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For Men, White Blood Cell Count May Predict Bipolar... Psychology is increasingly being backed up by biology. Not only does this help fight the stigma against mental health, but it also opens new doors for personalized treatment options. There … ...
Nostalgia Is a Powerful Motivator Sometimes the best way to prepare for the future is to get stuck in the past. Nostalgia is the quintessential bittersweet emotion, but as far as the science is concerned, the sweet seems to outweigh the bitter. Several studies have looked at how nostalgia affects people, and it turns out...
Trauma and Anger and Depression, Oh My! “You didn’t kill the baby, Gabe. It was already on life support when you got there and you tried.” I want to assure everyone we aren’t talking about an actual … ...
When Therapy Is No Longer Needed Today, I had my last therapy session — barring, of course, a relapse of OCD/mood disorder symptoms in the future. Aside from appointments with my psychiatrist to make sure that … ...
Write and Wrong: Personality and Handwriting Is graphology little more than an amusing nonsense? Is it about as accurate as reading personality from tea leaves? What does the psychological evidence show?
Manipulation of specific neurons helps to erase bad memories, enhance good ones A step has been taken toward the possibility of tuning the strength of memory by manipulating one of the brain’s signaling memory mechanisms, a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.
Animal study shows flexible, dissolvable silicon device promising for brain monitoring An implantable brain device that literally melts away at a pre-determined rate minimizes injury to tissue normally associated with standard electrode implantation. The researchers describe a new class of technology that provides greater resolution for measuring electrical activity in space and time that matches or exceeds existing methods.
Study contradicts belief that cancer protects against Alzheimer’s Despite studies that claim people with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease–raising the possibility that what triggers cancer also prevents the neurodegenerative disorder–a new investigation finds a more somber explanation. Many cancer patients don’t live long enough to get Alzheimer’s. The research, led by investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of [...]
A sex difference in sports interest: What does evolution say? Sports are enormously popular, and one striking pattern is that boys and men are typically much more involved than are girls and women. This sex difference has policy implications, and it raises fundamental questions about the nature of sex differences. Although scholars from many disciplines have explored sex differences in sport involvement, few have addressed [...]
Can believing you are a food addict affect your eating behavior? Researchers from the University of Liverpool have published a paper regarding their work on how beliefs about food addiction can affect eating behaviour. Obesity is often attributed to an addiction to food and many people believe themselves to be “food addicts.” However, until now no studies have looked at whether believing oneself to be a [...]
Deep male voices not so much sexy as intimidating Male voices are not deeply pitched in order to attract female mates, but instead serve to intimidate the competition, according to a team of researchers studying a wide variety of primates including humans. “We wanted to determine if sexual selection had produced sex differences in humans and closely related species,” said David A. Puts, associate [...]
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder Treatment Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a psychopathology, defined as “a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.”  It is a very difficult personality to contend with. Treatment: There are a variety of therapies to … ...
Study finds link between handedness and mathematical skills A link between handedness and mathematical skills exists, but is more complex than is thought according to a study by the University of Liverpool. The relationship between handedness and mathematical abilities is controversial. Some studies have claimed that left-handers are gifted in mathematics, and strong right-handers perform the worst in mathematical tasks. Finally, more recently, [...]
Depressed moms not ‘in sync’ with their children Mothers with a history of depression are not physiologically “in sync” with their kids, according to a new study from Binghamton University. While researchers have known for a while that depression is associated with interpersonal problems with others, this is the first study to examine whether this is also evident physiologically. “When people are interacting, [...]
Two-minute warnings make kids’ ‘screen time’ tantrums worse Giving young children a two-minute warning that “screen time” is about to end makes transitions away from tablets, phones, televisions and other technological devices more painful, a new University of Washington study has found. Researchers expected that this ubiquitous parenting tool — which aims to make it easier for children to disengage from an activity [...]
New study shows we are bad judges of friendship Most of us think that friendship is a two-way street — but that’s true only half the time, according to research from Tel Aviv University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their new joint study says only half of your buddies would consider you their own friend. People have a very poor perception of friendship [...]
Study shows how people can intentionally forget past experiences Context plays a big role in our memories, both good and bad. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” on the car radio, for example, may remind you of your first love — or your first speeding ticket. But a Dartmouth- and Princeton-led brain scanning study shows that people can intentionally forget past experiences by changing how [...]
Researchers track critical development in the young brain Much like electricity traveling down wires, nerve impulses in our brain travel along nerve fibers. And just as wires need insulation to function well, nerve fibers, too, rely on a kind of insulation called myelin, a fatty substance that protects them and increases the speed at which nerve impulses travel. At birth, the human brain [...]
Bisexual and questioning young women more susceptible to depression A study exploring the prevalence of mental health symptoms in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) community, found that the oft-overlooked questioning and bisexual youth face their own significant challenges, particularly when it comes to depression, anxiety and traumatic distress. “I think the failure to include bisexual individuals in research studies reflects a larger [...]
Programmed Life: Much of our experience is programmed. No wonder puppets & robots fascinate us. Some programs enhance life while others create zombies, it makes sense to think about the issues.