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Brotherly Love? Sibling Bullying Is Underestimated

The day my second son was born, a nurse — who had raised two boys of her own — offered advice: “When they get upset with each other, let them fight it out. They won’t kill each other.” She also added: “Just make sure they fight outside, so they don’t get blood on your carpet.” […]

Is Breastfeeding Best For Brain Development?

Research has demonstrated that children who were exclusively breastfed perform better on tests of cognitive function and intelligence than those who were exclusively formula-fed, even after controlling for potential other explanations...Show More Summary

And the Beat Goes On

It has been said that music feeds the soul. It is also said that music is a universal language, understood by all. Music serves a number of purposes ranging from communication to simple enjoyment. Not only that, but research also suggests that music can play an important role in deterring and minimizing the affects of [...]

The Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

The positive health benefits of a Mediterranean diet are well established: The PREDIMED study was launched in 2003 with the aim of assessing the role of a Mediterranean diet for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in asymptomatic patients with high cardiovascular risk. Data stemming from this study clearly implicate the diet in reducing cardiovascular risk [...]

Male Domination and the G-spot

Ever since the somewhat magical concept of the G-spot appeared in the 1950s, laymen and scientists alike have been on a blind chase after it. In 2012, Dr. Adam Ostrzenski created a media circus with his reported discovery and dissection of a specimen of the G-spot. In order to understand the true motives of the [...]

Is Thinking Bad For Your Brain?

Basic scientific research, old wives’ tales, and common sense all suggest that the best way to promote brain function is to keep your mind active. Intriguingly however, a recent report from Elsa Suberbielle and colleagues published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, seems to suggest just the opposite. The DNA double helix that encodes the human [...]

Current Treatments for Post-Amputation Pain

In the US, surgeons perform about 185,000 limb amputations each year, and the majority of these individuals are left with some sort of post-amputation pain. Unfortunately, post-amputation pain syndromes have proven very difficult to treat. A variety of treatments are available, but most of these have not had high quality clinical trials, and only appear [...]

Personal Experience in Labeling Borderline Personality Disorder

The diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder is inherently associated with stigma. Many clinicians refuse to work with clients who have this condition, and the term “borderline” may manifest negative emotions in people, clients and clinicians associated with the mental health field. Show More Summary

Does Language Trigger Visual Memories? – Part 2

I recently wrote an article about the connection between language and visual memories in which the authors of the study concluded that the strong version of embodied cognition was not supported. Another recent article about embodiment came to a very different conclusion, which I thought I’d discuss further. This study used a different kind of [...]

Does Language Trigger Visual Memories? – Part 1

One of the fundamental questions in cognitive science is how information is stored in the brain and in the mind. There are innumerable different models, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, but the one that I will be addressing here is known as embodiment. From a neurolinguistic perspective, embodiment is the idea that the [...]

Improving Emotional Intelligence in Psychosis with Art Therapy

Emotional intelligence is defined as “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.” Self-regulation of emotional intelligence is is vital to healthy emotional interactions. Show More Summary

Multifaceted Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which is characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that result in worry and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) aimed at alleviating the anxiety. While most of us have run back into the house to check the stove was turned off, people suffering from OCD experience these thoughts more frequently, and [...]

Math Anxiety – Dealing with Fear of Failure

Not everybody loves math. In fact, some people report tension, apprehension, and fear when faced with the need to perform mathematical tasks as a part of everyday life. Not surprisingly, these highly math anxious individuals (HMAs) perform more poorly on math related tasks than individuals with low math anxiety, tending to avoid math classes and [...]

Boosting Cognitive Performance by… Chewing?

Previous research has shown that the act of chewing gum can significantly reduce reaction times during certain tests, including numerical working memory, sustained alertness, auditory oddball, and semantic memory tasks. There are various theories about why this is the case, ranging from the activation of specific areas of the brain to improved mood and decreased [...]

Can You ‘Catch’ Depression?

We all know how easy it is to catch your roommate’s cold or flu, but what about his or her mood? New research claims that, in some situations, a depressed mood can be contagious. The authors of the new study, which is published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, based their hypothesis on the existing [...]

Caffeine Increases Memory for Humans and Honeybees

Consumption of caffeine, in moderation, is reported to have a number of health benefits including increases in alertness, stamina during exercise, pain relief, and memory. Further research indicates that chemically, it functions as an...Show More Summary

Is the Perception of Orientation Affected By Language?

In the discussion of the relationship between language and thought, the concept of categorical perception (CP) is a key element. A lot of studies have shown that categorical perception of color is affected by language, but lately, researchers have been branching out into other areas. If you’ve read my previous posts, you might remember that [...]

Electronic Devices Are Unlikely To Cause Cancer

Technology has taken over our lives. From the moment we wake and begin checking emails to the moment we go to bed, computers, tablets, smart phones, and television screens consume our world. While in many ways these devices are enriching our lives, are they also taking a negative toll on our bodies and minds? Some [...]

Big Changes for Diagnosing PTSD

The effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can dismantle the lives of not only those who suffer from this illness, but also those of family and friends. The federal government, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and professionals within the psychiatric field are working diligently to provide alternatives in treatment for victims suffering from PTSD [...]

Change on the Horizon for Psychiatric Medicine

Fear and uncertainty has plagued the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since its inception. There have been wins and losses on both sides, and medical professionals across the country have had growing concerns that the continued battle amongst political parties would increase the gap between quality care and reimbursements. Recent events indicate more [...]

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