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Mapping how words leap from brain to tongue How the brain narrows down a smorgasbord of related concepts to the one word you're truly seeking is a complicated and poorly understood cognitive task. Looking at epilepsy patients who had a grid of electrodes directly atop their brains, researchers delved into this question and found that wide, overlapping swaths of the brain work in parallel to retrieve the correct word from memory.
Mathematical modeling uncovers mysteries of HIV infection in the brain After uncovering the progression of HIV infection in the brain thanks to a new mathematical model, clinicians and researchers are developing a nasal spray to administer drugs more effectively.
Are Your Medications Giving You Nightmares? Given how widespread the use of many of these medications has become, it is amazing that most of us do not experience a nightmare every night.
This Beverage Reversed Normal Age-Related Memory Loss in Three Months Drinking this could reduce your brain age twenty years in just three months. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
In depressed people, the medial prefrontal cortex exerts more control over other parts of the brain New neuroimaging research has found that depression is associated with abnormal function in an area of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, investigated how the medial prefrontal cortex interacted with other areas of the brain in depression. “I was keen to explore the connection [...]
Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research.
Psychiatric medication protects developing mouse brain from birth defects A clinically available anxiety drug safely and effectively protects against brain defects caused by the mouse version of a common human virus, finds new research.
Study finds LSD produces dreamlike states in awake humans by stimulating serotonin receptors Researchers from the University of Zurich have uncovered more about how the psychedelic drug LSD produces a dreamlike state of consciousness in healthy humans when awake. LSD produces vivid hallucinatory imagery along with alterations in thought processes related to space, time, causality, and selfhood. The new study suggests that LSD induces these dreamlike states of [...]
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First Date Are you missing the important signs of a match on first-dates? Here are some characteristics of a healthy, happy match.
Researcher: Body image problems now the norm for girls and common among boys starting by age 8 New research published in Development and Psychopathology has found that physical maturation and teasing predict the growth of appearance-related anxiety in adolescent girls and boys in Australia. The study found a “steep growth” in appearance-related anxiety symptoms in the first half of the teenage years. “Growing up in the 70s and 80s, appearance was always [...]
How to Turn Wishes into Plans “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt It is natural to want things and to engage in the dreamy exercise of wishing for them. Yet, wishes seldom would wind up turning into results. To achieve wishes or … ...
Treating autism by targeting the gut Therapies to change the bacteria in the gut, through diet, pro-and prebiotic supplements, fecal matter transplants or antibiotics, could treat autism. A review of six decades of research linking the gut to brain development could pave the way for cheap and effective treatment.
Tips for Helping Patients to Change Their Relationship to... Sometimes, anxiety is adaptive in that it might motivate us to accomplish certain tasks. For instance, if you are feeling anxious before an exam-this emotion  could serve to motivate you to spend some time preparing for the test. However, when an individual’s anxiety starts to … ...
What Is Intention Deficit Disorder? Most who are reading this article are familiar with the term ADHD which is defined as: “a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” It may manifest as: inability to sustain focus challenges remaining in … ...
The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.
Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.
Innovation Handmaids What can The Handmaid's Tale teach us about technology innovation?
The Anxiety Epidemic Our smartphones may be a major cause.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 7 A person who is highly sensitive to her or his feelings – and to others’ feelings – is likely to be extra sensitive to her or his environment.