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Study finds alcohol interventions unsuccessful for fraternity and sorority members A new study from The Miriam Hospital and The Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies found that interventions targeting fraternity or sorority members at colleges around the country were unsuccessful in reducing alcohol consumption and related problems. The study recommends that more robust interventions be created for use with student members of Greek [...]
Brain scans of dementia patients with coprophagia showed neurodegeneration Coprophagia, eating one’s feces, is common in animals but rarely seen in humans. Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed the cases of a dozen adult patients diagnosed with coprophagia over the past 20 years and found that the behavior is associated with a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly neurodegenerative dementias. The findings are published in the [...]
Trapping individual cell types in the mouse brain The complexity of the human brain depends upon the many thousands of individual types of nerve cells it contains. Even the much simpler mouse brain probably contains 10,000 or more different neuronal cell types. Brandeis scientists Yasu Shima, Sacha Nelson and colleagues report in the journal eLife on a new approach for genetically identifying and [...]
Recent Research Links Anxiety with Higher IQ “Ignorance is bliss” is an old saying that has been around for years. What it really means is that when people are unaware of things — situations, events, circumstances — they have nothing to cause them worry and anxiety. But new research seems to indicate … ...
Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders Some clinics are using brain imaging (especially SPECT) for diagnosing psychological conditions like ADHD and depression, but there's little science to support this use.
How to Tell If a Memory is Real or False Sometimes clients come into a first session with amazing stories. Knowing whether a story is real or false can make the difference between notifying authorities, making false accusations, referring the client, or pursuing other treatment options. I had two clients such clients. Client A told … ...
Resistance mechanism of aggressive brain tumors revealed Brain tumors subject to therapy can become resistant to it through interactions with their tumor microenvironment rather than because of anything intrinsic about the tumor itself, a new study in mice suggests.
Dementia: The Real Culprit Identified By New Worldwide Research Scientist around the world are reaching a new conclusion about what causes dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Antibiotics that kill gut bacteria also stop growth of new brain cells Antibiotics strong enough to kill off gut bacteria can also stop the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a section of the brain associated with memory, reports a new study in mice. Researchers also uncovered a clue to why -- a type of white blood cell seems to act as a communicator between the brain, the immune system, and the gut.
The Concept of a Cause Has Gotten More Important Over Time Over the past 100 years, the world seems to have gotten more complicated. Does that affect people's interest in causal knowledge?
Mothers’ Behaviour Transmits Psychiatric Problems To Children It may be possible to stop the transmission from mother to child. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Executive powers in the nursery A baby's cry not only commands our attention, it also rattles our executive functions -- the very neural and cognitive processes we use for making everyday decisions, according to a new study.
Vitamin E a potential biomarker for development of brain tumors Researchers have studied possible causes behind the development of brain tumors. The results show differences in expression of certain molecules known as metabolites when comparing healthy individuals with people who would eventually develop brain tumors. The greatest difference were found when looking at vitamin E.
Going Back to School Later in Life This past September my mother, at age 70-something, returned to graduate school after a 40-year career in interior design. Going back to school brought great joy to her life. She loved learning and being part of a collegiate community with its accompanying youthful energy and … ...
Mental Illness Is Not Always Flashy How many times has someone told you there’s nothing wrong with you? A lot, right? I’m sure they thought it would make you feel better. But it doesn’t. It just … ...
The Most Important Quality of a President: Temperament The words candidates choose, and how and when they use them, are important indicators of temperament, a crucial characteristic of US Presidents.
5 Ways for the Unloved Daughter to Deal with... The playing field, alas, isn’t level when it comes to recovering from and gearing up after a disappointment such as a failed relationship, divorce or some other important setback in … ...
New brain-training tool to help people cut drinking An online exercise featured in the first episode of BBC One’s ‘Lose Weight for Love’ is now available to the public for free to help people who want to cut down on alcohol..
The Changing Role of Fathers “It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” Kent Nerburn  I have, of late, been reviewing my role as a single father of two young men ages 19 and 14. I realize that it is my most important role in my … ...
How to Manage Overwhelming Feelings How many times do you mutter the “F word” every day? During stressful situations, maybe during your work commute or following a heated argument with a loved one, the four-letter word slips out. It strikes an emotional nerve, paralyzing you and antagonizing family and friends. … ...