Researchers uncover brain molecule regulating human emotion, mood

A RIKEN research team has discovered an enzyme called Rines that regulates MAO-A, a major brain protein controlling emotion and mood. The enzyme is a potentially promising drug target for treating diseases associated with emotions such as ...

Aug 7

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar

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Study reveals potential role of 'love hormone' oxytocin in brain ...

In a loud, crowded restaurant, having the ability to focus on the people and conversation at your own table is critical. Nerve cells in the brain face similar challenges in separating wanted messages from background chatter. A key element in this ...

Aug 6

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Tired, Moody and Pregnant? Exercise May Be The Answer

Exercise may improve the mood of pregnant women and help to reduce levels of fatigue reports new research published in Psychology & Health The study, by Anca Gaston and Harry Prapavessis at the University of Western Ontario, examined whether a four ...

Aug 6

Categories: Pregnancy & Birthing

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Alcoholism Could Be Linked to a Hyper-Active Brain Dopamine System

Research from McGill University suggests that people who are vulnerable to developing alcoholism exhibit a distinctive brain response when drinking alcohol, according to a new study by Prof. Marco Leyton, of McGill University's Department of ...

Aug 4

Categories: Addictions

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A hotter climate can cause more violence and social upheaval

Should climate change trigger the upsurge in heat and rainfall that scientists predict, people may face a threat just as perilous and volatile as extreme weather — each other. Researchers from Princeton University and the University of ...

Aug 2

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Why shopaholics overspend? Poor credit management, buying to boost ...

Why do shopping addicts keep spending even in the face of harmful financial, emotional and social consequences? A new study suggests poor credit management and a belief that new purchases will create a happier life fuel compulsive ...

Aug 2

Categories: Addictions

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In China over 90 percent of dementia cases go undetected

An international team of researchers has found that over 90 percent of dementia cases in China go undetected, with a high level of undiagnosed dementia in rural areas. The team of public health experts led by Dr Ruoling Chen at King's College London ...

Aug 2

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A Bit Of Thought Makes Finding Out Medical Risks Less Scary

Would you want to know your risk of getting heart disease? Diabetes? Or an inherited form of breast cancer? Preventive medicine is all about knowing health risks and taking action to avoid them. But many people just don't want to know. As many as ...

Aug 1

Categories: Fear, Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Studying the emotions which cause opinions to change

Social phenomena fascinate with their complexity, but are not easily understood. Pawel Sobkowicz, an independent researcher based in Warsaw, Poland, has developed a model to study the dynamics of normal people, called ‘agents’, and their ...

Aug 1

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Mindfulness: What You May Not Know

I've had the privilege of leading hundreds of mindfulness groups over the years as well as retreats and all-day mindfulness workshops for professionals and the general public. When I ask participants and people in audiences questions relating to ...

Aug 1

Categories: Mindfulness

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Stress early in life leads to adulthood anxiety and preference for ...

Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of eating and drinking behavior, suggests that exposure to stress in the first few days of ...

Jul 31

Categories: Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Stress Management

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The smell of fear more powerful than previously realised

The novelists had it right - fear really can fill the air. Research shows smelling the odour of a scared person triggers activity in a swathe of emotion-related regions in the brain of the sniffer, and leads them to sniff harder and express a ...

Jul 31

Categories: Fear

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How to learn successfully even under stress

Whenever we have to acquire new knowledge under stress, the brain deploys unconscious rather than conscious learning processes. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have discovered that this switch from conscious to unconscious learning ...

Jul 31

Categories: Stress Management

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Why Summer Makes Us Lazy

In his meticulous diaries, written from 1846 to 1882, the Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley complains often about the withering summer heat: “The heat wilts & enervates me & makes me sick,” he wrote in 1852. Sibley lived before the age of ...

Jul 27

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Materialism and Loneliness: Is There Really a Vicious Cycle?

Despite being much-maligned. materialism is not always bad for consumers. Loneliness may cause materialism, but the opposite is not necessarily true, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. "It is widely believed that there ...

Jul 27

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