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Why it is useful to understand the role of genetics in behaviour Scientists have studied twins for many years to understand how genes and environments influence differences among individuals, spanning conditions such as cancer and mental health to characteristics such as intelligence and political beliefs. Although the twin method is well-established, findings from twin studies are often controversial. Critics of twin research question the value of establishing [...]
Yogic breathing helps fight major depression, study shows A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study bolsters the science behind the [...]
Largest study of its kind finds rare genetic variations linked to schizophrenia Many of the genetic variations that increase risk for schizophrenia are rare, making it difficult to study their role in the disease. To overcome this, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, an international team led by Jonathan Sebat, PhD, at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, analyzed the genomes of more than 41,000 people in [...]
Do stress and strain lead to deviant behavior? Chances are good that youngsters growing up around family members who gamble will also start doing so to release the strains of daily living. This is not necessarily true for adolescents whose family members find their escape in alcohol or drugs. Given that gambling and substance abuse are both potentially addictive, and often go hand [...]
Do children inherently want to help others? Prosocial behavior is often defined in developmental science research as “voluntary behavior intended to benefit another.” This can include behaviors like helping, sharing, comforting, or volunteering. Developmental scientists have discovered that although some forms of prosocial behavior emerge early in childhood, different prosocial behaviors involve cognitive, social, and regulatory processes that mature at varying rates. [...]
Mothers’ early support boosts children’s later math achievement Early math knowledge is as important as early literacy for children’s subsequent achievement. In fact, research has shown that early math skills predict later school success better than early reading skills, and can even predict income in adulthood. Yet little research has directly examined how parents’ support of early math learning affects children’s development of [...]
Common probiotics can reduce stress levels and lessen anxiety Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold [...]
Reliance on reason and evidence as a moral issue measured in study The theory of evolution by natural selection is one of several examples of societal disputes that center on the validity of specific beliefs, where one position is backed up by logical reasoning and scientific evidence, and the other is not. While some people rely more on reason and evidence than others when deciding on their [...]
Precise nerve stimulation via electrode implants offers new hope for paralysis patients Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of implanted electrodes.
Study on the impostor phenomenon in the workplace shows how it affects career prospects and productivity Have you ever felt that you are not good enough and that someday soon someone will see through your façade of competence and expose you a fraud in your job? If so, you are not alone. This sensation of being a fake in the workplace, somehow in a position beyond one’s true capabilities is known [...]
The 5 Types of High-Conflict People & What To Do You know them - they're in your workplace, in your home, and now at your Thanksgiving table. People that love conflict. Here's how to handle the 5 types of high-conflict people.
Photography-based therapy offers new approach to healing for sexual assault survivors One out of every six American women has experienced a sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault or rape in her lifetime, according to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While more than half of female survivors of rape report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), previous research [...]
4 Essentials To Help You Enjoy the Holidays The holidays give us great opportunities to continue existing traditions or establish new ones. We reconnect with friends and family. It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. However, for some it can become a stressful and overwhelming season, and for … ...
Adding ADHD drug to therapy improves cognitive outcomes in traumatic brain injury patients A combination of the stimulant drug methylphenidate with a process known as cognitive-behavioral rehabilitation is a promising option to help people who suffer from persistent cognitive problems following traumatic brain injury, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have reported. The study, believed to be the first to systematically compare the combination therapy to alternative [...]
Researchers find potential therapy for brain swelling during concussion A team of biomedical engineering researchers has identified a cause of fluid swelling of the brain, or cellular edema, that occurs during a concussion.
What We Need Now — A Little Civility Following a contentious campaign, the nation is divided. How can small acts of kindness stop the spread of incivility and help heal a growing national rift?
21 Things Every Parent of Anxious Kids Should Know As a child therapist who specializes in anxiety, I work with parents every week who have questions and misperceptions about anxiety. Anxiety can be confusing at times and being a … ...
Seasonal Depression & Your Teen, Is It “Just” All... “Tis the season to be Jolly,” right? Well, maybe not so much. Just seeing all the Christmas decorations in the stores before Halloween even arrives can be depressing in and of itself. Think about your own amount of stress when the holidays are approaching. There’s … ...
7 Natural Ways To Fight Depression Fight depression by thinking flexibly, watching what you eat and using your support network correctly. 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
Hope for people who struggle after suffering brain trauma Combining drugs and rehabilitation programs is a successful method to treat memory and attention problems, say researchers.