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How to Boost Vacation Health Benefits and Avoid Exhaustion

Multiple new research studies indicate that there are many physical and mental health benefits to gain from taking a holiday, some reportedly remaining even two months after we have returned to the daily grind. However, research also shows that certain habits and attitudes can neutralize these benefits, and even leave you more tired, stressed out, […]

Being an Adult Virgin – A Modern Day Relationship Curse?

Irrespective of the reason for being an adult virgin, new research coming from The Kinsey Institute indicates that it can be tough in the modern day, thanks to a ménage à trois of negative stigma and discrimination coming from more experienced adults, other adult virgins, and themselves. Being a virgin until married, not so many […]

New Evidence of Homophobes’ Secret Attraction for Men

Previous research indicates that some homophobic men’s views can be explained as an unconscious or forced self-denial about being attracted to the same sex, although results have been inconsistent. New research just published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine overcomes problems with previous research and adds to the evidence that shows that many homophobic men […]

How City Living Can be Bad for Kids

For some city kids, their connection with the natural world is virtually non-existent. This is a real problem, say researchers in a new perspective piece in the journal Science. The modern city is where a vibrant array of ideas, sights, sounds and smells intermingle to spawn creativity, expression and innovation. Modern society is tuned to the pulse of the […]

Brooding Buddies – Co-Complaining Linked with Depression and Anxiety

Do you have a friend that when you get together you frequently complain and speculate about problems, rehashing them out, egging each other’s complaining on, and dwelling on the negative feelings associated with them? Well, new evidence...Show More Summary

Shift Work Linked with Risk of Severe Stroke

New research with rats suggests that for the 15 million Americans who don’t have the typical nine-to-five workday, working the graveyard shift or rotating shifts may have serious implications for the brain. “The body is synchronized to night and day by circadian rhythms — 24-hour cycles controlled by internal biological clocks that tell our bodies when to sleep, […]

How Do We Improve Our Working Memory?

Our working memory refers to the ability to recall as well as process information, and is a type of memory that plays an important role throughout the course of our life. As such, it is evident that boosting working memory would improve various aspects of our lives, running the spectrum from our days in school […]

Coping with Grief and Loss: The Five Stages

The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal. There are five stages of normal grief that were first […]

Does Our Heartbeat Influence Our Sensory Awareness?

We don’t usually sense our heartbeat. Clearly, our brain somehow shuts down the perception of our heartbeat. How and why this happens is mostly unknown, but a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience has unveiled some of the possible mechanisms and purposes underlying the silencing of our heartbeat. The heart takes shape very […]

Can Antibiotics Stop The Growth of New Brain Cells?

The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest revolutions in the history of medicine. Since then, multiple molecules with antibiotic properties have been identified and the use of antibiotics has become generalized. But even though they can certainly save lives, antibiotics can also have serious adverse effects. Most of […]

Ketamine – More Than a Recreational Drug

Ketamine was first introduced in 1962. It was initially presented as a fast acting general anesthetic, being widely used as a battlefield anesthetic in the 1970s. Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic – it creates an altered state of consciousness, distorting the perception of sound and vision, and producing a feeling of detachment from oneself […]

Can We Predict Which People Will Be Better At Learning Foreign Languages?

One common gripe we probably have when we observe that friend who can speak effortlessly in a dozen different tongues may be something along the lines of: “Why is he or she so good at learning languages – it’s not fair!” Well, now it appears that perhaps there is indeed some hidden advantage this friend […]

Making Decisions on a “Hangry” Impulse

“Hangry” is slang for that feeling of anger you may get when you’re hungry. It’s very common, in my experience… My friendly advice: don’t make any important decisions when you’re hungry. Why? Because you’re more likely to act on an impulse. And this is not just a personal conclusion: this was actually the main finding […]

Magic Mushrooms for Mental Health

Psychedelics are powerful substances that alter perception, mood, and cognition. Psychedelic use has been a part of human history for thousands of years – for both spiritual and recreational practices – and they have been the focus of intense debate. Now, psychedelic drugs – once the symbol of a 1960s subculture – are being evaluated […]

Best and Worst in Health and Healthcare – May 2016

May was full of promising news in glioblastoma research, one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer. But as usual, there were also not-so-good news, with the side-effects of drugs being on the spotlight. THE BEST Nanotechnology applied to glioma treatment Glioblastoma multiforme is a rare but highly lethal disease with no effective treatment options. […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – May 2016

The last month, in my opinion, was particularly fruitful for new, interesting publications. In fact, I was struggling when deciding which of them to select for this review. Quite a few articles addressed fundamental questions about basic mechanisms of brain functioning, neurodegenerative diseases and evolution. Show More Summary

Looking Inside Our Heads – Brain Imaging and Patient Adherence

The ultimate goal of healthcare professionals is to achieve well-being in patients, which, as a matter of course usually requires patients’ adherence (also termed compliance) to prescribed therapies. Despite the best intentions and efforts...Show More Summary

Best and Worst of Psychology and Psychiatry – May 2016

At Brainblogger we publish monthly roundups of the most interesting findings in psychology and psychiatry research. For some reason or other, May was particularly packed full with studies producing important and actionable findings with regard to mental health and wellbeing, covering diverse populations, from metal heads to military personnel. Show More Summary

Glioblastoma – Can Gene Therapy Really Help?

Glioblastoma is one of the deadliest tumours, with very low survival rate and no efficient therapies available. The current gold standards of management, namely surgery, chemo- and radiotherapy, have little effectiveness since these tumours typically exhibit very aggressive recurrences within a short time frame. Show More Summary

Reading Emotions Through Computer Interfaces

Emotions have evolved in humans for the sole purpose of survival. We constantly scan our environment for dangers and chances to satisfy our fundamental needs. Our mind and bodies act in concert through our emotions. What we feel has become so integral to our lives that our perceptions, beliefs and even the initiative to take […]

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