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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.
How to Make People Think Robots and Corpses Have Feelings As much as we ought to disentangle our moral and factual judgments, that is not always easy.
Today I Love Making Monday Mine Today I love making Monday mine. I love that I have plans to do work on my own house and those plans start now, today, this morning. I love that … ...
Cyberbullies and Cybervictims: Understanding a Modern Threat... As technology advances, so too do the problems that come with it. In 2008, Jessica Logan, 18, of Ohio, committed suicide after sexting (sending a nude photo to her boyfriend) led to the posting of the photo for all to view when they broke up. … ...
How We Cope with the Tragedy of Mass Shootings American society deals with the issue of mass shootings by further scapegoating the mentally ill. Does the high level of stigma contribute to the escalation of these violent incidents? As of late February, the tally of mass shootings in America totals 49. The rhetoric of … ...
When You Feel Like an Impostor, a Fake or a Fraud You just received a promotion. You’re ecstatic! But then a sinking feeling washes over you. What if they realize you’re really a fraud? You get into a top graduate program. But you fear that you won’t be able to measure up. In fact, you know … ...
A Time Without ADHD At the Age of fifty I was diagnosed with ADHD. Before that I spent the better part of two years knowing, but not really knowing I had ADHD. During those … ...
Mechanisms to Target in the Treatment of Depression and... Empirically supported treatments have been the gold standard of mental health practice for decades, but people typically don’t fit neatly within the diagnostic categories upon which such protocols are based and tested. Moreover, the prevalence of comorbidity and redundancy of symptoms across disorders necessitates a … ...