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Neuroscientists find differing rhythms coordinate the neural activity governing movement Although we are seldom aware of it, even simple motor actions like lifting a hand depend on complex communication processes between multiple structures in different parts of the brain. Recent studies show that rhythmic activities of groups of neurons may be fundamental to neuronal communication. However, we still have only a poor understanding of the
Seeking the causes of hyperactivity: Scientists identify key protein The 60 trillion cells that comprise our bodies communicate constantly.  Information travels when chemical compounds released by some cells are received by receptors in the membrane of another cell. In a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the OIST Cell Signal Unit, led by Professor Tadashi Yamamoto, reported that mice lacking an intracellular trafficking protein called
Tips for Transitioning Graduates Into the Real World As the end of the school year approaches, expectations and anxiety begin to loom in equal measure. Prior to graduation, the notion that “now life really begins” fills people with giddy anticipation. However, there are several unexpected challenges that can take the young graduate by surprise, dismaying their parents who...
OCD: The Surprising Truth 94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts.→ 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:8 Ways to Defeat Persistent Unwanted Thoughts The Surprising Motivational Power of Self-Compassion How to Avoid Being Distracted From Your Goals What Can Self-Control Do For You? 10 New Studies Provide Surprising Answers How to Give The Slip to Persistent Negative Thoughts
Facebook Use Reflects Your Personality in Surprising Ways The widespread adoption of Facebook among people of all ages and nationalities suggests that it taps into some deep human need. However, everyone’s Facebook use differs. This 20 question quiz will reveal what your Facebook habits say about your own needs for connection and where some of the danger signs may lurk.
Being Your Child’s Advocate I’ve mentioned before in this blog that my daughter’s had some delays.  Recently, she had an occupational therapy evaluation where the possibility of apraxia (a lifelong motor processing issue that needs heavy-duty therapy for years) was raised. I went into a bit of a panic as I learned more about...
More Questions to Help You Deepen Your Connection with Communication is key for couples. This isn’t only important when conflict arises; it’s also important on a regular basis to help bolster your bond. In February, we asked experts to share meaningful or thought-provoking questions partners can ask each other. (You can find the questions in this piece.) These questions...
How To Find A Healthy Partner A patient recently came in complaining that she can’t find a healthy romantic partner. She said she keeps choosing men who just don’t know how to be happy. Regardless of how well their life is going, she said they are always complaining about something. And nothing she ever does seems...
5 Reasons Bans on Designer Drugs Won’t Work Although “designer drugs” have been around for decades, newer formulations such as Spice, bath salts and Smiles have become a popular choice among teens and young adults. Designed to mimic the effects of illicit drugs, these drugs are manmade in secret labs and then sold online, at clubs and raves,...
Couples need just one conversation to decide not to have children Many couples agree not to have children after only one discussion, and sometimes none at all, the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds heard today. [Friday 25 April 2014] Edina Kurdi, of Middlesex University, said that 40% of the childless women she surveyed for a study had either not talked about having children, or
Scientists find connection between gene mutation, key symptoms of autism Scientists have known that abnormal brain growth is associated with autism spectrum disorder. However, the relationship between the two has not been well understood. Now, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown that mutations in a specific gene that is disrupted in some individuals with autism results in tooRead More
Know your enemy: Oligomers’ role in the development of Parkinson’s disease Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have drawn up the most detailed ‘image of the enemy’ to date of one of the body’s most important players in the development of Parkinson’s disease. This provides much greater understanding of the battle taking place when the disease occurs – knowledge that is necessary if we are to understand
It’s not all wedded bliss: Marital stress linked to depression Marital stress may make people more vulnerable to depression, according to a recent study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers and their colleagues. The long-term study, published in the April 2014 Journal of Psychophysiology, shows that people who experience chronic marital stress are less able to savor positive experiences, a hallmark of depression. They are also moreRead More
Study finds almost half of homeless men had traumatic brain injury in their life Almost half of all homeless men who took part in a study by St. Michael’s Hospital had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury in their life and 87 per cent of those injuries occurred before the men lost their homes. While assaults were a major cause of those traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, (60
Revolutionary ‘metamaterial’ has potential to reshape neurosurgery The development of graphene—a highly advanced metamaterial with many unique and varied properties—may lead to exciting new applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, according to a report in the May issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.Read More
Biologists discover a key regulator in the pacemakers of our brain Biologists have discovered how an outer shield over T-type channels change the electrochemical signaling of heart and brain cells.  Understanding how these shields work will help researchers eventually develop a new class of drugs for treating epilepsy, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The study from the University of Waterloo is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry today
Are You Crazy? As a hypnopsychotherapist, I’m used to working with people who have been experiencing all manner of emotional and psychological difficulties. In fact, there must be very few such difficulties that I haven’t seen and worked with over the years. Often people tell me that they have tried just about everything...
Thoughts on ABC’s “Black Box” In case you missed it, last night was the premier of ABC’s new show, “Black Box.” In the show a neurologist named Catherine Black, played by Kelly Reilly, has bipolar disorder – and sometimes she doesn’t take her meds. Here’s what I like about the show so far: 1. She...
Introspective Intelligence: How and When To Know Thyself Introspective Intelligence is a simple model for understanding the benefits and costs of self-awareness and for choosing more effectively when to believe and doubt your interpretation of yourself. It has things in common with Emotional and Personal Intelligence and yet is distinct in key ways.
Key regulator in pacemakers of our brain, heart discovered Biologists have discovered how an outer shield over T-type channels change the electrochemical signaling of heart and brain cells. Understanding how these shields work will help researchers eventually develop a new class of drugs for treating epilepsy, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The researchers discovered T-type channels in the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis, can shift from using calcium ions to using sodium ions to generate the electrical signal because of an outer shield of amino acids called a turret situated above the channel's entrance.