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Working with a Drama Queen / Histrionic Personality Disorder... It’s hard to miss the drama in a conservative work environment where things are relatively calm. Granted there are pressures and tensions at the office but nothing compares to the constant barrage of theatrics. One person seems to stand out in suggestive appearance, inappropriate behavior, … ...
OCD, Medication and Attitude I’ve previously written about how complicated the topic of OCD and medication can be. I’ve talked about stigma and the process of “trial & error.” I’ve discussed how there are … ...
#PokemonGO Famous Child Actor Being Harassed By Players... “Pokémon Go AWAY, It’s Pokémon, I’m Pokey, Man” – Say’s Gumby’s pony pal Pokey. Pokémon Go is a smartphone game App that is catching on like wildfire; it is engaging, … ...
My Depression and Social Anxiety We feel numb Unable to move, Unable to feel The weight of all our worries weighs us down, Crushing our spirit There seems to be no way out Can’t find … ...
What is ‘Cognitive Function’ in Bipolar Disorder? “Cognitive function” is the technical word for how the brain processes information. It affects many aspects of thought, perception and understanding. How well a person is functioning cognitively highly impacts … ...
The Psychology of Scientific Advancement A The Eminents Interview of Michio Kaku.
3-D imaging reveals unexpected arrangement of plaques in Alzheimer’s-afflicted brains Rockefeller University researchers have used a recently-developed imaging technique that makes tissue transparent to visualize brain tissue from deceased patients with Alzheimer’s disease, exposing nonrandom, higher-order structures of beta amyloid plaques–sticky clumps of a toxic protein typically found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. The findings appear July 14 in Cell Reports. “Until now, [...]
Why scientists are calling for experiments on the drug ecstasy MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug–a category reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. But in a Commentary published July 14 in Cell, two researchers call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA’s effects [...]
Ability to turn off genes in brain crucial for learning and memory Every time you play a game of basketball, make a cup of coffee or flick on a light switch, you are turning on genes in your brain. These same genes typically are turned off when the activity ceases – but when that doesn’t happen, damaging consequences can occur. A study in mice at Washington University [...]
Negative stereotypes affect female soccer performance Subjecting female soccer players to a negative stereotype about their abilities reduced their dribbling speed significantly, according to a new study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. The results demonstrate the impact negative stereotypes can have on athletic performance. There continues to be a stereotype that women are inferior as soccer players. This view continues [...]
People in relationships find those who resemble them to be more attractive If we are in a relationship we are more likely to be attracted to faces resembling our own, but for single people, opposites attract. Relationship status affects who and what we find attractive, found a study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Dr Jitka Lindová of Charles University in the Czech Republic and her team showed a [...]
Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children’s development Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children’s development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from Michigan State University scholars. The research provides some of the most conclusive evidence to date of fathers’ importance to children’s outcomes and reinforces the idea that early [...]
Specialized neurons in emotional memory brain area play important role in fear Fear memory encoding, the process responsible for persistent reactions to trauma-associated cues, is influenced by a sparse but potent population of inhibitory cells called parvalbumin-interneurons (PV-INs) in the amygdala, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online July 14 in the journal Neuron. The Mount Sinai [...]
Is Pokémon Go Good for Your Mental Health? When Pokémon Go launched two weeks ago, it took the world seconds to become obsessed with the game. Based on the manga characters that spawned card games, movies and TV shows in the 90s, the new game allows phone users to catch monsters (known as Pokémon) in real time. This means that wherever you live, […]
Don’t Put Off Goofing Off One of the advantages of being a writer is that I have a lot of control over my time. However, I often don’t take advantage of that. I feel uncomfortable if I’m not being “productive” when I feel like I should be working — and … ...
Why It Is So Easy to Hate Each Other One of the oldest and most pernicious of human qualities is the ease with which we put people into categories.
The Truth About Time That We All Need to Remember This will be just a short piece because I know you’re likely busy, but I promise it to be an important one. Recently, I was eating with my family at … ...
The Journey of Becoming a Stranger After Divorce I read an article recently which talked about a woman and her journey of healing after divorce…. “My former husband, the father of my child, the person that was once … ...
Patient-specific approach may improve deep brain stimulation used to treat Parkinson's Researchers have developed a method to measure how the brain responds to electrical stimulation and use the response to maximize efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) -- a therapy that has been successfully used to treat advanced stages of Parkinson's disease. The study provides a patient specific approach to tuning parameters that may dramatically improve efficacy of deep brain stimulation.
Ability to turn off genes in brain crucial for learning, memory Every time you move around, you are turning on genes in your brain. A study in mice shows that if such genes get stuck in the "on" position, the consequences can include faulty brain wiring that affects learning and memory.