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Macaques, like humans, know how well they can recall memories Researchers have pinpointed a brain region monkeys use to evaluate their ability to recall memories. To date, this metamemory process, which requires a higher level of self-reflection about our own cognition, was thought by some to be unique to humans, though this research suggests otherwise.
New system for forming memories Until now, the hippocampus was considered the most important brain region for forming and recalling memory, with other regions only contributing as subordinates. But a new study finds that a brain region called entorhinal cortex plays a new and independent role in memory. Researchers showed that, in rats, the entorhinal cortex replays memories of movement independent of input from the hippocampus.
The Vitamin That Stops People Getting Horrific Headaches Largest study to date builds evidence that vitamin deficiency is linked to chronic headaches. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
The Problem With (How We Treat) Highly Disciplined People New research explores a potential downside of having high self-control.
Cannabis: Non-addictive pathway to pain relief? New research suggests an avenue for developing treatments for chronic pain that harness the medicinal properties of cannabis while minimizing the threat of addiction. Therapeutics that target the endocannabinoid system might produce pain relief with fewer side effects compared with opioids.
The Evolutionary Psychology of Divorce Why does divorce wreak such havoc on people’s lives? For the same reason that high levels of processed foods cause health problems—divorce is not evolutionarily natural.
10 Foods That Preserve Intelligence And Brain Health Lutein is a yellow pigment and naturally occurring carotenoid that is produced by plants. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
The Aging Narcissist: Adding Dementia to the Mix Despite what a narcissist will pontificate, even they are subject to the effects of getting older. Becoming elderly is a normal part of the developmental stage of life for most people, but not for the narcissistic. They view aging as an ultimate evil. Some will … ...
Pickles, Mustard & Diet Coke: Self-Talk in Eating Disorder... Oh…and shirataki noodles. Anyway… I am a recovering anorexic. Well… most of the time. Sometimes I’m just “anorexic.” (Relapse is part of recovery, right??) Regardless of how “evolved” I may be now, nearly every comment made about my physical appearance, or my intake, or my … ...
Link found between concussions, Alzheimer's disease Concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition, research has found. The findings show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.
Viruses in genome important for our brain Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group has now discovered a mechanism through which these retroviruses may have an impact on gene expression. This means that they may have played a significant role in the development of the human brain as well as in various neurological diseases.
How to Be More Productive at Work and Achieve... How are your New Year intentions coming along? What progress have you made? We’re nearing the third week of January and hopefully this year is off to a formidable start! … ...
Today I Love Being Home Today I love being home and just working away on the things that need to be done. I love that there is a witches ball hanging in my bedroom to … ...
Stress and Anger Anger is an instinctual emotional response from a real or imagined threat. Anger is painful and we need to get relief. Most people feel angry when someone or something obstructs … ...
How to Avoid Depression Induced by Social Media A review of the research finds certain social media behaviors lead to depression.
PODCAST: What Does the 21st Century Cures Act Mean... In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent welcome mental health researcher and Psych Central Founder, Dr. John Grohol, to discuss the newly passed 21st Century Cures Act. In addition to other bills, the Act integrated parts of what was previously … ...
A Roundup of 57 Predictions for 2017 The First thing I have to do in 2017 is to apologize to my lovely PsychCentral readers for not getting back to Christmas cartoons before, well, Christmas. In my last … ...
Medications for Agitated Kids When Nothing Else Works Here is a hypothetical situation that most child psychiatrists have encountered: You’re an attending on a child psychiatric inpatient unit. An 11-year-old boy who was admitted for suicidal ideation just had a difficult meeting with his parents and the social worker. He wants to go … ...
How stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke Heightened activity in the amygdala -- a region of the brain involved in stress -- is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study that provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.
So You Think You’re Self Aware? A Mindful Check... Just about anyone you ask thinks they’re super self aware. Yet we all know so many people we judge to be unaware, distracted, even ‘clueless’ to their own stuff. So, … ...