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Loving Touch is Critical for Premature Infants The psychological benefits to premature babies of receiving loving touch can be measured 10 years later, according to a new study.→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Complementary medicine widely used to treat children with autism, developmental delay In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, researchers have found that families often use complementary and alternative medicine treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income.
Delayed Gratification: A Battle That Must Be Won Dispelling the myth of poor self-contol, and offering a neuroscience perspective as to why and how delayed gratification is an issue for some, especially compulsive eaters. More importantly, some simple suggestions on how to manage it. read more
Delayed Gratification, a Battle That Must Be Won A look at how delayed gratification works in the brain, why some are better than others, and how we compulsive overeaters can become excellent at it. read more
Two behavioral interventions help cancer patients struggling with sleep issues Cancer patients who are struggling with sleep troubles, due in part to pain or side effects of treatment, can count on two behavioral interventions for relief – cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), researchers report in a new study published. While CBT-I is the gold standard of care, MBSR is an additional treatment approach that can also help improve sleep for cancer patients, the study found.
10 Most Awe-Inspiring Neuroscience Studies New studies demonstrate the deep power of human empathy, debunk right-brain and left-brain personalities, explore neural structures during sleep and way more...→ Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Study: Athlete's first reaction in victory is dominance After victory, an athlete's instinctive reaction is one that displays dominance over his or her vanquished opponent. The body language appears to be innate and stems from an evolutionary need to establish order in society. Researchers have also found that the intensity of the body language correlates with the importance the athlete's culture places on power and status.
Stopping Unwanted Behaviors We are hitting that time in January when many people who made New Year's resolutions are discovering that it is hard to keep them. In another few weeks, most people who resolved to change their behavior will find that they have failed and are back to their old more
The cyborg era has started Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns.
Is sexism part of military academies' culture? Pentagon report finds that students at U.s. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior.
Suicides of young veterans top those of active-duty troops Young veterans are taking their own lives at a higher rate than the civilian population.
Why Do We Keep Trying So Earnestly to Self-Improve? For the great mass of people who will never ride a wrecking ball naked a la Miley Cyrus, where does the hopeful positivity come from? Why do we keep trying so earnestly to self-improve?read more
'Transformational leadership' curbs bad attitudes towards change It's no surprise that a cynical attitude towards the prospect of change makes change harder to implement. But it's important to understand that cynicism happens at an Individual and workplace-wide level and both must be addressed to get employee buy-in for change initiatives.
Teen concussions increase risk for depression Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study.
When charitable acts are 'tainted' by personal gain We tend to perceive a person's charitable efforts as less moral if the do-gooder reaps a reward from the effort, according to new research.
New pathway for neuron repair discovered A brand-new pathway for neuron repair has been discovered that could have implications for faster and improved healing after nerve damage. The research demonstrates, for the first time, that
Mystery solved: How nerve impulse generators get where they need to go Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery of the central nervous system, showing how a key protein gets to the right spot to launch electrical impulses that enable communication of nerve signals
Remission from depression much slower in adults who were abused in childhood Remission from depression is delayed in adults who have experienced childhood physical abuse or parental addictions, a new study has found. Investigators examined a range of factors associated with remission in a sample of 1,128 depressed Canadian adults, drawn from the National Population Health Survey. Depressed individuals were followed every other year until remission occurred, for up to 12 years.
Children's brain image bank could become 'Google' tool for doctors Researchers are building a digital library of children's MRI brain scans. The goal is to give physicians a Google-like search system that will enhance the way they diagnose and treat young patients with brain disorders.
Veterans' brain injury examined Roadside bombs and other blasts have made head injury the "signature wound" of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Now, researchers are investigating the effect of repeated combat-related blast exposures on the brains of veterans with the goal of improving diagnostics and treatment.