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Stressful events linked to risk of violent crime among patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder A study published online by JAMA Psychiatry of patients in Sweden suggests trigger events, including exposure to violence, were associated with increased risk of violent crime in the week following exposure among patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and among individuals without psychiatric diagnoses who were included for comparison. Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum and [...]
What free will looks like in the brain Johns Hopkins University researchers are the first to glimpse the human brain making a purely voluntary decision to act. Unlike most brain studies where scientists watch as people respond to cues or commands, Johns Hopkins researchers found a way to observe people’s brain activity as they made choices entirely on their own. The findings, which [...]
Brain scan study uncovers why cocaine and methamphetamine may impair 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. This is according to a study among prison inmates by Samantha Fede and Dr. Kent Kiehl’s laboratory at the University [...]
Scientists find strong differences in critical region of men and women’s brains While measuring brain activity with magnetic resonance imaging during blood pressure trials, UCLA researchers found that men and women had opposite responses in the right front of the insular cortex, a part of the brain integral to the experience of emotions, blood pressure control and self-awareness. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in [...]
Students’ PTSD symptoms fluctuate greatly during first year of college A new University at Buffalo study is helping researchers better understand how post-traumatic stress disorder fluctuates in students during their first year of college. The segment of the young adult population with PTSD is particularly at risk for problem drinking and other harmful behaviors that can potentially exacerbate symptoms, according to Jennifer Read, a professor [...]
Study shows allocation of police resources affects economic welfare, inequality Decisions about how to allocate police resources in a community are likely to influence not only crime but also housing prices, overall economic welfare and social inequality, according to a new study by economists at Indiana University and the University of Maryland. The study, “Stirring up a hornets’ nest: Geographic distribution of crime,” develops a [...]
More evidence that male and female brains are wired differently While measuring brain activity with magnetic resonance imaging during blood pressure trials, researchers found that men and women had opposite responses in the right front of the insular cortex, a part of the brain integral to the experience of emotions, blood pressure control and self-awareness.
The Poison Tendrils of Negative Emotions A recent research summary argues that negative emotions poison every aspect of successful self-regulation. Understanding this process is key to understanding procrastination.
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.
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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.