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How Do You ‘Do’ Fear? We all feel fear at various moments in our lives. But we differ dramatically in how we “do” fear. Here are a few stories that illustrate what I mean: Jake’s style: “Safety First” When Jake feels fear, he has a knee-jerk reaction to retreat into … ...
The Different Shades of Anxiety Worry manifests in a number of different ways.  In fact, the way people worry is likely as diverse as people themselves. However, I believe there are three broad categories of worry people engage in: social, obsessive, and general. Yes, there are multiple variations and permutations … ...
Who's Riding on Your "Me-Bus?" Advocates of the modular mind concept see no need to assume the existence of a single "executive self"; no master module; no CEO circuit; no super-me; not even an "ego."
What Keeps People From Getting a Massage — and... “I’m gross.” That’s exactly how many people feel when asked about their body image. They have too much hair, are too fat, too skinny, too — well, you get the … ...
“El Chapo” and His Chicago Connection If “El Chapo” is extradited to Chicago, it will be the first time the Mexican drug lord steps foot in the Windy City. Despite never having been a visitor, El … ...
Postpartum Depression Underdiagnosed in Men New research sheds light on men's experience with postpartum depression
Cultivating Charisma Redux Lessons from our most charismatic leaders
List of Informational Resources for Providing ABA (Applied Behavior... I would like to provide a list of resources and information regarding the application of applied behavior analysis to young children with autism spectrum disorder. When working with youth, we should consider their typically develooping peers in the sense of being aware of what is … ...
Zika virus identified in brain, placenta tissue, strengthening link to birth defects Zika virus has been detected in the brain tissue of a deceased two-month-old baby in Brazil who was diagnosed with microcephaly, in the brain tissue of two newborns who died shortly after birth, and in the placenta tissue of two fetuses that were spontaneously aborted, new research reveals.
3 Effective Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Sleep... Parenting a young child can be exhausting. One specific aspect of parenting that can be especially challenging is bedtime and even all through the night if your child doesn’t sleep … ...
How Can My Therapist Know What It’s Like to Be Me? It’s not at all unusual to want a therapist who really understands our experiences, perhaps has even shared them.   Is that reasonable?  Is it realistic? Obviously there are many … ...
The DIY Approach to Managing Anger Anger is how your body communicates with you and lets you know that you are neglecting ourselves. You cannot control other people, but you can control your behavior and reactions … ...
Increased daily stress linked to lower estradiol levels in young women High levels of daily psychological stress are linked to lower estradiol levels in young women, according to a recent study published in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology (March 2015). The study is the first to provide evidence of the relationship between psychological stress and ovarian hormone production within the menstrual cycle. Estradiol, a form of [...]
Altered states of consciousness and sexual responsiveness New research published in Cognition and Consciousness examined the relationship between sexual responsiveness and altered states of consciousness. Some moments during sexual experiences have a quality that many cannot accurately describe. They may cite a sense of unity or oneness, but even these complex concepts fail to address the totality of the sensation. The phenomenon [...]
Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain cells Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. While these exploratory studies were conducted in neurons grown in the laboratory, they may offer insight into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease [...]
Religious service attendance associated with lower suicide risk among women Women who attended religious services had a lower risk of suicide compared with women who never attended services, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Suicide is among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. The major world religions have traditions prohibiting suicide. Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD., of the Harvard [...]
Motivation to bully is regulated by brain reward circuits Individual differences in the motivation to engage in or to avoid aggressive social interaction (bullying) are mediated by the basal forebrain, lateral habenula circuit in the brain, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published June 30 in the journal Nature. The Mount Sinai study focuses on [...]
New clues about the aging brain’s memory functions A European study led by Umeå University Professor Lars Nyberg, has shown that the dopamine D2 receptor is linked to the long-term episodic memory, which function often reduces with age and due to dementia. This new insight can contribute to the understanding of why some but not others are affected by memory impairment. The results [...]
Researcher finds truth to age-old maxim: ‘work hard, play hard’ Queen’s University biology professor Lonnie Aarssen has published a study that, for the first time, provides strong empirical support for a correlation between a motivation to seek accomplishment and an attraction to leisure. “I’ve been interested for quite a while in two motivations that people seem to display — one I call legacy drive and [...]
Educating parents on healthy infant sleep habits may help prevent obesity Teaching parents bedtime techniques to encourage healthy sleep habits in their infants may help prevent obesity, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Strong links exist between inadequate sleep and childhood obesity. Researchers are studying the use of an intervention to prevent rapid infant weight gain and childhood obesity. Through the INSIGHT study (Intervention [...]