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The Ups and Downs of Antipsychotics for Bipolar Disorder... Antipsychotics have become one of the most popular treatments for bipolar disorder. Ten years ago they were mostly prescribed acutely when a patient was in the midst of a manic … ...
The Missed Signs of Childhood OCD Your child frequently confesses their disturbing thoughts. You catch them making unusual gestures or eye movements. At bedtime you have a “routine” that has to be done in a certain … ...
Rate Yourself on the New Motivational Pyramid How do you differ from your friends, and coworkers in the motives behind your everyday decisions? A new scale measures individual differences in Fundamental Social Motives.
Film to help families prevent LGBT youth suicides When families reject their lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children, it dramatically increases the youths' risk for suicide.
Testing time at schools: Is there a better way? Performance-based assessments in lieu of standardized tests are used in some parts of U.S.
Kids' grades can suffer when mom or dad is depressed Children with a depressed parent do worse in school than peers, study finds.
Study finds brain marker of poor memory in schizophrenia patients A new study has identified a pattern of brain activity that may be a sign of memory problems in people with schizophrenia. The biomarker, which the researchers believe may be the first of its kind, is an important step toward understanding and treating one of the most devastating symptoms of schizophrenia. The study, led by [...]
How long does sex normally last? If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex “normally” last? A scientist, though, would phrase the same question in an almost comically obscure way: What is the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time? I know there’s a lot more to sex than [...]
Gestures improve communication — even with robots In the world of robot communication, it seems actions speak louder than words. Scientists in the UK have discovered that by getting robot avatars to “talk with their hands,” we understand them as well as we do our fellow human beings. Avatars have been in existence since the 1980s and today are used by millions [...]
#194: Boys and Men and Sexuality: Part One Once again I am proposing that male and female differences in anatomy predetermine how men and women experience sexuality. Men’s anatomy is external, visible and penetrating while women’s is internal, … ...
Mindfulness-based eating awareness helps adolescents eat healthier foods Some of the simplest, safest lessons to help adolescents combat obesity may be raising their awareness of what they are eating and whether they are even hungry, researchers say. A pilot study of 40 adolescents in Richmond County, Georgia, showed that mindfulness-based eating awareness training encouraged adolescents to eat healthier and exercise more and marginalized [...]
Do social factors affect children’s educational achievements more than cognitive ability? It could be perceived that social status can be correlated with better life chances and educational achievements for children. But is it all about the social background and income of the parents, or should children’s own cognitive abilities be taken into account? Robert Erikson’s recent research in European Societies studies 4 key areas of parental [...]
New study describes altered brain activity in response to desirable foods Understanding the motivations that drive humans to eat is an important consideration in the development of weight loss therapies. Now a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) helps explain how the diabetes and weight loss drug liraglutide acts on brain receptors to make enticing foods seems less desirable. The findings [...]
Neuroscientist finds potential new source for pain inhibition A UT Dallas scientist has found a new neurological mechanism that appears to contribute to a reduction in pain. According to Dr. Ted Price, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the discovery of neuroligin-2 as a cause exacerbating chronic pain is significant for the research community. Although the findings likely won’t [...]
Study links disparities in pain management to racial bias Research has documented that black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to white Americans, likely due to both the over-prescription and over-use of pain medications among white patients and the under-prescription of pain medications for black patients. Indeed, research has shown that black patients are undertreated for pain not only relative to white patients, [...]
Eye tracking study shows children with autism fixating more on the mouth than the eyes Where do your eyes focus during a conversation? An innovative study by University of Vermont researchers reveals that for children with autism spectrum disorder, the answer depends on how emotional the conversation is. The study, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, shows that children with the developmental disability fixate longer on a speaker’s mouth [...]
The Twittersphere does listen to the voice of reason — sometimes In the maelstrom of information, opinion and conjecture that is Twitter, the voice of truth and reason does occasionally prevail. University of Washington researchers have found that tweets from “official accounts” — the government agencies, emergency responders, media or companies at the center of a fast-moving story — can slow the spread of rumors on [...]
The Broken Self Too many of us fancy that we would be better, stronger people if only we were left alone to pursue our private life-visions. The opposite of this belief may be the truer one.
What is brain plasticity and why is it so important? Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself. Without this ability, any brain, not just the human brain, would be unable to develop from infancy through to adulthood or recover from brain injury. What makes the brain special is that, unlike a computer, it [...]
6 Easy Ways to Add Excitement to Your Life If you’re not content to allow life to slip by, you likely already have a good list of things you want to do. Some are for work, others for the family and still more just for you. Many of these items aren’t all that exciting, … ...