|Is Asperger's an Autism Spectrum Label We Want to Keep?
||Many identify with Asperger's syndrome, a part of the Autism Spectrum. New revelations that Dr. Asperger may have participated in murder in WWII cast doubt on his legacy.
|Major UK study finds using cannabis does not reduce IQ among teenagers
||A large study conducted in the United Kingdom failed to find evidence of a robust link between cannabis use and lowered intelligence among teenagers. The study, published online January 6 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found a statistical association between cannabis use and decreased intellectual performance. However, this association vanished when the researchers took other [...]
|5 Ways to Turn Your Failure Into a Success
||A relationship has broken down; you’ve received yet another rejection letter, or someone has said your revolutionary idea sucks. We all experience failure in our lives, and for many of us our fear of it rules how we live. But what if we could pick ourselves up from our failure and no longer allowed it […]
|What a Character! – 5 Influential Children’s Books About...
||Books are so vital to our understanding of the world around us. They’re vital to our understanding of others and of ourselves. Whether they’re being viewed in print or online, … ...
|Gun, fire, motor vehicle safety practices linked to parents’ depressive symptoms
||AU School of Public Affairs assistant professor Taryn Morrissey conducted a study that links parental depression to increased safety risks for their children. Her article on the findings, ‘Parents’ Depressive Symptoms and Gun, Fire, and Motor Vehicle Safety Practices,’ was published online by the Maternal and Child Health Journal on Jan. 5, 2016. Morrissey used [...]
|Lead exposure linked to ADHD in kids with genetic mutation
||Exposure to small amounts of lead may contribute to ADHD symptoms in children who have a particular gene mutation, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “This research is valuable to the scientific community as it bridges genetic and environmental factors and helps to illustrate one [...]
|Study reveals new negotiation tip: Gain sympathy and gain the advantage
||Is sympathy considered a sign of weakness or is there a place for sympathy in negotiations? Research by Laura Kray, a professor in the Haas Management of Organizations Group at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, suggests that when one party conveys information with emotional reasons behind it, the other party is more likely to [...]
|Is it All in Your Head?
||Perception is powerful. What you focus on shapes what you experience.
|Cellular 'switch' helps brain distinguish safety from danger, new study finds
||Researchers have identified a cellular circuit that helps the mouse brain to remember which environments are safe, and which are harmful. Their study also reveals what can happen when that circuitry is disrupted -- and may offer new insight into the treatment of conditions such as posttraumatic stress, panic and anxiety disorders.
|7 Ways to Get Over Perfectionism
||New Year’s resolutions seem like a good idea at the time, but when it comes to implementing them, you may feel you need to be perfect in order to make any headway. There is a way out of this dilemma. You probably can use a … ...
|Possible strategy against stroke discovered
||Scientists have identified the oxygen sensor PHD1 as a potential target for the treatment of brain infarction (ischemic stroke). Despite (minor) improvements in stroke treatment, stroke remains the fourth leading cause of death and the most common reason of severe disability. The impact of stroke is overwhelming for the patient, family and society -- representing one of the largest unmet medical needs.
|Slow stem cell division may cause small brains
||Researchers have figured out how a developmental disease called microcephaly produces a much smaller brain than normal: Some brain stem cells are simply too slow as they proceed through the neuron production process. The findings provide not only a new mechanistic explanation for microcephaly, but could also enhance understanding of autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders thought to arise from disruptions in the proper balance of neurons in the brain.
|Gut, Autism, and ADHD
||The microbiota in babies impacts mental health in children in surprising ways.
|A Million Ways to Say Hello
||Some of the many rewards of cross-cultural encounters can come from our differences.
|I Wonder What It’s Like To Have Empathy
||A lot of people on the spectrum have a bit of a coldness to us. That’s not to say we’re mean. Not at all. In my experience people on the spectrum … ...
|Depression Risk Can Be Reduced By This Very Pleasurable Method
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|The Science to End the Baby Care “Mommy Wars”
||Parents face conflicting advice as they make decisions during baby’s first year. Separate the hype from the evidence on these hot button issues.
|Do You Struggle to Feel Big and Proud?
||“Don’t get too big for your britches!” “Don’t think you’re better than anyone else!” “Don’t get a swelled head!” “Don’t think you are so great!” Beginning as little children, we hear cultural messages that are meant to socialize and civilize us. We learn to keep … ...
|The GPS Coordinates of “Faith”
||In my last post, I shared my New Year’s intention to “have faith.” Setting the intention itself went fairly well, I thought. So perhaps I was feeling a touch over-optimistic … ...
|Molecular mechanism responsible for a neurodegenerative disease discovered
||A mechanism that is responsible for the degeneration of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum in a neurodegenerative disease called Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 has been discovered by researchers. The results of this study open up new avenues for the future treatment of cerebellum associated degenerative disorders.