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Cocaine users' brains unable to extinguish drug associations
Cocaine-addicted individuals say they find the drug much less enjoyable after years of use, but they have great difficulty quitting. A new brain imaging study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reveals why this might be so, as well as why a common psychological therapy may not work in addicted cocaine users. Their study, published September 5 in Addiction Biology , finds that chronic users have a global impairment in the vent ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 11
Cooperation Driven by Reciprocity, Not Conformity
From an evolutionary perspective, cooperating with others can yield benefits that increase chances of survival. But what are the conditions that motivate us to cooperate New research suggests that reciprocity cooperation under the assumption that we will receive benefits in return outweighs our desire to conform with group norms when we re deciding whether to cooperate with someone. The research is published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Asso ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Sep 11
Beverage industry capitalizing on countries with fewer health regulations
Considerable exposure to sugary drinks combined with a lack of water fountains in high schools are likely important contributors to increased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, a new study from the University of Waterloo has found. Focusing on high schools in Guatemala City, researchers from Waterloo and the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit of Guatemala found that that the beverage industry is very visible in schools through industry-sponsored food and d ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Sep 11
Are Women More Codependent Than Men?
When people including therapists think of codependence, they often think woman. But despite this stereotype, most studies find small or no differences between men and women on codependence measures. Some studies even find that men score higher on codependence than women. When you think about it, perhaps it s unsurprising there aren t large gender differences in dysfunctional helping and giving. After all, anybody can be set up for codependent relationships ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 10
52 Ways: A Story of Showing Love Through Food
One of the most seductive film scenes ever has practically no dialogue. When Tom Jones sits down to dine with his wench, they tear into their evening banquet fully clothed. Nearly silent, they form an erotic connection. If you are too young to know these memorable three minutes, you can replay them on YouTube by clicking here . We provide food to an infant as soon as it is born, and throughout life this act , more revered in some cultures than others, rema ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 10
The Flight Attendant Said My Leg Was Going to Fall Off
Henry came in leaning on a cane. He rolled up his trousers and showed me his shins, both red and scaly. That s not an infection, I told him, just a kind of eczema caused by poor circulation. It often comes with age. I recommended a cortisone cream to get rid of the symptoms of itch and scale.
Psychology Today - Sun. Sep 10
A Psychology of Rescue
At least 90 people were killed at the hands of a German nurse who injected patients with cardiovascular medication in order to show off his resuscitation skills. [1] Instead of dismissing Niels H gel, 40, as a psychopath or a serial killer, let s ask, What was on his mind and, How does it relate to you and me The man used five different drugs including ajmaline, sotalol, lidocaine, amiodarone and calcium chloride, police said ... Overdoses can lead to life ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
Opioid Addiction: Is This a War We Can Win?
Since 1998, September has been recognized as National Recovery Month America s annual 30 days of raising awareness and educating Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The theme for Recovery Month 2017 is Join the Voices for Recovery Strengthen Families and Communities and is intended to highlight the value of family and community s ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
Breaking Down Relationship Roadblocks to Live a Happier Life
Relationships are tough , especially today. With the hustle and bustle of keeping up with the Joneses, the endless amount of online dating websites and the false pretense created by social media, we live in a world of instant gratification and buffet-style dating . If you don t like what you see, spit it out and move onto the next, even if it means not taking the time to truly engage in getting to know someone. She watches The Bachelor . Why would I date h ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
Some Stress Can Be Good for You
Think of a time when you experienced a stress -provoking incident. Perhaps you were in a car accident, or had to give a speech in front of a large audience. Did your heart begin to pound Did your breathing rate increase Perhaps your muscles tensed up or you started to perspire. These changes are the response of the sympathetic nervous system. A stressful situation can trigger our bodies to release stress hormones causing hormonal and physiological changes. ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love
It is my great pleasure to acknowledge and appreciate a trailblazer in the sleep health field, Neil B. Kavey, M.D. He founded Columbia University Medical Center New York Presbyterian Hospital s CUMC NYPH Sleep Disorders Center in 1975 and served as its director for over 35 years. He also happens to have been my sleep doctor and greatly responsible for my recovery from sleepwalking and night terrors also called sleep terrors . When Kavey was a young physici ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
Are You Giving Yourself the Level of Self-Care You Deserve?
One early morning while sucking down my coffee like it was oxygen, I looked out of my kitchen window, down into the courtyard of the apartment building across the way. I noticed a man placing a box with a small plant into the sunlight. At first, I assumed he was doing some gardening. But then noticed he left the box in the sunlight and had walked away. Upon further examination AKA not minding my own business and staring out the window , I saw that the smal ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
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