|Correct connections are crucial
||Investigators have been examining the use of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease in an attempt to optimize treatment effectiveness.
|Heat Wave Temperatures Make It Tougher to Do the Right Thing
||As millions of people endure record-breaking heat waves, a new study reminds us of the psychological impact high temperatures can have on prosocial behaviors.
|Who Wakes Up When?
||Whether you’re a morning person or whether you prefer to burn the midnight oil may have a lot to do with your age and sex. That’s according to a comprehensive study in which researchers compiled twelve years’ worth of sleep diary entries from more than fifty thousand people – enough...
|The Knee-Jerk Apologist
||Why do some people apologize for everything?
|A unique amino acid for brain cancer therapy
||Photodynamic therapy is often used to treat brain tumors because of its specificity — it can target very small regions containing cancerous cells while sparing the normal cells around it from damage. It works by injecting a drug called a photosensitizer into the bloodstream, where it gathers in cells, and then exposing the drug-filled cells to light. When the photosensitizer is exposed to this light, it emits what is known as a reactive oxygen species (ROS) that causes the cells to die.
|Toxic Relationships: Accept or Reject?
||The more things change, the more people seem to stay the same. Trying to change others is almost always a waste of time.
|Best of Our Blogs: June 23, 2017
||There are certain things that need to happen in order for healing to take place. One of the first things is awareness. Most of are stuck in our situations never believing there could be something better. Maybe we don’t think we deserve it. Maybe we … ...
|How the Enneagram leads to self-discovery
||We’re big fans of the personality theory of the Enneagram at Watersedge and are always on the look out for new resources to learn more. This week we discovered a podcast and book we can’t wait to share with you. In episode 4 of the Shauna Niequist podcast, Shauna interviews priest and author Ian Cron […]
|Spinal cord injury: Using cortical targets to improve motor function
||New research provides the first evidence that cortical targets could represent a novel therapeutic site for improving motor function in humans paralyzed by spinal cord injury.
|This Is Your Brain On Gossip
||We talk a lot. We are the only species on the planet that exchange information predominantly through talking. Other species, such as dolphins or primates, have their own languages, but they do not rely on verbal communication to the same degree, almost to the exclusion … ...
|How pheromones trigger female sexual behavior
||A new study showed how a male pheromone in mice enhances sexual behaviors in females -- and how it may enhance a different behavior, aggression, in males -- by identifying distinct neural circuits and neurons that generate a particular behavioral response to specific chemical signals. The findings point to a model for further investigating how sex-specific innate behaviors in living things are controlled.
|The Emotion That Does Motivate Behaviour After All
||The emotion helped people make healthier choices.
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|Using Metaphors as a Clinical Tool
||Metaphors have been used in various forms of psychotherapy for decades and for good reason. They are a memorable and effective way of helping to solidify and make concrete the many facets of what it means to be human, and can help patients understand the meaning … ...
|UV-sensing protein in brain of marine annelid zooplankton
||Larvae of a marine ragworm Platynereis dumerilii have been studied as a zooplankton model, and possess photoreceptor cells in the brain to regulate circadian swimming behavior. This study revealed that a photoreceptive protein in the brain photoreceptor cells is UV (ultra-violet) sensitive. Since avoidance of UV irradiation is a major cause of a large-scale daily movement of zooplankton, the UV sensor in the brain would be important for physiology and ecology of the zooplankton model.
|Select memories can be erased, leaving others intact
||Different types of memories stored in the same neuron of the marine snail Aplysia can be selectively erased, according to a new study.
|Rare cells are 'window into the gut' for the nervous system
||Specialized cells in the gut sense potentially noxious chemicals and trigger electrical impulses in nearby nerve fibers, according to a new study, report scientists.
|On Trying Too Hard with Depression
||There’s such a thing as trying too hard. Anyone who has ever suffered through a case of insomnia knows this well. The harder you try to sleep, the less rest you get. Sleep only comes if you can relax and let go. It’s true for … ...
|Feeling Powerful Changes How We Respond To Being Stared At
||Perceiving ourselves to be higher in status can buffer us from feeling intimidated.
|Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?
||Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.
|Video games can change your brain
||Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction.