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Exposure to alcohol before birth may make drinking more appealing to teens Fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) reduces the taste system’s responsiveness to the bitter flavor and burning sensation of many varieties of alcoholic beverages, new research shows. These factors make alcohol unappealing to some people, but, for reasons that are unclear, are less of a deterrent in young people exposed to alcohol before birth.
5 Most Common Side-Effects of Ritalin (The ‘Study Drug’) Stimulants are reportedly taken by around one-quarter of college students. The stimulant Ritalin is linked to undesirable changes in risk-taking behaviours, sleep and weight, new research finds. Ritalin is one common type of stimulant taken by college students as a ‘study enhancer’. It is often prescribed to people with ADHD to help them focus. But its […] → OFFER EXTENDED, 5 DAYS LEFT: 25% off Dr Jeremy Dean's new depression ebook "Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do" - Use code 'activate'. • Dr Dean is also the author of "The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic" and "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything".
Are Therapists Just Rent-a-Friends? If you had real friends, some people say, you wouldn’t need a therapist. Is psychotherapy really just a substitute for friendship or is there more to it?
What Counts as Intimacy? Not Everyone Agrees How do you define intimacy in your relationship? Knowing your attachment style can help.
How the injured brain tells the body it's hurt Researchers say they have identified a new way that cells in the brain alert the rest of the body to recruit immune cells when the brain is injured. The work was completed in mouse models that mimic infection, stroke or trauma in humans.
A Question Good Critical Thinkers Ask, Part 1 If I were to tell you that reading this article will make you a better critical thinker, what question would a good critical thinker ask about my claim?
How Faith Helps Depression A substantial amount of research points to the benefits of faith to mitigate symptoms of depression. In one study, for example, researchers at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, found that belief in God was associated with better treatment outcomes. They followed 159 individuals over the course … ...
Study finds people who use psychedelic drugs tend to be liberal New research has found a positive association between psychedelic drug use and certain political orientations. The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, found that psychedelic users tend to be liberal and anti-authoritarian. “Psychedelic substances such as LSD, psilocybin (active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’) and DMT (found in ayahuasca) produce profound changes in our [...]
Mechanisms behind sensory deficits in Parkinson's disease Although Parkinson’s disease is often associated with motor symptoms such as stiffness, poor balance and trembling, the first symptoms are often sensory and include a reduced sense of touch and smell. In a study on mice, researchers have now been able to identify neural circuits and mechanisms behind this loss of sensory perception. The study may open avenues to methods of earlier diagnosis.
50 Signs of a Toxic Relationship The phrase “toxic relationship” is thrown around quite a bit in our culture. But what really defines a toxic relationship? And how can a person know they are in the middle of one? Fortunately there are early warning signs. Yet it is unfortunate that are … ...
There's more to attraction than what meets the eye Attractiveness isn't just a matter of good looks, but also the right voice and scent, highlights a mini review.
Podcast: Mental Health Awareness Is Not Enough (Special Guest:... In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Paul Gionfriddo, President & CEO of Mental Health America. They discuss the origins of Mental Health Awareness Month and the MHA Bell. The understanding and acceptance of mental illness has … ...
Region in Brain Found to be Associated with Fear of Uncertain Future Findings could lead to new ways to identify and treat individuals at risk for anxiety disorders
Why you should quit chasing happiness and pursue meaning instead Studies show that the pursuit of happiness actually makes people unhappy.
Do clothes send the wrong message to girls? Self-objectification is linked to behaviors such as disordered eating and body shame.
How many US high schoolers binge drink? Binge drinking increases a person's risk of harms from alcohol, such as unintentional injuries, alcohol poisoning and violent behavior.
Study uncovers how a candidate’s level of religiosity can impact support among voters A candidate’s religious affiliation has been shown to influence American voters. But a new study reveals that a candidate’s religiosity — meaning how dedicated they are to their faith — also influences voters. The study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion suggests that voters use a candidate’s religiosity to infer the candidate’s [...]
New Research Analyzes Evolution of Facial Expressions You can tell an awful lot about someone just by looking at his or her eyes — even if the person is a total stranger. How humans are able to so quickly analyze expressions is an ongoing topic of interest for scientists. New research from … ...
Painting and the Art of Being Too Sensitive Have you been told you are too sensitive? Respond with a paintbrush.
Recovery 101 for Family Members Your loved one has finally agreed to attend treatment for their addiction and you probably feel relieved that they are finally sober.  Maybe you are thinking “when they finish treatment we can finally get back to having a normal life!”   As your loved one … ...