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Protein identified linked to most common movement disorder, essential tremor A team of researchers identified unusually high levels of a certain protein in the brains of people suffering from essential tremor, a movement disorder that affects 4 percent of the adult population. The discovery could lead to an effective treatment for this neurological condition, which is 10 times more prevalent than Parkinson's disease.
Doggy agility: are emotions thwarting performance? With Crufts fast approaching, and canine agility in the spotlight, researchers ask if right and left-sided brain function and stimuli affect canine performance. There is a long established and debated human right brain/left brain theory: does lateralization of brain function affect dogs too? Their study reveals fascinating insights into workings of the canine brain.
Stuck in a Rut? 5 Mind-Changing Strategies to Get You Out Is it just the winter doldrums or have you realized that you're going nowhere fast? Are you desperate to change up your life but don't have a clue where to start? This is what you can do to get yourself unstuck.read more
Short Yoga Session Stimulates Brain Function Immediately Afterwards 20 minutes of yoga out-performed moderate to vigorous exercise in stimulating brain function.A single 20-minute session of yoga sharpens the mind more than a comparable amount of walking or jogging, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study recruited 30 participants who were either.... 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"
Angry outbursts may raise risk of stroke and heart attack Study finds people who experience severe anger outbursts are more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remain calm.
A good sex life can help older couples cope with illness and other difficulties Study finds sexual intimacy can make older couples feel positive even while facing problems.
Suicidal tendencies are evident before deployment Researchers report that most of the Army's enlisted men and women with suicidal tendencies had them before they enlisted.
Blasts may cause brain injury even without symptoms: Veteran study Veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have damage to the brain's white matter comparable to veterans with TBI, according to researchers. Veterans of recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan often have a history of exposure to explosive forces from bombs, grenades and other devices, although relatively little is known about whether this injures the brain. However, evidence is building – particularly among professional athletes – that subconcussive events have an effect on the brain.
The 8 Hour Sleeping Myth Yet, the assumption that an 8-hour continuous block of sleep as the ideal or norm may be a myth. read more
Can You Tell When You're Fooling Yourself? A reply to a reader's inquiry about self-deceptionread more
How Can We Know Whether We Are Deceiving Ourselves? Last week, I received a question from one of the readers of this blog. read more
Origins of Language: Neanderthals May Have Been Able to Talk New micro x-ray imaging study suggests Neanderthals had vocal apparatus for speech.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food Computer game distraction enough to reduce common cravings by 24%.Just three minutes of playing Tetris can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite. The psychologists conclude that Tetris.... 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"
How your brain works – video The brain squeezes out 70,000 thoughts a day. But where does it store information? And how does it generate flights of fancy?
Ethical dilemma: An overseas distributor sanctioned over corruption Photo Credit: Flickr I was recently quoted in a BBC Capital’s work ethic article titled “Treading a fine line: A case of corruption?” by Chana Schoenberger. However, some rather important details were omitted from my response to a reader’s ethical dilemma involving one company’s business relationship with an overseas distributor that was recently sanctioned over […]
Why students need more than "˜grit' An overemphasis on grit directs attention away from other factors that also affect student success.
First glimpse of brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception How do our memories shape the way sensory information is collected? For the first time, scientists have demonstrated a way to observe how our experiences shape sensory information in awake animals. The team was able to measure the activity of a group of inhibitory neurons that links the odor-sensing area of the brain with brain areas responsible for thought and cognition. This connection provides feedback so that memories and experiences can alter the way smells are interpreted.
Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers Massive study finds children with older dads much more likely to have autism, ADHD and bipolar disorder.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
The Way We Talk About Gender Can Make a Big Difference After four weeks of simply hearing their gender labeled and being sorted into girl and boy groups, elementary school children, both boys and girls, were more likely to say that only men can be doctors or the president of the United States and only women can be nurturing and kind.read more
Perv review – Jesse Bering's engaging study of sexual deviancy Jesse Bering's polemic on sexual mores and perversion spreads its liberal message with jaunty genialityWith genial rhetorical flair, Jesse Bering "PhD" kicks off his perv polemic with a humorous account of his own cloistered gay childhood and outlandish masturbatory tools (a textbook picture of a Neanderthal). Reader, relax: if Bering used to find intense pleasure in the image of Homo neanderthalensis, and he's obviously a stand-up guy (his likability oozes through every hard-working, joke-stuffed page), then your sexual predilection for amputees, giants, tall architectural structures, feet, pain or poo are nothing to worry about. Unless, of course, they cause you or others harm: that's where Bering draws his well-intentioned though often slightly flimsy line in the sand.Perv is part psycho-neurological explanation, part sexology history, and mostly a scattered polemic about the distorted logic and hypocrisy that creates destructive and dangerous environments for those with orientations beyond the "norm". Homosexuals may be better off today, but what about paraphiliacs, horse-fanciers and gerontophiles? Bering's argument makes heavy use of paedophiles, supporting his thesis that it's not what you think or desire but what you do that should be judged.Meanwhile, through jaunty if superficial historical storytelling, Bering notes the newness of the category of "homosexual" and the way in which the very word "pervert" has moved from the religious to the sexual sphere. Whether or not you agree that there is no such thing as absolute morality "out there", or that all meanings change over time and are therefore subjective, this book throws a good deal of (secondhand) research at its staunchly anti-conservative central argument and makes for an engaging study of the weirdness of human sexuality. With its empirical and historical evidence thickly wrapped in a committedly conversational tone, it's particularly well suited to younger readers who are interested in science, sex and therefore, as Bering would argue, themselves.SocietySexualitySexPsychologyZoe Strimpeltheguardian.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