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Neighbors would rather talk over the fence than online, study finds In today’s world, the old adage “good fences make good neighbors” may be more like “good Facebook privacy settings make good neighbors,” two University of Kansas professors found. Bonnie Johnson, associate professor of urban planning, and Germaine Halegoua, assistant professor of film and media studies, conducted a case study to see if social media could [...]
Men Have Trouble Expressing Their Emotions Men have difficulty expressing their emotions. Steady Eddie tells his wife everything is fine and never complains. He never gets upset about anything. He doesn’t really get that excited about … ...
Genetics and environment impact familial depression Building on a 30-year, three-generation study of depressed individuals, their children and offspring, a study published in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging provides a better understanding of the familial risk for depression and the role neuroplasticity might have in increasing the risk of developing depression. The research by scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and [...]
New Year’s and Values In Hamlet, cranky Polonius gives his son Laertes, who is about to venture out into the world, this advice: “This above all, to thine own self be true.” (As it happens, it is ironic advice, as Polonius himself is duplicitous and rarely shows the self-awareness … ...
Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought Salk researchers and collaborators have achieved critical insight into the size of neural connections, putting the memory capacity of the brain far higher than common estimates. The new work also answers a longstanding question as to how the brain is so energy efficient and could help engineers build computers that are incredibly powerful but also [...]
ADHD vs. Alarm Clock Hyperactivity is a core ADHD symptom, but you’d never know that if you saw me most mornings. No matter how many times I promise myself I’m going to start my … ...
Childhood trauma associated with worse impulse control in adulthood The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults’ brains for decades to come – including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research suggests. That kind of quick “go or don’t go” thinking is crucial to everyday situations like driving or rare events like reacting to an emergency. [...]
Lab-grown neural networks show hope for patients with damage to brain connections Lab-grown neural networks have the ability to replace lost axonal tracks in the brains of patients with severe head injuries, strokes or neurodegenerative diseases and can be safely delivered with minimal disruption to brain tissue, according to new research from Penn Medicine’s department of Neurosurgical Research. Their work is published in the Journal of Neural Engineering. [...]
Can performance brands cause a placebo effect? From the middle-school child considering the premier brands of soccer shoes, to the college graduate weighing which graduate test prep course to take, a common marketing message from consumer brands is “you will perform better with us.” In a new study, Frank Germann, of the Department of Marketing in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza [...]
You Are What Your Parents Ate When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I had an almost insatiable craving for hamburgers from the fast food restaurant Wendy’s. Not having been a big Wendy’s customer, this … ...
5 Important Influences Of Emotional Mimicry Our emotions and moods are affected by the emotional states of the other people we interact with.
Can The Mystics Tell Us What Personal Identity Is? Is personal identity the soul? The body? A combination? Does it change or stay the same?...
Being Anti-Racist, Not Non-Racist Some people are content to be non-racist. But is that enough? What about the importance of directly opposing prejudices you observe in others?
Genetics, environment impact familial depression Building on a 30-year, three-generation study of depressed individuals, their children and offspring, a new study provides a better understanding of the familial risk for depression and the role neuroplasticity might have in increasing the risk of developing depression.
Emotion-processing networks disrupted in sufferers of depression Regions of the brain that normally work together to process emotion become decoupled in people who experience multiple episodes of depression, neuroscientists report. The findings may help identify which patients will benefit from longterm antidepressant treatment to prevent the recurrence of depressive episodes.
Like air traffic, information flows through neuron 'hubs' in the brain 70 percent of all information within cortical regions in the brain passes through only 20 percent of its regions' neurons, report researchers. The scientists report these high-traffic "hub neurons" could play a role in understanding brain health since this sort of highly efficient network -- in which a small number of neurons are more essential to brain function -- is also more vulnerable to disruption. That's because relatively small breakages can cause the whole system to "go down."
An Open Letter from a Wife in Recovery Please note, this letter is my own and unrelated to any Al-Anon approved literature. After reading An Open Letter From an Addict, I took the liberty of writing a letter back early on in my own recovery. Yes, my recovery. After finding out my husband … ...
Treatment Can Be Harder Than You Think It may be easy to look from the outside at people who don’t receive treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar, or any other mental illness, and criticize those people, but the realities … ...
No evidence of seasonal differences in depressive symptoms A large-scale survey of US adults provides no evidence that levels of depressive symptoms vary from season to season, according to new research. The findings are inconsistent with the notion of seasonal depression as a commonly occurring disorder.
The Psychology of David Bowie’s Major Tom One of David Bowie’s most popular and memorable hits is the song ‘Space Oddity.’ Released in 1969, just before the launch of Apollo 11 and the first moon walk, it might be particularly important in launching Bowie’s career; it was his first UK Top 5 hit. The … ...