|Innovative, coordinated brain care could save billions of health care dollars
||A new patient and caregiver centered model of innovative, coordinated brain care for older adults not only improves health outcomes and quality of care for those with cognitive impairment. A new study shows that such care also produces impressive cost savings.
|Potential therapeutic target for deadly brain cancer
||New research identifies a potential characteristic for predicting outcome in a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme. Existing therapies based on genetic information have failed to effectively treat glioblastomas. Therefore, researchers are aggressively looking to find new molecular targets for this aggressive brain tumor.
|Higher blood pressure linked to lower tendency to worry
||Blood pressure modulates a person's tendency to worry and can be associated with a "tranquilizing" effect when elevated. This is indicated in a new study that reflects how we can implicitly learn to increase our blood pressure as a way of alleviating tension and emotional unease. A new study points out that our predisposition to worry is linked with blood pressure and baroreceptor reflex sensitivity, fundamental in the stabilization of blood pressure and activated by receptors located in the aortic and carotid arteries.
|Potential link between brain development, breast cancer gene found
||A surprising -- and crucial -- link between brain development and a gene whose mutation is tied to breast and ovarian cancer has been uncovered by researchers. Aside from better understanding neurological damage associated in a small percentage of people susceptible to breast cancers, the new work also helps to better understand the evolution of the brain.
|How rock star overcame bullying
||KISS's Paul Stanley transcended his situation to become the front man of one of the world's longest lasting and most successful bands.
|Here's Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied
||"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." ~ Epicurusâ†’ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|'Seven' triumphs in poll to discover worlds favourite number | Alex Bellos
||The results of an online
survey reveal a world in love with numbers that stand out and feel exceptionalBrides. Sages. Days. Seas. Sins. Sisters. Dwarves.When it comes to ancient myths, stories and traditions, humans have always favoured seven above other numbers. And this heptophilia continues to the present day. Continue reading...
|I-O Psychologists: How Much Do They Make?
||Ever since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identified industrial-organizational psychology (aka I-O psychology) as their number one fastest-growing career of the next decade, I've been getting a lot of questions from students interested in this specialty area. Many of the questions center on educational requirements, but the number one query relates to how much money I-O psychologists make....Read Full Post
|This blogger found Upworthy-style headlines very annoying. Youll find his response utterly plausible | Dean Burnett
people are constantly complaining about the current trend to write Upworthy-style
headlines, but why does such a seemingly-harmless thing cause such
annoyance? The science and psychology behind it really wont blow your mind There are plenty of bad things going on in the world right now. Climate change, brutal dictatorships, endless wars, Nigel Farage, and so on. Faced with all that, it seems incredibly churlish to get worked up about sites using Upworthy-style headlines to get attention. But it is annoying! Massively so. Im not the first person to say this; its an increasingly common complaint.But why is it so annoying? Whats the harm in a youth-orientated website using idiosyncratic, emotionally-charged headlines to attract readers? One answer is: its because it's become an alarmingly widespread approach. This is understandable; Upworthys distinct style has generated a formidable amount of web traffic (maybe). In a world where the only ones who dont care about search engine optimisation and web traffic are Icelandic vulcanologists, anything that helps attract traffic is going to be imitated. Something so widespread is bound to attract criticism. Continue reading...
|What Suffering Does
||In a culture obsessed with happiness, we should remember that coming to terms with suffering is instructive to the soul.
|Violent Versus Nonviolent Revolutions: Which Way Wins?
||You say you want a revolution? Political scientists have long assumed some amount of violence is a necessary evil if political reform is ever going to happen. But at a conference on the Origins of Violence, Erica Chenoweth presented some startling data on the relative effectiveness of nonviolent versus violent revolutionsread more
|Faster eye responses in Chinese people not down to culture, study suggests
||New research has cast doubt on the theory that neurological behavior is a product of culture in people of Chinese origin. Scientists tested three groups -- students from mainland China, British people with Chinese parents and white British people -- to see how quickly their eyes reacted to dots appearing in the periphery of their vision. The findings revealed that the British Chinese and mainland Chinese participants were similar in their responses, with the white British participants markedly different. Culturally the British Chinese participants were similar to their white British counterparts and different to the mainland Chinese students.
|Deep brain stimulation may improve cognition in dementia, other neurodegenerative diseases
||Intralaminar thalamic deep brain stimulation (ILN-DBS) has been studying to find out if it could have an effect on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases that cause severe cognitive dysfunction. Growing evidence shows the efficacy of deep brain stimulation in patients with neuropsychiatric diseases.
|Questionable Parenting Science: The Tickler
For some people, parenting is a dream. For others, an obligation. For scientists, parenting is an opportunity. And if that opportunity requires them to wear a mask and do scientific tickling, that only makes it better.Read more...
|Connection between integrity of brain's white matter, cognitive health
||A connection between the health of the brain tissue that supports cognitive functioning and the presence of dementia in adults with Down syndrome has been revealed by a small study. Using MRI technologies, brain scans of subjects with Down syndrome showed some compromise in the tissues of brain's frontal lobe compared to those from the control group. When people with Down syndrome and dementia were compared to people with Down syndrome without dementia, those same white matter connections were even less healthy.
|You Might Be Talking to a Cyranoid and You'd Never Know
Did you talk to your boss today? Did you chat with someone on the bus or have a terse exchange with a barista? Maybe you did. But maybe they were cyranoids, and you were actually talking with whoever put words in their mouths. Odds are, you would never know.Read more...
|Part of brain linked to gambling addiction identified by researchers
||Researchers believe hyperactivity in the insula could lead to problem gambling; future treatments could focus on reducing this hyperactivity. Gambling is a widespread activity: 73% of people in the UK report some gambling involvement in the past year and around 50% play games other than the National Lottery. For a small proportion of players (around 1-5%), their gambling becomes excessive, resulting in features seen in addiction. Problem gambling is associated with both debt and family difficulties as well as other mental health problems like depression.
|Sexual Communication 2: Non-Bedroom Edition
||Parents could help their children, and physicians their patients, if they had the courage and the skills to broach the topic of sex. They don't.read more
|Take tablet computers off children at bedtime, says teachers' leader
||Union to debate teachers' concerns about 'tablet addiction' among school pupils at the ATL conference in ManchesterParents should consider taking tablet computers off their children to ensure they get a good night's sleep and are ready for school, it has been suggested.Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said that mothers and fathers need to monitor their youngsters' use of the gadgets, amid fears that children are spending hours, and staying up late into the night, playing on them. Continue reading...
|Social circuits that track how we like people, ideas
||Whether at the office, dorm, PTA meeting, or any other social setting, we all know intuitively who the popular people are even if we can't always put our finger on why. That information is often critical to professional or social success. Yet until now, scientists have not understood how our brains recognize these popular people. In new work, researchers say that we track people's popularity largely through the brain region involved in anticipating rewards.