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Brain more robust than previously thought The brain is well capable of coping with the erratic way individual brain cells transmit information. This robustness is quite useful because variation in signal transmission doesn't merely concern noise, but also contains valuable information, explain neuroscientists.
Academics Are Suckers for Clickbait, Too Believe it or not, people who write blog posts want you to read their work, and a proven strategy for getting somebody to read something is to give it a snappy title. It seems the same holds true for scholarly papers, at least in the field of psychology. ...
3 Tips for Helping a Client with Anorexia Face... Eating disorders are life-threatening mental illnesses that are often stereotyped and misunderstood. Thus, it is critical that clinicians who treat eating disorders are highly knowledgeable about evidence-based treatments. If you are not knowledgeable about treating eating disorders or interested in obtaining supervision from an expert, … ...
Alison Gopnik’s Advice to Parents: Stop Parenting! Everything Professor Gopnik says in The Gardener and the Carpenter indicates that our schooling system is very very wrong. So why does she point her finger at parents, not schools?
Best of Our Blogs: August 19, 2016 I had an 11-year relationship end today. In a world of chaos, strife and discord, he was my calm center. If you have a beloved pet, then you know the pain of losing him or her. It’s not all cuteness and fur. They love us … ...
Can You Learn a Second Language After Childhood? While it’s true that that it’s easier to learn a language when you’re young, adults can still learn languages with the right motivation.
It's actually bad for men to be the breadwinners Being a good provider isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially for millennials, says a new study.
Brain signatures detect racially biased and politically correct behaviors Empathy for others is affected by race but this can be modulated by a secondary cognitive response, according to a study published online this July in Neuroscience. The study points to the importance of education and social integration to overcome racism. Recent research has shown that the ability to share feelings with those of someone [...]
Sleep disturbances linked with suicidal behavior in the mentally ill Suicide is a global crisis. Over one million people die each year by taking their own lives. In the United States, suicide ranks among the top ten causes of death. Failed attempts are more prevalent than the act itself (10 to 25 occurrences for each death) and come with their own grave consequences in the [...]
What Makes You Come Alive? In my interview series “How I Create” I pose this question: Why is creating important to you? In one of my favorite interviews, writer Anna Lovind said, “Because the alternative is repetition. … ...
Does Vulnerability Have an Evolutionary Advantage?   Brene Brown, the author of Daring Greatly, states, “vulnerability is the birthplace of empathy.” But does vulnerability have an evolutionary advantage?   Witnessing a person in a vulnerable state enacts … ...
New study shows LSD’s effects on language The consumption of LSD, short for lysergic acid diethylamide, can produce altered states of consciousness. This can lead to a loss of boundaries between the self and the environment, as might occur in certain psychiatric illnesses. David Nutt, professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, leads a team of researchers who study how this psychedelic substance [...]
Zika virus infection may affect adult brain cells Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among [...]
Unhealthy diet during pregnancy could be linked to ADHD New research led by scientists from King’s College London and the University of Bristol has found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy may be linked to symptoms of ADHD in children who show conduct problems early in life. Published today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, this study is the first to [...]
Neural stem cells control their own fate To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. A research group at the University of Basel now describes for the first time a mechanism by which hippocampal neural stem cells regulate their own cell fate via the protein Drosha. The journal Cell Stem [...]
Study supports new strategy to fight cocaine addiction An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. The researchers showed that a compound that inhibits the activity of certain brain-cell receptors can reverse signs of cocaine dependency in rodents. Prior experiments targeting this receptor, known as the TrkB receptor, [...]
Study confirms long-term effects of ‘chemobrain’ in mice Women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer have long complained of lingering cognitive impairments after treatment. These effects are referred to as “chemobrain,” a feeling of mental fogginess. A new study from the University of Illinois reports long-lasting cognitive impairments in mice when they are administered a chemotherapy regimen used to treat breast cancer in humans. [...]
Smoking marijuana provides more pain relief for men than women Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that men had greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana. Results of the study were recently published online in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. “These findings come at a time when more people, including women, are turning to the use of medical cannabis for pain relief,” said [...]
101 Best Personal Development bloggers We are thrilled to announce that Guided Mind has named WatersedgeCounselling as one of the 101 Best Personal Development and Self Help bloggers of 2016! As part of their Best and Most Inspiring Personal Blog Awards for the year, we have been named alongside New York Times best selling author Michael Hyatt, as well as […]
Ode to the Duke I saw my shrink today. I call him “The Duke.” We had a perfectly fine half-hour meeting. He wrote me some scripts and listened to my current take on my life. Mainly, we talked about my son Tommy’s fear of entering sixth grade. The Duke … ...