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Most teens who misuse prescription stimulants say they use other people’s medication Using someone else’s medication is the most common form of prescription stimulant misuse among adolescents, according to a University of Florida Health study, which found that 88 percent of teens who used the drugs non-medically in the past 30 days said they had obtained the medications from someone else. “In the last 10 years a [...]
Accepting a job below one’s skill level can adversely affect future employment prospects Accepting a job below one’s skill level can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent, according to new research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin. To make ends meet in the short term, many workers [...]
Study shows why ‘bromances’ are good for men’s health Male friendships, portrayed and often winked at in bromance movies, could have healthful effects similar to those seen in romantic relationships, especially when dealing with stress, according to a new study of male rats by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Human studies show that social interactions increase the level of the hormone oxytocin [...]
Longer campaign cycle and social media explain success of extremist politicians Today’s longer campaign cycles, filled with numerous televised debates and constant news reporting and social media coverage, are causing the rise of extremist politicians, according to a new study from the University of Miami School of Business Administration, just published in the American Economic Journal: Economics. The research, which utilized game theory, finds that longer [...]
The five most addictive substances on Earth – and what they do to your brain What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask. From the points of view different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the drug [...]
Cannabidiol for treating seizures Show Promise Researchers have presented the first findings of a large study of cannabidiol for treating seizures.
The Myths About Depression Introduction Have you ever been depressed before? Have people told you simply to get over it? Have you felt like these people did not understand what you were going through? … ...
A Sense of Loss: When My Therapist of 10 Years Retired When I found out that my psychologist of ten years was going to retire, I was a little panicked. What would I do without her? She’d literally helped me raise my only child. She’d been there when I was up from a manic high and … ...
How Heal A Broken Heart A broken heart cannot simply be ‘fixed’. There is no quick remedy, and the healing process can take any amount of time. In fact, the emotional trauma that comes with a relationship break down is akin to a broken body part. Just as we allow our arm to be set and cast in order for […]
Is Television Turning Us Into Narcissists? What kind of message are you getting from the television program you're watching, and how does it shape the way you look at the world? Some surprising news on TV and narcissisism.
The Magic Bullet in Psychotherapy As therapists, can we offer our clients a magic bullet? Generally, I’m not a believer in magic bullets or saviors. But what if there is one? What if there is … ...
7 Ways to Feel More Comfortable in Your Own... We don’t need to lose weight to feel comfortable in our own skin for many reasons. One reason is that weight fluctuates so it’s not a sure thing. Why depend on something that naturally … ...
Bromances may be good for men's health A new study of the effects of stress on social behavior in male rats finds that moderate stress makes them more prosocial, raising oxytocin levels that are known to encourage bonding, which in turn leads to resilience in the face of stress and better health. Life-threatening stress, however, makes male rats avoid socializing and lowers oxytocin levels, akin to the effects of PTSD, leading to a spiraling decrease in bonding and resilience to stress.
Selfish or altruistic? Brain connectivity reveals hidden motives Often, it is hard to understand why people behave the way they do, because their true motives remain hidden. Researchers have now shown how peoples' motives can be identified as they are characterized by a specific interplay between different brain regions. They also show how empathy motives increase altruistic behavior in selfish people.
Discovery of a 'neuronal big bang' in brain of newborns Our neurons are derived from progenitor cells, which are specialized stem cells that have the ability to divide to give rise to neurons. Today, neuroscientists shed light on the mechanisms that allow progenitors to generate neurons. By developing a novel technology called FlashTag that enables them to isolate and visualize neurons at the very moment they are born, they have deciphered the basic genetic code allowing the construction of a neuron.
When Happiness Becomes Exhausting I felt nothing but utter euphoria. I was gunning my little car up the New Jersey turnpike, passing elegant cars and sluggish trucks. I was elated. I had just ended … ...
How Not to Worry About What Others Think of You Most of us worry a little too much about what others think of us. Here are three practices that can help us overcome this tendency.
B12 and the Brain Is Vitamin B12 the key to brain health?
Therapeutic Office Design: It Matters Finding and setting up a new office as I return to private practice has meant thinking about the impact of space and design and décor. Oh, there’s a part of me that thinks it shouldn’t matter. After all, while working in large community agencies, my … ...
Smart People Are Good at Being Dumb in Politics Good quantitative abilities don't help people understand evidence when they dislike the conclusion.