|Parental touch, play and support in childhood are vital to well-being as an adult
||Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood. In a forthcoming article in the journal Applied Developmental Science, University of Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez and colleagues Lijuan Wang and Ying Cheng, [...]
|Brain tumor revealed by treatment-resistant depression
||A woman who was thought to have treatment-resistant depression was later found to have a tumour in her brain, according to an article published in BMJ Case Reports. The 54-year-old woman had been depressed for 6 months, but treatment with the antidepressant fluoxetine and the anti-anxiety medication bromazepam was discontinued after 5 months because these [...]
|New study examines why people develop ‘Facebook dependency’
||What drives you to Facebook? News? Games? Feedback on your posts? The chance to meet new friends? If any of these hit home, you might have a Facebook dependency. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, says Amber Ferris, an assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron’s Wayne College. Ferris, who studies Facebook [...]
|Newly discovered windows of brain plasticity may help stress-related disorders
||Chronic stress can lead to changes in neural circuitry that leave the brain trapped in states of anxiety and depression. But even under repeated stress, brief opportunities for recovery can open up, according to new research at The Rockefeller University. “Even after a long period of chronic stress, the brain retains the ability to change [...]
|Keeping the Spark Alive in Marriage
||A widely believed myth is that marriage gets boring and stays that way. This is only true when things get too familiar and predictable. Granted, we like routines and it’s nice to know that we can count on our spouse being there when we go … ...
|Hepatitis C tied to increased risk of Parkinson’s disease
||The hepatitis C virus may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in the December 23, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Parkinson’s disease is considered the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. Hepatitis C is a [...]
|Absence of serotonin alters development and function of brain circuits
||Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have created the first complete model to describe the role that serotonin plays in brain development and structure. Serotonin, also called 5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT], is an important neuromodulator of brain development and the structure and function of neuronal (nerve cell) circuits. The results were published in the [...]
|Study links electronic toys to decreased language learning among infants
||Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden puzzle, a shape-sorter and a set of rubber blocks, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. The reality for many families of [...]
|Marijuana derivative reduces seizures in people with treatment-resistant epilepsy
||Cannabidiol (CBD), a medical marijuana derivative, was effective in reducing seizure frequency and well-tolerated and safe for most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study led by epilepsy specialists at NYU Langone Medical Center. These latest findings provide the first estimates of safety, tolerability and efficacy of prescription CBD in children and adults [...]
|Two Alzheimer’s risk genes linked to brain atrophy
||Two genetic variants previously linked to Alzheimer’s disease have been more specifically tied to brain atrophy that is characteristic of the disease. A newly reported study, led by Liana Apostolova, M.D., Barbara and Peer Baekgaard Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, also found that the proteins produced by the [...]
|Liver hormone reduces preference for sweets and alcohol via brain’s reward pathway
||It may be your liver (and not your better judgement) that keeps you away from excess sweets this holiday season. Two independent research groups have found the first evidence of a liver-derived hormone that specifically regulates intake of sugars and alcohol in mice. One of the studies also found that the same hormone suppresses the [...]
|The Widespread Habit That May Damage Memory
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|When People Talk About Their Careers
||I was at a party last night where I couldn’t relate to anyone. They kept talking about careers. I stopped at Rite Aid, got a can of Pringles on the … ...
|50 Psychology & Psychiatry Terms to Avoid
||In August of this year, researchers Lilienfeld et al. (2015) published a review article of a list of 50 inaccurate, misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused words and phrases typically used in psychology and psychiatry. The rationale behind the list comes in the first two … ...
|Today I Love Family Gathering Together
||Today I love family gathering together to remind each other that there are people in this world who are part of you and your life. I love that my family … ...
|Self-Care Sunday Links 12.27.15
||It’s been a while since I’ve shared my favorite links with you. Below, you’ll find pieces on everything from what to do when you’re overwhelmed to how much to push … ...
|Emotional Neglect Awareness Grows in 2015: Research, Treatment &...
||Many things can go wrong in the life of a child: he can be verbally, physically, psychologically or sexually abused. He can be physically neglected. Or he can be emotionally … ...
|5 Artists/Bands That Stigmatize Mental Illness
||There is no doubt that artists help to create and shape our world. Think of protest songs in the 1960’s like Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin in the Wind” or Phil … ...
|The Only New Year’s Resolution I Ever Made That...
||I have ADHD, but I wouldn’t exactly say I have an attention deficit. Rather, I spend more time than most people paying attention to things I’m not supposed to pay … ...
|How to Throw a (Successful) Potluck New Years Eve...
|| If you are planning to host a New Years Eve party this year, you might want to consider making the party a pot luck event. Most people consider potlucks … ...