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Researchers’ preclinical trial upends conventional wisdom about responses to fear Fear. You’ve been there: Your heart races, even jumps to your throat. Your hands grow clammy and your stomach churns. Your mind goes blank. Rats have been there, too. We don’t know their feelings, of course, but we do know their response: They freeze in their tracks. Or at least that’s been the consensus among [...]
New therapy halts progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease in mice Researchers at Oregon State University announced today that they have essentially stopped the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for nearly two years in one type of mouse model used to study the disease – allowing the mice to approach their normal lifespan. The findings, scientists indicate, are some of the [...]
Viral infection during pregnancy causes autism-like behaviors in mice A study published in the journal Science found that activation in pregnant mice of a particular immune response, similar to what may occur with certain viral infections during pregnancy, alters the brain structure of the mouse offspring and causes behavioral changes, reminiscent of those observed in humans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Several past human [...]
The Low Episodes Of Bipolar Disorder You should have seen me last Thursday. I was overjoyed. It was like I could feel happiness radiating out of my body. I was talking so fast. I wanted to … ...
What It Feels Like Having Undiagnosed ADHD Having ADHD doesn’t feel like anything. It just feels normal. You feel the way you’ve always felt, and you don’t have anything to compare it to. When you’re growing up … ...
5 Simple Tricks to Bring Major Happiness to Your Life Want to change your life? Start here. Change can be a great thing. A new routine or a new perspective can really revitalize your life and sense of well-being, but what about the times when change presents a challenge? How can you build up your … ...
The Enneagram In Popular Culture: Harry Potter We had such an amazing response to our Enneagram infographics that we decided to explore the personality theory even further. To give you further insight into types 1 to 9 and help you identify these personality types in your own life, we decided to delve into pop culture. Starting with the characters of Harry Potter, […]
Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.
Pay Attention to Prevent Obesity It’s probably happened to everyone now and again. You’re at the theater watching a movie. You reach your hand into the tub of popcorn, and find your fingers scraping the … ...
Sharpen Your Sixth Sense Elevate your intuition from good to great.
Treating Parkinson's disease by solving the mysteries of movement Two secrets of one of the brain's most enigmatic regions have finally been revealed. In a pair of studies, scientists have discovered a specific neural circuit that controls walking, and they found that input to this circuit is disrupted in Parkinson's disease. The research reveals two potential new targets to treat movement disorders.
How severe maternal inflammation can lead to autism-like behavior A group of researchers found that immune cells activated in the mother during severe inflammation produce an immune effector molecule called IL-17 that appears to interfere with brain development.
Eggshell Relationships Recognizing the emotionally unstable personality before they harm you
Study finds no proof of 'seasonal depression' A new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression -- a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months.
These 2-in-1 Essentials Improve ALL Relationships Remind yourself of your friend's good deeds yesterday every time they push your buttons today....
Three Simple Yoga Poses To Relieve Depression Yoga, as researchers are finding, offers great benefits for those suffering from depression with no negative side effects. Here are three easy to do poses that will help reduce your … ...
Synchronized brain waves in distant regions combine memories Humans have the remarkable ability to integrate information from multiple memories and infer indirect relationships. How does our brain support this important function? Neuroscientists have now shown that rhythmic brain waves, called theta oscillations, engage and synchronize the brain regions that support the integration of memories.
The brain communicates on several channels The human brain uses several frequency bands for the flow of information between lower and higher areas, report scientists, who have demonstrated that the visual cortex of human subjects uses different frequency channels depending on the direction in which information is being transported. These findings were only possible thanks to previous research with macaque monkeys. They might help to understand the cause of psychiatric illnesses in which the two channels appear to be mixed up.
Brain's 'amplifier' compensates for lost inner ear function Researchers have described, for the first time, the adult brain's ability to compensate for a near-complete loss of auditory nerve fibers that link the ear to the brain. The findings suggest that the brain's natural plasticity can compensate for inner ear damage to bring sound detection abilities back within normal limits; however, it does not recover speech intelligibility.
The 7 Habits of Socially Connected People Some people may be naturally gregarious and easily find themselves socially connected. For most of us, feeling truly integrated into a social scene takes some effort. Luckily, there are predictable patterns to social success. Do certain things, and people will be drawn to you. Below … ...