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Sexual Dysfunction Linked with Having a Perfectionist Partner

A new UK study discovers that women who feel their sexual partner is imposing perfectionist standards on them may suffer from sexual dysfunction. Psychologists at the University of Kent explain that their study is the first to review how different types of sexual perfectionism affect women over a period of time. Findings from the study, […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – April 2016

This article presents a selection of research papers on the subject of neuroscience and neurology published in April. As usual, many new interesting findings were made public this month, and the selection presented here reflects mostly my personal opinion of their importance. Show More Summary

Can Diet Accelerate the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease?

The Western diet or the standard American diet has been recognized as one of the most common food diets in the world. An increasing number of studies have shown that it could be connected to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The Western diet is generally characterized by increased levels of refined and processed foods, […]

7 Warning Signs of a Bad Therapist

Back in 2009, I wrote an article detailing some of the most annoying bad habits of therapists. It included things such as showing up late for a client’s appointment, eating, sleeping or yawning in front of a client, or being distracted by a phone, text, email or pet. Yes, these are all real things that […]

Child Development – Fostering Self-Actualization at a Young Age

Finding out who we are meant to be can be a difficult task and most won’t take the time and energy involved in the journey. Perhaps, not that they won’t, more often than not they can’t. Many people struggle daily with meeting other more base needs, rendering them unable to direct their energy towards higher, […]

Mind Over Matter? Mindfulness Meditation For Pain Management

Pain is subjective. It is a sensory and emotional experience that can be influenced by countless factors, ranging from expectations to mood or even faith. Chronic pain can be highly despairing and significantly affect one’s quality of life and emotional state. The currently available analgesic treatments don’t always work, and pain researchers keep searching for […]

Neurological Basis of Altruism

Altruistic behavior is often seen as a hallmark of civilized person. Defined as a selfless concern for the well-being of others, or action/behavior that benefits others at someone’s own expense, altruism was, for very long time, viewed from two opposite perspectives. Some would argue that altruism is an integral part of human nature, something that […]

Fulfilling Our Unique Humanity

Maslow, Rogers, Satir and Erickson are just some of the scholars who have shaped and will continue to shape a core psychological paradigm – humanism. In this article, I elaborate on the optimal conditions necessary to become the best persons we can possibly be. Some psychologists refer to this ultimate state as self-actualization. I call […]

Exercise and Brain Aging

The brain is a pliable organ. Its pliability makes it versatile – allowing the body to easily respond to the external environment and at the same time permit a variety of other cognitive as well as emotional and motor functions. But, over time, it ages like the rest of us. A child’s brain is most […]

Top Smart Clothes

The concept of dressing smart is about to change. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing trainers, a suit or a chimpanzee onesie. Any garment can actually be very smart if made with the right technology, that is to say, if it is “intelligent clothing”. While smart wearables like wristbands and watches are already popular gadgets […]

Could Brain Stimulation be a Therapy For Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa affects millions of people throughout the world. It has a high mortality rate and the therapies that are currently available are highly ineffective. Yet only 10–30% of adults with anorexia recover with psychotherapy, and pharmacological treatments have a low efficacy. The need for better treatments is obvious and urgent. Research has revealed a […]

Does Your Brain Work Differently Depending on the Seasons?

The brain is the body’s the most mysterious organ. It functions in ways that experts are still trying to figure out. As much as we know about this organ, there are still various things left to discover and learn. For instance, did you know that the brain functions differently in winter than it does in […]

Best And Worst In Health and Healthcare – March 2016

The best news from March is that spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere! Spring is a great time to go outside and get active, which, as March showed us yet again, will only do you good. Health and healthcare research also brought us good news in the form of new diagnostic tools and new […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – March 2016

In this article I present a selection of publications that came out in March. There were many interesting developments, both in fundamental neuroscience and neurology, and in the practical aspects of dealing with brain-related diseases and disorders. On March 20th, the scientific community marked the birthday of Erwin Neher, who received the 1991 Nobel Price […]

Brain Training – Can We Really Enhance Our Cognitive Skills?

“Under what conditions does brain training work?” was the question posed at one of the sessions of the SharpBrains Virtual Summit, Monitoring and Enhancing Brain Health in the Pervasive Neuroscience Era, an event that brought together over 30 of the world’s top experts on brain health enhancement through emerging neurotechnological interventions. Show More Summary

Dementia and Proton Pump Inhibitors – Cause and Effect or No Cause for Concern?

Many older adults take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat gastrointestinal diseases. And, many older adults have dementia. Recently, a study in JAMA Neurology linked these two common features of the elderly, but questions remain about the validity of the results and about the real risk of PPI use. The authors of the current study […]

Top Tech Gadgets for the Elderly

The elderly have often been neglected by technology developers as a focus market. The stereotype is that they are technophobes, or at least slow to pick up new innovations. However, in reality not only are the elderly very capable of using a range of complex modern technologies, they are also very often in need of […]

Who Is and Is Not a Violent Sexual Offender?

In a previous BrainBlogger article, I discussed the profile of the pedophile, Jerry Sandusky. Here, I outline essential criteria used to confirm or disconfirm who may be a violent sex offender (VSO). The above determination is far from an exact science. However, there are some criteria and psychometric tools that demonstrate solid validity and reliability. […]

Traumatic Brain Injury – Can Deep Sleep Be Neuroprotective?

From all the injuries our body can sustain, damage to the brain is the most likely to cause death or permanent disabilities. Traumatic brain injury is a highly incident condition: it is estimated that up to 60 million people worldwide may suffer any type of traumatic brain injuries each year, including mild injuries, mainly due […]

Bringing Back Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

Memory loss is one of the most well-known and heartbreaking consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. As Alzheimer’s starts to develop, episodic memory starts to decline. This means that the memory of personal experiences and events, and of the time, place and emotional context of those experiences starts to fade. Memory requires the ability to encode, consolidate, […]

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