|Begin the Year By Noticing Student Progress
||Change takes time, but kids DO make progress. It’s often easier for me to see the growth in my students, because I don’t see them every day. Parents are pleasantly … ...
|Teens, Digital Devices, and Sexual Problems
||Tech: Sex Ed for All, Sex Problems for Some The holidays are over and young people are diving headlong into use of their brand new digital devices. In addition to … ...
|Read Any Good Memories Lately?
||Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.
|Why are habits so hard to break?
||Taming that sweet tooth for your New Year's resolution might be harder than you think. New research suggests that forming a habit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, which in turn seems to prime us to further feed our cravings. The research deepens scientists' understanding of how habits manifest and may suggest new strategies for breaking the bad ones.
|Why mistakes slow us down, but not necessarily for the better
||Taking more time to make decisions after a mistake arises from a mixture of adaptive neural mechanisms that improve the accuracy and maladaptive mechanisms that reduce it, neuroscientists have found. Their study also potentially offers insights into afflictions that impair judgments, such as Alzheimer's Disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
|Chronic stress, anxiety can damage the brain, increase risk of major psychiatric disorders
||People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper warns.
|Filling in the gaps in our visual perception
||A new study sheds light on how the brain fills in the gaps of how we visually perceive the world around us.
|Diagnosing depression before it starts
||Brain scans may identify children who are vulnerable to depression, before symptoms appear, new research indicates. In a new study, the researchers found distinctive brain differences in children known to be at high risk because of family history of depression. The finding suggests that this type of scan could be used to identify children whose risk was previously unknown, allowing them to undergo treatment before developing depression.
|When Pleasure Fantasies Cause Distress, What Can You Do?
||Blissful daydreams and fantasies can be fun and helpful...unless their dark side takes control.
|When You’re Told You Don’t Have What it Takes
||What do you do when you’re told you don’t have what it takes? Maybe it’s at school, or even something as important as your major. Maybe it’s in the midst of your professional training, when you’re already well on your way. Or maybe it’s advancing … ...
|Effective Communication: Getting Your Partner to Understand...
||If your words say one thing, and your actions another, guess which is the more credible? Think of a friend, for example, who says, “I really don’t care which movie … ...
|Are Autistic People Really That Smart?
||Everyone says we are. If someone has poor social skills then the automatic consensus is that they’re one smart cookie. After all, poor social skills often entail pitting logic against … ...
|Sexual trauma raises suicide risk among veterans
||Men and women veterans who experienced sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment while serving in the military are at heightened risk of suicide, according to a recent U.S. study.
|Testosterone influences regulation of emotions in psychopath's brain
||Psychopaths exhibit reduced control over their emotional actions, brain research has demonstrated. Researchers have now discovered that the quantity of testosterone a person produces influences the parts of the brain responsible for regulating emotions. The findings provide starting points for the treatment of psychopaths, say the authors of a new report.
|How to screw up taking antidepressants
||Once a week I refill my pill box. I take two antidepressants and one mood-stabilizer, along with a handful of supplements – fish oil, glucosamine, daily vitamin etc. One-by-one I … ...
|Today I Love Working With Words
||Today I love working with words in so many of the things that I do. From blog posts to news stories, from songs and poetry to short stories and even … ...
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|Spending vs. Investing in Your Private Practice
||“Investing is simple, but not easy.” -Warren Buffett A friend recently invited me to come over for a visit. As I walked in the door, my friend’s husband said, “Hey, have a slice of homemade bread. It’s good.” As I checked in with my societally-induced gluten-guilt, … ...
|Bipolar Disorder: Is It in Your Genes?
||Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, scientists have been crunching numbers and exploring the genetics of anything and everything that makes us human. It’s being used … ...
|Emotions Are Physical
||In 2003, I learned that emotions were physical experiences. It was an “Aha!” moment for me. Of course they are! When an emotion is triggered in your brain, it sends a series of impulses all over your brain and body. Physically, each emotion contains a … ...