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The Psychology of Storytelling and Empathy, Animated I want to tell you a story about two neurochemicals...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Being shorter may lead to feelings of inferiority Study shows people who had their height "virtually lowered" felt inferior and mistrustful.
Stress reduces when shared Study suggests sharing your feelings of stress with someone having a similar emotional reaction to the same situation reduces levels of stress more than sharing them with someone who is not.
Imaging technique shows brain anatomy change in women with MS, depression A multicenter research team used a new, automated technique to identify shrinkage of a mood-regulating brain structure in a large sample of women with MS who also have a certain type of depression.
Sex-specific patterns of recovery from newborn brain injury revealed by animal study Physicians have long known that oxygen deprivation to the brain around the time of birth causes worse damage in boys than girls. Now a study by researchers conducted in mice reveals one possible reason behind this gender disparity and points to gender-specific mechanisms of brain repair following such injury.
Worry on the brain: Researchers find new area linked to anxiety Previous studies of anxiety in the brain have focused on the amygdala, but a team of researchers had a hunch that understanding a different brain area, the lateral septum (LS), could provide more clues into how the brain processes anxiety. Their instincts paid off -- the team has found a neural circuit that connects the LS with other brain structures in a manner that directly influences anxiety.
Does caregiving cause psychological stress? Study of female twins says it depends A newly published study shows that the associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress (depression, anxiety, perceived stress and perceived mental health) depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing -- and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.
Revealing how the brain recognizes speech sounds Researchers are reporting a detailed account of how speech sounds are identified by the human brain. The finding, they said, may add to our understanding of language disorders, including dyslexia.
How to cope with football withdrawal symptoms after Superbowl ends Once the Super Bowl ends, millions of fans will go through withdrawal symptoms from not being able to watch football. In a new article, a psychiatrist describes the effects this has on the brain and offers tips on how fans can cope.
The Abandoned Baby Yesterday, an 8-year-old child, Gabrielle, was brought to me. When she was born, her biological father gave her away to a relative. From birth, her biological mother completely abandoned her and never appeared to her up to this day.A number of weeks ago, when Gabrielle found out that her caretakers are not her real father and mother, she began to cry, give blank stares, and exhibit wild or violent behavior. Several days ago, Gabrielle lost interest to continue school. She-s unable to talk anymore and her hands would stiffen or not move.
Does Our Height Influence Our Mental Health? Experiment in virtual reality shows that reducing a person's height can increase feelings of vulnerability and raise levels of paranoia.read more
Brain Map of Love and Desire Is there any connection between love and sexual desire in the brain?→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
The #1 Feature of a Meaningless Job How much worse off would other people be if your job didn't exist?read more
Heavy kindergartners far more likely to be obese teens A child's weight in kindergarten can foreshadow a struggle with obesity later in life, and the warning signals probably start even earlier.
For vets, rehab rather than prison "Veterans Courts" give former military service members a chance to get treatment rather than do time.
Eating disorder garners more attention Binge eating is the most common eating disorder among men.
Two stressed people equals less stress: Sharing nervous feelings helps reduce stress Does giving a speech in public stress you out? Or writing a big presentation for your boss? What about skydiving? One way to cope, according to a new study, is to share your feelings with someone who is having a similar emotional reaction to the same scenario.
Child savings accounts promote positive social-emotional development, study finds A college savings account in a child's name not only gives parents hope for the future, it also results in improved social-emotional health for their children, research demonstrates.
Lightwaves used by neuroscientists to improve brain tumor surgery First-of-its-kind research shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on one of the most common and deadliest types of brain tumor.
Death 2.0 A major but relatively quiet revolution is taking place within the universe of death and dying in America as we gradually confront our final taboo through digital technology. read more