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Study on sexual pleasure finds the orgasm is a kind of rhythmic trance Many people have speculated on the evolutionary functions of the human orgasm, but the underlying mechanisms have remained mysterious. In a new paper, a Northwestern University researcher seeks to shed light on how orgasm works in the brain. Adam Safron, a neuroscientist and Ph.D. candidate in the psychology department’s Brain Behavior Cognition program in the [...]
Balancing time and space in the brain: New model holds promise for predicting brain dynamics For as long as scientists have been listening in on the activity of the brain, they have been trying to understand the source of its noisy, apparently random, activity. In the past 20 years, “balanced network theory” has emerged to explain this apparent randomness through a balance of excitation and inhibition in recurrently coupled networks [...]
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Brain regulates social behavior differently in males and females, study reveals The brain regulates social behavior differently in males and females, according to a new study. A team of researchers has discovered that serotonin (5-HT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) act in opposite ways in males and females to influence aggression and dominance. Because dominance and aggressiveness have been linked to stress resistance, these findings may influence the development of more effective gender-specific treatment strategies for stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders.
11 Common Problems in Romantic Relationships Most couples will experience challenges during the course of a romantic relationship. However, some couples can navigate the challenges better than others. Couples that have built a strong foundation, maintain … ...
True Story: One Father’s Struggle with Postpartum Depression... Dads get the “baby blues” too. People might not realize this, but, after the birth of a child, both women and men can encounter symptoms of postpartum depression. I’m speaking from experience here. After the birth of my daughter, which endures as one of the … ...
Psychodynamic vs. Cognitive Therapy: Defense Mechanisms The different "schools" of psychotherapy often call the same phenomenon by different names and act like they are discussing completely different things. Here's a prime example.
More children are being poisoned by prescription opioids The huge rise in access to opioid painkillers has led to more children being poisoned and hospitalized.
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Did We Evolve to Be Monogamous? Are long-lasting love and monogamy written in our genes? Yes and no. Science tells a strange story about love, but monogamy may be more advantageous than you think.
Research Updates in Psychiatry: Depression Depression Botox Injections Work as Antidepressant Botulinum toxin A, commonly known as Botox, may be more than an anti-aging treatment. A new study has found that when Botox is injected between the eyebrows, it not only has a cosmetic effect—it also yields a long-lasting antidepressant … ...
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Making sense of the seneses: 'Context' matters when the brain interprets sounds The brain's interpretation of sound is influenced by cues from other senses, explaining more precisely how we interpret what we hear at a particular moment, according to a report.
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Understanding mind-wandering could shed light on mental illness If you think the mind grinds to a halt when you're doing nothing, think again. Spontaneous thought processes -- including mind-wandering, but also creative thinking and dreaming -- arise when thoughts are relatively free from deliberate and automatic constraints. Mind-wandering is not far from creative thinking.
Where is my mind? New study looks for the cortical conscious network Our brain is a very complex network, with approximately 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses between the neurons. In order to cope with its enormous complexity, and understand how the brain works and eventually forms our conscious mind, science uses advanced mathematical tools. Ultimately, scientists seek to understand how a global phenomenon such as consciousness can emerge from our neuronal network.
Navigating Self-Care as a Parent: Q&A with Therapist Anna... Carving out time for ourselves gets tricky when we become parents. As a (very) new mom myself, I’m especially curious how others navigate self-care and parenthood. Because it’s very easy to forget ourselves … ...
Healing Compassion Fatigue with Nature Suspecting I was struggling with a touch of compassion fatigue, my husband recently convinced me to head up to northern Michigan for a few days to stay at our family’s … ...
Wild cat brains: An evolutionary curveball The brains of wild cats don’t necessarily respond to the same evolutionary pressures as those of their fellow mammals, humans and primates, indicates a surprising new study.