Extreme hoarding an illness, says expert

EXTREME hoarding is an illness that needs to be treated carefully, according to a mental health expert. Clinical psychologist Catherine Madigan says people who hoard have often experienced trauma and invest otherwise useless items with great ...

Apr 12

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Why Selfies Sometimes Look Weird to Their Subjects

Taking purposefully ugly selfies encourages photographers to seize control of their self-image by rejecting beauty standards and embracing the imperfect humanity of our faces. But what about earnest selfies that are just accidentally ugly?

Apr 12

Categories: Self-Esteem

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Movies synchronize brains of the Viewers

Viewing a movie creates multilevel changes in the brain function. Despite the complexity of the stimulus, the elicited brain activity patterns show remarkable similarities across different people - even at the time scale of fractions of seconds.

Apr 11

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The Ice age

Rising crime rates are the tip of an insidious iceberg, as methamphetamine abuse cases soar in Australia. The methamphetamine drug called ice is the drug of choice among young people, and so powerful that it can take just one hit for its users to ...

Apr 11

Categories: Drug Addiction

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Similarities in Dopamine System Between Highly Creative People and ...

Swedish researchers have found similarities in the dopamine system between highly creative individuals and those with schizophrenia.

Apr 11

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Do things really seem better in hindsight?

In a new study published in the journal Memory, the researchers say that people from diverse cultures experience the "fading affect bias" (FAB), the tendency for negative emotions to fade away more quickly than positive ones in our memories.

Apr 11

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Experimental Cancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Adolescent Mice

Johns Hopkins researchers say that an experimental anticancer compound appears to have reversed behaviors associated with schizophrenia and restored some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental ...

Apr 10

Categories: Schizophrenia

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The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative

Last week, at the Yale School of Management's Art, Mind + Markets conference, Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, gave a talk called "Effect of Visual Order on Creativity." Her ...

Apr 10

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Switching off anxiety with light

An imbalance in serotonin levels seems to cause anxiety and depression. Researchers have provided a new model system for investigating the mechanism underlying these dysfunctions in cell cultures as well as living organisms by using light.

Apr 9

Categories: Anxiety

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Has cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis been oversold?

In 1952, the same year that chlorpromazine was introduced as the first effective drug treatment for schizophrenia, Aaron Beck first employed a form of cognitive-based talk therapy to treat delusional thinking. While chlorpromazine inaugurated the ...

Apr 9

Categories: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Toward a clearer diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome, which is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a debilitating condition characterized by chronic, profound, and disabling fatigue. Unfortunately, the causes are not well understood. Neuroinflammation—the ...

Apr 9

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Children Suffer Mentally and Physically From Astounding Levels of ...

According to new research, too much homework is associated with academic stress, a lack of balance in children’s lives and even physical health problems. The new study into 4,317 students at 10 high-performing US high schools questions whether ...

Apr 8

Categories: Child Development

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The Emotional Blindness of Alexithymia

Sometimes I work with children and adults who can't put words to their feelings and thoughts. It's not that they don't want to - it's more that they don't know how. The clinical term for this experience is alexithymia and is defined as the ...

Apr 8

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Noisy brain signals: How the schizophrenic brain misinterprets the ...

People with schizophrenia often misinterpret what they see and experience in the world. New research provides insight into the brain mechanisms that might be responsible for this misinterpretation. The study from the Montreal Neurological Institute ...

Apr 8

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Is inflated praise for your child a bad thing?

When you've done something good, or performed a task well, it feels great to get some praise for it. And parents and teachers, especially in Western cultures, are encouraged to dole out praise to children in an increasingly generous manner. A ...

Apr 7

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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