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Stimulating neurons could protect against brain damage, research shows A breakthrough in understanding how brain damage spreads – and how it could potentially be limited – has been made through a collaboration between neuroscientists and engineers at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde. They have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism in the brain that allows networks of neurons to protect against the kind of [...]
Study on language and memory finds brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language. It seems obvious that speaking and understanding language draw upon our memories – of words, context, people, etc. – [...]
Research shows how students engage with feedback is as important as its content A new research review which consolidates thinking on how students engage with feedback has been published by psychologists at the University of Surrey and Aston University in Educational Psychologist. Run in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the project has also led to the launch of a ‘Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit‘, which suggests [...]
Study challenges widely held view about children’s moral judgement New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) argues that children’s ability to make moral judgements has often been substantially underestimated. When making moral judgements, adults tend to focus on people’s intentions rather than on the outcomes of their actions: hurting someone intentionally is much worse than hurting them accidentally. However, the prevailing view [...]
Study identifies link between chronic pain and lack of sleep ‘I won’t be able to cope with my pain if I don’t sleep well’ – research from the University of Warwick reveals that the way chronic pain patients think about pain and sleep leads to insomnia and poor management of pain. Researchers from the Sleep and Pain Lab in the Department of Psychology have demonstrated [...]
Study illuminates how multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera mysteriously works A study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has helped to de-mystify the molecular workings of the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tecfidera®. The drug is the most widely prescribed pill-based therapy for MS, but its biological mechanism remains mysterious. Using a new TSRI technology that can quickly reveal a drug’s protein targets, the [...]
Researchers find the menstrual cycle affects spatial navigation and verbal memory in women It’s been suggested that women are better at giving directions than men. New research from Concordia University in Montreal, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, shows that may be thanks to the hormones that trigger the menstrual cycle. “Women have sometimes reported to doctors that their memory works differently depending on which phase of the menstrual [...]
Working mothers most in need of social support are less likely to receive it The night shift or any other nonstandard work schedule presents many challenges for working mothers. Besides the difficulty of managing the job’s hours, there are daily tasks and unexpected crises that arise outside of work. They might need someone to watch a child or provide a ride. There are doctor visits and school functions. Knowing [...]
MRI scanner sees emotions flickering across an idle mind As you relax and let your mind drift aimlessly, you might remember a pleasant vacation, an angry confrontation in traffic or maybe the loss of a loved one. And now a team of researchers at Duke University say they can see those various emotional states flickering across the human brain. “It’s getting to be a [...]
When You’re of Two Minds, Admit It Is integrity being consistent or is it being honest about your inconsistency? It's both and the latter matters more.
Breaking Up with My PTSD: The Reality of Recovering... My almost life-long companion and I are actually breaking up. I should be more specific. What I’m breaking up with is more exactly known as C-PTSD, a form of PTSD. I think we’re in the final stages of our separation. It’s been a long and … ...
Olfactory glomeruli have a unique structure Scientists have quantified and mapped the functional units of the olfactory center in the brains of vinegar flies responsible for the perception of odors. The basic units of the olfactory system in the fly brain provide references to their function and ecological relevance.
The #1 Factor in Private Practice Success Picture this: You’ve just finished a grueling work day. You saw six clients back to back. You are more than ready to call it a day. You have steaming bowl of Phở and a warm bath waiting for you at home. You’ve not driven far before your car starts … ...
Treating Mixed Features in Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is typically characterized by two extreme moods people with the illness experience. On one end, mania is characterized by grandiosity and risky behavior. On the other, depression involves … ...
Why Feeling Fat Can Make You Fat There’s a famous quote — attributed to many people — about watching our thoughts: “Watch your thoughts, they become words; Watch your words, they become actions; Watch your actions, they … ...
9 Ways to Increase Your Inner Happiness Reserve According to a recent study published earlier this year in the journal of Happiness Studies, people who rate themselves as the happiest are more likely to share a certain gene. Despite the findings of this study, can it be as simple as that? One’s emotional … ...
Brain to robot: 'Move, please' Using the power of thought to control a robot that helps to move a paralysed hand: new research could fundamentally change the therapy and daily lives of stroke patients.
The Blank Slate Controversy Behaviorists used to argue that people were blank slates in the sense that almost all of our behavior was learned. Evolutionary psychologists disagree. Who is correct?
7 Insights You Can Use In Recovery From Mental... Some of the insights gleaned from treating the disease of addiction can offer benefits for those in recovery from mental health issues, too. ...
Comparing Narcissism to Antisocial Personality Disorder... Do you ever wonder which personality disorder you are dealing with?  I find the following descriptions very useful in determining if you are coping with an antisocial personality or a person with narcissistic traits.  The following information is based on proposed diagnostic criteria according to … ...