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Men's Mental Health: A Silent Crisis Numerous researchers state that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Is this the case? What are the issues and what are the solutions to improve men's mental health?
How does the brain make perceptual predictions over time? There's a theory for that A neuroscientist offers a new framework to explain how the brain makes predictions. He outlines how “prediction” may be a general principle of cortical function—along with the already-established role of inference.
Can boy monkeys throw? Aimed throwing is a gendered activity – men are typically better at it than women (by about 1 standard deviation, some studies claim). Obviously this could be due to differential practice, which is in turn due to cultural bias in what men vs women are expected to be a good at and enjoy (some say … Continue reading "Can boy monkeys throw?"
Gender brain blogging I’ve started teaching a graduate seminar on the cognitive neuroscience of sex-differences. The ambition is to carry out a collective close-reading of Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences” (US: “How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference“). Week by week the class is going to extract the arguments and check … Continue reading "Gender brain blogging"
Anxiety & The Psychiatrist Even though I feel better when I leave my psychiatrist office, making the appointment, keeping the appointment, and getting to the appointment, has always caused me major anxiety. It’s not … ...
Is Social Media Damaging Your Romantic Relationship? In today’s world it is almost hard to stay connected if you don’t have social media accounts. Gone are the days when people wrote letters or waited for phone calls (especially on a land line). Face-to-face conversations can even be a rarity. More often than not, … ...
Grief Is Another Word for Love Are you waiting for grief to bring closure? That's not its job.
Motivate Me In doing a bit of research on ADHD recently, I came across the phrase “Motivational Deficit.” And I didn’t like it much. In fact, like the concept of “Attention Deficit,” … ...
Scientists catalogue 'parts list' of brain cell types in a major appetite center Using new technology, scientists have catalogued more than 20,000 brain cells in one region of the mouse hypothalamus. The study revealed some 50 distinct cell types, including a previously undescribed neuron type that may underlie some of the genetic risk of human obesity. This catalog of cell types marks the first time neuroscientists have established a comprehensive "parts list" for this area of the brain. The new information will allow researchers to establish which cells play what role in this region of the brain.
I feel for you: Some really do Researchers reveal new information about mirror-touch synesthesia based on one of the largest studies of its kind.
How Better Boundaries Can Prevent Burnout When we lack boundaries we end up taking on things we don’t want to do or we over commit ourselves. We ultimately neglect our needs, leaving us burnt out, in … ...
How to Deal with Angry Patients: 9 Tips to... Timothy, a licensed psychotherapist in a major urban area, knew he needed to raise his fees. More than fourC years ago, he transitioned from a clinic setting to a private practice. He was now married with a young child. His colleagues, Timothy discovered, charged much … ...
The Savior Complex The term “Savior Complex” may have a positive connotation- however, when you learn more—it is clear that this behavior pattern may be problematic.
The Short-Term Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables It’s easy to think of eating healthy as a long game. Sure, it’s more work now, but it’ll pay off years down the road. But a new study published in PLoS One is suggesting that if you eat your broccoli and have an apple a day, you could see psychological...
How Learning Theory Can Help STEM Educators Is traditional lecture-style teaching the best technique for large science courses? Student-centered learning techniques provide alternatives to lecturing.
Recommitment Vows and Honeymoons Part 2 Co-creating Vows Linda: I love ritual. And of all the various rituals, the marriage ceremony is my favorite. It touches me so deeply when a couple decides to join their … ...
Understanding Teen Dating Violence In 2013, President Obama declared February National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  According to the National Research Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 1.5 million high school students every year experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Dating violence is a pattern of abusive … ...
Today I Love Grapefruit Flavoured Cough Candies Today I love grapefruit flavoured cough candies and the fact that they are in the mixed citrus bag so you never know if the next one you unwrap will be … ...
College students take longer to recover from a concussion College students take significantly more time to recover from a concussion than the general national average of seven to 14 days.
Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly impair everyday life and cause intense suffering. Talking in front of a larger group can be one typical feared situation. A study now reveals that the successful treatment of an anxiety disorder alters key brain structures that are involved in processing and regulating emotions.