Your Brain on a New Sport

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Description: Exercise is good for your brain. Well there is a no-brainer! Of course maintaining healthy fit lifestyle is good for all aspects of your physiological functioning but the research discussed in the article linked below takes a much more specific look to this question and indicates that exercise alone is not optimal. Read the… Read more »

Weight-lifting and Brain Health?

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Description: We’ve known for a while about the positive effects of aerobic activity on slowing the aging process. The question hasn’t been addressed is the effect of light weight training not just on muscle mass but on brain health. This article describes a study by researchers at the University bridge calm your that examined this… Read more »

Face-to-Face Interaction and Levels of Depression

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Description: Are all social contacts more or less equal in terms of what they do for us? The study described in this article looked at the relationships between the frequency of several types of social contact and symptoms of depression among people over 50 years of age. What do YOU think they found? Source: Today… Read more »

Action Gaming and Executive Function: A Gamers’ Advantage?

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Description: There has been a lot of concern about the effective videogame violence, but what about positive effects of gaming? This article discusses the possibility that engaging in action gaming may have a long-term positive effect on the executive function of the brains of gamers. Source: The Inquisitive Mind, Experience in Action Games and the… Read more »

OPA comments on Globe and Mail Open Minds series on Canada’s Current Mental Health Treatment Picture

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Description: So how do psychologists feel about the issues raised in the Globe and Mail’s Open Minds series on the state of mental health treatment in Canada? Read this Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) Facebook page post to see their specific response to an Op Ed (opinion/editorial) column by Andre Picard a Globe and Mail health… Read more »

Are CBT effects on Physical Issues Really a Surprise?

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Description: We may assume that physical symptoms need to be treated with medication but we also know that disorders like depression are very treatable with forms of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The conditions discussed in this article all show signs of positive change when treated with one or another form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Of course… Read more »

Cell Phones and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT To Go

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Description: Can communication mediums such as text messaging be used to increase the effectiveness of treatments for disorders like depression? This article and other sources linked below describes studies that suggest that this may be true. Source: The ShrinkRap: Can your I-Phone prevent a relapse of depression? Date: April 28, 2015 Photo Credit: iSTock Photo:… Read more »

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and “Fuzzy” Thinking

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Description: Feeling like your thinking is less sharp or even describable as “fuzzy’ is a fairly common subjective report offered by people struggling with depression or bipolar disorder. However, there has been debate as to whether such feeling are reflections of actual changes in brain function or related, instead to changes in mood or motivation… Read more »

Oliver Sacks on Feelings of Disorder (or Dis-ease)

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Description: What subjective/psychologically experiences do we associate with disease? Oliver Sacks, the deeply respected physician and professor of neurology discusses about how patients with migraines talk about the psychological experiences associated with their migraine headaches. The 81 year old Sacks goes on to talk about his own experiences with a particular palliative treatment for the… Read more »

Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Steps Toward the Development of a Treatment

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Description: Current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are limited in their effectiveness. A major issue is sorting out the potential causes of the disease from symptoms – the classical problem of correlation. This research on the potentially positive effects of ultrasound on the amyloid plaques that arise in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients is a good… Read more »