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Blocking inflammation prevents cell death, improves memory in Alzheimer’s disease Using a drug compound created to treat cancer, University of California, Irvine neurobiologists have disarmed the brain’s response to the distinctive beta-amyloid plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Kim Green and colleagues with UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders found that flushing away the abundant inflammatory cells produced in reaction to [...]
Brain reward molecule helps learning to avoid unpleasant experience too The brain chemical dopamine regulates how mice learn to avoid a disagreeable encounter, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “We know that dopamine reinforces ‘rewarding’ behaviors, but to our surprise, we have now shown that situations that animals learn to avoid are also regulated by dopamine,” [...]
Is There A Connection Between Sleep And Depression? Introduction Is your sleep routine off? Are you sleeping less than normal? Are you depressed? Are you wondering if there is a connection between your irregular sleep pattern and your … ...
Why male faces with feminine features are sometimes considered more attractive New psychology research from the University of Otago, Warwick Business School, and University of California, San Diego, is helping explain why male faces with feminine features are considered attractive in some contexts but not others. The study findings provide a new explanation for why the “Johnny Depp Effect” – which involves women tending to prefer [...]
Brain activity study reveals cannabis’ effect on emotion processing The complex biochemistry of cannabis and how it affects the brain is only beginning to be understood. Lucy Troup, assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University, has set out to answer specifically how, if at all, cannabis use affects one’s ability to process emotions. A study published Feb. 29 in the journal PLOS ONE [...]
Is There A Connection Between ADHD And Sleep? Introduction You may be wondering whether or not there is a relationship between sleep and ADHD. Well, the answer is yes. There is a relationship between sleep and ADHD. According … ...
What ADHD Symptoms Look Like vs. What They Feel Like You’ve done your reading on ADHD, and you know the signs and symptoms. Hyperactivity. Trouble concentrating. Having a desk that tests the limits of the description “organized chaos.” But what … ...
Study points to cannabis' effect on emotion processing According to researchers, cannabis significantly affects users' ability to recognize, process and empathize with human emotions like happiness, sadness and anger.
How Childhood Emotional Neglect Affects Relationships Childhood emotional neglect (CEN) is a deep, long lasting wound that is not easily detectable in adults or by those in close relationships with them. When you have exposure over time to an adult with childhood trauma, you will notice that the person has trouble … ...
Writing Your Own Destiny We have all been through trauma in our lives; some more than most.  I imagine that almost every person reading this blog has been through something in their life that … ...
Robots Don't Need to Be Evil, Just Stupid, to Lead Us to Our Doom Human beings will put too much trust in robots even when those machines are broken or make obvious mistakes. All we need to do is slap the words “emergency” on the robot’s side to make people surrender their logic....
Why I had to give up Facebook and you... Lately, I’ve been having moments. An author of a book I’m reading calls these moments ‘sweet spots’, moments where, as he says, ‘God shows up’’ and you are moved by … ...
When Actors Act Out: How To Deal (3/3) To paraphrase an old joke, “Do you have to be crazy to be and actor?” Answer, “No, but it helps.” The idea here being that actors have to have a … ...
Hot Tubs and Sobriety   Emails. I get emails. Between writing this column for a while now and having around a million followers on Twitter, my own anonymity has been broken, and people write … ...
520-million-year-old fossilized nervous system is most detailed example yet found Researchers have found one of the oldest and most detailed fossils of the central nervous system yet identified, from a crustacean-like animal that lived more than 500 million years ago. The fossil, from southern China, has been so well preserved that individual nerves are visible, the first time this level of detail has been observed in a fossil of this age.
Both sides now: Brain reward molecule helps learning to avoid unpleasant experience, too The brain chemical dopamine regulates how mice learn to avoid a disagreeable encounter. Research has shown that dopamine reinforces 'rewarding' behaviors, but to the researchers' surprise, in a new study they demonstrated that situations that animals learn to avoid are also regulated by dopamine.
Brain boost: Research to improve memory through electricity? In a breakthrough study that could improve how people learn and retain information, researchers significantly boosted the memory and mental performance of laboratory mice through electrical stimulation.
Should We Stop Using the Words ‘Mental Disorder’? Using the term 'mental illness' is an admission of our ignorance about causation—not a logical distinction. And it may add to the stigma attached to psychiatric disorders.
Biological clocks orchestrate behavioral rhythms by sending signals downstream Different groups of neurons program biological clocks to orchestrate our behaviors by sending messages in a unidirectional manner downstream, a team of biologists has found.
The Care and Feeding of Relationships “No man (or woman) is an island, entire of itself.”- John Donne- Meditation XVII We are inter-relational beings hard wired for body, mind and spirit connection. When humans are in isolation and are deprived of … ...