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Unfriending on Facebook more likely from politically active users Leaving politics at the door when talking to friends is a great rule for maintaining a friendship, but that may not be the case when it’s a virtual door on Facebook. When large politically important conflicts play out in real time over the internet, comments and grand gestures seem to be the norm. But do [...]
Study ‘opens gate’ to understanding depression A new scientific model that incorporates the myriad drivers of depression could lead to more precise treatment for an illness that affects 350 million worldwide. Developed by scientists at Michigan State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the model provides a better understanding of depression and [...]
Decline in cognitive ability leads to fear of upfront costs In 2014, 75.4 million Baby Boomers lived in the United States, according to Pew Research. As this generation continues to age, dialogue will increase on how to manage concerns associated with aging, such as the decline in cognitive ability and retirement decisions. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has found that older individuals [...]
Underage drinkers’ brand preferences vary by race, age, study finds Two beer brands — Bud Light and Budweiser — are uniformly popular among underage drinkers, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, while certain other brands appear to have a unique appeal to African-American youth drinkers, according to a new study headed by Boston University School of Public Health researchers. The study, in the Journal of [...]
Novel peptide enhances natural mechanism to protect brain cells following cardiac arrest A novel peptide appears to enhance a natural mechanism for protecting stressed brain cells and improve cognitive function following cardiac arrest, scientists report. The brain is the body’s biggest user of oxygen and glucose, and “The minute your heart stops beating, blood flow is compromised to the brain. It’s called global cerebral ischemia,” said Dr. [...]
Unique study maps political orientation of all 50 US states over time U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in a 1932 opinion, wrote that a state could be a ‘laboratory’ for policy, and ‘try novel social and economic experiments’ on its own. We have since turned those words into today’s common political phrase that the 50 U.S. states are ‘laboratories of democracy.’ Some of these policy experiments [...]
Study reveals new mechanism in nicotine addiction Part of the reason people find smoking difficult to quit is that each time they have a cigarette, feelings of craving, irritability and anxiety melt away. This component of addiction is known as negative reward and is controlled in part by a region of the brain called the habenula. The neurotransmitters acetylcholine and glutamate are [...]
Sharon’s Favorite Inspirational Quotes About Perfectionism... I have definitely worked at becoming less of a perfectionist over the years. As I’ve mentioned before, perfectionism can actually hold us back from taking chances, trying new things, and … ...
7 Tips To Manage Stress For A Successful New Year Guest Post by Linda Prejean It is worth reducing stress for many reasons: Your sleep will improve and you will have more energy as you take in greater levels of … ...
Political Polarization on Climate Change Some call environmentalists “watermelons”: green on the outside, but red (Communist/Socialist) on the inside. Does pushback against environmentalists explain the left-right divide?
New mechanism in nicotine addiction revealed Two chemical signals, acetylcholine and glutamate, were known to act as part of the negative reward system that fuels craving, but it wasn't clear how this happened. In new experiments, researchers have learned that one of these neurotransmitters, acetylcholine, regulates the other, glutamate, to reinforce nicotine dependence.
Exploring new paths for the treatment of multiple sclerosis Research is trailblazing a potential new pathway for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The research examines a novel therapeutic strategy to reduce inflammation in the brain -- a key contributing factor to the muscle disability associated with multiple sclerosis.
The 7 Warning Signs of Shopping Addiction Shop ’til your dopamine drops, then stop. Some love to shop. Some hate to shop. And some need to shop. “I was like a lot of girls in the U.S. who are interested in fashion, clothing and cosmetics, and I liked to shop,” says Avis … ...
New study reveals why and when straight women form close friendships with gay men A new study led by psychology researchers with The University of Texas at Arlington sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men. It’s a social pattern that has been a central theme of television shows such as “Modern Family,” “The Office,” “Sex & the City,” “Will & Grace,” and [...]
Antidepressant medication protects against compounds linked to dementia In addition to treating depression, a commonly used antidepressant medication also protects against compounds that can cause memory loss and dementia, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. The study found that blood levels of two neurotoxic compounds dropped significantly in depressed patients after they were treated with the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro®). The study, [...]
The Power of Forgiveness When people hurt us and we determine that they hurt us on purpose, we want to hurt them back. It appears to be a human tendency. Perhaps it is even … ...
Darwin’s Long Reach Across Psychology A small evolutionary psychology conference in upstate New York sheds light on a wide variety of psychological phenomena — from music to emotions to relationships — and more.
Which Is Sweeter–Justice Or Revenge? Which is sweeter, justice or revenge?...
Are You Only Lonely? Loneliness is an insidious plague of the human condition. A foundational factor in depression, suicidality, violence and addiction, it may as well be categorized as a disease. A study presents evidence … ...
How different are men's and women's brains? Scientists tried very hard to find differences between male and female brains, and couldn't do it.