Social Anxiety and Acts of Kindness: An Optimistic Intervention?

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Description: Some people experience high levels of anxiety when they have to engage socially with other people and with the world in general. What sorts of things do you think might help reduce their tendency to avoid social interaction? Think of these three possibilities that were tested in a research article discussed in the linked… Read more »

OCD: A look into the Brain

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Description: If you haven’t had to deal with any symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder it’s hard to imagine what it would feel like from the perspective of someone dealing with that experience. In the article linked below you can see how at the same time psychology and neuroscience or digging deeper into the brain using brain… Read more »

Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease and Light Therapy

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Description: The most poignant symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of previously consolidated long-term memories. The search is on for therapies that will, in particular reduce the impact of this particular symptom of the disorder. Read the article linked below for an overview of the way fiber-optic or light therapy may have a positive… Read more »

Daylight Saving and Physical and Psychological Health

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Description: Last weekend we moved our clocks ahead one hour as part of daylight savings time (at least most of us did, and now people in Saskatchewan who did not move their clocks advantage being on the same time as Alberta). How do you feel? What sort of physical or psychological consequences might you hypothesize… Read more »

Mental Illness and Parent Blaming: Here We Go Again??

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Description: Psychologist Oliver James, in a recently released book entitled Not in Your Genes: The Real Reason Parents Are Like Their Children (2016), argues that there is no evidence for the claim that genetics plays any sort of role whatsoever in core disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression. The article linked below points out some… Read more »

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 »

This is Your Brain on Winter!

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Description: So here is something most Canadians and other northern dwellers ought to know. What effect does winter have on your cognitive and emotional functioning? While the stuff we know well about seasonal affect disorder as described in the video which runs at the top of the linked article below but after looking at it… Read more »

Schizophrenia and Gene Component 4: A Clue to Origins?

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Description: One of the keys to understanding the emergence of schizophrenia might be developmental and genetic. This article explores a recent finding looking at the way our system regulates the pruning of neurons in neural networks within adolescents in the role that malfunctioning of this planning process might play in the development of a disorder… Read more »

Schizophrenia: Mouse Study of Negative Symptoms

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Description: The social withdrawal and emotional blunting that often present as symptoms amongst individuals struggling with schizophrenia have been hypothesized to not be linked to the neuro-chemical functioning within an area or areas of the brain. The suggestion was made due to the lack of response of these symptoms to neuro-chemical treatments that were producing… Read more »

Football, Will Smith and CTE

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Description: The recently released Will Smith film, Concussion, dramatizes a rising concern over the long-term effects of head injuries suffered by professional football players (among other athletes). This video story reports on a study in which the brains of former NFL players would passed away were autopsied and studied in detail for the effects of… Read more »