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Genetics is rarely just about genes If you want a crystal clear introduction to the role genetics can play in human nature, you can’t do much better than an article in The Guardian’s Sifting the Evidence blog by epidemiologist Marcus Munafo. It’s been giving a slightly distracting title – but ignore that – and just read the main text. Are we […]
Eye cells may use math to detect motion In a study of mice, scientists showed how one type of neuron in the eye may distinguish moving objects. The study suggests that the NMDA receptor, a protein normally associated with learning and memory, may help neurons in the eye and the brain relay that information.
Songbirds pinpoint effects of Huntington's disease Scientists have parsed the role of the Huntington's disease gene in an area of the songbird's brain responsible for complex, sequential movements. These findings not only give a clearer view of how the genetic mutation that causes Huntington's disease alters brain and behavior, it may also offer a new therapeutic target for treatment.
Discovery identifies new treatment target for age-releated macular degeneration, Alzheimer's For the first time, researchers have shown that a protein critical to the body's ability to remove waste products from the brain and retina is diminished in age-related macular degeneration, after first making the discovery in an Alzheimer's disease brain. The research team also discovered a key reason, identifying a new treatment target.
How to Adapt A Newspaper Article Into A Screenplay... One great thing about finding stories in newspaper or magazine articles is that the rights usually are generally affordable for the average screenwriter. Usually the rights to popular books like … ...
Talk about yourself on social media? A network of brain regions involved in self-disclosure on Facebook has been determined by a team of researchers. In the first study to examine the intrinsic functional connectivity of the brain in relation to social media use, researchers observed connectivity between regions of the brain previously established to play a role in self-cognition, in 35 participants.
Emotional Regulation: Is There An App For That? The ability to self-regulate is developed early in life. How well it develops depends upon the parent-child relationship.
Using the arts to promote healthy aging Throughout the country, the arts are pumping new life into the bodies and minds of the elderly.
Don’t Let Anyone EVER Tell You There’s No Way Out Several years ago I was in a sticky situation. A well-meaning friend kept telling me: You’re stuck. You’re trapped. You’ll never get out of your situation. Those words galvanized me. … ...
How To Tell If You Are Making Progress In Therapy It’s safe to say one of the main goals of therapy is to teach you how to help yourself so you don’t actually have to be in therapy, at least not for a moment longer than necessary. How do you tell if you're making progress?...
Should therapists analyze presidential candidates? Offering a diagnosis or treatment recommendation for someone a therapist has never met is fraught both ethically and scientifically.
Responsibility Is a Blessing, Not a Curse “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare We all know someone who chronically avoids responsibility. Things just happen to them — nothing they did contributed to their circumstances. They were late because there was traffic, not because … ...
Toxic byproduct of hemoglobin could provide clues for cerebral hemorrhage and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease A novel mechanism has been found that could protect the brain from damage due to stroke and a variety of neurodegenerative conditions, including sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, report scientists.
The Wonderful Reason Everyone Should Believe Their Intelligence Can Increase Why everyone should believe their intelligence can increase. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Scientists map roots of premeditated, violent 'intent' in animal brain The bad intentions that often precede violence originate in a specific brain region, according to a study in mice. The work is the first, say the study authors, to tie warning signs of premeditated violence -- stalking, bullying, and possibly sexual aggression -- to a distinct part of the hypothalamus, the brain region that also controls body temperature, hunger and sleep in mammals.
49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an … ...
How Does Your Brain Learn Through Trial and Error? A neuroimaging study released today from UC Berkeley illustrates, for the first time, how the brain learns through trial and error.
Depression, anxiety may reduce chances of IVF pregnancy Depression and anxiety, and not necessarily the use of antidepressant medication, are associated with lower pregnancy and live birth rates following in vitro fertilization, according to a large register study in Sweden. The findings will be of interest to clinicians treating infertility and for women with depression or anxiety planning to undergo fertility treatment.
Brain's gardeners: Immune cells 'prune' connections between neurons Cells normally associated with protecting the brain from infection and injury also serve an important role in rewiring the connections between nerve cells, new research shows. While this discovery sheds new light on the mechanics of neuroplasticity, it could also help explain diseases like autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia, which may arise when this process breaks down and connections between brain cells are not formed or removed correctly.
Scientists tap the smarts of mice, capture problem-solving in action Scientists have captured unique images of problem-solving in action by tapping into the minds of mice. The study shows rapid rewiring in the frontal brains of mice after they learn by trial and error.