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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.
Community mental health cuts tied to spike in ER visits Study shows that reducing community treatment services can have wide-ranging negative consequences.
How mental miscues can sink your portfolio How you think, how you view the world and how you deal with that little voice inside your head could be the difference between your investment portfolio performing well or suffering harm.
Muslims are far more likely to face racism than others The hardening of attitudes toward Muslims, said researchers, was possibly a consequence of the rising jihadism in the Middle East.
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, report investigators.
HIV/AIDS drugs interfere with brain's 'Insulation' Commonly used antiretroviral medications disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, research shows, crucial brain cells that manufacture myelin, the fatty material that serves to insulate neurons, helping them transmit signals in the brain fast and efficiently.
Keeping Your Marriage Strong Sometimes a marriage starts out strong, and then you start to notice the cracks. This is completely normal. But like many things, if left untreated, it can start to wreak … ...
First language wires brain for later language-learning You may believe that you have forgotten the Chinese you spoke as a child, but your brain hasn't. Moreover, that "forgotten" first language may well influence what goes on in your brain when you speak English or French today.
Are You a) Happy, b) Unhappy, or c) Both? By understanding how life is made up of happiness, sadness, and some combination of the two, you can gain insight into bringing out the most of those best of times.
How to Be Selfish If you’re reading this you may think you know what it means to be selfish, but do you really understand how to be selfish? What if you haven’t actually been selfish in years, what you thought was selfish was actually just barely glancing the surface … ...