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Why contemplating death changes how you think Dozens of studies show that being reminded of death strengthens our ties to the groups we belong to, to the detriment of those who are different from us.
Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues than boys Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a Yale School of Medicine study — the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences in at-risk infants. This difference in observational skills could help protect female siblings of children with autism from developing [...]
Seasonal Affective Disorder doesn’t exist – here’s the science A flurry of newspaper headlines have called into question the existence of SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Scientists, they reported, appear to have debunked a widespread conviction, that feeling low in winter time is a genuine illness caused by disturbed levels of brain chemicals and that demands treatment. A visit to any number of Seasonal [...]
You Are The Gift I have known my friend Ruth Anne Wood since she was 14 years old. Her mother and my husband were friends. She is clearly an old soul who was at … ...
Childhood maltreatment predicts range of negative outcomes in bipolar patients Child maltreatment could predict a range of negative outcomes in patients with bipolar disorder, according to new research, which adds to growing evidence on the enduring mental health impact of childhood abuse and neglect.
Teaching neurons to respond to placebos as potential treatment for Parkinson's Scientist have discovered a way to make neurons respond to a placebo (a medically ineffective treatment), in the same way as they would to medically effective treatment, according to a new study.
CBT and antidepressants are similarly effective treatments for adults with depression Doctors should select cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or second generation antidepressants (SGAs) to treat adults with major depressive disorder (MDD), the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends in a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. “Patients are frequently treated for depression by primary care physicians, who often initially prescribe [...]
Severely victimized LGBT youths face risk of lasting mental health problems Since 2010, more than 613,000 people have pledged to combat bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens as part of the “It Gets Better” campaign. And a new Northwestern Medicine study has found that most adolescents would agree that it does, in fact, get better. But not all. Discrimination, harassment and assault of [...]
Americans recognize ‘past presidents’ who never were, study finds Ask Americans to name the former U.S. president whose face currently graces the U.S. $10 dollar bill and most will be quick to answer Alexander Hamilton. Sure, it’s a trick question. But a new study from memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis confirms that most Americans are confident that Alexander Hamilton was once [...]
‘Brain road maps’ reflect behavior differences between men and women Differences in the neural wiring across development of men and women across ages, matched behavioral differences commonly associated with each of the sexes, according to an imaging-based study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published February 1 in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. The Penn team, [...]
Common gene variant influences food choices — for better or worse If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity. A McGill-led research team has recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant (DRD4 VNTR with [...]
Engineering researchers use laser to ‘weld’ neurons A research team based in the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has developed a method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses–a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities. The team is the first ever to find a way to bond neurons and in doing so, has given [...]
Feeling Cupid or Feeling Crushed on Valentine’s Day 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. She is a self-titled Giveaway Girl. … ...
Want More Happiness? Learn to Value Your Time Over... Can you guess? Most of us have to work, but the importance we place on our jobs and overworking is on us. It’s better for our health and happiness to make the most of our time and enjoy ourselves, and those who value their time … ...
A quartet of complementary brain books Last night I taught a two hour class called ‘Navigating Neuroscience’ for the Guardian Masterclass series and I had the interesting challenge of coming up with a two hour course on some key concepts to help people make better sense of brain science, how it’s discussed, and its changing place in society. As part of […]
Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Nyshia... It is my pleasure to introduce you to Nyshia Johnson, LCSW. Today she is sharing about her journey into private practice, going from the idea of it being a hobby to stepping into full time private practice a year later....
How to Divorce a Narcissist Divorcing a narcissist is grueling because they refuse to be on the receiving end of someone leaving them. Their superior narcissistic ego will not allow the possibility that there might be something wrong with them. So they try numerous push away abusive tactics followed by … ...
'Brain road maps' reflect behavior differences between males and females Differences in the neural wiring across development of men and women across ages, matched behavioral differences commonly associated with each of the sexes, according to an imaging-based study.
We are Polarized: Politically and Psychologically Democracies are politically polarized because people are psychologically strongly divided as well. Rancor predominates, thus we are in need of civility and enhanced communication.
Ladies, You Know What a Beer Is? Stay Away From It! Telling people not to have sex doesn't prevent pregnancy. Why does anyone think it will work for alcohol?