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When to Dump a Relative at the Holidays? With the holidays upon us I get many questions about having to spend time with toxic family members. The impact of family on your psyche and your reactions to the … ...
Dieting success may be hardwired into the brain Scientists studied the connections between the executive control and reward systems in the brain, and discovered the ability to self-regulate a healthy body weight may be dependent on individual brain structure.
Pharmacogenetic Testing in Clinical Psychiatry “Personalized medicine” is a buzzword in healthcare and stems from the idea that treatments can be designed specifically for a patient, based on his or her own biological characteristics. In psychiatry, personalization is largely based on “pharmacogenetics,” the selection of medications based on genetic factors … ...
Best of Our Blogs: October 25, 2016 I thought I was over my dysfunctional relationship with one thing. You know the “one thing” I need to make me happy. As soon as I lose this much pounds, I’ll be happy. As soon as I meet my soulmate, I’ll be happy. As soon … ...
The Strange Comfort in a Frightening Experience I like the smell of smoke. Here in southern California, when that distinct scent wafts through my windows and doors, it usually means that one of my neighbors is grilling … ...
Positive Experiences with Mental Illness in the Workplace... Mental illness can very easily get in the way of working. For those with severe mental illnesses, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, the unemployment rate can be as high as … ...
The Dark Side of Oxytocin Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.
Why Anxious Kids are Sometimes Misdiagnosed with ADHD Some kids have anxiety. Some kids have ADHD. Some kids have both. But some kids have anxiety disguised as ADHD. How can this happen you ask? Easily. Many of the symptoms … ...
Telling small lies desensitizes our brains to the associated negative emotions Telling small lies desensitises our brains to the associated negative emotions and may encourage us to tell bigger lies in future, reveals new UCL research funded by Wellcome and the Center for Advanced Hindsight. The research, published in Nature Neuroscience, provides the first empirical evidence that self-serving lies gradually escalate and reveals how this happens [...]
Increasing muscle strength can improve brain function: study Increased muscle strength leads to improved brain function in adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), new results from a recent trial led by the University of Sydney has revealed. With 135 million people forecast to suffer from dementia in 2050, the study’s findings–published in the Journal of American Geriatrics today–have implications for the type and [...]
Women catching up with men in alcohol consumption and its associated harms Women are catching up with men in terms of their alcohol consumption and its impact on their health, finds an analysis of the available international evidence, spanning over a century and published in the online journal BMJ Open. The trend, known as ‘sex convergence’, is most evident among young adults, the findings show. Historically, men [...]
Cortical folding study finds even our brains get ‘slacker’ as we age New research from Newcastle University, UK, in collaboration with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, investigated the way the human brain folds and how this ‘cortical folding’ changes with age. Linking the change in brain folding to the tension on the cerebral cortex — the outer layer of neural tissue in our brains — [...]
Scientists discover how to use flickers to induce visual hallucinations Visual hallucinations … everyone has heard of them, and many people have experienced the sensation of “seeing” something that isn’t there. But studying the phenomenon of hallucinations is difficult: they are irregular, transitory, and highly personal–only the person experiencing the hallucination knows what he or she is seeing, and representations of what’s being seen are [...]
Study uncovers brain changes in offending pedophiles New research reveals that certain alterations in the brain may be present in pedophiles, with differences between hands-on offenders and those who have not sexually offended against children. For the study, researchers conducted imaging tests of the brains of pedophiles with and without a history of hand-on sexual offences against children, as well as healthy [...]
Mixing energy drinks, alcohol may affect adolescent brains like cocaine Drinking highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages triggers changes in the adolescent brain similar to taking cocaine, and the consequences last into adulthood as an altered ability to deal with rewarding substances, according to a Purdue University study. Richard van Rijn, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, looked at the effects of highly caffeinated [...]
Maze runners: Mouse decision-making more complex than once thought Working with dot-counting mice running through a virtual-reality maze, scientists have found that in order to navigate space rodent brains rely on a cascade of neural signals that culminate in a single decision that prompts the animal to choose one direction over another.
Pillow Talk: You Need More Sleep “You can sleep when you are dead,” a friend chides. Offering an awkward chuckle, I was too tired to supply a witty response. In America, we stifle our collective yawn to meet the next pressing deadline. But there is a more important deadline than the … ...
Toxic Friendships: 23 Signs For many people, establishing a friendship with others comes as easy as breathing. After all, most of begin establishing friendships in early childhood. Some of us can remember meeting another … ...
How even our brains get 'slacker' as we age Losing the youthful firmness and elasticity in our skin is one of the first outward signs of aging. Now it seems it's not just our skin that starts to sag, but our brains too.
Is Cyber Life Better Than Real Life? What is the image you want to portray on line?  Is the person you would like the world to see on the screen younger, slimmer, more attractive, healthier and wealthier … ...