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December 20, 2014

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11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: December 20, 2014
From holiday gift ideas to dealing with our bosses’ bad moods, today’s Psychology Around the Net is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats! The Best Psychology Books of 2014: The Guardian writer Lisa Appignanesi provides a list of six of the best psychology books over the past year. (HINT: You might […]

December 19, 2014

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12:54 PM | Unbroken: what makes some people more resilient than others? | David Cox
The resilience of people like Louis Zamperini in the face of extraordinary trauma, as depicted in the film Unbroken, has lessons for psychiatrists treating post-traumatic stress disorder“We hit the water nose down. The plane exploded. I felt like someone hit me in the forehead with a sledgehammer. Everything almost stood still for a moment. I looked around and the plane was completely blown apart.”Louis Zamperini was talking to an interviewer on CBS in 1992. He died earlier this […]
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7:15 AM | Did 2014 mark the beginning of the end for mental health stigma? | Dean Burnett
A lot of dreadful things happened in 2014. But one potential positive trend is that it seemed increasingly difficult to get away with dismissing or condemning those with mental health problems. Is this an anomaly, or is the tide really turning against mental health stigma? • The Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal on mental health• Click here to donate to the Guardian and Observer Christmas charity appealIn August, I did a post about the tragic passing of Robin Williams. It was a […]

December 17, 2014

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9:48 AM | Is being a worrier a sign of intelligence?
We usually see worry as a bad thing. It feels unpleasant, like a snake coiling in the pit of your stomach. And worriers are often considered weak links in a team - negative influences who lack confidence. But of course, anxiety has a useful function. It's about anticipating and preparing for threats, and learning from past mistakes.Increasingly psychologists are recognising the strengths of anxious people. For example, there's research showing that people more prone to anxiety are quicker to […]

December 15, 2014

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8:49 PM | Creative People With Schizophrenia – Part 2
Elyn Saks (photo at right in Part 1) is a law professor at USC; an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, where she does research about society’s rejection of the mentally ill and how high-functioning schizophrenics cope; and is a recipient of a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. An article notes “She […]
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5:01 PM | DNews: Could Laughing Gas Be a Way to Treat Depression?
Depression is serious business, but could a gas that makes us giggle be an effective treatment for the clinically depressed? Crystal Dilworth reports on a study that put nitrous oxide to the test.

December 11, 2014

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5:57 PM | Creative People With Schizophrenia
As devastating as schizophrenia can be, a number of people with the mental illness lead active and creative lives. Some research even indicates the type of thinking that characterizes the disorder can facilitate creativity. Some of the possible symptoms include: “Hearing or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations); Isolation; Reduced emotion; Problems paying attention; […]

December 10, 2014

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9:51 PM | Worms’ “mental GPS” could help improve mental health
Imagine this, you’ve misplaced your cell phone. You start by scanning where you remember leaving it: on your bureau. You check and double-check the bureau before expanding your search around […]

Adam J Calhoun, Sreekanth H Chalasani, Tatyana O Sharpee (2014). Maximally informative foraging by Caenorhabditis elegans, eLife, Other:

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December 09, 2014

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3:20 PM | Get Off The Altar
Last week, the New York Times Magazine published a show-stopping piece by Veronique Greenwood about her great-great aunt, Marguerite Perey. Perey worked in the Paris lab of M. and Mme. Curie, where she discovered the element now known as Francium. … Continue reading →

December 08, 2014

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5:00 PM | The Hot Stove Project
This web site is called the Hot Stove Project. Why? The hot stove metaphor refers to situations in which different perspectives appear equally valid and worthy of respect, but are not easily reconcilable. These are situations which are also rendered more problematic by the stigmatizing of those whose thinking and behavior do not conform to societal norms. What follows are some examples. We invite you to consider them and join the discussion on Facebook.
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2:25 PM | Virtual Reality Affects Brain's 'GPS Cells'
The technology could be used to restore navigating ability and memory in humans.

December 07, 2014

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2:11 AM | Antidepressants may be no better than a placebo, so why take them?
I think the placebo effect, the power of belief, and the mind-body relationship is fascinating. In fact, a desire to understand the mind-body connection was one of the reasons I originally studied neuroscience. I’ve been wanting to write about the placebo effect for a while. But it is a huge topic (hello mind-body medicine) so thought […] The post Antidepressants may be no better than a placebo, so why take them? appeared first on Your Brain Health.

December 04, 2014

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9:39 PM | Psychiatry: End of the Road for “Endophenotypes”?
An important new study could undermine the concept of ‘endophenotypes’ – and thus derail one of the most promising lines of research in neuroscience and psychiatry. The findings are out now in Psychophysiology. Unusually, an entire special issue of the journal is devoted to presenting the various results of the study, along with commentary, but […] The post Psychiatry: End of the Road for “Endophenotypes”? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Iacono WG, Vaidyanathan U, Vrieze SI & Malone SM (2014). Knowns and unknowns for psychophysiological endophenotypes: Integration and response to commentaries., Psychophysiology, 51 (12) 1339-1347. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25387720

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9:19 AM | Suffer from extreme social anxiety? Your friends probably like you more than you realise
A psychologist helping a person with social anxiety disorder will often try to convince them that they come over far more positively in social situations than they realise. A new study provides some evidence to back this up. Thomas Rodebaugh and his colleagues asked people with social anxiety disorder to rate a friendship in terms of intimacy, liking, support and satisfaction, then they asked that friend to also rate the relationship on the same terms. The reassuring finding is that friends' […]

December 03, 2014

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12:00 AM | Brain Can Be Trained to Have Synaesthetic Experiences, New Study Shows
Here is a fascinating question. Is the number 3 blue or red? Don’t understand? Well, to some individuals numbers and letters have a very distinct color; to many, they even have personalities. There is one main reason for this, and it revolves around a real-life neurological condition the makes numbers, letters … READ MORE

December 01, 2014

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5:00 PM | Autism Society
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

November 27, 2014

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10:33 AM | Exposure to different forms of violence affects kids’ sleep differently
By guest blogger Jordan Gaines LewisIf you need an accurate assessment of your emotional health, look no further than the quality of your sleep. Have an important test coming up? Giving a big talk to your company tomorrow morning? Chances are you’re not sleeping as well as you typically would.While most kids have fewer of these worries than adults, some unfortunately have to deal with a different type of stressor—violence. Previous work has shown that kids exposed to violence report […]
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6:00 AM | Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis | Daniel and Jason Freeman
The symptoms of psychosis were once dismissed as the meaningless product of diseased brains. A new report recommends clinicians take them more seriously“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress them as far as possible and to forgo the aggressive action they might suggest, in general to conduct his life as if they did not exist.”This quote from Clinical Psychiatry, a hugely […]
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5:00 AM | Providing a Place to Give Thanks
The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article, "Drama at the holiday table: It's not about the food," that made the rounds to newspapers all across the U.S. in anticipation of Thanksgiving, the official kick-off holiday of the season. The story explores the source of drama behind so many meals as...

November 26, 2014

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12:37 PM | A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention
A report in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour describes an unusual field trip made by Canadian researcher Debra W. Soh – to a furry convention, expecting to witness some kind of sexual free-for-all (or free-fur-all). Soh opens by saying that I couldn’t wait to meet a furry, someone who adopts the identity or persona […]The post A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Soh DW & Cantor JM (2014). A Peek Inside a Furry Convention., Archives of Sexual Behavior, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408500

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November 25, 2014

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11:31 PM | Scientists Trick Volunteers Into Believing There Is a Ghost in the Room
If you have ever had the feeling of being watched, you are not alone. Individuals with neurological problems experience these feelings all the time, which can be easily explained by scientists. What is not easily explained is why normal people, with no record of any sort of brain disorder, could also … READ MORE
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4:40 AM | Diabetes and Bipolar is Serious: 10 Foods that Lower Blood Sugar
Sign:  Diabetes Let’s Get Serious Caption: I was cured of self-injury, until the day I had to check my sugar… (The Family Stew – Mental Health Humor) Bipolar Disorder can cause dramatic mood swings. Diabetes can cause dramatic sugar swings–thereby affecting mood. Sugar has been that type of a drug for me most of my life. […]

November 24, 2014

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7:12 PM | 5 Sneaky Signs of Depression You May Be Overlooking
Things have changed a lot in the past 30 years when it comes to our ideas about depression. In the 1980s and even the 1990s, people often still saw it as a moral weakness, a sign of being “crazy,” or as something to be dismissed completely. Today most people not only know someone who has […]

November 22, 2014

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7:45 PM | Mental Health- The invisible barrier for women’s care
A while back I wrote a post about mental health and jail sentences, it seems like no one takes mental health seriously and that leads to lack of care for […]

Xiang, X. (2014). Serious Psychological Distress as a Barrier to Cancer Screening Among Women, Women's Health Issues, DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.09.001

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