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New cause of epilepsy revealed by research The first evidence that hyaluronic acid plays a role in epileptic seizures has been revealed, providing a potential new approach for treatments. While epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders—affecting approximately 1 percent of the population worldwide—it is one of the least understood. It is characterized by recurrent spontaneous seizures caused by the abnormal firing of neurons. Although epilepsy treatment is available and effective for about 70 percent of cases, a substantial number of patients could benefit from a new therapeutic approach.
New sensor system detects early signs of concussion in real time A wireless health-monitoring system that detects early signs of traumatic brain injury by continuously monitoring various brain and neural functions has been developed by engineers. "Wearable nanosensor systems can detect the severity of head injury by quantifying force of impact, be it light or violent," said an expert involved in the study. "In real time, our system continuously monitors neural activity and recognizes the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury, such as drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, sensitivity to light and anxiety."
Fear, Anger, Hate – and What We Can Learn The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine about difficult friendships and how to handle them. My friend mentioned his personal regrets over a recent dustup with a mutual friend. At that point I shocked him – and myself – by announcing there are people in this...
6 Intriguing Types of Synesthesia: Tasting Words, Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colours And More Some of the most common and most rare forms of synesthesia.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Synesthesia Could Explain How Some People See ‘Auras’ Our Memory for Sounds is Worse Than Touch or Sight Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? The Psychology of Nostalgia (in under 300 words) The Psychology of Flow (in under 300 words)
The Importance of Negative Thinking How thinking negatively can prepare you for the obstacles that will inevitably come your way and allow you to pass your peers.
Is Our Current Culture a Haven For Narcissists? Research has shown that narcissism is on the rise. Social media has normalized self promotion and rendered once disparaged egocentricity or immodesty, acceptable. Why has our world moved in this direction? There is a spectrum of narcissism. This blog explores healthy and unhealthy, pros and cons.
Monthly Meditation: April Showers Bring May Flowers This post is part of Your Body, Your Mind’s “Monthly Meditation” series, designed to provide readers with an idea or thought to meditate on during the month. First, let me start by saying Happy May, sweet readers! I know some of you (especially those on the east coast here in...
On Friendships History, not biology, transformed a separate self into a lonely one.
Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Summer Beretsky This is the third installment of our monthly series, which features individuals living with and thriving with mental illness. I wanted to share this series because even though having a mental illness is hard – really hard – we don’t hear enough stories about people who are doing well. We don’t hear...
A Closer Look at Kolb's Four Styles of Learning Psychologist and educational theorist David Kolb developed a four-stage learning cycle designed to describe how learning by experience takes place. This experiential learning cycle contains four different phases: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation. According to Kolb, we can begin at any point in this cycle. Learning, he suggests, is essentially a process that involves looping around and around this cycle....Read Full Post
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Is Asking for Help a Sign of Weakness? John came into his session with big news to report. John had been working to push his comfort zone and turns out he had more courage then he thought possible. He had been feeling discouraged about his job for some time. Recently he took a risk and had a talk...
25 Excuses We Make To Justify Drinking I have a really bad hangover and a beer might help I’m on vacation! It’s bottomless mimosas..yeah! You can’t find this drink anywhere I have to have a Sapporo when I eat sushi I had a bad day My planes been delayed It’s Cinco de Mayo (or any other Holiday)...
Things You Know and Might Not Know About ADHD Milos Milosevic via Compfight Sure, you’ve been reading ADHD blogs, and you’ve got your subscription to ADDitude Magazine. You’re a webinar junkie and you’ve been using ADD Crusher’s instructional videos to crush your ADHD. You’ve read the ADHD classics and all the latest, including ADHD According to Zoë – The...
Want to Take Better Notes? Get the Lead Out One of the modern challenges for classroom teachers, especially at the college level, is how to deal with student use of laptops and other personal technology in the classroom. A new study suggests that, even when used solely for notes, laptops may not always be the best choice.
Working memory differs by parents’ education; effects persist into adolescence Working memory—the ability to hold information in your mind, think about it, and use it to guide behavior—develops through childhood and adolescence, and is key for successful performance at school and work. Previous research with young children has documented socioeconomic disparities in performance on tasks of working memory. Now a new longitudinal study has found
Babies recognize real-life objects from pictures as early as 9 months Babies begin to learn about the connection between pictures and real objects by the time they are nine-months-old, according to a new study by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of South Carolina. The research, published today in Child Development, found that babies can learn about a toy from a photograph of
Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing Children under 14 are more likely than adults to be ‘blinded’ to their surroundings when focusing on simple things, finds a new UCL study. It explains a somewhat frustrating experience familiar to many parents and carers: young children fail to notice their carer trying to get their attention because they have little capacity to spot
MRI shows disrupted connections in the brains of young people with ADHD A new study has found that children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have disrupted connections between different areas of the brain that are evident on resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rfMRI). The results of this research are published online in the journal Radiology. The findings point to the potential of rfMRI to help
Stereotypes waning? Women leaders perceived as effective as male counterparts When it comes to being perceived as effective leaders, women are rated as highly as men, and sometimes higher – a finding that speaks to society’s changing gender roles and the need for a different management style in today’s globalized workplace, according to a meta-analysis published by the American Psychological Association. “When all leadership contexts