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Study reveals subtle brain differences in men with autism Research at King’s College London has revealed subtle brain differences in adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which may go some way towards explaining why symptoms persist into adulthood in some people with the disorder. ASD affects around 1 in 100 people in the UK and involves a spectrum of conditions which manifest themselves [...]
Virtual reality makes its best users the most queasy In a twist of virtual fate, people with the best 3-D vision are also the people most likely to suffer from motion sickness while using virtual reality displays. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison demonstrated this irony by playing motion-heavy videos for study participants through the Oculus Rift — a 3-D virtual reality headset worn [...]
Psychologists discover what influences our food choices As New Year’s resolutions come and go, one area many people focus on is their health and weight. With Americans tipping the scales more than ever, social and personality psychologists are at the forefront of understanding the psychological motivations for healthy food choices and consumption patterns. First impressions of food: Growing up poor’s long-term impact [...]
Graphene shown to safely interact with neurons in the brain Researchers have successfully demonstrated how it is possible to interface graphene – a two-dimensional form of carbon – with neurons, or nerve cells, while maintaining the integrity of these vital cells. The work may be used to build graphene-based electrodes that can safely be implanted in the brain, offering promise for the restoration of sensory [...]
If You Wanna See It, You Gotta Be It There is a meme going around on Facebook of unclaimed origin, that wishes for the reader: “I hope you fall in love with someone who always calls you back and never … ...
Depression And WEGO Health Survey Doctor Smith: Ms. Johnson, I appreciate the candid answers. The screening test helps me determine if your suffering with depression. I’m Not asking for your advice as to where I … ...
The Embodiment of Motherhood As my tired eyes squint from the harshness of a brightly lit grocery store, my gaze follows all different types of mothers: young and old, frazzled and worn, rested and carefully put together. These are your average, run-of-the-mill mothers, standing impatiently at the grocery store … ...
Through The Eyes of an ADHD Child: The Grocery Store “Get your shoes on, guys. We have to run to the store.” I look up from my iPad to see my mom touching the pockets of her coat. She’s trying … ...
Psychology's Diversity Problem It's not just this year's Academy Awards that are strikingly "white" - psychology training programs have a ways to go in promoting diversity and inclusivity amongst their students.
Donald Trump’s Unenlightened Embrace of Anger Or How To... Anger is a difficult emotion. Sometimes even mental health professionals don’t know what to do with it. Is it ok to let a person just vent? Or work towards suppressing … ...
Fight your fears: Facing down anxieties can expand your world A professor uses exposure therapy to help patients with phobias that have begun to overtake their lives.
Practice makes perfect, study confirms Initial learning and performance at seven weeks led to increase in activation in cortical regions during visualization of the dance being learned when compared to the first week, shows a study on ballet cancers. However, at 34 weeks, it showed reduced activation in comparison to week seven.
High at the Office: Four Things You Should Know... High at the Office: Four Things You Should Know about Workplace Opioid Abuse   If a close friend or family member became addicted to their opioid medication, changes in their … ...
TV a top source of political news for Iowa caucus-goers Journalists from around the world will file countless reports from Iowa in the final days leading up to the caucuses. According to the latest Iowa State University/WHO-HD Iowa Caucus Poll, voters rely on a variety of these reports for political information with national television news being the primary source. In addition to questions about candidate [...]
Could blood pressure drugs have a role in Alzheimer’s disease treatment? In laboratory neuronal cultures, an FDA-approved drug used to treat high blood pressure reduced cell damage often linked to Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the National Institutes of Health. They say their work, published online Jan. 28 in the journal Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, provides information supporting the potential [...]
Brain scans of ballet dancers show the long-term effects of learning ‘Practice makes perfect’ may be a cliché but a new brain study out of York U affirms this age old theory. In this study, Faculty of Health researchers were looking at fMRI brain scans of professional ballet dancers to measure the long-term effects of learning. “We wanted to study how the brain gets activated with [...]
Neural networks adapt to the presence of a toxic HIV protein Nearly half of HIV infected patients suffer from impaired neurocognitive function. The HIV protein transactivator of transcription (Tat) is an important contributor to HIV neuropathogenesis because it is a potent neurotoxin that continues to be produced despite treatment with antiretroviral therapy. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that Tat altered the activity of networked [...]
English is Surprisingly Devoid of Emotionally Positive Words While investigating non-English words associated with positive emotions and concepts, a British researcher recently discovered 216 foreign words for which there is no English translation. ...
Facing Fear and Letting Go A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.
Difficult People are Messengers for Our Unhealed Parts We all have difficult people in our lives, it’s part of the human experience. Typically, we tend to see them as a nuisance, someone I have to put up with, … ...