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Maine Voices: Dog Breeder, Therapist and Liam Created a... Liam has changed my life, and now my relationships are stronger and healthier than ever before. SEBAGO — In my mid-20s, I was terrified to reintegrate myself into society after losing my job and ending up on disability. Even though I was taking my medication … ...
How To Hit The Reset Button In Your Brain Simple procedure enhances flexible thinking and shakes off old ideas. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
Investigating emotional spillover in the brain When we let emotions from one event carry on to the next, such spillover can color our impressions and behavior in new situations - sometimes for the worse. Researchers are discovering what happens in the brain when such emotional spillover occurs.
Lack of 'editing' in brain molecules potential driver of cancer A “significant” lack of ‘editing’ has been observed in microRNAs in brain tissue of brain cancer patients, report investigators.
How Do You Know if You Are Depressed or Just Sad? Contrary to what some people may believe, depression and sadness are not the same thing. Sadness can come and go and affects your mood, while depression is a lingering cloud that affects your overall ability to function. Sometimes it can be tricky to distinguish between … ...
Viral vectors for gene transfer travel longer distances in the brain than thought Gene transfer with laboratory-produced viruses is seen as a hopeful therapy for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients. A team or researchers investigated how far these viruses spread in the brain and which cells they infect. Some of these viruses traveled from injection site as far as the olfactory bulb or the cerebellum and infected neurons and other cells. This could improve selection of viral vectors for custom therapies using gene transfer.
Distant brain regions selectively recruit stem cells Stem cells persist in the adult mammalian brain and generate new neurons throughout life. A research group reports that long-distance brain connections can target discrete pools of stem cells in their niche and stimulate them to divide and produce specific subtypes of olfactory bulb neurons. This allows the 'on-demand' generation of particular types of neurons in the adult brain.
Hey, New Dads: Having Scary Thoughts Is Common This Father's Day, let's challenge the most pervasive fantasy of all time — that fathers don’t need emotional support.
Excessive Daydreaming Linked to Several Mental Health Conditions... There’s nothing wrong with a little daydreaming. In fact, as I wrote about last year, certain kinds of daydreaming are associated with having a greater sense of purpose in life. But there can be something wrong with too much daydreaming. As I’ve also written about, some people lose control over...
Best of Our Blogs: June 16, 2017 There’s one thing you can do right now to improve your relationships with others, cultivate greater peace and be more efficient. Can you guess what it is? Slow down. Slow down your movements. Slow down to listen to how you feel, what he or she … ...
It’s Not the Sex, But the Afterglow When it comes to marital happiness, frequent sex is not enough—it also has to be memorable.
Understanding why loneliness exists can help ease it New research that examines the vicious circle of social isolation also points to the evolutionary origins of loneliness, and a way for people to escape it.
Meditation and yoga can 'reverse' DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study.
Why do those with autism avoid eye contact? Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often find it difficult to look others in the eyes as they find eye contact uncomfortable or stressful. Now a study has shed light on the brain mechanisms involved in this behavior.
Consider This Before You Move In Together – Part 2 The prospect of moving in together can sound very exciting and alluring. Cohabiting represents a whole new stage of the relationship when we begin to share our daily lives, learning more about our partner’s ‘quirks’ and effectively committing ourselves to sharing our physical and emotional resources. In our enthusiasm though, it is easy to neglect […]
When Yoga, Meditation, and Diet Aren’t Enough to Cure... I thought I had it all figured out. I even had a book title picked out: Whole-ish — On Healing Myself Naturally from Depression and My Messy Path to Well. And I had outlined some of the chapters: Why restoring your gut health and generating … ...
How Our Thoughts Change When We Fall Asleep “It seems that in REM sleep, to think is to do… that is, to realise any possibility that presents itself."
Does Google Know Your True Self? Does your online behavior give a more accurate picture of you than your offline behavior? A new book raises some philosophical puzzles about the "true self."
Early stress confers lifelong vulnerability causing alterations in a specific brain region A new study establishes mechanism by which an early window of exposure defines the response to stress in adulthood.
Egocentric hearing: How we can tell where a sound is coming from A new study has found that most neurons in the brain's auditory cortex detect where a sound is coming from relative to the head, but some are tuned to a sound source's actual position in the world.