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Bad timing is depressing: Disrupting the brain's internal clock causes depressive-like behavior in mice Disruptions of daily rhythms of the body's master internal clock cause depression- and anxiety-like behaviors in mice, reports a new study. The findings provide insight into the role of the brain's internal time keeping system in the development of mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, which have been associated with disturbed daily (circadian) rhythms.
Religious thoughts trigger reward systems like love, drugs A new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be rewarding to your brain.
Child Psychiatry and Diagnoses in DSM-5 CCPR: Dr. Frances, please tell us about your background with DSM. Dr. Frances: I am a psychiatrist. I was chair of the DSM-IV task force. I have been quite critical of DSM-5 and concerned about the fact that too many people in the United States … ...
Where Does Our Moral Sense Come From? Our intuitive morality may have been shaped not by the day-to-day dilemmas we face but rather by the opinions of others.
Best of Our Blogs: November 29, 2016 It’s Cyber Monday. As I’m going through hundreds of sale emails telling me what I need, I’m reminded about what really matters. It’s not finding the best deals or presents even. Connection is what we’re truly after. Anger, disappointment and grief often comes from fear … ...
5 Signs Adolescents May Be at Risk for Bipolar... Diagnosing a child or adolescent with a mood disorder is tricky. For bipolar disorder, most youths do not clearly display symptoms as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of … ...
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Some people can lead fulfilling lives without experiencing sexual attraction New research published in the Journal of Homosexuality examines the stigma and marginalization that people who identify as “asexual” face in the United States. Half of the 31 asexual individuals who took part in the study said they felt stigmatized or marginalized because of their asexual identity, while more than a quarter answered “maybe” or [...]
Study on the attractiveness of boobs suggests breast shape may be more important than size Men find firm breasts most attractive — but have differing opinions of how big they should be, according to research published in Evolution & Human Behavior. The study of 267 men found medium size breasts were judged as being the most attractive overall in Brazil, Czech Republic and Namibia. Large breasts were judged as being the [...]
What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life In the spring semester of the school year, I teach a class called ‘Happiness’. It’s always packed with students because, like most people, they want to learn the secret to feeling fulfilled. ‘How many of you want to be happy in life?’ I ask. Everyone raises a hand. Always. ‘How many of you are planning [...]
Researchers’ international study zeros in on gene that limits desire to drink alcohol In the largest study of its kind, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers and colleagues in Europe identified a gene variant that suppresses the desire to drink alcohol. “The findings are based on the largest genome-wide association meta-analysis and replication study to date mapping and comparing the genetics – the DNA – of more than 105,000 [...]
It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows as “Westworld.” But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. The findings, published in the [...]
Liver-brain pathway may regulate alcohol consumption A liver hormone called ‘FGF21’ may regulate alcohol drinking by acting directly on a receptor in the brain, according to a new study by researchers from King’s College London, Imperial College London and UT Southwestern Medical Center. For the first time this study highlights a liver-brain axis which plays an important role in regulating the [...]
Study finds sleep deprivation affects children’s brains differently than adults’ Any parent can tell you about the consequences of their child not getting enough sleep. But there is far less known about the details of how sleep deprivation affects children’s brains and what this means for early brain development. “The process of sleep may be involved in brain ‘wiring’ in childhood and thus affect brain [...]
Power poses don’t help and could potentially backfire, study shows The idea behind power poses, that if you stand in a “powerful” position, broad posture, hands on hips, shoulders high and pushed back, you will suddenly feel psychologically and physiologically stronger, is intuitively appealing, especially for people without much confidence. The problem is that it’s simply not true, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers Coren [...]
Young toddlers can tell when others hold false beliefs, study finds A new study finds that, under the right conditions, 2 1/2-year-old children can answer questions about people acting on false beliefs, an ability that most researchers believe does not develop until age 4. The results are reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Having the ability to represent false beliefs means recognizing [...]
Gene discovered to cause rare, severe neurological disease called epileptic encephalopathy Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. The scientists from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, led by Peter McPherson, along with collaborators in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany, and at SickKids Hospital and [...]
It’s all in the eyes: Women and men really do see things differently Women and men look at faces and absorb visual information in different ways, which suggests there is a gender difference in understanding visual cues, according to a team of scientists that included psychologists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The researchers used an eye tracking device on almost 500 participants at the Science Museum [...]