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Autistics as Undomesticated Humans To the extent that humans are a self-domesticated species, autistics can be seen as less domesticated than others.
Is Thinking about Compulsions a Compulsion? I corresponded with a young woman with obsessive-compulsive disorder who had participated in exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy and made some major improvements in dealing with her OCD. However, … ...
Crazy Mind Games Do you have someone in your life who plays crazy mind games?  Are you at the point where you realize something is wrong, you know something bad is happening, you know it’s a pattern, but then, you really can’t pinpoint the problem and you certainly don’t … ...
What Therapy Is and Is Not: 10 Considerations What is your perspective on therapy or counseling? Do you admire it, accept it, or feel grateful for it? Or do you disregard it, disapprove of it, or hate it? … ...
The Link Between Advertising and Childhood Obesity Anyone who has ever shopped with children knows it’s an ordeal. All you want to do is grab the few items you need to make a healthy dinner, but they have … ...
Polyamory, swinging and open relationships are fairly common, study finds New research published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy suggests that polyamory, swinging and open relationships are more common in the United States than thought. The study found that about one in five single Americans had engaged in some sort of non-monogamous relationship arrangement in their lifetime. The findings were based on two [...]
Study examines the emotions that result from observing someone dance Extensive research has been conducted regarding the effects of various types of art on spectators, namely music and painted artwork. There is also a large body of evidence connecting dancing to specific emotions. However, little research examines the effect of dance on the spectators. A 2016 study published in Acta Psychologica aimed to answer some [...]
The difficulty of differentiating between suicidal and non-suicidal overdoses Drug overdoses are a relatively common way to attempt suicide. There are also many overdose cases where the intent is to cause self-harm but not death. Usually, when people commit intentional self-harm the act is considered to be either suicidal or non-suicidal self-injurious behavior (SIB). However, due to an unresolved debate about definitions, non-fatal overdoses [...]
Babies’ levels of testosterone predict sex-related differences in childhood expressive vocabulary Testosterone measured a few months after birth predicts the sex-related differences that have been observed in early expressive vocabulary development, according to a study published this June in Psychoneuroendocrinology. On average girls speak more words than boys during the first few years of life, which naturally results in a larger expressive vocabulary. Furthermore, a small [...]
Evidence of changes to children's brain rhythms following 'brain training' New research questions the strong claims that have been made about the benefits of 'brain training' -- enhanced mental skills, a boost to education, improved clinical outcomes and sharper everyday functioning. This new study found evidence that 'brain training' changed brain signalling but no indication of other benefits.
Intravenous glyburide treatment may reduce dangerous brain swelling after stroke A phase 2 clinical trial of a drug that may alleviate brain swelling -- a dangerous stroke complication -- suggests the treatment may help reduce brain injury and death, and information from the study will help design the phase 3 trial.
Among veterans, painkiller misuse strongly linked to starting heroin A study of nearly 3,400 military veterans over 10 years found that when participants began to misuse opioid painkillers, they had a very high likelihood of also beginning to use heroin, researchers reported in the journal Addiction. As a result, the authors recommend that health care providers who serve veterans should watch closely for signs [...]
Sleep deprivation harms memory by impacting neuronal connectivity Researchers from the Universities of Groningen (Netherlands) and Pennsylvania have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how sleep deprivation negatively affects memory. For the first time, a study in mice, to be published in the journal eLife, shows that five hours of sleep deprivation leads to a loss of connectivity between neurons in the [...]
Music at work increases cooperation and teamwork, study finds From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer experience and behavior. But what impact does it have on employees? Cornell University researchers explored this question in a pair of lab experiments and found that music can have important effects on the [...]
Too much activity in certain areas of the brain is bad for memory and attention Neurons in the brain interact by sending each other chemical messages, so-called neurotransmitters. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the most common inhibitory neurotransmitter, which is important to restrain neural activity, preventing neurons from getting too trigger-happy and from firing too much or responding to irrelevant stimuli. Researchers led by Dr Tobias Bast in the School of [...]
New study examines why parents have become so afraid of leaving children alone Leaving a child unattended is considered taboo in today’s intensive parenting atmosphere, despite evidence that American children are safer than ever. So why are parents denying their children the same freedom and independence that they themselves enjoyed as children? A new study by University of California, Irvine social scientists suggests that our fears of leaving [...]
Increasing education not to blame for rising childlessness in Europe The increasing proportion of the population who prefer to remain childless is a major social problem for many European countries. However this trend has not (so far) been the result of the expansion of education. This is the conclusion of new research, published in the journal Population Studies. The researchers, Eva Beaujouan, Zuzanna Brzozowska and [...]
New report details pre- and postnatal brain defects from Zika virus The journal Radiology has published a special report, detailing the spectrum of imaging findings in babies and fetuses infected with the Zika virus. “Imaging is essential for identifying the presence and the severity of the structural changes induced by the infection, especially in the central nervous system,” said the report’s lead author, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, M.D., [...]
Discovery of mechanism that alters neural excitability offers window into neuropsychiatric disease Diseases such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain, anxiety, depression, drug addiction and Alzheimer’s are all associated with changes in the excitability of brain neurons. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers show, for the first time, that the well-known mechanism of gene expression control — dynamic changes in DNA methylation — is also involved in changes to the [...]
Faith Based Counseling Practices: What you need to know... First I want to acknowledge, this article is about my story, which is within a specific faith. I hope the lessons presented are applicable to any faith– Muslim, Jew, Agnostic, and others. Any and all are welcome to take what resonates and leave the rest. … ...