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Surviving the holidays when you're alone Professionals offer tips on how people who are by themselves during the holidays can thrive.
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Study: Alcohol amplifies aggression but cannabis diminishes it Alcohol intoxication amplifies feelings of aggression while cannabis intoxication diminishes feelings of aggression, according to research published in Psychopharmacology. The study of 61 participants found alcohol consumption increased aggressive responses during a computer-based experiment designed to measure aggression, while cannabis consumption reduced aggressive responses. PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Elizabeth de Sousa Fernandes Perna of Maastricht [...]
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Researchers make autism breakthrough: One protein’s sweeping influence revealed As many as a third of autism cases could be explained by a scarcity of a single protein in the brain, Toronto scientists have revealed. The findings provide a unique opportunity to develop treatments for a disorder that is rooted in a motley crew of genetic faults. Researchers induced autistic-like behaviour in mice by lowering [...]
Analyzing brain patterns may help scientists increase people’s confidence, reduce fear A new technique of analyzing brain patterns appears to help people overcome fear and build self-confidence. The approach, developed by a UCLA-led team of neuroscientists, is described in two new papers, published in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Human Behaviour. Their method could have implications for treating people with depression, dementia and anxiety disorders, [...]
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Mind-controlled toys: The next generation of Christmas presents? The next generation of toys could be controlled by the power of the mind, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Christopher James, Director of Warwick Engineering in Biomedicine at the School of Engineering, technology has been developed which allows electronic devices to be activated using electrical impulses from brain waves, [...]