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Having a Nervous Breakdown? One minute everything seems fine. Then in a flood of intense emotion and erratic thoughts, it all changes. Life becomes a distorted kaleidoscope, with nothing familiar from before. Even speaking is difficult. It is impossible to explain what is happening because the event is so … ...
The Psychology of Transgender Eight questions for transgender expert Walter Bockting, PhD
Study suggests authoritarianism can make people less prejudice towards minorities Whether people with a highly conformist personality type are more prejudiced towards minority groups or more accepting of them depends on the political culture they live in, according to a report published in Psychological Science. Authoritarianism refers to a set of personality traits held by people who place a great deal of importance on obedience [...]
Scientists shed light on how our brains see the world A Dartmouth study reveals how the brain understands motion and still objects to help us navigate our complex visual world. The findings have a number of potential practical applications, ranging from treatment for motion blindness to improved motion recognition algorithms used in airport and other public security systems. The study appears in the journal Neuroimage. “By [...]
Experiencing major stress makes some older adults better able to handle daily stress Dealing with a major stressful event appears to make some older adults better able to cope with the ups and downs of day-to-day stress, according to new research from North Carolina State University. “Our study tells us that there’s no expiration date on the impact of life-changing, stressful events,” says Shevaun Neupert, an associate professor [...]
Study finds high prevalence of incapacitated rape among college women Some 15 percent of women are raped while incapacitated from alcohol or other drug use during their freshman year at college, according to new research. The report, published in the Nov. issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, also helps to offer a clearer idea of which college freshmen are at particular [...]
Brain disorder may increase miscarriage and preeclampsia risk in pregnancy Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a disease often confused for multiple sclerosis, may increase a woman’s risk for miscarriage and preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to a study published in the November 18, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The disorder causes inflammation in the central nervous system, affecting mainly [...]
Study: Couples who have sex weekly are happiest — but more isn’t always better More sex may not always make you happier, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. “Although more frequent sex is associated with greater happiness, this link was no longer significant at a frequency of more than once a week,” lead researcher Amy Muise said. “Our findings suggest that it’s [...]
Light therapy effective for depression, study finds New research finds that light therapy can treat non-seasonal depression and improve the overall wellbeing of people suffering from the disease. “These results are very exciting because light therapy is inexpensive, easy to access and use, and comes with few side effects,” said Dr. Raymond Lam, a UBC professor and psychiatrist at the Djavad Mowafaghian [...]
Study examines how children react to inequity around the world Fairness may be a key component of human civilization, allowing us to share valuable resources, but does it develop the same way, and at the same pace, across all human cultures? A new Harvard study suggests that the answer may be no. Using a simple game in which candy is distributed between two players, researchers [...]
Younger generations of those in the military more vulnerable to suicide In the last 10 years, the U.S. military has experienced an unprecedented increase in suicides among personnel. While many researchers have largely focused on risk factors among individual soldiers, in a new study, researchers contend that the increase in suicide may also indicate increased vulnerability among more recent generations of young adults. Evidence supporting this [...]
Neuroscientists reveal how the brain can enhance connections When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the new information by tuning connections between neurons. MIT neuroscientists have discovered a novel mechanism that contributes to the strengthening of these connections, also called synapses. At each synapse, a presynaptic neuron sends chemical signals to one or more postsynaptic receiving cells. In [...]
Babies have logical reasoning before age one, study finds Human infants are capable of deductive problem solving as early as 10 months of age, a new study by psychologists at Emory University and Bucknell finds. The journal Developmental Science is publishing the research, showing that babies can make transitive inferences about a social hierarchy of dominance. “We found that within the first year of [...]
Brain scan reveals cognitive deficits in older ‘cognitively normal’ HIV+ individuals Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have found in a small study that although a group of HIV+ older individuals scored “cognitively normal” in standard neuropsychology testing, a scan of their brains tells a different story. Published Nov. 17 in the journal AIDS Care, functional MRI (fMRI) scans, taken while participants were performing an alternating [...]
Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss Massachusetts Eye and Ear investigators have shown that sound deprivation in adult mice causes irreversible damage to the inner ear. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, suggest that chronic conductive hearing loss, such as that caused by recurrent ear infections, leads to permanent hearing impairment if it remains untreated. Sound waves travel through the ear [...]
Interpersonal communication key to daughters’ well-being When faced with adversity, humans make meaning of their experiences through storytelling. Scholars also have found that women, in particular, express their emotions through ‘narrative sense-making’ and relate to and support each other by telling stories in everyday contexts. This is especially true when it comes to mothers and daughters. Now, a recent study from [...]
Master switch for brain development Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz have unraveled a complex regulatory mechanism that explains how a single gene can drive the formation of brain cells. The research, published in The EMBO Journal, is an important step towards a better understanding of how the brain develops. It also harbors potential for regenerative [...]
Patients improve speech by watching 3-D tongue images A new study done by University of Texas at Dallas researchers indicates that watching 3-D images of tongue movements can help individuals learn speech sounds. According to Dr. William Katz, co-author of the study and professor at UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders, the findings could be especially helpful for stroke patients seeking to [...]
3 Steps to Rebrand Your Parenting Style with a... When she hits the teen years, it’s time to re-think your parenting strategy. My daughter repeatedly doesn’t listen and she refuses to do it my way, even when her way doesn’t make sense. I’m sure you know that from your girlfriends, Rosie O’Donnell’s challenge with … ...
Breastfeeding Pain Linked to Postpartum Depression Breastfeeding is an Emotionally-Charged Issue for New Mothers As you will read in the following true stories, these new moms have experienced deep and life-changing struggles with breastfeeding and postpartum … ...