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Verbal Memory May Predict Oncoming Manic Episodes People with bipolar disorder have problems with cognitive function areas like attention, memory, motor skills and critical thinking, even between episodes. These problems tend to worsen during periods of mania … ...
Study on auditory entrainment examines how the brain processes sound and rhythm The auditory brainstem responds more consistently to regular sound sequences than irregular sound sequences, according to a recent study published this September in Neuroscience. The study adds to our understanding of how the brain processes regular sound patterns. Entrainment is the synchronization of organisms to an external rhythm, and it has been suggested that entrainment [...]
Study: A woman’s estradiol levels do not predict her preference towards facial masculinity Research published in the journal Hormones and Behavior failed to find a relationship between a woman’s estradiol levels and her preference towards male facial masculinity. Previous research had suggested that women’s preferences for male traits fluctuated across the menstrual cycle because of changes in hormone levels. The new study measured the estradiol levels of 115 [...]
How social anxiety can be overcome with internet: a Chinese study In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a study analyzes the effects of internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most common mental disorders in Western countries. Even though the prevalence in in China is much lower (0.2%), it translates into an enormous number of people [...]
International team unveils first atomic-level image of the human ‘marijuana receptor’ In a discovery that advances the understanding of how marijuana works in the human body, an international group of scientists, including those from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have for the first time created a three-dimensional atomic-level image of the molecular structure activated by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana. [...]
Leisure activities, job crafting can make company ‘misfits’ more productive Finding meaning outside of work and proactively tailoring duties on the job may help people who fail to gel with a company’s culture stay engaged and become more productive workers, according to researchers. In a recent study, employees who were not a good fit with their company’s culture could remain engaged and productive through job [...]
Study estimates ADHD symptom persistence into adulthood Sixty percent of children with ADHD in a recent study demonstrated persistence of symptoms into their mid-20’s, and 41 percent had both symptoms and impairment as young adults. Investigators noted that rates of ADHD persistence into adulthood have varied greatly in earlier studies, depending on how information is collected and analyzed. In a 16-year follow-up [...]
Study shows mismatched cuisine could make your meal more enjoyable Ordering an Italian main course? According to a Drexel University food science researcher, if you want to be certain you’ll enjoy your meal, you should probably get the spring rolls to start. Jacob Lahne, PhD, an assistant professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, recently found that a categorical mismatch of cuisine could [...]
Imaging technique that creates 3-D video of serotonin transport could aid antidepressant development Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that’s partly responsible for feelings of happiness and for mood regulation in humans. This makes it a common target for antidepressants, which block serotonin from being reabsorbed by neurons after it has dispatched its signal, so more of it stays floating around the brain. Now MIT researchers have developed an imaging [...]
Newly identified rare Alzheimer’s disease gene mutation more common in Icelandic people People with Icelandic heritage are more likely to carry a novel rare mutation in the TM2D3 gene, which leads to greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease, based on a new study published October 14th, 2016 in PLOS Genetics by Johanna Jakobsdottir of the Icelandic Heart Association, Sven van der Lee of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and [...]
How hospitality workers can maintain healthy relationships Work can directly effect any couple, or family, relationship. Long work days, stress filled meetings and exhaustion will carry into the home, damaging not just the employee’s health, but also their loved ones. We see this nowhere more clearly than in the hospitality sector. In a recent podcast with Ken Burgin of, Colleen spoke […]
The Importance of Good Nutrition During Recovery Dietary habits in early recovery can be the difference between staying clean and relapsing. As the opioid epidemic combined with a rise in illegal drug abuse spreads across the country, effective substance abuse treatment services and inpatient recovery options are needed more than ever before. … ...
Biology Determines Every Thought, Feeling, and Behavior Psychologists say behavior results from the interaction of biology and environment, yet argue about their relative importance. Read why the importance of biology is always 100%.
Beware of the Go-For-The-Jugular Vampire This vampire is one of the most malevolent of bloodsuckers, this person is vindictive and cuts you down with no consideration for your feelings. Learn how to protect yourself.
How Rituals Keep Writers On Track – Pt 2 Kurt Vonnegut is known for writing some classic science fiction during the fifties and sixties. His first novel Player Piano came out in 1952, followed by Cat’s Cradle (1963), and … ...
Cheating? But It Was Just a Webcam! In the 21st century, as our lives have become increasingly more digital, the once-clear line between monogamy and infidelity has gotten rather blurry.
The High Price of Your Untreated Agoraphobia Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that’s very common. There are about 200,000 new agoraphobia diagnoses per year in the U.S. alone. It’s defined as having unreasonable fear of … ...
Are You An Influencer? What does the word ‘influence’ mean? “The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of … ...
Imaging technique maps serotonin activity in living brains Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that's partly responsible for feelings of happiness and for mood regulation in humans. This makes it a common target for antidepressants, which block serotonin from being reabsorbed by neurons after it has dispatched its signal, so more of it stays floating around the brain. Now researchers have developed an imaging technique that, for the first time, enables 3D mapping of serotonin as it's reabsorbed into neurons, across multiple regions of the living brain. This technique could be a powerful tool for the research and development of antidepressants.
Gravitating Towards the Familiar and Fearing the Unknown... As children we often fantasize and romanticize about what our life would be like as adults. We often envision amazing things for our adult selves, i.e., an adoring family, perfect … ...