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Can Friends Raise Your Pain Tolerance?
You call your best buddy to go out for the night, to share some good or bad news, or to talk over a difficult situation. But do you ever look to your friends to ease your physical pain A recent study says not to worry just having friends can make you less sensitive to pain Social networks have many purposes, some good and some bad, but who would have thought that they might work as a painkiller Yet according to some recent research, they are as successful ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Apr 30
Why Do Animal Tragedies Go Viral?
In 1999, researchers from Oxford University s Wildlife Conservation Unit began radio tracking lions in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Led by David Macdonald and Andrew Loveridge, the team was particularly interested in the effects of legal trophy hunting on lion populations. They found that between 1999 and 2015 about 65 lions were killed by sport hunters. None of these deaths drew any attention from the media. That changed on July 1, 2015 when, using a ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Apr 30
Want to eat better? Sorry, we're closed
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Getting more nutritious meals on the tables of low-income Americans could depend on the hours the stores in their neighborhoods keep. Stores likely to sell fresh produce aren t open as long in areas with more socioeconomic struggles, and that problem is more pronounced in neighborhoods where many African Americans live, new research from The Ohio State University has found. In affluent neighborhoods, 24-7 access to a wide array of foods is ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 29
Screening method uncovers drugs that may combat deadly antibiotic-resistant ba...
BOSTON - In recent years, hospitals have reported dramatic increases in the number of cases of the highly contagious, difficult-to-treat, and often deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae CRE . Now, investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BIDMC have developed a promising method of identifying new antimicrobials that target these organisms. The research is published in April issue of the journal ASSAY and D ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 29
Subtle chemical changes in brain can alter sleep-wake cycle
A study out today in the journal Science sheds new light on the biological mechanisms that control the sleep-wake cycle. Specifically, it shows that a simple shift in the balance of chemicals found in the fluid that bathes and surrounds brain cells can alter the state of consciousness of animals. The study, which focuses on a collection of ions that reside in the cerebral spinal fluid CSF , found that not only do these changes play a key role in stimulatin ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 29
Hormone and neurotransmitter systems disturbed in alcoholics' brains
The brain tissue of persons with alcohol dependence shows a variety of changes compared to non-alcoholic control persons. All alcoholics brains share some characteristics, but some are exclusive to the brain tissue of anxiety-prone type 1 alcoholics or impulsive type 2 alcoholics, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The researchers analysed post-mortem brain tissue from alcoholic persons and non-alcoholic controls. Alcoholic ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 29
New Research From Psychological Science
Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science Touch or Watch to Learn Toddlers 8217 Object Retrieval Using Contingent and Noncontingent Video Koeun Choi and Heather L. Kirkorian Although young children are typically adept at learning information in person, they often have more difficulty when the same information is presented through video demonstrations. Two-year-olds watched a hiding event in a video that afforded no contingency the v ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Apr 29
Top 5 Ways Biofeedback Can Change Your Life
I m a behavioral neuroscientist by training. This means that when I went to school at UCLA Go Bruins I made it my focus to understand how neurochemical and neurophysical changes in the brain affect the way we interact with the world. At the time, I was primarily interested in how these things relate to addiction , but more and more I feel obligated to share the endless other ways this interaction is crucial for our wellbeing. You see, everything that happe ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Apr 29
The Case Against Medical Marijuana in Brazil
By Ant nio Geraldo da Silva, M.D. Recently, Brazil became one of the many countries that authorized the prescription and manipulation of medications that contain cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol THC , active constituents of marijuana . In practice, THC has also been legalized. Before, the component was only allowed in secondary form, that is, as part of the composition of legal medications. The subject was discussed in the National Institutes of Health ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Apr 29
Reflections on the 1st Annual Alt Sex NYC Conference
We have just wrapped up the 1st Annual AltSex NYC Conference , which was held last Fri April 22, and after a week of reflection, I think it is appropriate to start off this new blog with a bang, by going over the highlights and implications of this historic event.
Psychology Today - Fri. Apr 29
Mindfulness Is Oversold
Has mindfulness been oversold A new look at the public record says almost certainly.
Psychology Today - Thu. Apr 28
Parenting a Parent Toward Life’s End
In a long stint of wishful thinking, I hoped my mother might take on death like Buddha. She meditated every morning near a round table carved with astrological signs and topped with a large red bible. I invaded her sacred space a few times as a teen, accidentally, stepping away as her one blue eye peered out beneath her glasses. Catholic with a capital C, Mom attended mass regularly and challenged the Church s views with equal consistency. She prayed. She ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Apr 28
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