Brain Mapping Reveals Neurological Basis of Decision-Making in Rats

Scientists at UC San Francisco have discovered how memory recall is linked to decision-making in rats, showing that measurable activity in one part of the brain occurs when rats in a maze are playing out memories that help them decide which way to ...

Mar 21

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Moving Backward Alters Our Perception of Time

When college students were asked to look one month either into the past or the future, they perceived the future as closer ("a really short time from now"), while feeling more "psychologically distant" from the past. Commuters at a Boston train ...

Mar 20

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Evolutionary roots of human teamwork derived from Chimpanzees

Teamwork has been fundamental in humanity’s greatest achievements but scientists have found that working together has its evolutionary roots in our nearest primate relatives – chimpanzees. A series of trials by scientists found that chimpanzees ...

Mar 20

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Seeing, and Thinking, Like Sherlock

Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories about the incomparable detective Sherlock Holmes have never been out of print since their first publication in 1887. Holmes collections abound, as do movies, TV series, video games, hats, pipes, ...

Mar 20

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Why people act out of line with their beliefs

Leon Festinger's Dissonance Theory is an account of how our beliefs rub up against each other, an attempt at a sort of ecology of mind. Dissonance Theory offers an explanation of topics as diverse as why oil company executives might not believe in ...

Mar 19

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Depression stems from miscommunication between brain cells

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that depression results from a disturbance in the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. The study indicates a major shift in our understanding of how depression ...

Mar 19

Categories: Depression

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Rituals bring comfort even for non-believers

People around the world often perform rituals as a way to cope with sad events. The rules can be contradictory - for instance, Tibetan Buddhists think it's disrespectful to cry near the deceased, while Catholic Latinos believe the opposite. Beneath ...

Mar 19

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Dating in middle school leads to higher dropout, drug-use rates

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions, Child Development, Drug Addiction

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Video on Being Suicidal


Melissa C. Water talks about her own experience with mental disorders including suicidal thoughts.

Mar 18

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Discovery could yield treatments for cocaine addicts

Scientists have discovered a molecular process in the brain triggered by cocaine use that could provide a target for treatments to prevent or reverse addiction to the drug. Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience, Michigan State University ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions

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Bouncing Back: Coping With The Unexpected

Just when life seems to be going smoothly, something happens to throw us for a loop – an accident, chronic illness, financial setback or a relationship breakup, to name a few. These are the types of events that we cannot fully prepare for. But ...

Mar 16

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Mindfulness at school reduces (likelihood of) depression-related ...

Secondary school students who follow an in-class mindfulness programme report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms. The ...

Mar 16

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Depression, ...

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Sleep Paralysis: Researchers Identify What Makes The Sleep Condition ...

Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis, the condition where you may feel totally physically paralyzed either right before falling asleep or immediately upon waking up? If you felt panicked after the experience, science is getting closer to ...

Mar 16

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Why a good deed sometimes leads to bad behavior

Doing a good deed can lead some people to more kind acts while spurring others to backslide. But how people respond depends on their moral outlook, according to a new study. People who believe the ends justify the means are likelier to offset ...

Mar 15

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Writing on Addiction Culture

Because we don’t like to talk about addiction, a single story perpetuates. The one where the addict should choose better but doesn’t. But addiction isn’t a world with a fixed narrative. It has threads, black and sticky, that web and and reach ...

Mar 15

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