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How LSD can make us lose our sense of self When people take the psychedelic drug LSD, they sometimes feel as though the boundary that separates them from the rest of the world has dissolved. Now, the first functional magnetic resonance images of people's brains while on LSD help to explain this phenomenon known as 'ego dissolution.'
A Badge, a Bible...and an Over-Valued Idea A state trooper is fired for preaching to motorists. Did the devil—or was it perhaps psychology—make him do it?
The Facial Expressions That Appear Most Attractive To Others People rated someone's attractiveness after they demonstrated emotions including happiness and fear. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
Overcoming the Comfort of Credibility Overcoming the Comfort of Credibility: Credentials do not Equal Character
Stepmoms, Would You Choose This Role Again? In my first post for Psych Central, Remarriage Can Be Scary, I shared a statistic that I had found rather shocking: “A Boston University psychologist found in one study that … ...
Can Too Much Social Media Cause Depression? Most of us are familiar with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s easy to get caught up in the virtual social world. You may feel instantly connected to people you haven’t spoken to in years. Hours of our time can be … ...
What causes déjà vu? You walk into a room and suddenly your brain goes fuzzy with an overwhelming wave of familiarity—although this is a totally new experience. Like something out of a sci-fi plot, it almost seems as if you’ve walked into the future. A new study shines a spotlight on this situation, known as déjà vu.
Could a brain 'growth chart' spot attention problems early? New study suggests so New research suggests that it might be possible to create a growth chart of brain networks that could identify early signs of attention difficulties and, potentially, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Life After Abuse (Part 2): Welcome To Radical Aliveness... Imagine waking up with a spring in your step, happy to be alive and ready to see what else is possible for the day. From start to finish, your day … ...
The Key To Truly Unlocking Love Who doesn’t want love? But all kinds of stuff gets in the way of loving and being loved: low self-esteem, jealousy, anger, neediness, insecurity, fear, sadness, and more. What if we … ...
Gene defect may point to solution for Alzheimer's New research has discovered that one protein, called PITRM1, which is found in mitochondria, otherwise known as the powerhouses of the cell, may be involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease.
The Data Says "Don't Hug the Dog!" An analysis of photographs of people affectionately hugging their dogs shows that the majority of the dogs are experiencing stress and anxiety at that moment.
In-vitro reproduction of long-lasting effects of stress on memory A group of researchers succeeded in reproduction of the same phenomenon as memory consolidation by using organotypic slice cultures of the cerebral cortex and revealed that stress interfered with memory consolidation. As cultures can be maintained for a long period, it is possible to examine long-term effects. This group's achievement will be useful for developing therapeutic methods for and preventive measures against stress-induced memory defects.
Addiction, recovery and sex When I was new in recovery I memorized and learned the 12-Steps. Then, at a meeting I heard someone mention the 13th Step. What!? There’s another step I have to … ...
Late Breaking News About Your Mind-Body Health Connection Hot-off-the-press "Big Data" showing why mental health is crucial for physical health....and vice versa
Today I Love The Jewelled Landscape Today I love the jewelled landscape that lies outside my living room windows. The temperature is right on the freezing mark and the deck and grass is all frosted and … ...
Nearly winning is more rewarding in gamblings addicts Pathological gamblers have a stronger brain reaction to so-called near-miss events: losing events that come very close to a win. Neuroscientists show this in fMRI scans of twenty-two pathological gamblers and just as many healthy controls.
Before Marrying Again…Ask These Questions The first marriage ended in divorce. The second one is going to be different. But how can a person be sure that they are not making another mistake of a different caliber? This is a checklist that I use with clients during premarital counseling. It … ...
The Relationship Between ADHD And An Anxiety Disorder Introduction Is there a relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder? Does a relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder not exist? If you … ...
4 Unexpected Ways People Respond to Rejection Rejection is a part of life, but it’s a part of life that isn’t particularly fun. Because we’re social animals, we respond to rejection in a predictable way: we feel bad. But it turns out we can respond to rejection in unpredictable ways too. Researchers study reactions to rejection by...