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Why We Forget
Of the various ways that memory shows its imperfections, the most prevalent by far is forgetting. We forget much of what we read, watch, think, and encounter directly in the world. Of course, we also remember many events in our lives, but that s a subject for another blog post. Refer to the link at the end. One disquieting but quick way to test the extent of forgetting is to access a list of celebrities who died in 2017 . See how many celebrities you recog ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
Will A Robot Take Your Job?
A recent BBC article highlighted May 2017 research suggesting that within 120 years, there is a 50 likelihood that computers could take over all jobs. That s right all jobs. And many would be lost well before that. Low-paying, relatively routine jobs would be the first to be fully done by some form of technology. We ve already seen the pattern. Many jobs that need not be done on site, such as manufacturing, are now done by machinery technology or have been ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
A Short History of Love
In the fifth century BC, the Greek philosopher Empedocles held that there are four primordial elements air, earth, fire, and water. These elements are driven together and apart by the opposed cosmic principles of Love and Strife. Love brings the elements together, and unopposed Love leads to The One , a divine and resplendent sphere. Strife gradually degrades the sphere, returning it to the elements, and this cosmic cycle repeats itself ad infinitum . Acco ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
HiTOP: The Future of Mental Health Diagnosis is Here
The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology HiTOP is a revolutionary new strategy to approach mental health diagnoses and all of the complex problems involved in them. Since the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM was introduced, mental health diagnoses have been plagued by inconsistency and subjectivity. The first DSM identified homosexuality as a mental illness, and masturbation itself was identified as a hallmark of mental health problems. In 1 ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 24
Genes, ozone, and autism
University Park, PA -- A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide genetic change and environmental risk factors for autism, and the first to identify an interaction between genes and environment ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jun 24
Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness
Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation s behavioral ills. The report also said that 15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs. The nation s growing opioid epidemic was also a focus in the report. The researchers found that 12.5 million people are estimated to have misused prescription ...
Healthday - Fri. Jun 23
OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to control by repeating certain rituals or behaviors, such as washing hands or checking door locks. Canadian researchers compared 20 OCD patients and a control group of 20 people without the condition. In the OCD patients, inflammation was 32 ...
Healthday - Fri. Jun 23
Six mindfulness techniques for physicians
What goes through your mind in the moment before you walk into the room to see your next patient A flurry of thoughts about all the patients you ve already seen and the mountain of admin tasks you need to finish later today
Medical News Today - Fri. Jun 23
Sleep-wake rhythms vary widely with age as well as amongst individuals of a gi...
The sleep rhythms that reflect circadian systems peak later in teenagers than in adults, and vary as much as 10 hours in individuals across at any ages, according to a study published June 21, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Dorothee Fischer from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA, and colleagues. People s circadian systems synchronize with light and darkness in the environment, giving rise to chronotypes individual rhythms in physi ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 23
Lights out: The neural relationship between light and sleep
Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly by entraining--modifying the length of--our circadian rhythms and also rapidly and directly due to a phenomenon known as masking. But while a great deal is known about how light affects circadian rhythms, little is known about the direct effects of light on sleep Why do ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 23
Losing train of thought or it's hard to multi-task? You may be having one drin...
June 20, 2017 -- Impairments in processing and using information that help with decision-making and planning simple tasks such as grocery shopping are linked with one s frequency of alcohol or drug use according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center found that cognitive impairments are not a problem limited to addiction patients in treatment, but constitute a broader prob ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 23
Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats
DURHAM, NC -- It s a classic conundrum while rushing to get to an important meeting or appointment on time, you spot a stranger in distress. How do you decide whether to stop and help, or continue on your way A new study by neuroscientists at Duke and Stanford University sheds light on how the brain coordinates these complex decisions involving altruism and empathy. The answer lies in the way multiple areas of the brain collaborate to produce the decision, ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 23
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