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What 21 Famous Writers Say About Rejection “To aspiring writers, I would tell them that we live in a wonderful time where you’re able to make your work visible, easily.  If you think about it, even ten … ...
Substance in psychedelic ayahuasca brew stimulates generation of human neural cells Ayahuasca is a beverage that has been used for centuries by Native South-Americans. Studies suggest that it exhibits anxiolytic and antidepressant effects in humans. One of the main substances present in the beverage is harmine, a beta-carboline which potential therapeutic effects for depression has been recently described in mice. “It has been shown in rodents [...]
How your parenting tactics influence your teen’s problem behaviors Yelling. Screaming. Slamming of doors. Sneaking out. Sound familiar? Perhaps you’re a parent with a teenager at home who partakes in “problem behaviors.” Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, may be able to help. In a new study, published in, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Misaki Natsuaki, psychology professor at the University of California, [...]
Scientists shed new light on how the brains process visuals we don’t know we’ve seen A team of scientists has mapped out how our brains process visuals we don’t even know we’ve seen, indicating that the neuronal encoding and maintenance of subliminal images is more substantial than previously thought. “Our results indicate that what is ‘invisible’ to the naked eye can, in fact, be encoded and briefly stored by our [...]
Deep brain stimulation may not boost memory Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of areas in the brain known to be involved in making memories does not improve memory performance, according to a study by Columbia University researchers published December 7 in Neuron. The study found a range of memory impairment of 5% to 20% with stimulation. No participants showed memory improvement. The study [...]
Brain scan study examines how we known our place in a social hierarchy When you start a new job, it’s normal to spend the first day working out who’s who in the pecking order, information that will come in handy for making useful connections in the future. In an fMRI study published December 7 in Neuron, researchers at DeepMind and University College London provide new insights into how [...]
Brain activity may predict risk of falls in older people Measuring the brain activity of healthy, older adults while they walk and talk at the same time may help predict their risk of falls later, according to a study published in the December 7, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “In older people who had no signs [...]
Early life stressors adversely influence brain development New brain imaging evidence was advanced in a series of presentations at the recent meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology supporting the long-held belief that stressful early life experiences, such as preterm birth, poverty and lack of familial support, adversely affect brain development. Using functional brain imaging, the speakers focused on how these stressors [...]
People are prone to ‘remembering’ events that never happened, research finds Many people are prone to ‘remembering’ events that never happened, according to new research by the University of Warwick. In a study on false memories, Dr Kimberley Wade in the Department of Psychology demonstrates that if we are told about a completely fictitious event from our lives, and repeatedly imagine that event occurring, almost half [...]
Study examines: Do thoughts of death change our shopping habits? It’s that time of year again: when festive ads command consumers to BUY! BUY! BUY! for their friends and family. But despite this holiday cheer, negative news marches on. Reports of plane crashes, terrorist attacks, fatal car accidents and deadly fires may lead shoppers to think more about their own mortality than buying that new [...]
When neurons are ‘born’ impacts olfactory behavior in mice New research from North Carolina State University shows that neurons generated at different life stages in mice can impact aspects of their olfactory sense and behavior. The work could have implications for our understanding of neurodevelopmental processes or traumatic brain injuries in humans. Troy Ghashghaei, associate professor of neurobiology at NC State, studies the ways [...]
Intimate and social relationships important for older adults in assisted living, study finds Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study. In a study examining the intimate and social relationships of married and unmarried couples in assisted living, researchers found benefits of late-life couplehood included companionship, support and affection. However, there were some detrimental outcomes, such as feeling [...]
Tips On Living With A Mental Illness Mental illness is a hard illness to navigate. Importantly, there is therapy and sharing your thoughts and feelings. This doesn’t always feel good: often it does not. But it is … ...
How to Keep Fear from Stealing Your Life “Fear is a sneaky thief, stealing away precious moments of your life.” – Elizabeth Lesser Everyone has been afraid at some point. If we’re in touch with our inner selves, we know right away when that negative emotion starts clutching at our hearts. It’s a feeling … ...
The Pros and Cons of Hypnotherapy Pros and Cons of Hypnotherapy Whether you are trying to stop smoking, lose weight or be more assertive at work, you may be considering hypnotherapy as a path to your … ...
High-resolution brain scans could improve concussion detection High-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss, report investigators.
If You Can’t Say Anything Nice… I’m sure you all know someone who just can’t resist spouting off a hateful or degrading comment about almost every single person they see. It doesn’t matter who it is; … ...
10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely My writing often focuses on chronic illness, but anyone, healthy or not, can feel the pain of loneliness, so I hope this article is of use to everyone.
Knowing one's place in a social hierarchy When you start a new job, it's normal to spend the first day working out who's who in the pecking order, information that will come in handy for making connections in the future. In an fMRI study, researchers now provide insights into how we acquire knowledge about social hierarchies, and reveal the specific mechanisms at play when that hierarchy is our own (as compared to that of another person).
Unique visual stimulation may be new treatment for Alzheimer's Using LED lights flickering at a specific frequency, researchers have shown that they can significantly reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer's disease in the visual cortex of mice. This treatment appears to work by stimulating brain waves known as gamma oscillations, which the researchers discovered help the brain suppress beta amyloid production and invigorate cells responsible for destroying the plaques.