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Best & Worst in Psychology & Psychiatry – October 2015

Usually, we provide the top 5 best and top 5 worst findings coming from topical psychology and psychiatry research publications. However, this October there was an overwhelming number of good news findings worth shouting about. So this month’s roundup is a little different. Below there are 7 best findings. The bad news, for once, is […]

HINTS Exam – Eliminating False Negatives for Posterior Strokes

If you were to suddenly be hit with serious symptoms of vertigo, nausea or vomiting – you would likely make your way to the emergency room. If you live in the United States, you would be one among 2.6 million patients who visit the emergency room every year for the exact set of same symptoms. […]

Is There an Association Between Brain Size and Intelligence?

There is a commonly expressed view that mental abilities are linked to brain size in humans. Such a view is partially supported by gradual increase of brain size in the course of human evolution. But does this mean that people with larger brains are smarter? To answer this question, we have to provide a clear […]

Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – October 2015

October brought us some new examples of how our lifestyle negatively impacts our health, be it stress, diet, or our sleep patterns. But it also revealed some new therapeutic targets in a number of brain-related pathologies. Here are the best and worst news I came across in October. THE BEST Cholesterol-lowering medication may improve the […]

Neural Basis of Multitasking

Multitasking – the ability to perform two or more different tasks at once – is viewed by many as a very useful skill, important for succeeding in professional development. Some people are better in handling several tasks at once, while others are not. But the reason for this difference is not that clear. Why some […]

Nurturing The Brain, Part 7 – Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been highly hyped as being tremendously beneficial to our health. And indeed they are essential for human health. They are found in high quantities in certain fish, particularly fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring and halibut; they are also abundant in certain nuts, namely walnuts, and in whole […]

We Now Know How Leptin Controls Body Fat

Fat is our body’s energy reserve. Fat (adipose) tissue constitutes 20 to 25% of our body mass. There are two types of adipose tissue in our body: white adipose tissue is the one that stores energy, whereas brown adipose tissue generates body heat. White adipose tissue is made up of adipose cells, or adipocytes, that […]

Human Memory Manipulation Technology for PTSD – A Step Too Far?

National Geographic Channel will shortly air “Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain”. As part of a virtual roundtable, Brain Blogger was selected to screen the episode and address the thought provoking question raised therein: What if scientists were able to implant or erase memories for someone like those suffering from PTSD, this could be life changing, or […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – October 2015

In this review, I’m presenting a selection of research articles published in October. As usual, many new interesting findings were made public this month, and the small selection in this article reflects mostly my personal opinion of their importance. On the 9th of October, scientific community marked the birthday of Sir Peter Mansfield. Peter Mansfield […]

Is Placebo More Powerful Than Antidepressants and Psychotherapy?

This might be a hard pill to swallow for both those in treatment for depression and those giving treatment to clients: both psychotherapy and antidepressant medications are beginning to be considered to have rather limited contributions to the effectiveness of treating depression. Some researchers and clinicians alike are considering that for some, the placebo effect […]

Phobias Part II, New Social Anxiety Treatments — MDMA, Testosterone & Less Serotonin

Radical new research is not only giving cause to stop prescribing currently popular medications for social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), it’s pointing to new treatments, from sex hormones to popular street drugs, with the potential to rapidly speed up and ensure successful recovery. Some of you may have a specific social phobia, […]

Hidden Brain Podcast Review – Harnessing the Power of Our Unconscious Mind

A brand new NPR podcast, Hidden Brain, reveals the unseen patterns in our lives, where our unconscious mind plays a phenomenal role in our day to day behavior. The magic of this podcast is that simply learning about the hidden forces that shape our perceptions, behaviors and thoughts can provide the insight needed to change […]

Personality Changes After Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a well-known and accepted treatment for neurological and psychiatric diseases. It consists of the implantation of electrodes into the brain, which send small electric impulses to specific neurons and pathways. Show More Summary

Is It Possible to End the Stigma of ID/DD?

Lazy, burdensome, violent. Dangerous. These are all words used to describe those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD), especially adults. Are they accurate? Perhaps among a small population of those with ID/DD,...Show More Summary

Mobile Phones and Cancer – No Connection?

Mobile phones are pretty much ubiquitous. And so are discussions on the adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields associated with cell phone radiation. To address this concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the International Electromagnetic Fields Project in 1996. Show More Summary

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – September 2015

Over 5,000 psychology and psychiatry research studies are published in high ranking journals every month. That’s far too many for a single person to read, digest and assimilate and still have some spare time on their hands. As is custom in our monthly roundups, we have sieved through the mass of research to bring you […]

Premature Birth and Lack of Professional Success

The fact that the health of premature babies can be rather fragile is well known. Now it appears that preterm birth can also affect the cognitive abilities, at least on the statistical level. The baby is considered premature is he or she is born before the 37th week of gestation. Preemies are known to have […]

Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles to Manage Drug Addiction

Art therapy. Psychological counseling. Pharmacological intervention. Scientists have devised many different ways to manage drug addiction in individuals. They now propose a novel way to reduce drug dependence in addicts—by engaging them in intellectual activities. Show More Summary

Glioblastoma – Are Cancer Stem Cells The Ultimate Target?

A glioma is a type of tumor that arises from glial cells in the central nervous system. The yearly incidence of primary malignant brain tumors is around 5 or 6 in 100,000 people, of which about 80% are malignant gliomas. Although they may develop at any age, their peak incidence is in the fifth and sixth decades of life. Glioblastoma, […]

How the Brain Recognizes Faces

Face perception has played a central role for social interaction for millions of years, informing us about the identity, age, gender, mood, attractiveness, race and friendliness of a person. Scientists have suggested that facial recognition is a complex process, and it provides important access to the understanding of human brain function. The brain identifies items […]

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