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Psychologists discover less division of labor in the brains of people with autism Divvying up tasks between the left and right hemispheres of the brain is one of the hallmarks of typical brain development. The left hemisphere, for instance, is involved in analyzing specific details of a situation, while the right hemisphere is involved in integrating all the various streams of information coming into the brain. A new [...]
Can creativity beat death? New study suggests creatives worry less about dying Creative achievement can provide a buffer against being anxious about death, research from psychologists at the University of Kent shows. Creative people, such as newly-announced Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan, are often thought to be motivated by the desire to leave an enduring cultural legacy. Through their creative work, creatives such as Leonard [...]
Autism-linked protein crucial for feeling pain Sensory problems are common to autism spectrum disorders. Some individuals with autism may injure themselves repetitively — for example, pulling their hair or banging their heads — because they’re less sensitive to pain than other people. New research points to a potential mechanism underlying pain insensitivity in autism. The study, conducted by two teams at [...]
Narcissistic individuals use social media to self-promote A new statistical review of 62 studies with over 13,000 individuals found that narcissism has a modest but reliable positive relationship with a range of social media behaviors. The largest effects were with the number of friends/followers narcissists had and frequency of status updates, followed by selfie postings, according to University of Georgia psychology researchers. [...]
Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories It’s clear that your working memory — which holds attention on small things of short-term importance — works, or you wouldn’t be able to remember a new phone number long enough to dial it. Describing how it works, however — how the brain determines what to keep in mind, and what to set aside but [...]
Study suggests possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s A new scientific discovery may provide a future avenue for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published Nov. 28 in the journal JAMA Neurology examined aquaporin-4, a type of membrane protein in the brain. Using brains donated for scientific research, researchers at OHSU discovered a correlation between the prevalence of aquaporin-4 among older [...]
Researchers examine how brain stimulation affects memory reactivation Imagine you’re at a cocktail party, and a couple comes up to you and introduces themselves. Though you try to remember their names, it’s difficult once the conversation has moved on. In this common scenario, your working memory is the tool responsible for retaining names so you can address each person correctly. Working memory is [...]
Portions of the brain fall asleep and wake back up all the time, researchers find When we are in a deep slumber our brain’s activity ebbs and flows in big, obvious waves, like watching a tide of human bodies rise up and sit down around a sports stadium. It’s hard to miss. Now, Stanford researchers have found, those same cycles exist in wake as in sleep, but with only small [...]
The Interpersonal Neurobiology Behind Making Habits Stick... Most of us walk around in this world in a trance with the delusional belief that we are only autonomous beings that are completely acting with free will. However, many … ...
How do children hear anger? Even if they don't understand the words, infants react to the way their mother speaks and the emotions conveyed through speech. What exactly they react to and how has yet to be fully deciphered, but could have significant impact on a child's development. Researchers in acoustics and psychology teamed up to better define and study this impact.
This is how porn affects the brain After Pamela Anderson spoke up about the harmful effects of pornography in recent months, the epidemic has been given more attention by the media. The fact is though, porn has been affecting people for years. And while it is often viewed as ‘normal,’ and even ‘harmless’, research has shown that viewing porn has the exact […]
Possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer's Researchers have compared prevalence of aquaporin-4 in the brains of those who had Alzheimer's to those who didn't have the disease, and report that they may have found a new target for treating and preventing the disease.
New algorithm could explain human face recognition Researchers have developed a new computational model of the human brain's face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models have missed.
Some of the Worst Cliches in Recovery Circles If you spend time in recovery circles you will hear these same clichés over and over again. Some make you want to run to the nearest bar just for spite, others may become mantra. You can’t not hear them. If you have spent any time … ...
Single dose of psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer When combined with psychological counseling, a single dose of a mind-altering compound contained in psychedelic mushrooms significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a time, according to results of a clinical trial led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. Published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology online Dec.1, the study showed [...]
A Prescription For Compassionate Health Care I was speaking with a friend today who is scheduled to have surgery next week. She is a medical professional who has been a home care nurse for much of … ...
Terrorism Anxiety Is Fueling Global Waves of Nationalism Is anxiety over existential threat making people aggressive toward out-group members? Brexit and the presidency win of Donald Trump are part of a larger pattern that will continue.
9 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Cope with Holiday Stress How can you use mindfulness to cope with holiday stress?   Do you find you’re frequently trying to squeeze more into your day by multi-tasking?  Or do you miss pieces … ...
3 Steps to Create Your Niche in Private Practice Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from three therapists who successfully built their practices by focusing on a narrow niche. Jessica Engle, MFT shared with us how she built up an uber successful group practice by tailoring her practice to professional singles who wanted … ...
The Breathing Technique That Helps Fight Major Depression Breathing technique can reduce the stress hormones in the central nervous system. 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