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Gene linked to Alzheimer's disease impairs memory by disrupting brain's 'playback system' Scientists have discovered how the major genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease causes memory impairment. A specific type of brain activity important for memory replay is disrupted in mice with the E4 version of the apolipoprotein E (apoE4) gene, which may interfere with memory formation.
Social Anxiety: Mapping Its 7 Key Components These key elements help us understand social anxiety.
I Hate You (You Hurt Me) I learn a lot from Facebook. I mean, not from Facebook itself, but from the awesome folks I meet there. Recently, a sweet friend tagged me in a post featuring … ...
How Antipsychotic Medication May Save Lives One way anti-psychiatry groups trivialize psychosis and marginalize psychiatry is by emphasizing the adverse effects of antipsychotic medications while denying or minimizing their benefits.1 To be sure, the well-recognized metabolic, neurological and cardiovascular risks associated with many antipsychotic medications must be taken very seriously. Moreover, … ...
Today I Love The Mystic Morning Light Today I love the mystic morning light in the passages and pathways of the parks and lawns and playgrounds and pastures. I love the way the day is shining to … ...
Before Spending $324 on a Prom-posal, Consider These 9... The costs of high school proms have escalated over the years as students try to create increasingly elaborate events. Maybe they are trying to stage a teenage version of the … ...
ADHD, Decide It’s Thursday evening. Just another Thursday evening. I’m writing this for tomorrow morning so if you’re reading this and it’s fresh, it’s actually Friday. But through the magical teleportation of … ...
Best of Our Blogs: May 6, 2016 Your mouth gets dry. Your palms are sweaty. Your bestfriend is going through a tough situation. Your uncle is grieving over a loss. You don’t know the right thing to say or do to help them. If you get nervous thinking about it, here’s some good … ...
For Men, White Blood Cell Count May Predict Bipolar... Psychology is increasingly being backed up by biology. Not only does this help fight the stigma against mental health, but it also opens new doors for personalized treatment options. There … ...
Nostalgia Is a Powerful Motivator Sometimes the best way to prepare for the future is to get stuck in the past. Nostalgia is the quintessential bittersweet emotion, but as far as the science is concerned, the sweet seems to outweigh the bitter. Several studies have looked at how nostalgia affects people, and it turns out...
Trauma and Anger and Depression, Oh My! “You didn’t kill the baby, Gabe. It was already on life support when you got there and you tried.” I want to assure everyone we aren’t talking about an actual … ...
When Therapy Is No Longer Needed Today, I had my last therapy session — barring, of course, a relapse of OCD/mood disorder symptoms in the future. Aside from appointments with my psychiatrist to make sure that … ...
Write and Wrong: Personality and Handwriting Is graphology little more than an amusing nonsense? Is it about as accurate as reading personality from tea leaves? What does the psychological evidence show?
Manipulation of specific neurons helps to erase bad memories, enhance good ones A step has been taken toward the possibility of tuning the strength of memory by manipulating one of the brain’s signaling memory mechanisms, a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
Animal study shows flexible, dissolvable silicon device promising for brain monitoring An implantable brain device that literally melts away at a pre-determined rate minimizes injury to tissue normally associated with standard electrode implantation. The researchers describe a new class of technology that provides greater resolution for measuring electrical activity in space and time that matches or exceeds existing methods.
Study contradicts belief that cancer protects against Alzheimer’s Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease–raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder–a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of [...]
A sex difference in sports interest: What does evolution say? Sports are enormously popular, and one striking pattern is that boys and men are typically much more involved than are girls and women. This sex difference has policy implications, and it raises fundamental questions about the nature of sex differences. Although scholars from many disciplines have explored sex differences in sport involvement, few have addressed [...]
Can believing you are a food addict affect your eating behavior? Researchers from the University of Liverpool have published a paper regarding their work on how beliefs about food addiction can affect eating behaviour. Obesity is often attributed to an addiction to food and many people believe themselves to be “food addicts.” However, until now no studies have looked at whether believing oneself to be a [...]
Deep male voices not so much sexy as intimidating Male voices are not deeply pitched in order to attract female mates, but instead serve to intimidate the competition, according to a team of researchers studying a wide variety of primates including humans. “We wanted to determine if sexual selection had produced sex differences in humans and closely related species,” said David A. Puts, associate [...]
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder Treatment Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a psychopathology, defined as “a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.”  It is a very difficult personality to contend with. Treatment: There are a variety of therapies to … ...