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Mini-brain model of idiopathic autism reveals underlying pathology of neuronal overgrowth The majority of cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unknown. Now researchers have created a “mini-brain” model, derived from persons with a particular form of idiopathic ASD characterized by over-sized brains, revealing a defective molecular pathway during brain development that results in early neuronal overgrowth and dysfunctional cortical networks.
Using wireless interface, operators control multiple drones by thinking of various tasks A researcher has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes wired to a computer. The device records electrical brain activity. If the controller moves a hand or thinks of something, certain areas light up. A wireless system sends the thought to the robots.
Try These 3 Little Rituals to Combat Bigtime Stress These are SO easy there’s no reason NOT to try them. Stress is powerful — manage it or it manages you, right? How many times has stress overtaken you, depleting your energy and stealing your happiness? Suddenly your days blur together in a sea of … ...
Shocking new role found for the immune system: Controlling social interaction The immune system affects -- and even controls -- social behavior, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and caused abnormal behavior; restoring it fixed both. The discovery could have enormous implications for neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.
The Best Lifestyle Change To Prevent Cognitive Decline It takes 20-30 years for the brain changes leading to Alzheimer's to occur. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Freeing Yourself from Emotional Abuse What with July 4th so recently behind us, I’ve been thinking a lot about what freedom means. From a therapeutic perspective, it involves personal agency–to have the space to figure … ...
Crying for Attention: Dealing with the Unavailable Mom While it’s possible to generalize about how a toxic mother affects a daughter’s development—such as issues of setting boundaries, being insecurely attached, problems with trust—nonetheless, there are also important differences … ...
The Common Spice That Boosts Learning Ability One cause of low learning ability is an imbalance of proteins in the hippocampus that can be corrected. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Guns Really Are the Cause of Shootings Contrary to a well-worn slogan, it really is guns that shoot people. This principle is shockingly revealed by comparisons of police shootings between the US and other countries.
How To Fight These Six Food Cravings An irresistible sweet treat or savoury snacking after a stressful day might be the body’s way of telling us something. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Drug-use may hamper moral judgment Regular cocaine and methamphetamine users can have difficulty choosing between right and wrong, perhaps because the specific parts of their brains used for moral processing and evaluating emotions are damaged by their prolonged drug habits, according to a study among prison inmates.
In Praise Of Stress At work and beyond, without stress, without those signature moments that punctuate our comfort-seeking daily lives, we would be without leaps and peaks.
Nine Teachings To Challenge Your Life From the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov: Joy is not a sidebar on your spiritual journey, it’s necessary to your spiritual journey. (Cultivate joy.) 2. If you believe you can … ...
Video: What to Expect From Your First Therapy Session The hardest part of psychotherapy is often getting started. The idea of being vulnerable with a stranger can be intimidating, and it’s not necessarily much consolation that the stranger is a professional. Besides, maybe you’re just not a therapy kind of person. That’s what I … ...
Fear of Commitment? Struggle with Anxiety? Maybe You Are... Unconscious fear of intimacy; fear of being loved; fear of commitment; do you allow to be loved? These were a few of my working titles for this blog post. The … ...
First drug target identified for children with rare type of brain tumor Primitive neuroectodermal tumors are the largest group of malignant brain tumors in children. They can arise from the brain's cerebellum or from tissue located throughout the central nervous system. Little is known about how CNS-PNETs develop, although these tumors are more aggressive than other PNETs and have an overall survival rate of only about 20 percent. In a new study, researchers have identified a possible target for a new CNS-PNET therapy.
The Anti-Psychologists Psychology has been engaged in a decades-long battle for its soul—is it really a field independent of brain psychology? I sometimes view myself one of psychology's last advocates.
Helping Your Clients Recover from Traumatic Brain Injury... Every time you turn on the television or read the paper there seems to be a story about how tens  of thousands of service members have suffered a traumatic brain injury during combat. There is no doubt that tens if not hundreds of thousands of … ...
Today I Love The Texture Of The Trees Today I love the texture of the trees, the softness of the Spruce, the edginess of the Maple, the details of the Rowen and Linden, the shimmering sparkle of the … ...
The Psychology of the Political Coup One perhaps surprising yet key implication of this research is that elections have the potential to be a force for instability and change, rather than a tool of stabilization.