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Relationship Effectiveness: What to Do When You’ve Messed Up... You’ve been there. We all have. You say or do something to damage an important relationship. Maybe you lose your temper and tell a loved one to get out of … ...
Vision symptoms following concussion limit a child's ability to return to the classroom Evaluation from a vision specialist should be included in return-to-learn concussion protocols, recommend experts in a new report.
PODCAST: Remembering Carrie Fisher – Mental Health Advocate... In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss the recent passing of Carrie Fisher. To most, she was Princess Leia from the Star Wars films. To some, she was a witty novelist. But to many, she was a staunch mental health advocate, … ...
And Speaking Of Pondering Yesterday I suggested that the lesson I learned from moving out of my home of thirty-one plus years in just five weeks was to take time to ponder decisions. Although … ...
3 Tips for Psychotherapists Looking to Start a Blog Writing has become a popular pastime and marketing tool for psychotherapists. I’ve had many individuals reach out to me asking how they can go about starting their own blog and establishing themselves as writers. I’ve enjoyed being able to provide professional coaching services to clinicians … ...
What Does Mindfulness Have to Do With Intimacy? Mindfulness can help our relationships by connecting us with what lives most deeply within ourselves.
Be creative, be curious: living a full life How can we be creative in our life, whether or not we choose to pursue a career in the arts? “Creative living is about living a life that is driven more strongly … ...
5 Myths About Child Anxiety People make tons of assumptions about child anxiety. Unfortunately, many of these assumptions are completely false. I hear these assumptions from well-intentioned parents who are baffled by their anxious child. … ...
Increased serotonin could ramp up motivation by lowering the perceived cost of putting in effort Increasing serotonin in the brain appears to increase people’s motivation by reducing the perceived cost of effort, according to research published in eLife. The study of 58 healthy volunteers found those who were given the antidepressant drug escitalopram, which increases serotonin levels, put in more effort to get a reward. The volunteers in the experiment [...]
Studies on game-based app suggest ‘gaming’ your brain to treat depression Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms. “We found that moderately depressed people do better with apps like this because they address or treat correlates of depression,” said Patricia Areán, a UW Medicine researcher in [...]
Study finds Mediterranean diet may have lasting effects on brain health A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study is published in the January 4, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But contrary to [...]
Self-help books and erotic fiction are equally efficient in treating low sexual desire in women, study finds For women experiencing low sexual desire, either self-help or erotic books could be a viable form of therapy, researchers claim in a study published in Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Low sexual desire is one of the most common complaints women bring to their health care providers. Approximately 24% to 36% of women between the ages [...]
Living close to major roads linked to small increase in dementia risk Dementia is more common in people who live within 50 metres of a major road than those who live further away, according to a study looking at 6.6 million people published in The Lancet. However, the study found no link between traffic exposure and Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. The observational study estimated that up [...]
Witnessing fear in others can physically change brain, neuroscientists find Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered that observing fear in others may change how information flows in the brain. The results of their study were scheduled for advance online publication today (Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017) in Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. “Negative emotional experience leaves a [...]
Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population. Researchers at the University of Barcelona and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University have discovered that people with this condition showed reduced functional connectivity between [...]
Increased reaction to stress linked to gastrointestinal issues in children with autism One in 45 American children lives with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these children also have significant gastrointestinal issues, but the cause of these symptoms is unknown. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine suggest that the gastrointestinal issues in these individuals with [...]
Human neocortical neurons have unique membrane properties that enhance signal processing The human brain’s advanced cognitive capabilities are often attributed to our recently evolved neocortex. Comparison of human and rodent brains shows that the human cortex is thicker, contains more white matter, has larger neurons, and its abundant pyramidal cells (formerly called “psychic” neurons) have more synaptic connections per cell as compared to rodents. However, scientists [...]
New deep brain stimulation patterns move toward personalized treatment for Parkinson’s disease Duke University biomedical engineers have used computers to “evolve” more effective patterns of electric shocks delivered deep within the brain to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The new energy-saving patterns could reduce the number of battery replacement surgeries needed during a patient’s lifetime and lead to patterns tailored to treat specific symptoms. First introduced in 1987, [...]
Corporal punishment viewed as more acceptable and effective when referred to as spanking Parents and nonparents alike feel better about corporal punishment when it’s called ‘spanking’ rather than ‘hitting’ or ‘beating,’ according to a new study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Study participants judged identical acts of a child’s misbehavior and the corporal punishment that followed it, but rated the discipline as better or worse simply [...]
Preterm infants fare well in early language development Preterm babies perform as well as their full-term counterparts in a developmental task linking language and cognition, a new study from Northwestern University has found. The study, the first of its kind with preterm infants, tests the relative contributions of infants’ experience and maturational status. Northwestern researchers compared healthy preterm and full-term infants at the [...]