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Interfering with brain pathway early could improve memory in Alzheimer's patients Manipulating a protein pathway linked with Alzheimer’s helped improve memory impairment in mice, a finding that offers hope for new treatment in humans.
Psychologists reveal one of the best ways to boost your mood Research shows that giving to others or practicing acts of kindness can improve our mood and overall well-being, more than treating ourselves.
Reading Roundup (Part 1) I’ve read a handful of great articles about OCD and other mental illness lately, and I thought I’d share a few instead of one of my usual OCD-themed blog posts. Some … ...
Nurturing during preschool years boosts child's brain growth Children whose mothers were nurturing during the preschool years, as opposed to later in childhood, have more robust growth in brain structures associated with learning, memory and stress response than children with less supportive moms.
The Long and the Short of It: Answering Questions... Last week, I was driving home from work at a local university, where I teach freshman writing. As usual, I was listening to NPR. A story came on about how Alaska Airlines had struck a deal to buy Virgin America. I wasn’t really paying attention … ...
Gastrointestinal problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests For some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition, report researchers after having found evidence in mice.
Regenerating brain tissue brings hope for a new treatment against Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s Researchers developed a nanogel that enables the growth of new neurons. Working with animal models, researchers were able to cross the electroencephalic barrier, introduce a nanogel and achieve the growth of neurons within the gel, which shows that it is possible to promote regeneration of brain tissue.
Gut feeling: Research examines link between stomach bacteria, PTSD Could bacteria in your gut be used to cure or prevent neurological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or even depression? Two researchers think that's a strong possibility.
Music improves baby brain responses to music and speech New research shows that play sessions with music improved babies' brain processing of both music and new speech sounds.
Change in the brain: Astrocytes finally getting the recognition they deserve Astrocytes help control the strength of connections between neurons, new research shows. The study used cultured cells and brain slices to show that astrocytes in the hippocampus regulate changes in the brain brought on by neural activity.
3 Triggers for Anxious Behavior (And How to Beat Them) Daughters who grow up with mothers who send mixed signals—who are sometimes emotionally available and loving, and sometimes not—develop an attachment style called anxious-preoccupied. While a securely attached daughter knows … ...
Eating Clean: What Does It Mean? Following a "clean eating" diet plan is good for you and your environment. Until it isn't.
The Devil’s Wager: when a wrong choice isn’t an error The Devil looks you in the eyes and offers you a bet. Pick a number and if you successfully guess the total he’ll roll on two dice you get to keep your soul. If any other number comes up, you go to burn in eternal hellfire. You call “7” and the Devil rolls the dice. … Continue reading "The Devil’s Wager: when a wrong choice isn’t an error"
Making History with The National Museum of Psychology &... The history of psychology is filled with famous and inventive figures, significant discoveries and fascinating research — everything from Sigmund Freud and talk therapy to the birth (and demise) of dementia praecox to Phil Zimbardo’s prison experiment to Stanley Milgram and the shock heard around … ...
Head impacts from single season of high school football produce measurable change in brain cells Repeated impacts to the heads of high school football players cause measurable changes in their brains, even when no concussion occurs, according to new research.
Brain signals between seizures may explain memory problems in patients with epilepsy Brain cells in epileptic patients send signals that make 'empty memories,' perhaps explaining the learning problems faced by up to 40 percent of patients.
Meaning of brain scans for 'pain' called into question Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. The study was designed to test the 'pain matrix,' a pattern of brain activity that is often considered a marker for pain. The association is so pervasive that the 'pain matrix' has been used in research to suggest that social rejection or mental effort can cause 'pain.'
The Earliest Sign of Alzheimer’s: Navigation Could Be Critical Memory problems may not be the first sign of Alzheimer's. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
The Reason Sleep Is Disturbed On First Night In Unfamiliar Surroundings Study helps explain the 'first night effect'. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
A Letter to My Daughter Upon Going to College Dear Daughter, There is so much I have meant to tell you but there never seems to be time.  Life is whooshing by so quickly now.  I remember when you … ...