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10 Ways Animals Improve Mental Health More and more, animals are becoming a part of people’s lives. According to a Harris Poll, more than 3 in 5 American households have pets. That’s 62% of families have … ...
14 Ways to Identify a Bully We all have a story about being bullied as a child. Whether we were bullied for the way we spoke, what we believed or how bad we were at sports, we’ve all experienced bullying in one way or another. It is easy to presume this sort f behaviour is only prevalent for children and adolescents, […]
How Do You Feel About ‘OCD’ Products? I always feel very torn on products that make us of the “OCD” abbreviation, like the Christmas sweater that caused such a stir at Target this year. On the one … ...
Would You Take a Psychological Test to Apply for a Job? Should employers be allowed to peer into your soul?
Don’t Ask the Internet: 3 Mental Health Myths Don’t Ask the Internet: 3 Mental Health Myths   The internet allows us to answer any question, anytime of the day or night. Or does it? Anyone who’s perused the … ...
New studies of the 'natural history' of schizophrenia raise hope for new treatments Emerging evidence on the development, 'prodromal' characteristics, and long-term course of schizophrenia provide reasons for optimism for developing new treatments and preventive approaches for this devastating disorder, according to new research.
Patterns of brain swelling may explain susceptibility of children to cerebral malaria Brain swelling is a strong predictor of death in children with cerebral malaria (a severe form of the disease where parasites have accumulated in brain vessels), and also in mice with experimental cerebral malaria. A high-resolution whole brain imaging analysis of swelling in ECM suggests that cerebral malaria depends on the permissive environment in a specific brain area.
Grid cells' role in human imagination revealed Evidence of grid cell activity has been seen in healthy volunteers asked to imagine moving through an environment. The study used fMRI scans to detect brain activity consistent with grid cell activity in the entorhinal cortex, an important 'hub' for navigation and memory. The entorhinal cortex is one of the first areas affected by Alzheimer's disease, so the latest research could help to explain why people with Alzheimer's can have problems imagining as well as remembering things.
Scientists watch activity of newborn brain cells in mice; reveal they are required for memory Neuroscientists have described the activity of newly generated brain cells in awake mice -- a process known as adult neurogenesis -- and revealed the critical role these cells play in forming memories. The new research also offers clues as to what happens when the memory-encoding process goes awry.
Blame your noisy brain for misses and fumbles No matter how much we practice a given movement, it will still be imperfect. The reason for this frustration, according to a new study by neuroscientists, is in how we sense the world. A given individual neuron varies in its activity even when we see exactly the same scene, producing a certain kind of brain noise that affects our responding movements.
Super-clear synapses at super resolutions Researchers have developed a way to obtain super-resolution 3-D images of delicate structures deep in the brain.The work describes a new process for making brain tissue transparent that outperforms other methods and allows extremely detailed imaging of tiny but important structures within neurons.
Three Ways To Powerfully Connect With People Connecting The way we relate to others, the connections we form (or don’t form) have a direct affect on our happiness. Our reality is composed of our thoughts and feelings. … ...
Marshmallow Men and One-Hit Wonders Does a stray, random image, word, or sound ever pop into your head seemingly out of nowhere? Pay attention next time. Such spontaneous thoughts may be neither stray nor random.
3 Steps to Stop Taking the Blame for Your Breakup Stop telling yourself it’s all your fault. Do you ever wonder why some people take breakups harder than others? If you find yourself hung up and unable to move on from a recent — or even distant — breakup, it could be because of how … ...
Higher Wisdom Is Correlated With A Form Of Dance And Ancient Traditional Practices Higher wisdom is correlated with these diverse activities. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Oxytocin can improve compassion in people with symptoms of PTSD Oxytocin -- "the love hormone" -- may enhance compassion of people suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new study. Compassion is pro-social motivation to help others who are in distress. It is an outcome of emotional of empathy -- the ability to recognize the feelings of others, and cognitive empathy -- the ability to understand what another person feels and think.
Researchers optimize methods to study neurons during motor activity Researchers have optimized the techniques for studying motor learning in order to repeatedly assess the activity of neurons for days, weeks, or even months. These sophisticated approaches allow the further characterization of the neurons that are continuously engaged during motor activity and normal behavior.
Weight Gain and Prescription Drugs Is Psychiatric Treatment Synonymous With Gaining 10 Pounds (or MORE)?  Burgers or Bust! (Jughead #185, 1970) In our cartoon, ‘Jughead’ Jones – famously created by publisher John L. Goldwater, written … ...
Are People With Autism More Likely To Be Transgender? Yesterday I wrote about Kayden Clarke, who was killed last month. The fact that he was a trans guy didn’t get much attention. But it should have. There’s evidence coming out … ...
How I Create: Q&A with Writer Anna Lovind When I first came across writer Anna Lovind’s website, I immediately subscribed to her blog and newsletter. I started following her on social media. And I saved several of her … ...