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|Specific neurons distinguish between reality and imagination
||New research shows that neurons in the part of the brain found to be abnormal in psychosis are also important in helping people distinguish between reality and imagination.
|Who has better mental health: Public or private college students?
||Using Reddit posts as an indicator, researchers found that students at higher-ranked schools have better mental health than those at lower-ranked colleges. The well-being index is also better at universities with higher tuition. It's lower at large public schools with a majority of female students.
|Social laughter releases endorphins in the brain
||Researchers have revealed how laughter releases endorphins in the human brain. The more opioid receptors the participants had in their brain, the more they laughed during the experiment.
|Where to look for new treatments for alcoholism? The matrix
||A new study may pave the way for treating alcohol addiction by reducing motivation to drink, rather than by altering the effects of alcohol itself. The study reports a new mechanism behind alcohol seeking behavior.
|Phagocytes in the brain: Good or bad?
||The role of microglial cells in neurodegenerative disease is not fully understood. But new research results suggest that stimulation of this arm of the immune system might well delay the onset of such disorders.
|Emotions expressed by the dying are unexpectedly positive
||Fear of death is a fundamental part of the human experience -- we dread the possibility of pain and suffering and we worry that we'll face the end alone. Although thinking about dying can cause considerable angst, new research suggests that the actual emotional experiences of the dying are both more positive and less negative than people expect.
|Researchers decipher the enigma of how faces are encoded in the brain
||When you look at photos of faces, your brain is able to instantly identify the ones that you know and distinguish among those that you've never seen before. In recent years, neuroscientists have begun to peek inside the brain's black box to understand how the brain is able to recognize and perceive faces. Now researchers report that they have cracked the code for facial identity in the primate brain.
|Noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation
||A new way to stimulate regions deep within the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp has now been developed by researchers. This approach could be used to perform noninvasive deep brain stimulation on patients with brain disorders.
|10 Ways to Come Back from Failure
||If you’re like most of us, you detest failure. It’s one of the worst feelings possible to experience, let alone get past. Yet, some failures are inevitable, while others may be avoidable. How can you best prepare yourself to come back from failure, once it … ...
|Sleeping with a Narcissist? Always Keep One Eye Open!
||There are four questions to ask yourself if you feel that your partner is a sexual narcissist.
|Raising a Secure Child: A Q & A with Dr. Kent Hoffman
||Dr. Kent Hoffman is a clinician, attachment researcher, co-author of Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience and Freedom to Explore and co-founder of the Circle of Security program. His life’s work has included building … ...
|Podcast: Anxiety Lies Constantly – How to Stop Listening...
||In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Jodi Aman, popular psychotherapist, anxiety expert, blogger, radio host, and author of You 1, Anxiety 0: Winning Your Life Back From Fear and Panic. Jodi explains how she cured herself … ...
|Internet Infidelity: Today's Blind-Spot Threat to Marriage
||Has your marriage or someone's marriage you know been devastated by Internet infidelity? Here's some tips with how to guard yours against going down that slippery slope.
|Denmark Declassifies Transgender as Mental Illness
||Transgender is not considered to be a mental illness in Denmark, making it the first country to remove the link between transgender identity and mental illness.
|GI Bill Helps Fill the Psychology Classrooms with Veterans...
||The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 became law on June 30, 2008. The act included a section that expanded the educational benefits for veterans who have served since September 11, 2001. It is typically referred to as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The primary … ...
|Struggling to Get Something Done? Maybe You Need an...
||Have I mentioned that I’ve created a personality framework called the “Four Tendencies?” Oh right, I think I have. Well, if you don’t know about this framework, which divides all of humanity into four categories — Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel — you can read an explanation and to … ...
|Scientists identify 100 memory genes, open new avenues of brain study
||Scientists have identified more than 100 genes linked to memory, opening new avenues of research to better understand memory processing in the human brain.
|In multiple sclerosis, problems reading social cues may be tied to brain changes
||For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an impaired ability to understand how others feel and think may be linked to subtle brain changes, according to a study.
|Five Narcissistic Relationship Survival Tips
||To find yourself, think for yourself. – Socrates Here are some guidelines for surviving a narcissistic relationship. It is very simple, actually. The hard part is walking through the perceived land mines created in your own mind. If you do nothing else, remember the following … ...