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It s September, which means fall has arrived for those in the Northern Hemisphere The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting cooler, and students everywhere are getting ready for their first midterm exams. Visit any university campus and you re likely to see students trudging off to the library with highlighters and textbooks in hand, ready for another caffeine-fueled all-night study session. Fortunately, a wealth of cognitive psychology research ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Sep 25
Maternal diet could affect kids' brain reward circuitry
Researchers in France found that rats who ate a junk food diet during pregnancy had heavier pups that strongly preferred the taste of fat straight after weaning. While a balanced diet in childhood seemed to reduce the pups desire for fat, they nevertheless showed altered brain reward circuitry into adulthood. The Western diet is full of energy-rich foods -- from hamburgers to chocolates, we consume significant quantities of fat and sugar. The health costs ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 25
Wrestling With The Mental Distress Of Disability
Author s Note Being born with cerebral palsy, it s nearly impossible to forget I m in a wheelchair. It brings an entire lifestyle of its own, along with a constant flood of thoughts and feelings. I wrote the following piece in light of all the people the world has lost over the past number of years to depression or suicide. It is my hope that this piece serves as a reminder that there is hope and help out there and that disability is often much more than m ...
Huffington Post - Sun. Sep 24
Schizophrenia linked to threefold increase in death risk
A study that examined trends over 20 years in a large Canadian population revealed that people with schizophrenia were three times more likely to die than people without it. Those with the disorder were also found to have a lower life expectancy.
Medical News Today - Sun. Sep 24
Letter from the Editor: Fall in love with your health
September has settled outside the Medical News Today office, and that distinct autumnal chill is in the air. It s typically this time of year, when the haphazard rush of summer gives way to fall s introspection, that I sense a mental shift.
Medical News Today - Sun. Sep 24
Five hacks for a good work-life balance
In today s often intense work culture, it can be difficult to strike and successfully maintain a good balance between work and our personal lives. This, in many cases, can cause burnout. Here, we provide for some tips on how to keep this balance and avoid self-sabotage.
Medical News Today - Sun. Sep 24
Chest pain and anxiety: What you need to know
Chest pain is a common symptom of anxiety and panic attacks. Many people say it is the notable feature of their worst episodes.
Medical News Today - Sun. Sep 24
'Mood spreads from person to person via social contagion'
A new study in young adults has suggested that moods are contagious, and that teenagers are susceptible to catching their friends emotional states.
Medical News Today - Sun. Sep 24
The Weight of the World
Threats of war, hurricanes and earthquakes and famine, discord in so many regions it can be hard to get out of bed in the morning. For a while, I had been waking up with an increasing sense of dread, the actual weight of the world. I felt helpless. I wrote a check and sent it directly to an agency rescuing stranded elders in Houston, but this act only provided a momentary reprieve. A few months ago, I suggested remedies to a neighbor for his lawn s bald sp ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 24
Stuck in a Pile of Dirt
Henry bought his house when he was 18 years old. He d been working construction, moving up rapidly from hard manual labor to skilled operation of huge pieces of equipment. He had ambition and confidence , and had persuaded his boss that he was worth four dollars more per hour than the usual starting rate, and negotiated raises regularly by working extra hard and being extra smart, often making suggestions to make the work run smoother. He took over the mai ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 24
Marriages Come and Go, but High-Conflict Divorce Is Forever
Two judges walk into a bar after work. Judge A presides over criminal cases, while Judge B adjudicates family law. Judge A Your cases are not as tough as mine. I listen to wayward adults from dysfunctional homes come up with stories to justify their criminal conduct. Judge B Define criminal conduct. Few would argue that family court is an efficient system where justice is served in the best interests of children. Fewer would sympathize with adults behaving ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 24
Hope Versus Depression
In Hesiod s telling of the Greek myth of Pandora the first woman on earth Pandora is said to have opened a large jar from which all evils escaped into the world, leaving behind hope. Hope was the only thing that remained for us humans. Hope is not tangible, but a state of positive expectation. Hope is an illusion a trick of the mind that motivates us to anticipate rewards, rewards that are themselves purely cerebral encouragement. Hope is a house of cards ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 24
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