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Toeing the line: Study finds brain cells that signal path of travel Cognitive scientists say they have found neurons that help an animal align itself within a cognitive map of its environment. The neurons signal 'I'm on this line, in this orientation.'
Recovery from brain injury, better sleep go hand in hand After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), people also experience major sleep problems, including changes in their sleep-wake cycle. A new study shows that recovering from these two conditions occurs in parallel.
Today I Love The Creepy Way That Holidays Sneak Up Today I love the creepy way that holidays sneak up on us sometimes. I love that they are so often in the distant future right up until suddenly they are … ...
5 Toxic Behaviors No One Should Tolerate People argue and they fight, even when they care for each other. Relationships are famously difficult and it’s little wonder that there are many of us who have trouble recognizing … ...
PODCAST: Why Do Some People View Mental Illness as... In this week’s Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss how some individuals with mental illness view their condition as beneficial, such as giving them enhanced creativity, deeper empathy, more insightful, and so on. They share their own personal stories and anecdotes heard from others. … ...
70 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones... Since I started writing Weightless (in 2009!), every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves—whether we’re celebrating … ...
Opinions About People With Mental Illness (Video) Consumer/survivor Suzanne Feldman interviews people in a Toronto park about their opinions of people with mental illness....
The Laws of Unintended Consequences Pay attention to unintended consequences and how they happen. If you do, you'll minimize the bad ones and you'll be more compassionate with yourself about those you can't escape.
Reconciling the Mismatch Between Giving and Receiving Gifts Research on giving and receiving gifts shows how we can maintain perspective during the gift-giving season and reconcile our differing desires as gift-giver and gift-receiver.
Is It Possible To Live A Tidy Life?   “A tidy life.”… I woke up this morning after a fitful night’s sleep due to residual cough and congestion, with those words in my head. I have always wanted … ...
What is Your Holiday Personality? Which Christmas movie character are you? Take this quick quiz to find out.
Letting Go of the Need for Approval It was the year 2012, and I wrote an editorial-based article for Psych Central titled, “What Drives Our Need For Approval?” Since my experiences typically inspired my ideas for the World of Psychology Blog, I can only deduce that, at the time, I must have … ...
Cindy Crawford Wants (and Deserves) to Age Gracefully I can remember getting ready to start middle school and Cindy Crawford’s face was plastered on every magazine cover. She was also in commercials, hosting shows on MTV, and basically … ...
Is There a Perfectly Boring Task? Boredom research is a fairly popular area of study in psychology recently. It’s not to be confused with boring research because it can give us some interesting insights into how people work, which is one reason I’ve written about it on here before. An important question for boredom researchers is...
Who Ruined Your Life? Is it fair to single out our parents as the only people who ruined our lives? There are so many others we could also blame, so why not spread it around?
How To Generate Income in Private Practice for 2017 The year is almost over and many of you are planning how you will be generating income in your private practice. Look at what worked this past year. Where did your income come from?   For some of you, you offered 1:1 services and you … ...
Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals Self-Image Issues Not many people can say that they were Mr. Universe, one of the biggest Hollywood action heroes in history, and the governor of California but Arnold Schwarzenegger can.  Yet, despite … ...
Store and supply: How the brain saves time Neurons in the brain store RNA molecules -- DNA gene copies -- in order to rapidly react to stimuli. This storage dramatically accelerates the production of proteins. This is one of the reasons why neurons in the brain can adapt quickly during learning processes.
Huntington's disease linked to dysfunction of brain structure Scientists have identified a link between Huntington's disease and dysfunction of the subthalamic nucleus, a component of the basal ganglia, a group of brain structures critical for movement and impulse control.
Music in the brain: The first imaging genetic study linking dopaminergic genes to music Sounds, such as music and noise, are capable of reliably affecting individuals' moods and emotions, possibly by regulating brain dopamine, a neurotransmitter strongly involved in emotional behavior and mood regulation. However, the relationship of sound environments with mood and emotions is highly variable across individuals. A putative source of variability is genetic background, a study shows.