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Adjusting To The “New” You As many of you know, I used to live a very different life. I use to work on New York’s fashion shows, style photo shoots, edit magazines, manage deadlines and people, … ...
Novel mouse model sheds new light on autism spectrum disorder A new mouse model, developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to show that when more of a specific biological molecule moves between different parts of nerve cells in the mouse brain, it can lead to behaviors that resembles some aspects of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in humans. This biological molecule, [...]
Why We're Having More Same-Sex Relationships Than Ever More Americans are having sex with partners of the same gender. Here's why this is happening, and why it's a good thing.
Why Are More People Having Sex With Both Men and Women? More Americans are having sex with partners of the same gender. Why this happened, and why it's a good thing.
Researchers identify new ‘druggable’ target for sporadic Parkinson’s disease Research at the Buck Institute shows the same mechanisms that lead to neuronal cell death in mice genetically fated to develop Parkinson’s disease (PD) are involved in the much more common sporadic form of the age-related, neurodegenerative disorder that robs people of the ability to move normally. The research, published in the journal Neurobiology of [...]
Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds The tragedy of the commons, a concept described by ecologist Garrett Hardin, paints a grim view of human nature. The theory goes that, if a resource is shared, individuals will act in their own self-interest, but against the interest of the group, by depleting that resource. Yet examples of cooperation and sharing abound in nature, [...]
Research examines the social benefits of getting into someone else’s head Do you often wonder what the person next to you is thinking? You might be high in mind-reading motivation (MRM), a newly coined term for the practice of observing and interpreting bits of social information, like whether the person next to you is rhythmically drumming his fingers because he’s anxious or if someone is preoccupied [...]
Our Identity: "Who Am I (Really)?" "Identity" is taught to college students exactly when they're expected to be struggling with their sense of self. The truth is we wrestle with our identity throughout our lives.
Shift work unwinds body clocks, leading to more severe strokes Statistics show that some 15 million Americans don’t work the typical nine-to-five. These employees (or shift workers), who punch in for graveyard or rotating shifts, are more prone to numerous health hazards, from heart attacks to obesity, and now, new research, published in the journal Endocrinology, shows shift work may also have serious implications for the [...]
How to eat your way to better grades The saying goes that you are what you eat, so when it comes to exam time it makes sense to think carefully about what you are feeding your body. Food is fuel and knowing what to eat and drink ahead of exams can make all the difference to your performance. A key factor in how [...]
Past Tense I stop: a droll smile and infectious cackle singe my synapses. I feel good. Like endorphins-are-murmuring good. Maybe it is a sun-baked trip to the beach, the well-received Psych Central articles, or heartfelt conversations with my aunts and uncles. Or maybe it is learning to … ...
How Do You Transition Into Adulthood With A Mental... Hey. I know I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been pretty depressed. I don’t know who I am or what I want. Autistic people have trouble with transitions. I’ve only noticed that … ...
The Hidden Meaning of Self-Injurious Behavior In this blog post, I look into the hidden meaning of self-injurious behavior from a psychoanalytic point of view and explore some of the common reasons why people harm themselves. … ...
Performers and Depression “I know what it’s like to feel depressed.” Lady Gaga Many people experience mental health challenges including anxiety and depression, often starting early in life. Among them are actors, musicians … ...
How Do You Forgive? In my last post I spoke about how forgiveness can truly be a gift to yourself and your future. Which all sounds good and well, but how is it done … ...
Throwing Darts at the Ballot The average American can name only 6 of his or her elected representatives.
Is beer good for the brain? While most people will agree that excessive consumption of alcohol can have a detrimental effect on the brain, there is less agreement regarding the effects of light or moderate drinking. This includes concern and controversy surrounding the effects of drinking on the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s (AD). This study investigated the association between consumption of different alcoholic beverages – beer, wine, and spirits – and one of the neuropathological signs of Alzheimer’s disease, ?-amyloid (A?) aggregation in the brain.
Depression Linked To Pea-Sized Brain Structure That Backfires An area of the brain that tracks negative events newly linked to depression. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
OCD and Sensitivity As most of us know, obsessive-compulsive disorder is comprised of obsessions, (thoughts, images or impulses that recur and feel outside of the person’s control), and compulsions (repetitive behaviors or thoughts … ...
Finding Peace With Your Past It’s extremely easy to be bitter when you feel as though your life was negatively shaped by events in your past; events that you had no control over, yet seem … ...