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Compound suggests chronic pain treatment without opioid or medical marijuana side effects Neuroscientists have found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana.
Active, inactive cells in the brain's memory system For the first time, neuroscientists were able to differentiate between active and inactive cells in the brain morphologically, for instance, based on the cells’ structure. Investigating granule cells in the rat’s brain, they found a much larger proportion of inactive than active cells.
Scientists discover clues to altered brain wiring in autism Autism is an agonizing puzzle, a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors. One piece of this puzzle that has emerged in recent years is a biochemical cascade called the mTOR pathway that regulates growth in the developing brain. A mutation in one of the genes that controls this pathway, PTEN (also known as phosphatase and tensin homolog), can cause a particular form of autism called macrocephaly/autism syndrome.
Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Introduction It is not uncommon to see a diagnosis of both an Anxiety Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.  According to www.adaa.org, “Making a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder plus bipolar disorder … ...
Giving Your Heart and Selling Your Soul In one of his songs, Bob Dylan describes a man who left his lover because she wanted his soul and not merely his heart. if love is not all you need, it is wrong to give your soul.
Healthy Relationships Matter More Than We Think We know that good relationships are so important to our happiness, yet we may not know just how vital they are to our health and well-being. What do our connections to others give us? And what happens when we don’t have them? The Vital Benefits … ...
Best of Our Blogs: November 15, 2016 Many people are still in shock over the election results. You may have in fact, stumbled here for the first time looking for reprieve. When life hands us a different story than we expect, it can throw us off course. It brings understandable disappointment. But … ...
Love Used to Mean So Much More than It Does Now To most Americans – and probably most Westerners – romantic love is the greatest love of all. In fact, romantic love is sometimes considered the very definition of love. We … ...
You May Be Sleeping More Than You Think Sleep disturbances are incredibly common in bipolar disorder. During manic periods, patients tend to have significant amounts of sleeplessness. They have increased energy and feel like they need less sleep. … ...
Dear America, Your Breakup is Affecting Your Kids. Dear America, I wanted to send this letter home because I am concerned about your kids. I know you are currently going through a breakup. It sounds like a particularly … ...
After Decades of Research, Science Is No Better Able to Predict Suicidal Behaviors Future research needs to look at combinations of risk factors, study says
Study: Gay men tend to be shorter than heterosexual men New research published in the Journal of Sex Research investigated the relationship between objective height, self-reported height, and sexual orientation. The study of 863 Canadians found that people tended to say they were taller than they objectively were and men tended to overreport their stature more than women. Gay men were shorter on average than heterosexual men, [...]
In social isolation, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to cope. This message is forcefully driven home in the newly released thriller “Shut In.” Naomi [...]
How leg-to-body ratio influences physical attractiveness Research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior examined how the length of a person’s legs influenced a their physical attractiveness. The study of 40 women and 40 men in Japan found that average leg-to-body ratios were considered most attractive for both sexes. PsyPost interviewed Satoru Kiire of Hosei University about his study. Read his responses [...]
Shadow Work – 10 Prompts to Shine Light on... Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for mental health counseling. Shadow work involves becoming aware of personal beliefs, feelings and parts of yourself … ...
New study finds that MDMA itself causes neurotoxicity New research confirms that the drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy or molly, can result in a set of symptoms known as serotonin syndrome. The study, published in PLoS One, clears up some confusion about whether MDMA itself or molecular byproducts of the drug are responsible for serotonin syndrome. PsyPost interviewed Ibrahim M. Shokry and Rui Tao [...]
We judge people’s character from their faces based our own experiences The pseudoscience of physiognomy – judging people’s character from their faces – has been around for centuries, but a new Princeton University study shows that people make such judgments based on their own experiences. The results appear in the journal Nature Human Behavior.  The study included researchers from Princeton University, Utrecht University and Hebrew University. [...]
Teenage binge drinking can affect brain functions in future offspring Repeated binge drinking during adolescence can affect brain functions in future generations, potentially putting offspring at risk for such conditions as depression, anxiety, and metabolic disorders, a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study has found. “Adolescent binge drinking not only is dangerous to the brain development of teenagers, but also may impact the [...]
the brain uses color to help us choose what to eat Red means “Green light, go for it!” Green means: “hmm, better not!” Like an upside down traffic light in our brain, color helps us decide whether or not to eat something. This, according to a study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and recently published in the journal Scientific Reports stating [...]
Study: Compound suggests pain treatment without opioid or marijuana side effects Indiana University neuroscientist Andrea Hohmann took the stage at a press conference Nov. 14 in San Diego to discuss research conducted at IU that has found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana. The study was discussed [...]