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Women spend two weeks a year on their appearance Research shows obsessing over your appearance can be unhealthy, potentially leading to mental health problems like anxiety, depression and disordered eating.
Stereotactic radio surgery procedure comes to New Mexico A New Mexico hospital can now add stereotactic radiosurgery to its growing list of treatment options. This non-invasive outpatient procedure kills tumor cells in the brain in a single treatment. For people with brain tumors or whose cancer has spread to the brain, this treatment option can help to preserve their strength and health.
New ideas change your brain cells, research shows An important molecular change has been discovered that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember. The research shows that learning stimulates our brain cells in a manner that causes a small fatty acid to attach to delta-catenin, a protein in the brain. This biochemical modification is essential in producing the changes in brain cell connectivity associated with learning, the study finds. Findings may provide an explanation for some mental disabilities, the researchers say.
Watching how the brain works with new live imaging For the first time, a group of scientists has been able to observe intact interactions between proteins, directly in the brain of a live animal. The new live imaging approach will allow scientists to visualize the interactions of proteins in the brain of an animal, along different points throughout its development, explains the lead author, who likens protein interactions to the way organisms associate with each other. Previous methods required chemical or physical treatments that most likely disturb or even kill the cells. That made it impossible to study the protein interactions in their natural environment.
Psychopathic Killer: The Homicidal Boy Next Door Many of the world's most prolific killers are stone-cold psychopaths. Such predators are totally incapable of empathy or remorse. However, they rarely look like the scary monsters we expect them to be. read more
New research helps explain how social understanding is performed by the brain An important question has been answered about how social understanding is performed in the brain. The findings may help us to attain a better understanding of why people with autism and schizophrenia have difficulties with social interaction. Using magnetic stimulation to temporarily disrupt normal processing of the areas of the human brain involved in the production of actions of human participants, it is demonstrated that these areas are also involved in the understanding of actions. The study is the first to demonstrate a clear causal effect, whereas earlier studies primarily have looked at correlations, which are difficult to interpret.
What passing comments really annoy you? | Open thread A street artist is responding to the microaggression of people feeling free to pass remarks to passing strangersThere are some passing comments that are meant kindly, but others that actually irritate or even offend."Smile, darling" or "Cheer up, it might never happen", for example.Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh has responded by producing a street art series highlighting the comments from passing strangers that she feels demean her as a woman.She now plans to take her project to other cities around the world, and collaborate with men too.So, what passing comments would you include in the project? What would you love to tell the world to stop saying to you? Tell us the types of microaggressions that offend you.PsychologyArtGendertheguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
Stimulation glove for stroke patients helps improve tactile perception, motor function A glove that uses weak electrical pulses to stimulate the nerve fibers that connect the hands with the brain has been developed and been used to help recovery of patients who have suffered a stroke by using passive stimulation that improves sense of touch and motor skills. If applied regularly, this passive stimulation results in an improvement of both tactile perception and motor function.
Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade Can you remember anything from before the age of three?Most adults can't remember much, if anything, from before the age of three. It's what Sigmund Freud first termed "˜childhood amnesia'. Continue reading - - > → Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
APA Applauds Narrowing of Psychology Internship Gap 80 percent of applicants placed during first phase of 2014 matches
Why Be Honest? We all lie. Admittedly, most of do so only occasionally. But we still all do. Yet most of us also consider ourselves honest. In his book, The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, Dan Ariely offers evidence that we're able to believe we're honest even though we lie or cheat by doing so only in little ways. read more
Locus of Control and The Zorro Circle Photo Credit: Flickr In his book, The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor talks about how by first limiting our focus on small, manageable goals, we can then expand our sphere of power from there. Achor used the movie “The Mask of Zorro” (starring Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins) as an example and describes what he […]
Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health Study suggests tht preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms.
President George W. Bush Fights to Take "˜Disorder' Out of PTSD Bush asserts that when PTSD is called a disorder, veterans don't think they can be treated.
Brain region essential for social memory identified A small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize another of the same species, a new study concludes. In humans, the importance of the hippocampus for social memory was famously illustrated by the case of Henry Molaison, who had much of his hippocampus removed by surgeons in 1953 in an attempt to cure severe epilepsy. Molaison was subsequently unable to form new memories of people. A better grasp of the function of CA2 could prove useful in understanding and treating disorders characterized by altered social behaviors, such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Are You Most Comfortable Operating in Adaptor Mode? Adaptor Mode results when neither the top-brain nor the bottom-brain systems are highly utilized. According to our theory, those who rely habitually on Adaptor Mode may be free-spirited and good team members. Contemporary people who seem to exemplify Adaptor Mode behavior include Britney Spears and Jesse Ventura. From the past: Elizabeth Taylor.read more
How Aging Changes What Makes You Happy "We are the sum of all the moments of our lives"”all that is ours is in them." --Thomas WolfeWith increasing age, people get more pleasure out of everyday experiences; while younger people define themselves more by extraordinary experiences, a new study finds. Continue reading - - > → Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Recovering from Anorexia: How and Why Not to Stop Halfway How do you get past the in-between stage of having regained some weight but probably not enough, past the distressing limbo between sickness and health? What do you do when you know you're not well again yet but you fear going any further?read more
Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Childhood adversity experienced between ages 0-11 associated with a smaller cerebellum.New research finds that those who experience relatively common family problems early in childhood have an increased risk of mental health issues later on. Continue reading - - > → Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Playing Tetris for three minutes can cut strength of cravings, study shows Visual stimulation provided by computer game can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, psychologists sayPlaying Tetris for just three minutes can reduce the strength of cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, according to a study.Psychologists say the visual stimulation provided by the computer game can reduce naturally-occurring cravings for long enough to ward them off.They believe it could give a "quick and manageable" fix for people struggling with diets, smoking and alcohol – providing an "essential boost for willpower".Tetris is a hugely popular tile-matching puzzle video game that was developed in Moscow in 1984.The research was conducted by PhD student Jessica Skorka-Brown, alongside professors Jackie Andrade and Jon May, from Plymouth University's Cognition Institute.Professor Andrade said: "Episodes of craving normally only last a few minutes, during which time an individual is visualising what they want and the reward it will bring. Often those feelings result in the person giving in and consuming the very thing they are trying to resist. But by playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades."In the study, participants were asked to detail if and what they were craving and to rate the cravings in terms of their strength, vividness and intrusiveness.One group then played Tetris. A second group was sat in front of a screen and told it was attempting to load, but ultimately not playing.After just three minutes, the participants were again asked to rate their cravings. Those who played Tetris experienced 24% weaker cravings than those who did not.Professor Andrade said the research tested elaborated intrusion (EI) theory, which dictates that imagery is central to craving and a visual task should therefore decrease it. "Feeling in control is an important part of staying motivated, and playing Tetris can potentially help the individual to stay in control when cravings strike," Professor Andrade said."It is something a person can quickly access for the most part whether they are at work or at home, and replaces the feeling of stress caused by the craving itself. Ultimately, we are constantly looking for ways to stimulate cravings for healthy activities, such as exercise, but this is a neutral activity that we have shown can have a positive impact."The research is published in the Appetite scientific journal.TetrisGamesPsychologytheguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds