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How the Great Recession weighed on children Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that increases in unemployment in California during the Great Recession were associated with an increased risk for weight gain among the state’s 1.7 million public school students, suggesting that economic troubles could have long-term health consequences for children. The researchers, publishing online June 1 in [...]
Neuroscience researchers identify a gene critical for human brain development and unravel how it works Compared to other mammals, humans have the largest cerebral cortex. A sheet of brain cells that folds in on itself multiple times in order to fit inside the skull, the cortex is the seat of higher functions. It is what enables us to process everything we see and hear and think. The expansion of the [...]
Researchers mine Twitter to reveal Congress’ ideological divide on climate change Does human activity drive global climate change? For members of Congress, the answer often depends on party affiliation. In general, Republicans say “nay,” Democrats “yea.” A research team led by Brian Helmuthprofessor in the College of Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairswants to change that. In a new paper published Monday [...]
The Key to Success? Not Comparing Yourself to Others The grass is always greener. I’ve been there, scrolling through newsfeeds on social media, talking to friends, seeing successful people all over the place. That’s when the feeling starts to creep in that I’m not good enough, that I’m not motivated enough, that I need … ...
Overcoming the Fear of Happiness It may sound silly that a person would be afraid of being happy but it is more common than most realize. There is a type of comfort that comes from believing nothing will change or improve. It requires less energy, can spare future rejection, and … ...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as A Part of Addiction Treatment... Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic method and a major component of most addiction treatment programs. It is based on the process of identifying — and changing — thinking … ...
Spoiling for a Fight, Fighting for God Religious rhetoric might appear to produce bloodshed, but in fact it's just giving permission to a desire that already exists.
Character Counts in a Novel's Pages If the characters who people a book, no matter how wildly offbeat, don't feel real, readers may lose interest. Plot is definitely not everything. Character counts.
Brain power: Why do humans have the largest cerebral cortex? The expansion of the cerebral cortex sets humans apart from the rest of their fellow primates. Yet scientists have long wondered what mechanisms are responsible for this evolutionary development. New research has pinpointed a specific long nocoding ribonucleic acid that regulates neural development.
Study suggests new ways to protect against neurodegeneration A new study has found evidence that an enzyme known as NMNAT2 may help protect against the debilitating effects of certain degenerative brain diseases, including Alzheimer's.
Loving Self-Care – Thursday Posts Acquiring the Skills Aside from the course I teach at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California and my In Your Own Hands book, my Thursday posts can provide a … ...
Wiretapping the senses Sensory information enters the brain at the primary sensory cortex, where they are processed by different layers of cells in ways that ultimately influence an animal's perception and behavioral response. Scientists have now watched the flow of information between the different layers of the cortex for the first time in awake, active mice. Their work provides new insights into links between sensory stimuli and behavior.
Brain power: Gene critical for human brain development identified and workings unravelled Compared to other mammals, humans have the largest cerebral cortex. A sheet of brain cells that folds in on itself multiple times in order to fit inside the skull, the cortex is the seat of higher functions. It is what enables us to process everything we see and hear and think.
Scientists discover new protein crucial to normal forgetting A new aspect of how the process forgetting works has been uncovered by researchers. The finding indicates a protein called 'Scribble' orchestrates the intracellular signaling processes for forgetting, joining several molecules to forge a pathway.
Treating Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Male sexual abuse is relatively common but also relatively ignored in American society (and elsewhere).
The Social Benefits Of Getting Into Other People’s Heads How to understand other people better. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
How to Get The Most Benefit From Self-Help Tools A question I receive almost daily is whether or not a self-help program can really be of benefit.  Emotional problems, family dysfunction, depression, anxiety and anger problems can feel so … ...
This Simple Mindset Gives you a Happiness Boost According to several surveys taken all over the world, if you act like an extrovert, even when you’re feeling introverted, you will be happier and feel more positive emotions. This … ...
Are EEG neurofeedback benefits due to placebo effects? Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders -- from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., researchers now conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.
Moderate Beer Intake Has A Surprising Advantage For The Brain Study did not see the same benefit for wines and spirits. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **