis extends restorative slow-wave sleep Sleeping well is a crucial factor contributing to our physical and mental restoration. SWS in particular has a positive impact for instance on memory and the functioning of the immune system. During periods of SWS, growth hormones are secreted, cell repair is promoted and the defence system is stimulated. If you feel sick or have
Same face, many first impressions Slight variations in how an individual face is viewed can lead people to develop significantly different first impressions of that individual, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our findings suggest that impressions from still photos of individuals could be deeply misleading,” says psychological scientist and study author Alexander Todorov of
Poor sleep equal to binge drinking, marijuana use in predicting academic problems A new study shows that college students who are poor sleepers are much more likely to earn worse grades and withdraw from a course than healthy sleeping peers. Results show that sleep timing and maintenance problems in college students are a strong predictor of academic problems even after controlling for other factors that contribute to
Even at infancy, humans can visually identify objects that stand out Even by three months of age, babies are visually able to locate objects that stand out from a group, a York University study has found. “For example, an infant can pick a red umbrella in a sea of grey ones,” says Psychology Professor Scott Adler in the Faculty of Health, who led the research. “This
Ambigamy: A Mini-Festo For Living The Good Double-Life Ambigamy: Being ambivalently committed, torn between the virtues of dedication and flexibility, devotion and skepticism, dependency and independence. And also the key to a sustainably amusing way of life.
Getting Suckered by a Killer How many people must that mass murderer have fooled about who he was and what he was about to do before he went on a rampage and killed six people and injured many more? It happened just outside of the campus of UC Santa Barbara, the university I’ve been associated...
Put Down the Fork: A Mindful Parenting Mantra A few weeks ago, I was on a retreat as part of a year-long course I recently took on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. (For the record, the course meets in person in the Boston area and online for those of you around the world, and it’s fantastic. If you’re a mental...
#100 Then Sang His Soul Aristocrats-hat via Compfight My father loved to sing. Born of a musical family, he had a rich bass voice that graced many a church choir and rang out frequently around our home. Looking back, I have always thought that singing was not only a means of expression for my father,...
Accepting a Diagnosis of Mental Illness I can remember when I was told that I was crazy. It was an apex in my life resulting from nearly two years of skewed thinking and symptoms so bad I could barely leave my house. The diagnosis came three days into my week-long stay at the Boulder Community Hospital...
Antipsychotic medication during pregnancy does affect babies A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies. The observational study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reveals that whilst most women gave birth to healthy babies, the use of mood stabilisers or higher doses of antipsychotics during pregnancy increased the need for special care after birth with
Speaking two languages benefits the aging brain New research reveals that bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition later in life. Findings published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, show that individuals who speak two or more languages, even those who acquired the second language in adulthood, may slow down cognitive decline from aging.
Nearly 1 in 8 American children are maltreated before age 18 By the time they reach age 18, about 12% of American children experience a confirmed case of maltreatment in the form of neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University. The numbers are even more sobering for black and Native American children, with one in five black
Study finds that suicides are far more likely to occur after midnight A new study provides novel evidence suggesting that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening. Results show that the weighted, scaled mean suicide rate per hour was 10.27 percent after midnight, peaking at 16.27 percent between 2 a.m. and 2:59 a.m.  In contrast, the
Shining a light on memory: It’s all about strengthened connections between neurons Using a flash of light, scientists have inactivated and then reactivated a memory in genetically engineered rats. The study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, is the first cause-and-effect evidence that strengthened connections between neurons are the stuff of memory. “Our results add to mounting evidence that the brain represents a memory by forming
Researchers learn how to erase a memory — and restore it Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have erased and reactivated memories in rats, profoundly altering the animals’ reaction to past events. The study, published in the June 1 advanced online issue of the journal Nature, is the first to show the ability to selectively remove a memory and predictably reactivate it
Neuron tells stem cells to grow new neurons Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons. Though the experiments are in their early stages, the finding opens the tantalizing possibility that the brain may be able to repair itself from within. Neuroscientists have suspected for some
Marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality A new study suggests that marijuana use is associated with impaired sleep quality. Results show that any history of cannabis use was associated with an increased likelihood of reporting difficulty falling asleep, struggling to maintain sleep, experiencing non-restorative sleep, and feeling daytime sleepiness. The strongest association was found in adults who started marijuana use before
Study links evening blue light exposure to increased hunger A new study suggests that blue-enriched light exposure immediately before and during the evening meal may increase hunger and alter metabolism. Results show that blue-enriched light exposure, compared with dim light exposure, was associated with an increase in hunger that began 15 minutes after light onset and was still present almost two hours after the
Like some happiness with that? Study suggests fast food cues hurt ability to savor experiences Want to be able to smell the roses? You might consider buying into a neighbourhood where there are more sit-down restaurants than fast-food outlets, suggests a new paper from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The paper looks at how exposure to fast food can push us to be more impatient and that
How to Forgive Those Who Have Wronged You Have you ever felt wronged or abused by someone? Everyone at some point or another has felt disappointed in and disillusioned by others’ words or actions. We all create images of specific roles we desire certain people to play in our lives. We long for the comfort of family, friends,...