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Older People Living Alone: What’s the One Way Men... available from ShutterstockIn my last post, I described the results of the latest Pew research report on the ways that older Americans are currently living. I was describing their choices … ...
Getting Better at Feeling to Feel Better (for the... Last week Jane came into my office feeling paralyzed and confused. “When my anxiety starts up I try to use my skills to validate my emotions. But then my mind … ...
Study shows genetic counseling helps psychiatric patients A new University of British Columbia study shows that genetic counselling helps patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and similar conditions understand and cope with their illness. The paper is published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The study is among the first to show the value of genetic counselling for psychiatric illnesses, and researchers [...]
Evolution of moral outrage: I’ll punish your bad behavior to make me look good What makes human morality unique? One important answer is that we care when other people are harmed. While many animals retaliate when directly mistreated, humans also get outraged at transgressions against others. And this outrage drives us to protest injustice, boycott companies, blow whistles and cut ties with unethical friends and colleagues. Scientists refer to [...]
Do speakers of different languages hear music differently? Knowledge of our mother tongue acts as a sort of auditory “template” that influences the way we perceive the sounds of other languages (scientists call this “native listening”). Several clues, like the fact that many of the cortical auditory regions responsible for linguistic and musical processing are the same and the existence of auditory illusions [...]
Analysis of political speeches finds conservatives prefer using nouns New transatlantic research led by a psychologist at the University of Kent suggests conservatives prefer using nouns. As part of the study researchers found that US presidents who were considered conservative used a greater proportion of nouns in major speeches. The researchers, led by Dr Aleksandra Cichocka of the University’s School of Psychology, also established [...]
Computers can tell if you’re bored based on your body language Computers are able to read a person’s body language to tell whether they are bored or interested in what they see on the screen, according to a new study led by body-language expert Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The research shows that by measuring a person’s [...]
Sounds can help develop speech and gestures in children with autism Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics from the University of Gothenburg shows that these children can develop speech, gestures and a sense of rhythm and melody by listening to various speech sounds. It is well-known that children with autism, Asperger’s [...]
Attention bias modification treatment can help depressed teens A study to be published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that adolescents with major depression who performed a computer-based task designed to shift attention from sad to neutral to positive word associations showed reductions in negative attention biases and clinician-rated depressive symptoms. [...]
The fluorescence of neuroscience demonstrates pathways of neurological disorders Scientists have now described the engineering of a bright red fluorescent protein-based voltage indicator, providing pathways to understanding complex neurological disorders. Designated as FlicR1 (fluorescent indicator for voltage imaging red), these indicators enable imaging of the electrical activity of many genetically targeted neurons with high spatial and temporal resolution. Led by the University of Alberta [...]
Body’s immune system may play larger role in Alzheimer’s disease than thought Immune cells that normally help us fight off bacterial and viral infections may play a far greater role in Alzheimer’s disease than originally thought, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. The researchers discovered this when [...]
Sleep changes seen with fetal alcohol exposure partly explain learning and mood problems Slow-wave sleep – the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day’s events into permanent memories – is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric [...]
Muscular men perceived to be better leaders than physically weak ones Forget intelligence or wisdom. A muscular physique might just be a more important attribute when it comes to judging a person’s leadership potential. Take Arnold Schwarzenegger whose past popularity was a result of his physical prowess as a “Mr. Universe” bodybuilder. In the 2003’s historic recall election, the physically imposing Schwarzenegger easily defeated California Governor [...]
Consuming Legalized Marijuana Is Blindsiding Out-of-Towners The potency of legalized marijuana is catching unsuspecting users off guard and leading to emergency room visits. Educate yourself on the side effects of cannabis.
Feeling Hopeless? 7 Ways You Can Become Your Own Hero “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” — Yogi Bhajan Can you remember a time when you felt completely helpless? I do. It was the day my daughter was diagnosed with a serious digestive illness. The doctor told us in the … ...
Using thin or obese avatars in motion-controlled gaming can influence physical activity Those New Year’s Resolutions to get fit slowly wane as February comes to a close. Buying the new shoes and athletic gear can motivate you to get into the gym or take on a sport at the beginning, but not seeing quick results can be disheartening. What we want to see in our reflections isn’t [...]
Keeping mind active may delay Alzheimer’s symptoms — but not underlying disease Keeping the mind active may delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; however, the activity does not change the underlying disease in the brain for most people, according to a study published today in the online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For people who are carriers of a gene linked [...]
How do brain changes during pregnancy cause clumsiness, food cravings, and moodiness? My forgetful friend – the subject of my original article – gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day. She’s a beauty, and I know her mum agrees that the morning sickness, crazy sense of smell and forgetfulness were worth it in the end. In the meantime, while she’s experiencing a whole new set [...]
2 Strikes Against Virtue Virtue ethics helps us make ethics personal and real. A few days ago I had two experiences that shook my faith in how virtues are valued and implemented these days.
Inability to avoid visual distractions linked to poor short-term memory A new study has found that differences in an individual's working memory capacity correlate with the brain's ability to actively ignore distraction.