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Can fish oil help preserve brain cells? People with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes in old age equivalent to preserving one to two years of brain health, according to a study published. Shrinking brain volume is a sign of Alzheimer's disease as well as normal aging.
Peyton Manning and the Power of Plasticity Neuroplasticity can be influenced by our history of training and our current efforts. An active lifestyle is a kind of "neurological insurance policy" we pay into every time we learn or practice an activity. If we have an injury and have to cash in that policy, we've already given ourselves the opportunity to have the best recovery possible. read more
Unprecedented structural insights: NMDA receptors can be blocked to limit neurotoxicity Structural biologists have obtained important scientific results likely to advance efforts to develop new drugs targeting NMDA receptors in the brain.
Just how do our brains control our arms? How do the neurons in the brain control planned versus unplanned arm movements? Bioengineers wanted to answer that question as part of ongoing efforts to develop and improve brain-controlled prosthetic devices.
Brain works like a radio receiver Initial evidence is found that the brain has a "˜tuning knob' that is actually influencing behavior. Brain circuits can tune into the frequency of other brain parts relevant at the time.
Proposed Alzheimer's drugs show disappointing results Two drugs designed to improve the clearance of sticky plaques from the brains of those with Alzheimer's disease failed to slow the steady loss of cognitive function.
Study finds that marriage is good for your bones Women who reported having supportive spouses who truly cared about them had stronger bones.
Healing The Parent-Teen Gap When Dino came with his Mom to see me, I wasn-t sure if he was going to get sick, tremble, or shout. He was frozen, unmovable. He refused to speak and looked like Rambo while glaring at his Mom. His eyes flashed a lot of anger while his Mom was telling me their story..
'Love hormone' oxytocin carries unexpected side effect Some psychologists are keen to prescribe oxytocin off-label, in order to treat mild social unease in those who don't suffer from a diagnosed disorder. Not such a good idea, say researchers.
13 Milliseconds: The Incredible Speed at Which Your Brain Can Identify an Image Scientist thought it took the brain at least one-tenth of a second to understand an image, until now.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
40 percent of minors in Lorca suffer post-traumatic stress a year after earthquake Spanish researchers have analyzed the impact of the Lorca catastrophe by the percentage of minors suffering post-traumatic stress. Results reveal that 55% of young people displayed this disorder a month on from the earthquake and 40% were still suffering a year later. On 11 May 2011, Lorca suffered an earthquake measuring 5.1, preceded by another of 4.5, which killed nine people and caused significant material damage.
US psychology body declines to rebuke member in Guantánamo torture case Complaint dropped against John Leso, involved in brutal interrogation of suspected 9/11 hijacker Mohammed al-QahtaniSpencer Ackerman
American Psychological Association letter on Dr John Leso: 'We cannot proceed with formal charges' A 31 December letter obtained by the Guardian describes the APA's decision not to rebuke one of its members, Dr John Leso, for participating in a brutal interrogation at Guantánamo Bay
Mental Health and Faith For much of history, madness was thought to be caused by the supernatural. Although most people don't believe this today, could it be that our lack of faith, particularly our concern about what happens to us when we die, has contributed to disorders like depression?read more
Cancer diagnosis doesn't increase child's risk of post-traumatic stress disorder Despite being diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, childhood cancer patients are no more likely than their healthy peers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study indicates.
Researchers discover an epigenetic lesion in hippocampus of Alzheimer's New research demonstrates, for the first time, the existence of an epigenetic lesion in the hippocampus of the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Unlocking the brain's secrets using sound Scientists might be on the verge of finally understanding how ultrasound affects nerve cells. The breakthrough could lead the way to important new medical advances, including the noninvasive treatment of epileptic seizures and restoration of sight.
Psychology's Greatest Advice By its very nature, psychology is a field that can benefit all of our lives. With its focus on such topics as mental health, intelligence, and relationships, the work of psychological researchers offers plenty of applications to everyday life. Here are 7 of its finest lessons.read more
You really, really, really ought to spend more time in nature We already knew that greenery boosts mental health. But new research suggests the effects might last for yearsOliver Burkeman
Training the brain using neurofeedback A new brain-imaging technique enables people to "watch" their own brain activity in real time and to control or adjust function in predetermined brain regions. The study is the first to demonstrate that magnetoencephalography can be used as a potential therapeutic tool to control and train specific targeted brain regions. This advanced brain-imaging technology has important clinical applications for numerous neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions.