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Optimism, coping strategies, and depressive symptoms in Hispanic parents of children with autism Humans are resilient, even facing the toughest of life’s challenges. How individuals and families deal with demanding and emotionally charged circumstances plays a large role in how they view and face the world and the possible outcomes of a difficult situation. There’s no exception for the challenging Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how families adjust [...]
Research yields insight into the mystery of smell Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have uncovered the mechanism underlying a phenomenon in how we smell that has puzzled researchers for decades. In an article appearing online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team reports that, surprisingly, the mechanism follows a simple physics principle called cooperativity. [...]
Antidepressant use during pregnancy may lengthen umbilical cord Umbilical cords of children whose mothers used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy may be longer than umbilical cords of other newborn children, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs, are commonly prescribed antidepressants, and this is the first time their association with [...]
Political ideology and knowledge predict people’s opinion of hydraulic fracking New research by a team including Plymouth University indicates how influential a person’s political affinity is to their opinion about hydraulic fracking. Yaniv Hanoch, Professor of Decision Science in Plymouth University’s School of Psychology, co-authored the study alongside Dr Becky Choma and Shannon Currie from Ryerson University. The researchers examined the role of people’s political [...]
Study shows where you are is who you are: Good environments are fundamental for well-being A recent study suggests that who we are might be more integrated with where we are than previously thought. Demonstrating how architects and urban planners might take guidance from disciplines like neuroscience, philosophy and psychology, a paper published in Frontiers in Psychology, reveals that a good built environment might promote well-being and effect our decisions. [...]
New data on brain network activity can help in understanding ‘cognitive vulnerability’ to depression Neuroimaging studies of interconnected brain networks may provide the “missing links” between behavioral and biological models of cognitive vulnerability to depression, according to a research review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. Research on neural network interactions and related brain activity patterns has provided new insights into the [...]
Do witchcraft beliefs halt economic progress? Believing in witchcraft is a salient feature of daily life in many parts of the world. In worst-case scenarios, such beliefs lead to murder, and they may also cause destruction of property or societal ostracism of the accused witches. The first large-scale economics study to explore beliefs in witchcraft, broadly defined as the use of supernatural [...]
This small brain area plays a key role in making everyday decisions Choosing what shirt to buy, what to order for lunch or whether to go with the hearty red wine or the lighter white all involve assigning values to the options. A small brain structure plays a central role in the many decisions like this we make each day. But it hasn’t been clear how a [...]
Why humans are polygynous I’ve written – both in recent posts and my latest book – that people are polygynous (naturally harem-keeping: one man, many women). Paradoxically, we’re also polyandrous (one woman, many men), and I’ll write about that next. But for now, what’s the evidence for polygyny? #1) In all polygynous species, males are physically larger than females. [...]
Videogame addiction: Sleep loss, obesity, and cardiovascular risk for some gamers Some children and youth with high videogame addiction tendencies may be at risk of sleep deprivation and disorders associated with obesity and poor cardio-metabolic health, Hamilton researchers have found. The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, examines the growing global gaming phenomenon and its impact on youth health. Dr. Katherine Morrison, co-author of [...]
Epigenetic study of lactose intolerance may shed light on the origin of mental illness A new study on the epigenetics of lactose intolerance may provide an approach to understanding schizophrenia and other complex, serious illnesses. Both lactose intolerance and schizophrenia are inherited. In addition, neither condition emerges in the first years of life, but rather both appear years or even decades later, says senior author Dr. Arturas Petronis, head [...]
Study: Smartphone alerts increase inattention — and hyperactivity Society’s increasingly pervasive use of digital technology may be causing ADHD-like symptoms even among the general population, according to a new study of college students presented this week in San Jose, California at the Human-Computer Interaction conference of the Association for Computing Machinery. “Less than 10 years ago, Steve Jobs promised that smartphones ‘will change [...]
Insight into the mystery of smell Researchers have uncovered the mechanism underlying a phenomenon in how we smell that has puzzled researchers for several decades. In a new article, the team reports that, surprisingly, the mechanism follows a simple physics principle called cooperativity.
The Good Wife: A Fantasized Finale from SingleLand Sometimes TV, to me, is just low level entertainment in the background while I do other things. Not so with the series finale of The Good Wife. I was watching … ...
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Kristen Bell Gets Candid About Depression From her days on Veronica Mars, to voicing the character Elsa in Disney’s smash-hit, Frozen, actress Kristen Bell has always projected an image of happiness and positivity. She’s married to … ...
Is Sharon Osbourne Overwhelmed by Marital Problems? Sharon Osbourne has been married to rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne, for more than 33 years. Over the years, the couple has faced serious adversity but always managed to stay together … ...
Soliphilia and Other Ways of Loving a Planet Love for nature and despair over its deterioration both get swept under the carpet of everyday experience. Naming them can bring them both to the surface and liberate us to act.
5 Ways to Help Safeguard Your Relationship After Kids Having a child (whether your first or your fifth) can throw your home and relationship into a state of instability. The physical toll in addition to the added stress and limited … ...
Dear Doc: A Breakup Letter Author’s Note: This week will be my last session with my Psychiatrist. I’ve been working with her for the past 6 years. This letter is a culmination of my gratitude … ...