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Mind Hacks

  • Review: John Bargh’s “Before You Know It”
    I have a review of John Bargh’s new book “Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do” in this month’s Psychologist magazine. You can read the review in print (or online here) but the magazine could only fit in 250 words, and…
    - 21 days ago, 4 Apr 18, 8:57pm -
  • Did the Victorians have faster reactions?
    Psychologists have been measuring reaction times since before psychology existed, and they are still a staple of cognitive psychology experiments today. Typically psychologists look for a difference in the time it takes participants to respond to sti…
    - 22 days ago, 3 Apr 18, 9:16pm -
  • spaced repetition & Darwin’s golden rule
    Spaced repetition is a memory hack. We know that spacing out your study is more effective than cramming, but using an app you can tailor your own spaced repetition schedule, allowing you to efficiently create reliable memories for any material you li…
    - 58 days ago, 26 Feb 18, 8:02pm -
  • A graph that is made by perceiving it
    The contrast sensitivity function shows how our sensitivity to contrasts is affected by spatial frequency. You can test it using gratings of alternating light and darker shade. Ian Goodfellow has this neat observation: By looking at this image, you c…
    - 59 days ago, 25 Feb 18, 10:01am -
  • How To Become A Centaur
    Nicky Case (of Explorable Explanations and Parable of the Polygons internet fame) has a fantastic essay which picks up on the theme of my last Cyberselves post – technology as companion, not competitor. In How To Become A Centaur Case gives blitz h…
    - 77 days ago, 7 Feb 18, 10:25pm -
  • Debating Sex Differences: Talk transcript
    A talk I gave titled “Debating Sex Differences in Cognition: We Can Do Better” now has a home on the web. The pages align a rough transcript of the talk with the slides, for your browsing pleasure. Mindhacks.com readers will recognise many of the…
    - 89 days ago, 26 Jan 18, 6:25pm -
  • The backfire effect is elusive
    The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief. It’s a relative of so called ‘attitude polarisation’ whereby people’s views on politically controversial topics can get more, no…
    - 3 Jan 18, 7:54am -
  • Open Science Essentials: Reproducibility
    Open science essentials in 2 minutes, part 3 Let’s define it this way: reproducibility is when your experiment or data analysis can be reliably repeated. It isn’t replicability, which we can define as reproducing an experiment and subsequent anal…
    - 2 Jan 18, 2:18pm -
  • The Human Advantage
    In ‘The Human Advantage: How Our Brains Became Remarkable’, Suzana Herculano-Houzel weaves together two stories: the story of her scientific career, based on her invention of a new technique for counting the number of brain cells in an entire bra…
    - 25 Dec 17, 8:23am -
  • Conspiracy theories as maladaptive coping
    A review called ‘The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories‘ sets out a theory of why individuals end up believing Elvis is alive, NASA faked the moon landings or 9/11 was an inside job. Karen Douglas and colleagues suggest: Belief in conspiracy theor…
    - 23 Dec 17, 10:18am -

Nature - Brain / Behaviour

Mind Hacks Video

Cannabis researcher Robin Murray on cannabis and psychosis.
Cannabis researcher Robin Murray on cannabis and psychosis.Cannabis researcher Professor Robin Murray on cannabis and psychosis.From:mhacksvideoViews:16945 54ratingsTime:01:55More inScience & Technology
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Intravenous THC and cannabidiol experiment
Intravenous THC and cannabidiol experimentIntravenous THC and cannabidiol experiment from BBC documentary "Should I smoke dope?". More details: http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2008/08/mainlining_the_activ.html.From:mhacksvideoViews:216945…
- 69 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 8:41am -
Shell Shock and the case of Harry Farr
Shell Shock and the case of Harry FarrExcerpt from an edition of "Not Forgotten", a Channel 4 programme on World War One. It includes archive footage of shell shock patients and discusses the case of Private Harry Farr who was...From:mhacksvide…
- 73 days ago, 11 Feb 18, 4:08pm -
Donnie Darko - weird compliment
Donnie Darko - weird complimentGretchen: You're weird. Donnie: Sorry. Gretchen: No, that was a compliment.From:mhacksvideoViews:68691 299ratingsTime:00:55More inFilm & Animation
- 74 days ago, 10 Feb 18, 4:43am -
How accurate are experts at predicting the future?
How accurate are experts at predicting the future?Excerpt for BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind 16th June 2011 on experts and prediction accuracy.From:mhacksvideoViews:2480 12ratingsTime:08:49More inPeople & Blogs
- 93 days ago, 22 Jan 18, 9:24pm -
Movie
MovieFrom:mhacksvideoViews:154 0ratingsTime:01:36More inScience & Technology
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Neurology Magazine

Neuroblogger

AAN Video Channel

Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, FAAN on joining the AAN in 1966 - American Academy of Neurology
Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, FAAN on joining the AAN in 1966 - American Academy of NeurologyRoger N. Rosenberg, MD, FAAN, discusses joining the American Academy of Neurology in 1966. Visit the American Academy of Neurology at https://www.aan.com/ Conn…
- 72 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 3:07pm -
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: American Academy of Neurology Webinar
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: American Academy of Neurology WebinarThe AAN collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop educational materials for health care providers on the diagnosis, management, and treatment o…
- 94 days ago, 21 Jan 18, 9:35pm -
Axon Registry: Technical Overview - American Academy of Neurology
Axon Registry: Technical Overview - American Academy of NeurologyLearn how the Axon Registry technology works to provide quality data for improved patient care in a secured environment. Access additional resources at www.aan.com/practice/axon-reg…
- 12 Jan 18, 7:26pm -
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: American Academy of Neurology Webinar – Spanish CC Available
Guillain-Barré Syndrome: American Academy of Neurology Webinar – Spanish CC AvailableThe AAN collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop educational materials for health care providers on the diagnosis, ma…
- 15 Dec 17, 1:52am -
Guideline: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy - American Academy of Neurology
Guideline: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy - American Academy of NeurologyLearn about incidence rates and risk factors of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (also called SUDEP). The American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society…
- 13 Dec 17, 8:05pm -
Top Science at the 2017 Annual Meeting Press Conference - American Academy of Neurology
Top Science at the 2017 Annual Meeting Press Conference - American Academy of NeurologyNatalia Rost, MD, FAAN, of the AAN Science Committee, discusses her selections for the most groundbreaking scientific research advances being presented at the…
- 10 Dec 17, 1:54am -

Neuro Science News

  • newSchizophrenia and Autism Share Common Traits
    A new study that measured autistic and schizophrenic traits in the general population, rather than in those already diagnosed, reveals significant overlaps in traits associated with the disorders. Researchers say people in the general population can…
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 3:42pm -
  • newNapping and Teenage Learning
    Teens who take a daytime nap have better attention, nonverbal reasoning and spatial memory skills than their peers who do not nap, researchers report.
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 3:36pm -
  • newProlonged Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Increased ASD and ADHD Risk
    A new study reveals a link between prolonged acetaminophen use in pregnancy and an increased risk of offspring being diagnosed with ADHD or ASD. Researchers report children of mothers who had prolonged exposure to the pain killer during pregnancy had…
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 3:32pm -
  • Let it Go: Mental Breaks After Work Improve Sleep
    Participating in fun activities following a day filled with negative behavior of colleagues at work could help you sleep better, a new study reports.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 6:41pm -
  • Dementia Trend Shows Later Onset With Fewer Years of Disease
    Researchers reveal people may be developing Alzheimer's later in life and living less time with the neurodegenerative disease.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 5:11pm -

Medscape Neurology

  • newA Bedside Test to Differentiate Dementias?
    From the AAN Annual Meeting, Medscape speaks with Dr Aman Deep about his research into differentiating two forms of dementia. Medscape Neurology
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 2:53pm -
  • newA Round-Up of Seven New Neurology Studies
    Dr Diener reports on a wide range of studies in neurology and critical care medicine published in February and March, 2018. Medscape Neurology
    - 22 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 1:18pm -
  • Is 'Blue Light' Really That Bad for Us?
    Marketers tell us that blocking blue light can improve our sleep and neurologic function. But what do the data show? Medscape Neurology
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 3:51pm -
  • Raw Fruits and Veggies Best for Mental Health
    Eating raw fruits and vegetables is more strongly associated with better mental health than eating cooked, canned, or otherwise processed foods, new research shows. Medscape Medical News
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 3:18pm -
  • Serial Mini-Concussions: Does the Brain Compensate?
    Researchers make a call on cumulative subconcussive impacts by comparing college football players to cross-country runners and nonathletes in a functional MRI and oculomotor performance study. Medscape Medical News
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 1:58pm -
  • MRI Reveals Brain Differences in Children With ADHD
    Cerebral morphometric alterations discriminate between children with and without ADHD against a control group. Medscape Neurology
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 2:46pm -
  • tPA in Stroke: 'The Facts Are Clear'
    Thrombolytic treatment for stroke remains controversial among specialties. Here, a neurologist argues for its use. Medscape Neurology
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 2:31pm -
  • FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Cannabis Drug for Severe Epilepsy
    An FDA advisory committee has voted to support approval of a formulation of cannabidiol as an adjunctive treatment for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in patients 2 years of age or older. Medscape Medical News
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 9:59pm -
  • Ambulatory 24-Hour BP Monitoring Best Predicts Mortality
    The largest study ever conducted of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring shows 24-hour measures predict mortality much better than do office measurements and should now be routine, researchers say. Medscape Medical News
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 8:52pm -
  • Don't Use Medical Marijuana for Sleep Apnea, AASM Warns
    Medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts should not be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a new position statement. Medscape Medical News
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 7:37pm -
  • Glasgow Coma Scale Gets an Eye-Opening Update
    Researchers have found that adding pupil response to the scale more accurately predicts prognosis after TBI, including the likelihood of death, than either measure alone. Medscape Medical News
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 6:39pm -
  • Erenumab Prevents Episodic Migraine in Refractory Patients
    The new phase 3b LIBERTY trial shows erenumab was safe and effective in patients with episodic migraine refractory to at least two previous preventive treatments. Medscape Medical News
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 5:55pm -
  • Mild TBI May Elevate Parkinson's Disease Risk
    Veterans diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury have a 56% increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a large retrospective cohort study shows. Medscape Medical News
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 8:13pm -
  • Neurologists Near the Bottom of the Pay Scale, But Still Happy
    With an average annual income of $244,000, most neurologists believe they are fairly compensated and are happy in their chosen profession. Medscape Medical News
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 3:08pm -

Medscape

The Differential Med Student Vlog | Med School Girl Power
The Differential Med Student Vlog | Med School Girl PowerWelcome to the Differential, a vlog by medical students for medical students. In this week's episode Neil Bhavsar discusses the news that women outnumber men in medical school. What does th…
- 66 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 7:53pm -
Specialist Shortages | The Med Student Differential
Specialist Shortages | The Med Student DifferentialEveryone's talking about the PCP shortage, but there's also a growing shortage of specialists. Which specialties have too few physicians? Why? Are these specialities to avoid or do they present..…
- 66 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 7:53pm -
Excisional Hemorrhoidectomy | Surgical Procedure
Excisional Hemorrhoidectomy | Surgical ProcedureMore content like this can be found on Medscape.com. Join today for free. Excisional hemorrhoidectomy. Procedure performed by Daniel L. Feingold, MD, ColumbiaDoctors, New York, NY. Video courtesy...…
- 72 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 8:48pm -
Women in Medicine
Women in MedicineDr. Arefa Cassoobhoy gives her take on how far women have come in medicine -- and far they still have to go. It's worth a listen. You'll find more great content like this on Medscape.com.From:MedscapeViews:27 2ratingsT…
- 74 days ago, 10 Feb 18, 7:37am -
Carpal Tunnel Release | Surgical Procedure | Part III
Carpal Tunnel Release | Surgical Procedure | Part IIICarpal tunnel release (part 3). Division of transverse carpal ligament, removal of tenosynovium, and release of median nerve. Procedure performed by Deepak Kapila, MD, Broward Health, Fort...F…
- 75 days ago, 9 Feb 18, 1:24pm -
Carpal Tunnel Release | Surgical Procedure | Part I
Carpal Tunnel Release | Surgical Procedure | Part ICarpal tunnel release (part 1). Skin incision and retraction. Procedure performed by Deepak Kapila, MD, Broward Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Courtesy of BroadcastMed (http://ortho.broadcastmed.co…
- 75 days ago, 9 Feb 18, 11:18am -

Neurology Podcasts

  • April 24 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Practice guideline recommendations summary: Disease-modifying therapies for adults with multiple sclerosis2. What’s Trending: Global, regional, and national burden of neurological disorders during 1990–2015 (from Lancet Neuro…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 8:00pm -
  • April 17 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Clinical Reasoning: A young woman with symmetric weakness and behavioral disturbance2. What’s Trending: DEFUSE 3 trial results on thrombectomy vs. standard therapy alone for ischemic stroke This Neurology® Podcast begins and c…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 18, 8:00pm -
  • April 10 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Rituximab before and during pregnancy: A systematic review, and a case series in MS and NMOSD2. Neurology Today: Top research advances in 2017This Neurology® Podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, brie…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Apr 18, 12:30pm -
  • April 3 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: The Mitochondrial Disease Patients’ Diagnostic Odyssey: Results of A Survey2. What’s Trending: Teen concussion and early tauopathyThis Neurology® Podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly disc…
    - 22 days ago, 3 Apr 18, 9:00pm -
  • Practice Current: Managing Epilepsy during Pregnancy (April 2018)
    This special Delayed Recall episode is the third installment of our new Practice Current segment. In this episode, Dr. Luca Bartolini speaks with epilepsy experts Dr. Cynthia Harden and Dr. Torbjörn Tomson. They discuss the results of a recent Pract…
    - 23 days ago, 2 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • March 27 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: IgLON5 antibody: Neurological Accompaniments & Outcomes in 20 patients2. What’s Trending: Health policy update - Coding, Reimbursement & Quality Payment ProgramThis Neurology® Podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, E…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Mar 18, 8:00pm -
  • March 20 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Molecular Genetic Testing for Hereditary Ataxia – What Every Neurologist Should Know2. What’s Trending: Recent changes to Maintenance of Certification Requirements This Neurology® Podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gr…
    - 37 days ago, 19 Mar 18, 8:00pm -
  • March 13 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Atrial fibrillation detected after stroke is related to a low risk of ischemic stroke recurrence2. What’s Trending: Evaluation of idiopathic transverse myelitis revealing specific myelopathy diagnosesThis Neurology® Podcast be…
    - 44 days ago, 12 Mar 18, 8:00pm -
  • Delayed Recall - Cognitive Impairment (March 2018)
    This month’s Delayed Recall episode includes three recent interviews on the topic of cognitive impairment. In the first interview, from the January 16, 2018 episode, Dr. Jeff Burns speaks with Dr. Ronald Petersen about the recent AAN practice guide…
    - 50 days ago, 6 Mar 18, 6:00pm -
  • March 6 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Relapse occurrence in women with multiple sclerosis during pregnancy in the new treatment era2. What’s Trending: Sleep architecture and risk of dementiaThis podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, brie…
    - 51 days ago, 5 Mar 18, 9:00pm -
  • February 27 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Interdisciplinary Response to Contemporary Concerns about Brain Death Determination2. What’s Trending: Gene Drive, part 2This podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted arti…
    - 58 days ago, 26 Feb 18, 9:00pm -
  • February 20 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Intravenous thrombolysis and platelet count2. What’s Trending: Gene Drives, part IThis podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles from the February 6, 2018, issue o…
    - 65 days ago, 19 Feb 18, 9:00pm -
  • February 13 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Medical Retirement from Sport after Concussions: a practical guide for a difficult discussion2. What’s Trending: CGRP drugs and treatment of migraineThis podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly…
    - 72 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 9:00pm -
  • February 6 2018 Issue
    Featured Article: Burnout, Wellness, and the Future of Our ProfessionThis podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles from the February 6, 2018, issue of Neurology. This week, Dr. Ted Burn…
    - 79 days ago, 5 Feb 18, 9:00pm -
  • Delayed Recall - February 2018
    This month's Delayed Recall episode comprises an update regarding recent developments in the field of stroke, and includes four interviews from 2017 that focused on this topic. The first interview aired in the September 12 episode, and features a dis…
    - 83 days ago, 1 Feb 18, 1:15pm -
  • January 30 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Racial disparities in refusal of stroke thrombolysis in Chicago2. Lesson of the Week: Emergency management of migraineThis podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles…
    - 86 days ago, 29 Jan 18, 9:00pm -
  • Jan 23 2018 Issue
    1) Featured Article: Collateral response modulates the time–penumbra relationship in proximal arterial occlusions2) Lesson of the Week: Migraine and neuromodulationThis podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discu…
    - 93 days ago, 22 Jan 18, 9:00pm -
  • January 16 2018 Issue
    1. Featured Article: Practice guideline update summary: Mild cognitive impairment2. Lesson of the Week: Migraine and hormonesThis Neurology® Podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Editor-in-Chief, briefly discussing highlighted articles fr…
    - 100 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 9:00pm -
  • January 9 2018 Issue
    1) Featured Article: Quality improvement in neurology: Child neurology quality measure set2) Lesson of the Week: Update on chronic migraine risk factors, management, and treatmentThis Neurology® Podcast begins and closes with Dr. Robert Gross, Edito…
    - 8 Jan 18, 9:00pm -

Neuroscience - MedWorm

  • Polymorphic computation in locus coeruleus networks
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1517 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4663Authors: Dong-oh Seo & Michael R BruchasPhysiological and optogenetic dissection of discrete locus coeruleus neuronal populations reveals a functional disassociation, with heterogeneous e…
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • The cingulate cortex: divided in pain
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1515 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4664Author: Thomas NevianThe discovery of a circuit from the midcingulate cortex to the posterior insula that is essential for cortical sensitization sheds light on the plasticity mechanisms…
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • Focus on spatial cognition
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1431 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4666This month, Nature Neuroscience presents a special issue featuring reviews and opinion pieces on the theme of spatial cognition. (Source: Nature Neuroscience)
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • Synuclein and dopamine: the Bonnie and Clyde of Parkinson's disease
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1514 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4660Author: Subhojit RoyMouse models have generally failed to recapitulate the dopaminergic neurodegeneration seen in Parkinson's disease. Expressing mutant α-synuclein in a background of el…
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • Viewpoints: how the hippocampus contributes to memory, navigation and cognition
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1434 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4661Authors: John Lisman, György Buzsáki, Howard Eichenbaum, Lynn Nadel, Charan Rangananth & A David RedishThe hippocampus serves a critical function in memory, navigation, and cognition. N…
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • The cognitive map in humans: spatial navigation and beyond
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1504 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4656Authors: Russell A Epstein, Eva Zita Patai, Joshua B Julian & Hugo J Spiers (Source: Nature Neuroscience)
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • Cell types for our sense of location: where we are and where we are going
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 1474 (2017). doi:10.1038/nn.4654Authors: Kiah Hardcastle, Surya Ganguli & Lisa M Giocomo (Source: Nature Neuroscience)
    - 25 Oct 17, 11:00pm -

ScienceBlogs Brain & Behavior

  • Competition horses calmed by lavender [Life Lines]
    While lavender aromatherapy has been documented to reduce stress in humans, little is known about its potential for reducing stress in veterinary medicine. Horses can develop elevated heart rates and stress hormone levels when they are confined to ho…
    - 23 May 17, 9:28pm -
  • Obesity gene found in Labrador retrievers [Life Lines]
    Researchers at the University of Cambridge in Britain recently studied ‘willpower’ in pet Labrador retrievers. After allowing each dog to smell a hot dog, the researchers placed the hot dog in a hamster cage and sealed it shut with duct tape. Whi…
    - 22 May 17, 8:42pm -
  • Meet the star (nosed) of the show [Life Lines]
    Dr. Kenneth Catania from Vanderbilt University presented his work with star-nosed moles at the Experimental Biology meeting last month in Chicago. These animals are really cool. Here are some facts from Dr. Catania about these crazy-looking creatu…
    - 13 May 17, 4:45am -
  • Study: Training parents as immunization advocates a promising approach to vaccine hesitancy [The Pump Handle]
    Protecting babies and children against dangerous — sometimes fatal — diseases is a core mission of public health. Everyday, in health departments across the nation, someone is working on maintaining and improving childhood vaccination rates and k…
    - 2 May 17, 2:45am -
  • Experimental Biology 2017 – Day 5 [Life Lines]
    Here are the highlights from the final day of the meeting: Carbon monoxide (CO) is not all that bad: Michael Tift, graduate student at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, described how the body naturally produces CO when red blood cells are broken do…
    - 27 Apr 17, 6:13pm -
  • Experimental Biology – Day 4 [Life Lines]
    The August Krogh Distinguished lecture was awarded to Dr. Warren Burggren, who gave a fantastic lecture on epigenetics, or modifications to gene expression. He discussed how epigenetic changes to our genes are reversible. So when a stimulus like hypo…
    - 26 Apr 17, 5:22am -
  • Zebra finches reward themselves for singing well [Life Lines]
    Dopamine is an important hormone released from neurons involved in reward pathways. Researchers at Cornell University wanted to know if dopamine signaling was involved in how birds learn songs. Their findings, recently published in Science, present e…
    - 29 Mar 17, 7:43pm -
  • Secrets to longevity [Life Lines]
    A new article published in Physiological Reviews compared some remarkable similarities and differences between naked mole rats and humans. Both are relatively long-lived, highly social and have low natural selection pressures. But, this is about all…
    - 27 Mar 17, 8:40pm -
  • Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony [Greg Laden's Blog]
    Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind is a new book on cultural evolution in humans from a biological perspective. This is an interesting book and a good book, and I recommend it, but I need to add a strong caveat. The autho…
    - 16 Mar 17, 9:25pm -
  • Fluorescent frogs [Life Lines]
    via GIPHY A new article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents the discovery of a species of frog with fluorescence. The South American polka dot tree frog, aka Hypsiboas punctatus is already rather cute under nor…
    - 15 Mar 17, 4:28am -

Neuroscience

NeuroScience Intro
NeuroScience IntroFrom:neuroscienceincViews:62 0ratingsTime:00:07More inEducation
- 3 Apr 17, 3:53pm -

NYT > Brain

Psych Central

  • newDo I Have to Lose Me to Love You?
    As codependents we lose ourselves in relationships, unaware that losing our Self is the greatest despair. When the relationship inevitably ends, it’s devastating because we are lost. We lack autonomy […]
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment Needs Community Support
    Communities like Portsmouth, Ohio, regularly make national news for waves of overdoses. On any given day, nearly 100 people across the country die due to opioid overdose. The problem always […]
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • What’s So Great about Marriage Meetings?
    This article is in a Q & A format to respond to frequently asked questions about marriage meetings. Q: What’s so great about marriage meetings? A: An obvious need exists […]
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Do You Have A Need to Succeed?
    Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou.  What does success mean to you? For some it is all about the bling, […]
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Book Review: How to Be Yourself
    At its worst, social anxiety can make ordering a cup of coffee a daunting task, and can make a party feel like a house of horrors. From what direction will […]
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 6:45pm -
  • 6 Ways to Navigate Anxiety
    Anxiety is frustrating. You feel like a stranger inside your own body. You feel like there are mini explosions inside your head, inside your heart. Sometimes, you shake. Sometimes, you […]
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Book Review: From Anxiety to Love
    “My anxiety journey was one of the worst, most terrifying experiences of my life. Yet once I allowed it to become my greatest teacher, it also became one of the […]
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 18, 6:42pm -
  • Trust Your Gut: The Power of Intuition
    “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people […]
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Book Review: American Snake Pit
    As a society, we often forget those who are in the most dire need. We tend to wave off any thoughts of the developmentally disabled or those left behind due […]
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 18, 6:39pm -
  • 5 Secrets to a Happy and More Productive Life
    “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” – Keri Russell Everyone has a favorite theory about what constitutes a happy life. Likely you know a few […]
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Book Review: Above The Fray
    Perfectionism, it has been said, is a blessing and a curse. While it drives us to try harder, it also moves the goal we are reaching for just far enough […]
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 18, 6:40pm -
  • Affect Dysregulation and C-PTSD
    One of the most important features of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is that of ‘affect dysregulation’. The meaning of this somewhat opaque sounding term is perhaps made clearer […]
    - 12 days ago, 13 Apr 18, 2:00pm -
  • Book Review: Rock & Water
    Rock and Water is a book meant to help readers better manage their thoughts and worries in order to enjoy a less stressful life and achieve greater happiness. According to […]
    - 13 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 6:41pm -
  • Book Review: Running with Mindfulness
    Over the years I have run track and road races of every distance, from the mile to the marathon. Many times, it felt like running was what kept me together. […]
    - 14 days ago, 11 Apr 18, 6:36pm -
  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for OCD
    If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know I’m a big proponent of exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. I don’t […]
    - 15 days ago, 10 Apr 18, 2:20pm -

ScienceDaily

  • newMental, not physical, fatigue affects seniors' walking ability
    Low 'mental energy' may affect walking patterns in older adults more than physical fatigue. New research shows the relationship between walking ability and self-reported mood.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 5:36pm -
  • newDark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation
    Findings from two new studies show dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation, while improving memory, immunity and mood.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 5:36pm -
  • newWhat if you could know that your mild cognitive impairment wouldn't progress
    Researchers found that, in some mild cognitive impairment patients, real neuropsychological stability over a decade is possible and that long-term stability could be predicted based on neuropsychological tests measuring memory and non-verbal abstract…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Apr 18, 5:36pm -
  • newHow 'partner and rival' strategies can foster or destroy cooperation
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  • newCognitive behavioral therapy can improve emotion regulation in children with autism
    New research shows cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help children with autism manage not only anxiety but other emotional challenges, such as sadness and anger. The study shows CBT can lead to significant improvements in children's emotional re…
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  • newNewspaper op-eds change minds
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  • newComments on social networks also reinforce socialization during adolescence
    Without overlooking the risks of using social networks in adolescence, a study analyzes little known information about cybergossiping among high school students.
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  • newSoccer heading -- not collisions -- cognitively impairs players
    Worse cognitive function in soccer players stems mainly from frequent ball heading rather than unintentional head impacts due to collisions, researchers have found. The findings suggest that efforts to reduce long-term brain injuries may be focusing…
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  • newGender inequality is 'drowning out' the voices of women scientists
    A researcher is calling for the voices of women to be given a fairer platform at a leading scientific conference.
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  • new2.7 billion tweets confirm: Echo chambers on Twitter are very real
    A recent study of more than 2.7 billion tweets between 2009 and 2016 confirms that Twitter users are exposed mainly to political opinions that agree with their own. It is the largest study to characterize echo chambers by both the content in them and…
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  • newStricter gun control could stop violent men killing their partners and themselves
    Men who use guns to kill their partner are also likely to commit suicide. Those planning to commit suicide are not deterred by severe penalties, and therefore the most successful way of preventing such homicides is to restrict gun access to batterers…
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  • newAging: The natural stress reliever for many women
    While some research suggests that midlife is a dissatisfying time for women, other studies show that women report feeling less stressed and enjoy a higher quality of life during this period.
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  • newEscalation of competition leads to conflict in competitive networks of F1 drivers
    A new study has revealed that people with similar social status in similar age groups are more likely to clash with each other. This rivalry could likely lead to taking more risks in fair weather conditions. A research team examined the link between…
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  • newDepressed, inactive and out of work -- study reveals lives of lonely young adults
    New research shows that lonely young adults are more likely to experience mental health problems and more likely to be out of work than their peers. The study gives a detailed snapshot of the lives of lonely 18-year-olds and shows how loneliness goes…
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  • newChildren are as fit as endurance athletes
    Researchers discover how young children seem to run around all day without getting tired: their muscles resist fatigue and recover in the same way as elite endurance athletes. The study, which compared energy output and post-exercise recovery rates o…
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  • newManaging chronic pain with light
    Scientists have identified the population of nerve cells in the skin that are responsible for sensitivity to gentle touch, and which cause severe pain in neuropathic pain patients. The team developed a light-sensitive chemical that selectively binds…
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  • newBy 2040, artificial intelligence could upend nuclear stability
    A new paper finds that artificial intelligence has the potential to upend the foundations of nuclear deterrence by the year 2040. While AI-controlled doomsday machines are considered unlikely, the hazards of artificial intelligence for nuclear securi…
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  • newImagining a positive outcome biases subsequent memories
    Imagining that an event will go well 'colors' how people remember that event after learning how it actually went, according to new findings. The findings showed that participants were more likely to mistakenly identify positive details from the event…
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  • Upswings in older-age cognitive ability may not be universal
    A study of a majority-black cohort finds no clear upward trend in cognitive abilities among older adults.
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  • Hemp shows potential for treating ovarian cancer
    Results from some of the first studies to examine hemp's ability to fight cancer show that it might one day be useful as plant-based treatment for ovarian cancer. Hemp is part of the same cannabis family as marijuana but doesn't have any psychoactive…
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  • Promise for safer opioid pain reliever
    Researchers have engineered a new compound that animal tests suggest could offer the pain-relieving properties of opioids such as morphine and oxycodone without the risk of addiction.
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  • Girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs
    The more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learning problems, academic difficulties and behavioral problems during their freshman year in high school, researchers found in a new…
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  • How do you get teens to stop cellphone use while driving? Survey says, show them the money
    Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto-insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey. However, while mor…
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  • Detecting Alzheimer's disease before it's too late
    The rate at which the protein beta-amyloid accumulates into the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) is already slowing by the time a patient would be considered to have preclinical AD, according to a longitudinal study of healthy…
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  • A neurobiological link between PTSD and addiction
    Recalling traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine in male rats, finds new research. These findings may help to explain the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.
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  • Even a single mindfulness meditation session can reduce anxiety
    Mindfulness meditation programs have shown promise for the treatment of anxiety, one of the most common mental health disorders in the US. New research suggests people can begin to derive psychological and physiological benefits from the practice aft…
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  • Cigarillo packaging can influence product perception
    Researchers surveyed 2,664 young adults who were current users, never users, or past users of little cigars and cigarillos, finding cigarillo packs with colors and containing a flavor descriptor were rated more positively for taste and smell, and hea…
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  • Dementia trend shows later onset with fewer years of the disease
    People may be deteriorating into dementia later in life and living with it for a shorter period of time, a new study suggests.
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  • Prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights
    With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of low birth weight, setting the stage for serious future health problems including infection and time…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 4:50pm -
  • Watch your step: How vision leads locomotion
    Using new technologies to track how vision guides foot placement, researchers come one step closer in determining what is going on in the brain while we walk, paving the way for better treatment for mobility impairments -- strokes, aging and Parkinso…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 4:50pm -
  • Let it go: Mental breaks after work improve sleep
    If you've had a bad day at work thanks to rude colleagues, doing something fun and relaxing after you punch out could net you a better night's sleep.
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  • Pediatric obesity, depression connected in the brain
    Early-life obesity and depression may be driven by shared abnormalities in brain regions that process rewards, according to researchers.
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  • Animal cyborg: Behavioral control by 'toy' craving circuit
    Children love to get toys from parents for their birthday present. This craving toward items also involves object hoarding disorders and shopping addiction. However, the biological meaning of why the brain pursues objects or items has remained unknow…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 3:07pm -
  • Asthma and hay fever linked to increased risk of psychiatric disorders
    A new study is the first to find a significant link between asthma, hay fever and a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Over 15 years, 10.8 percent of patients with allergic diseases developed a psychiatric disorder, compared to only 6.7 percent…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 12:54pm -
  • Endangered salamander offers clues on healing spinal cord injury
    A new study takes a comparative approach to pinpoint what happens differently in humans versus other animals to explain why they can successfully regenerate neurons while we instead form scar tissue. By learning from the similarities and differences,…
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  • Potential source of gender differences in migraines
    Findings from a new study conducted in rats reveal that females may be more susceptible to migraines and less responsive to treatment because of the way fluctuations in the hormone estrogen affect cells in the brain.
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  • New vaccine could help people overcome 'bath salts' abuse
    Researchers have developed a vaccine for one of the most dangerous types of synthetic cathinones, or bath salts. The vaccine blunts the illegal stimulant's effects on the brain, which could help recovering drug users who experience a relapse.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 12:54pm -
  • Eating more fish could prevent Parkinson's disease
    Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson's disease. A new study shines more light on the link betw…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 12:54pm -
  • IBS patients obtain robust, enduring relief from home-based treatment program
    In the largest federally funded non-drug clinical trial for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), patients with the most severe and persistent symptoms achieved robust and sustained relief by learning to control symptoms with minimal clinician contact.
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  • How your brain learns to expect mud puddles in the park (and other things)
    Whenever there's a mismatch between what you expect to experience and what you actually experience, the brain has to register the error and update your expectation. These changing expectations are fundamental for making decisions. A new study is the…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 12:54pm -
  • New study shows wearable technology also contributes to distracted driving
    A new study examines wearable technology and whether it affects drivers' concentration. Scientists have discovered that while a driver texting with a wearable device can marginally reduce their level of distraction, it ultimately makes texting while…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 12:53pm -
  • Drinking water may help exercising seniors stay mentally sharp
    Older people should drink more water to reap the full cognitive benefits of exercise, new research suggests. The study explores the association between hydration status before exercising and exercise-enhanced cognition in older adults.
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 18, 4:37pm -
  • How social networking sites may discriminate against women
    Using the photo-sharing site Instagram as a test case, researchers demonstrate how two common recommendation algorithms amplify a network effect known as homophily in which similar or like-minded people cluster together. They further show how algorit…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 9:06pm -
  • Blood biomarkers may allow easier detection, confirmation of concussions
    Researchers have found that specific small molecules in blood plasma may be useful in determining whether someone has sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly known as a concussion.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 9:06pm -
  • Animal study connects fear behavior, rhythmic breathing, brain smell center
    There's increasing physiological evidence connecting breathing patterns with the brain regions that control mood and emotion. Now researchers have added neurons associated with the olfactory system to the connection between behavior and breathing. Co…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 9:05pm -
  • What's in a name? Researchers track PTSD's many identities during war
    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with military activities for as long as wars have been fought -- but this disorder was only named in the 1980s. A new article documents a different kind of war -- a war of words -- that has bee…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 9:05pm -
  • Students learn Italian playing Assassin's Creed video game
    A professor has used video games to teach Italian, allowing his students to master two semesters worth of language acquisition through one intensive class for students new to the Italian language.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 5:14pm -
  • When there's an audience, people's performance improves
    Often people think performing in front of others will make them mess up, but a new study found the opposite: being watched makes people do better.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 4:29pm -
  • Meditation could help anxiety and cardiovascular health
    In a student-led study, one hour of mindfulness meditation shown to reduce anxiety and some cardiovascular risk markers.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 4:28pm -
  • Compound improves stroke outcome by reducing lingering inflammation
    An experimental compound appears to improve stroke outcome by reducing the destructive inflammation that can continue months after a stroke, scientists report.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 1:03pm -