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Does Loving Longer Mean Loving More? Loving longer is associated with lower romantic intensity; but it is also related to profound love. Does loving longer increase or decrease love? It all depends on what love is.
5 Ways Caring Parents Make Teen Anxiety Worse Your happy-go-lucky child has turned into an anxiety-ridden teen. It is a painful thing to watch. Activities that were once enjoyable are now avoided. Going to school is a daily miracle. … ...
Planning a Life with Bipolar Disorder: Part II This article is Part II of “Planning a Life with Bipolar Disorder.” You can read Part I by clicking here. With bipolar disorder, everything is a little bit more complicated. … ...
Study: Class seat location linked with grades, more so for the shy Classroom environments have a recognized impact on student performance. According to “common sense” classroom observations, choosing to sit in the back row(s) is among the most telling signs that someone will be less than engaged in their studies. Performance impairments may also result from situations where seats are assigned, as people in the back rows [...]
Schizophrenia emerged after humans diverged from Neanderthals Schizophrenia poses an evolutionary enigma. The disorder has existed throughout recorded human history and persists despite its severe effects on thought and behavior, and its reduced rates of producing offspring. A new study in Biological Psychiatry may help explain why-comparing genetic information of Neanderthals to modern humans, the researchers found evidence for an association between [...]
Brain study confirms gene mutation link to psychiatric disorders Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. The study offers further clues about how the mutation increases the risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Experts say the findings could help in the quest for new treatments. Researchers led by [...]
Signs of pure altruism converge in the brain and increase with age Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. People give to charity for numerous non-altruistic reasons, such as showing off their generosity to others. To isolate pure altruism from other motivations, researchers triangulated methods from [...]
Scientists find the brain’s generosity center Scientists from Oxford University and UCL have identified part of our brain that helps us learn to be good to other people. The discovery could help understanding of conditions like psychopathy where people’s behaviour is extremely antisocial. The researchers were led by Dr Patricia Lockwood, who explained: ‘Prosocial behaviours are social behaviours that benefit other [...]
New insights into how the mind influences the body Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. These findings, reported in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provide evidence for the neural [...]
Is acetaminophen use when pregnant associated with kids’ behavioral problems? Using the common pain-relieving medication acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with increased risk for multiple behavioral problems in children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Acetaminophen is generally considered safe in pregnancy and is used by a many pregnant women for pain and fever. Evie Stergiakouli, Ph.D., of the University of Bristol, [...]
Light color determines sleepiness versus arousal in mice, study finds Light affects sleep. A study in mice published in Open Access journal PLOS Biology shows that the actual color of light matters; blue light keeps mice awake longer while green light puts them to sleep easily. An accompanying Primer provides accessible context information and discusses open questions and potential implications for “designing the lighting of [...]
4 Happiness Habits Everyone Should Learn Before Growing Up Our ideas about how to be happy are often contrary to what research shows really works
Scientists use functional brain imaging to see how Sting’s mind organizes music What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of [...]
New research sheds light on the role of proteins and how synapses work Synapses are the power junctions that allow living creatures to function. Popularly associated with learning and memory, they play a more fundamental role in our existence by regulating everything from breathing, sleeping and waking and other bodily functions. Loss of synapses and synapse function sit at the heart of a number of diseases, not just [...]
Researchers examine how Parkinson’s disease alters brain activity over time Neuroscientists peered into the brains of patients with Parkinson’s disease and two similar conditions to see how their neural responses changed over time. The study, funded by the NIH’s Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Program and published in Neurology, may provide a new tool for testing experimental medications aimed at alleviating symptoms and slowing the rate at which [...]
Mindfulness combats depression for disadvantaged black women African-American women with lower socio-economic status have an increased risk of depressive disorders, yet they rarely seek out antidepressants or psychotherapy because of negative attitudes and stigma associated with conventional mental health treatments. A new pilot Northwestern Medicine study showed that eight weeks of mindfulness training helped alleviate their depressive symptoms and reduce stress, providing [...]
Researchers examine how Parkinson's disease alters brain activity over time Neuroscientists peered into the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease and two similar conditions to see how their neural responses changed over time. The study may provide a new tool for testing experimental medications aimed at alleviating symptoms and slowing the rate at which the diseases damage the brain.
Scientists find the brain's generosity center Scientists have identified part of our brain that helps us learn to be good to other people. People who rated themselves as having higher levels of empathy learned to benefit others faster than those who reported having lower levels of empathy. They also showed increased signalling in their subgenual anterior cingulate cortex when benefiting others.
How to Escape the High-Performer Trap We can be held back from making our best contributions because we don’t choose the best of the best. We fall into the high-performer trap…. Summer is almost over. We know it because … ...
Science Explains How We Choose Political Leaders Wherever you might live in the world, you know what it’s like when it’s election time. The airwaves and the billboards are taken over by the electoral candidates. Your mailbox is flooded with brochures and mailers every other day while the newspapers ignore most events … ...