|Another Great Reason that Sex Can Be Good For You
||It’s well known that a satisfying sex life can enhance individual and couple happiness. New research shows that sex, apart from satisfaction, may help you age more slowly.
|Psychology Around the Net: July 22, 2017
||Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers! Confession time: I’ve been struggling a lot lately with work-life balance. Hasn’t everyone at some point? Probably. Trying to manage work responsibilities, exercise, some semblance of a social life, personal hobbies and passions–oh, and let’s not forget a proper sleep … ...
|Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide”
||Perhaps we should call it the summer ladder rather than slide. Children gain skills--especially in mathematical reasoning--in summer faster than during the school year.
|Study finds LSD decreases brain reactivity to fearful faces
||Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) reduces activity in the emotion processing centre of the human brain known as the amygdala, according to a study recently published in Translational Psychology. LSD is a potent psychoactive drug known to alter perception, awareness and emotions by over-activating specialised serotonin receptors in the brain. The need to study the effects [...]
|Could we one day heal the mind by taking control of our dreams?
||About 50 per cent of us will at some point in our lives experience “waking up” and being conscious while still in a dream – possibly, we may even be able to act with intention in it. Such “lucid dreams” are not only a vivid and memorable experience for the dreamer, they are also of [...]
|Study suggests autistic people are at greater risk of being radicalized
||Terror recruits often seem to come from vulnerable backgrounds. But new research suggests that those with traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) could be more at risk of being radicalised. It follows a number of high-profile cases where autism appears to have played a role in the offender’s behaviour. So if people with ASD could [...]
|High-fat diet in pregnancy can cause mental health problems in offspring
||A high-fat diet during pregnancy alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of offspring, new research in an animal model suggests. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression in children.
|New insight into genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders
||New insight into the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders has been provided through new study. In this research, the first mouse model of a mutation in the ARID1B gene was created and then used to show that growth hormone treatments reverse some manifestations of the mutation.
|Brain and Mental Health Benefits of Dreaming
||I’ve always been fascinated by dreaming and the science of dreams. My dreams are so vivid and realistic it really feels like I enter another world when I sleep. The other night I had a dream that I was sitting on a boat in the … ...
|Personality and mental illness: What's the link?
||Genetic variations that influence personality are also tied to the risk of developing mental illness.
|Learning about Privilege
||Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.
|7 Positive Ways to Respond When Someone Steals Credit...
||You’re sitting in a meeting and a co-worker takes credit for your idea. Or maybe you stay late to finish a project, but your name is left off of the final presentation. Your boss grabs the limelight and accepts all the praise. Even if you … ...
|The 2 Ways A Psychopath’s Brain Is Really Unusual
||Brain scans of 49 criminals predicted how many crimes they had been convicted of.
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|Two Psychiatrists Weigh In on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'
||We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
|The Stars in Our Eyes
||Nothing today is the same as it was pre-Internet and social media. Certainly the way we think about fame has changed drastically.
|How to Stop Robots From Harming Themselves—and Us
||If the "suicidal robot" followed this new model, it wouldn't have drowned.
|Most impactful neuroscience research
||A study of the 100 most-cited neuroscience articles has revealed that 78 of these papers cover five topics, including neurological disorders, the prefrontal cortex, brain connectivity, brain mapping and methodology studies.
|Spatial orientation: New model for the origin of grid cells
||Neurobiologists present a new theory for the origin of the grid cells required for spatial orientation in the mammalian brain, which assigns a vital role to the timing of trains of signals they receive from neurons called place cells.
|Depression changes structure of the brain, study suggests
||Changes in the brain's structure that could be the result of depression have been identified in a major scanning study.
|How physical exercise prevents dementia
||Physical exercise seems beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age, numerous studies have shown. Now researchers have explored in one of the first studies worldwide how exercise affects brain metabolism.