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Things I’m Thankful For Happy Thanksgiving! I made a list of all the things I’m thankful for today. I know most of us who’ve got issues complain a lot (we need to!) but it’s … ...
Molecular trigger for cerebral cavernous malformation identified Researchers in Italy, Germany and the United States have identified a regulatory protein crucial for the development of cerebral cavernous malformation -- a severe and incurable disease mainly affecting the brain microvasculature. The results show that the KLF4 protein plays a central role in the development of CCM lesions.
Apathy Explained: Why Some People Just Can’t Be Bothered Apathy is about more than a bad attitude... » Continue reading: Apathy Explained: Why Some People Just Can’t Be Bothered
Today I Love The Sound Of Dripping Snow Melt Today I love the sound of dripping snow melt as it runs off the roof and splatters in puddles. There’s a reason I’ve never fixed that hole in the gutter, … ...
There Is Still Much To Be Thankful For Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! I always find this holiday to be a time when I reflect on what I am thankful for. It can be hard. Mental illness stole my career … ...
Waiting for the Haiku in Mindfulness Mindfulness can be about a personal and experimental exploration of reality that is not about saving yourself, but rather experiencing your self. Realizing that the "explanation for you" is not only the finger your mind constantly points at itself, but something undefinably larger and more personal at the same time.
Give Yourself the Gift of Dignity Over at another psychology site, a pair of bloggers asked whether marriage or living together or staying single was best, and proclaimed that single was the worst. They even perpetuated … ...
Surprising Differences between Lonely Women and Lonely Men... It’s certainly true that men and women handle negative emotional states differently. When things aren’t going well in a woman’s life, she tends to interpret it as depression. When a man doesn’t feel good about himself, he tends to express it as anger. But men … ...
New insights on how cocaine causes wild firing of dopaminergic neurons in the brain The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what’s going on in the brain of its users, finds a study published November 25 in Cell Reports. Through experiments conducted in rats exposed to cocaine, the researchers mapped out the network of circuits that cause wild [...]
How the explosion in prescription painkillers has created more heroin users In the early years of my clinical practice as a psychologist treating heroin users, I commonly saw adolescents and young adults using heroin as their first drug. A typical client was a male in his mid-teens, perhaps a runaway or living in foster care, or someone who had been in and out of juvenile detention, [...]
How cells in the developing ear ‘practice’ hearing Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have figured out the molecular chain of events that enables the cells to make “sounds” on their own, essentially “practicing” their [...]
New research could lead to improved methods of detection for Parkinson’s disease New research by biologists at the University of York could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Recording the responses of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) to different visual patterns, using methods adapted from the study of vision in humans, scientists in York’s Department of Biology investigated the nervous systems of flies [...]
Contact with nature may mean more social cohesion and less crime Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of contact with nature for human well-being. However, despite strong trends toward greater urbanization and declining green space, little is known about the social consequences of such contact. In the December issue of BioScience, an international, interdisciplinary team reports on how they used nationally representative data from the United Kingdom [...]
Author Claims Borderline Disorder Behavior is "Sinful" A Christian therapist/author writes that's "God’s Word holds the solution and his Spirit alone can heal the havoc of borderline personality disorder." She thinks that this scriptural perspective though "tough love" offers hope to people who have BPD.
Coming to Terms with a Chronic Illness It can be difficult to deal with a diagnosis of a chronic illness. News of a long-term or lifelong condition can take its toll on both your physical and mental health. It can also affect your relationships, home, career and finances. Each person diagnosed with … ...
When Adult Struggle With Their Relationships Are sibling relationships getting you down this time of year?
Psychologists uncover what your musical taste says about your personality We’re exposed to music for nearly 20% of our waking lives. But much of our musical experience seems to be a mystery. Why does some music bring us to tears while other pieces make us dance? Why is it that the music that we like can make others agitated? And why do some people seem [...]
New study on mice finds new brain cell formation is enhanced by running Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain, a process called adult neurogenesis. These newborn brain cells play an important role in learning and memory. A new study has determined that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also [...]
Research into robot communication reveals why bartenders have to ignore some signals A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) of Bielefeld University investigated how a robotic bartender can understand human communication and serve drinks socially appropriately. For their new study, [...]
Researchers study willingness to adopt children with special needs Queen’s University researchers Philip Burge and Dianne Groll (Psychiatry) and two co-authors have just published a study regarding the attitudes and preferences of prospective adoptive parents. The study found that those who were most open to considering children with special needs had been formally seeking to adopt for some time and had completed government-required SAFE [...]