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Moments of acute stress can cause molecular alterations in immune response Chronic psychosocial and emotional stress has well-documented negative effects upon the human immune system but less is known about the health effects of acute but transitory episodes of stress. Do panic-inducing moments also raise the risk of stress-related conditions? A team of researchers has addressed that question by taking blood samples from skydivers to measure key immune response indicators.
Long-term stress erodes memory Sustained stress -- such as that experienced in bad marriages or when working for a beastly boss -- erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role, according to a new study.
Five Areas of Emotional Health That Can Make or... Let’s take a look at the issues that can make or break your emotional health. There are five areas to consider today. 1. Awareness of feelings A common problem with … ...
Telling the Story of Serious Mental Illness Seventeen years ago I stood in the emergency room of a university hospital where my son had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It took me years before I could tell the story.
Moving Past the Labels Given by Others Something that everyone has experienced at one time or another is judgement or prejudice. Whether it’s positive or negative, your job title, economic status, family structure or education are just … ...
Smashing the Biological Anxiety Myth Anxiety is a human problem, not a disease. It comes from emotional memory in the hippocampus and amygdala, that has been mapped as a result of one’s traumatic experience.
Twin study: Genetics, environment affect different regions of the brain Evidence has been found that genetic influence on cerebral glucose metabolism played a major role in the bilateral parietal lobes and the left temporal lobe of the human brain, while environmental influences after birth dominated in other regions.
Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. But leaving the sky behind didn't cause major changes in their brain structure, researchers suggest after examining the skull of the oldest known penguin fossil.
Neutrophils 'vacuum' microbes away from brain Researchers have discovered a new way that white blood cells (neutrophils) defend our brains from infection -- they move the microbes from our brains' blood vessels or vasculature so they can be disposed elsewhere instead of just killing them at the site of infection.
How does gender affect one's willingness to compete? Social science research suggests highly competitive settings are likely to dissuade qualified women from tossing their hats in the ring.
Study finds sleep deprivation can give you the ‘marijuana munchies’ Lack of sleep can trigger powerful changes in how you eat, creating cravings for sweet, salty, high-fat foods.
New formula can predict professional football players' long-term concussion damages Amid the heightened awareness of concussion-related brain damage among professional football players, a new study reports that researchers can predict cognitive outcomes long after the players have retired.
Are You Wasting Your Time Feeding Negativity? There is a parable commonly attributed to the Native American Cherokee tribe which says that virtue and vice fight for supremacy inside us all time. A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always … ...
Real Life Stories of Building a Private Practice with... Join us as we meet with Jared DeFife, PhD and learn about his inspirational journey from leaving academia for private practice. Jared is so eloquent as he describes what building a private practice has been like for him. He has taken a new leap into … ...
Tell Your Therapist Wish your therapist would do things differently? Tell them!...
What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About War? Years of looking for beetles on the underside of elephant dung in Africa led biologist Doug Emlen to keen insights into human warfare. Here’s how.
The Common Types of Fruit and Nut That Could Help Reverse Brain Ageing They could slow the ageing process and delay the onset of debilitating cognitive symptoms. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Brain connectivity disruptions may explain cognitive deficits in people with brain injury Cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common, often adversely affecting quality of life for those 1.7 million Americans who experience a TBI each year. Researchers have identified complex brain connectivity patterns in individuals with chronic phases of traumatic brain injury which may explain long term higher order cognitive function deficits.
Who Taught You to Manage Anger? Where did you learn about anger management? Humans learn by mirroring others. This emerges on the first day of life. Stick out your tongue at a newborn, and the infant … ...
Happiness Leads To Success A person who is always happy, succeeds.—Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Aleph-Bet Book People believe that when they become successful, then they will be happy. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov says the opposite is … ...