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Study Gradually, Starting NOW, To Be Ready For Final... Many otherwise good students didn’t do as well as they had hoped on their midterm exams. They couldn’t remember the quantities of material, or they couldn’t pull isolated facts and … ...
Creating from Your Heart and No One Else’s So many of us grew up with a palpable need to fit in. So we bent ourselves accordingly. Maybe you pretended to like music and movies that you didn’t really like. … ...
Tina’s Story of Power Over Her Condition Cihat Ertem via Compfight The Psychology of Women once again welcomes Lauren Bittner to the Giveaway Girl project. Lauren is an award-winning freelance writer who focuses on women’s issues. Today, Lauren … ...
Research proves it — the smell of alcohol makes it hard to resist The smell of alcohol may make it harder for people to control their behaviour according to a team of Edge Hill University researchers whose findings were published today in the Psychopharmacology journal. During the computer-based study carried out at Edge Hill University, participants were asked to wear a face mask that was either laced with alcohol, [...]
Belief in God strengthened by imagining how life would be different New research shows a person’s belief in God is strengthened when thinking of “what might have been” especially in reflecting on a major life event that could have turned out poorly. Importantly, the study shows how believers can come to perceive evidence for their religious conviction via deliberate and rational cognitive processes. The study, “But [...]
Researchers uncover how kappa opioid receptors drive anxiety University of North Carolina researchers uncovered a cellular mechanism by which kappa opioid receptors (KOR) drive anxiety. These proteins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in a part of the brain that regulates emotion. KORs have been of great interest as a drug target for the treatment of addiction and anxiety disorders. Thomas L. [...]
Study on working memory finds bursts of neural activity as the brain holds information When you hold in mind a sentence you have just read or a phone number you’re about to dial, you’re engaging a critical brain system known as working memory. For the past several decades, neuroscientists have believed that as information is held in working memory, brain cells associated with that information fire continuously. However, a [...]
An implant to prevent Alzheimer’s disease In a cutting-edge treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, EPFL scientists have developed an implantable capsule that can turn the patient’s immune system against the disease. One of the hypothesized causes of Alzheimer’s is the over-accumulation of the protein amyloid beta (Abeta) in different areas of the brain. This results in the deposition of aggregated protein plaques, [...]
Manipulators less convincing online than in person If you have to negotiate business with a narcissist or psychopath, you’re better off doing it on Facebook, research from UBC’s Okanagan campus shows. In one of the first studies of its kind, UBC researchers found that traditionally successful manipulators who are classified as being part of the Dark Triad (DT)–people with narcissistic, psychopathic or [...]
Study shows spinal cord stimulation reduces emotional aspect of chronic pain Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have shown that patients who have chronic pain can reduce their emotional response to the pain through spinal cord stimulation. The study results are published as the cover article and Editor’s Choice in the latest issue of the journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, published [...]
Study: Divided parties rarely win presidential elections Divided political parties rarely win presidential elections, according to a study by political science researchers at the University of Georgia and their co-authors. If the same holds true this year, the Republican Party could be in trouble this presidential general election. The study, which examined national party division in past presidential elections, found that both [...]
Single brain cells reveal genes controlling formation, development In one of the first studies to ‘read’ the genetic activity inside individual brain cells, University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Xinyu Zhao has identified the genetic machinery that causes maturation in a young nerve cell. The cells under study came from the hippocampus, a memory-related structure that is the only place in a mammal’s brain where [...]
White delinquent youth more likely to abuse hard drugs than blacks Abuse and dependence on “hard drugs” (cocaine, hallucinogen or PCP, opiate, amphetamine and sedatives) are less common among delinquent African American youth than those who are non-Hispanic white, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The study offers the first comprehensive picture of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence in delinquent youth after detention. The [...]
The Impact of Separation on Children – A Case Study Heather* knew her son’s life would change drastically when she and her husband went through a separation. In this case study shared** with Colleen and published in the autumn edition of Living Magazine, Heather talks about the impact separation had on her child, and the strategies we can use to protect children through this difficult […]
Is Your Diagnosis a Deal-breaker? How to Survive an... Adopting our son, Tommy, from Guatemala in 2005 was one of the most difficult, time-consuming, detail-oriented things I’ve ever done. The powers-that-be purposely make adoption hard for couples so that people won’t abuse the system and/or the children in the system. Adoption is a multi-part … ...
How kappa opioid receptors drive anxiety A cellular mechanism has been discovered by which kappa opioid receptors (KORs) drive anxiety. These proteins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in a part of the brain that regulates emotion. KORs are targets for the treatment of addiction and anxiety disorders.
A new glimpse into working memory: Bursts of neural activity found as brain holds information in mind When you hold in mind a sentence you have just read or a phone number you're about to dial, you're engaging a critical brain system known as working memory.
Stop the Glorification of Busy and Give Yourself Permission... It’s as if someone from the outside has decided to play a cruel joke on a large segment of humanity. From the outside looking in they’re saying, “Let’s turn up … ...
Incorporating Spiritual Practices into Psychotherapy Sessions... Modern psychology has prioritized the use of scientific, empirically-based treatment protocols for healing and for good reason. But there is an increasing body of evidence that supports drawing upon clients’ spiritual and religious resources to complement evidence-based approaches. In fact, science itself says that spirituality … ...
The Selfless Gene People who think that Dawkins’ “selfish gene” phrase implies that all human behavior evolved to be selfish have it completely wrong. Here’s the deal.