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Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #5: Accurate Thinking... If your child’s anxious, it’s likely they do something I like to call What Iffing. This is the tendency to ponder possible future scenarios and then worry about them excessively … ...
A Structured Life Last night I was out with some acquaintances and the topic of holidays came up. One person at the table said that when they were on holidays, they hardly got … ...
How do I help my daughter lose weight? So many of us know the emotional pain of being overweight and the struggle to lose weight. While we can just about manage this ourselves, it can be very worrying … ...
Choosing How to Respond to Your Kids (Part 6/6) Finally. After making our way through intention, attention, the present moment, and kindness and curiosity, we’ve come to the my favorite part of this whole mindfulness shtick: choosing what you’re … ...
What It Feels Like When Your Inner Addict Starts... Not so long ago, I finally joined Hulu’s subscription program. And not too long after that, I watched a program called “Amy Winehouse: A Last Goodbye.” I wasn’t a huge fan while … ...
Today I Love Memories Of Music Today I love memories of music from years gone by. It was two years ago today that I started plugging a show with Our Shotgun Wedding in which I had … ...
Traffic light in the brain New insights into the roles of different subareas in the prefrontal cortex have been uncovered by researchers. Whether the brain responds to an external stimulus or not depends significantly on the balance between areas of excitation and inhibition in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Synaptic connections in the front of the cerebral cortex enable the brain to make a conscious decision on whether to react to a stimulus with movement or not. However, the roles of the individual regions in the PFC and how they work together in this decision-making process were unknown until now.
A Simple Solution to the Bed Shortage? Unfortunately, Jail. A new solution to a shortage of psychiatric beds: Send the patients directly to jail. (No criminal behavior needed.)
How Do Sober People Fight Anxiety Without Medication Everyone deals with anxiety differently. People new to sobriety will probably add their own methods, habits, and lists on combating anxiety, depression and other mental health hurdles. Physicians can be … ...
Best of Our Blogs: February 10, 2017 With all the stress these days, I wonder how much time we all devote to this. Simple joy. I’m not talking planned spring vacations or special nights out. I’m talking impromptu meanderings, feeling the steam from a hot cup of tea, or carving out time … ...
What Makes You Think Something Is Romantic? When someone asks, “Isn’t that romantic?”, they are not really asking your opinion. They are commenting on the obvious, seemingly inherent romantic nature of whatever it is they are discussing. … ...
Trauma-Informed Care: It’s the Law in Some States! In some states, TIC (trauma-informed care) is mandated as the standard. But does it mean people are actually trauma-informed? In the year that I’ve been absent from my blog, I’ve … ...
Dishonest people more likely to ask friends to be on the lookout for partner infidelity, study finds Dishonest individuals are more likely to have their friends keep an eye on their romantic partners, according to research published in the journal Personal Relationships. The study examined how personality traits like honesty affected mate retention tactics, meaning behaviors designed to minimize the risk of partner infidelity. Specifically, the study examined coalitional mate retention tactics — [...]
Researchers make strides in schizophrenia diagnosis research Researchers from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and Baltimore (UMB) campuses have developed a blood test that could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders. Their study, “Redox Probing for Chemical Information of Oxidative Stress,” was recently published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. “We hope our new technique will allow a [...]
Words can sound ’round’ or ‘sharp’ without us realizing it Our tendency to match specific sounds with specific shapes, even abstract shapes, is so fundamental that it guides perception before we are consciously aware of it, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The “bouba-kiki” effect, originally reported over 85 years ago and replicated many times since, [...]
Brain scanners allow scientists to ‘read minds’ – could they now enable a ‘Big Brother’ future? Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact? To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what’s on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you [...]
New study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention. In the study, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, researchers report an inverse correlation between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism: the smaller [...]
Neural network learns to select potential anticancer drugs Scientists from Mail.Ru Group, Insilico Medicine and MIPT have for the first time applied a generative neural network to create new pharmaceutical medicines with the desired characteristics. By using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) developed and trained to “invent” new molecular structures, there may soon be a dramatic reduction in the time and cost of searching [...]
Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults Older adults who live in poor and violent urban neighborhoods are at greater risk for depression, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the University of Minnesota and other institutions published Jan. 23 in the journal Health & Place has found. The research specifically showed that older adults who lived in neighborhoods with more homicide [...]
Choosing Not To Parent I’m kind of a weirdo. Most people want kids. They want birthday parties for pint-sized humans. They want soccer game goals. They want to bathe this thing, this baby they … ...