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Action video games improve goal-directed reaction times, study finds Research on video games is not restricted to the controversies that are commonly referenced in popular media. Many studies have been performed that demonstrate the beneficial effects of video games on a number of physiological and psychological measures. For example, players of action video games have been shown to have a lower threshold for contrast [...]
Finding Your Confidence Are you constantly apologising for everything and anything?  Low self-confidence is often an attribute of depression and anxiety, and it can be difficult to break the lie that we aren’t good enough. We all struggle with confidence at some point in our lives. While we can’t change the way we feel about ourselves over-night, we […]
A Psychological Equation for Eliminating Depression, Anxiety, Anger and... Depression has the power to rob you of all possible joy, and those of you who are suffering from any form of depression know that it can affect every area … ...
Family Constellation Work For all of us who have experienced family life and its impact, with all of its places of light and darkness, there is a wonderful group process that fosters present-day healing. It is called family constellation work and is a day-long workshop run by a … ...
Running releases protein associated with improved memory in mice The reason why treadmill training can boost memory recall remains an active area of investigation. A couple of proteins have been shown to fuel exercise-induced neuron growth, but a June 23 study in Cell Metabolism presents a new candidate, cathepsin B–one that can be directly traced from the muscles to the brain in mice. Also, [...]
Precise control of brain ‘pacemaker’ circuit alters mood By combining super-fine electrodes and tiny amounts of a very specific drug, Duke University researchers have singled out a circuit in mouse brains and taken control of it to dial an animal’s mood up and down. Stress-susceptible animals that behaved as if they were depressed or anxious were restored to relatively normal behavior by tweaking [...]
New findings challenge current view on origins of Parkinson’s disease The neurodegeneration that occurs in Parkinson’s disease is a result of stress on the endoplasmic reticulum in the cell rather than failure of the mitochondria as previously thought, according to a study in fruit flies. It was found that the death of neurons associated with the disease was prevented when chemicals that block the effects [...]
Human brain houses diverse populations of neurons, new research shows A team of researchers has developed the first scalable method to identify different subtypes of neurons in the human brain. The research lays the groundwork for “mapping” the gene activity in the human brain and could help provide a better understanding of brain functions and disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and depression. By isolating and [...]
Long visits to nature linked to improved mental health, study finds People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t, according to new research by Australian and UK environmental scientists. A study led by The University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental [...]
New research uncovers why an increase in probability feels riskier than a decrease Probability estimates are constantly changing. A 20 per cent chance of rain suddenly goes to 30 per cent and we start thinking about packing an umbrella. But how differently do we react when a forecast goes from a 40 per cent chance of rain down to 30? According to a new U of T study, [...]
Healing Sexual Abuse I counsel a young woman who was sexually abused by a family member when she was 7-years young. The way she has dealt with the abuse is unlike any other … ...
Scientists reveal single-neuron gene landscape of the human brain A team of scientists has completed the first large-scale assessment of single neuronal 'transcriptomes.' Their research reveals a surprising diversity in the molecules that human brain cells use in transcribing genetic information from DNA to RNA and producing proteins.
Heroin use in U.S. reaches "alarming" high Two new reports highlight huge spikes in both heroin and opioid painkiller abuse.
Turning Into Your Parent… I have found that regardless of the relationship someone has with their parents, they still tend to bristle and make a face when they are told, “You sound just like … ...
Is Your Pet Helping You in the Dating Market? Your reaction to your own dog and your date's dog may determine how attractive you appear to a potential partner
Psychological Distance: 10 Fascinating Effects of a Simple Mind Hack Think distant: the incredible power of abstract thought. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Buying Local Food Won't Save the Planet We are all concerned about the environment and about what life will be like for generations yet unborn. So the idea of local sourcing is becoming very popular.
Your Self-Driving Car Will Be Programmed to Kill You—Deal With It A recent survey shows that people want self-driving cars to be programmed to minimize casualties during a crash, even if it causes the death of the rider. Trouble is, the same survey shows that people don’t actually want to ride in cars that are programmed this way. That’s obviously a problem—and we’re going to have to get over it....
Sleight of mind in fMRI I’ve written a piece for the BPS Research Digest about a fascinating study that caused people to feel their thoughts were being controlled by outside forces. It’s a psychologically intriguing study because it used the psychology lab to conduct the study but it also used the psychology lab as a form of misdirection, so participants … Continue reading "Sleight of mind in fMRI"
Precise control of brain circuit alters mood By combining super-fine electrodes and tiny amounts of a very specific drug, researchers have singled out a circuit in mouse brains and taken control of it to dial an animal's mood up and down. Stress-susceptible animals that behaved as if they were depressed or anxious were restored to relatively normal behavior by tweaking the system, according to a study.