Placebo Effects at the Olympics

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Description: Have a look at the picture below. The athlete in the picture has a circular mark on his right shoulder. Do you know what that mark is? It’s a result of the sort of reverse massage technique called cupping were suction is applied to the area of the skin and the tissues are pulled… Read more »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

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Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… Read more »

Zika Virus: Possible affects in the brains of adult mice

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Description: You have probably heard of the Zika virus. It is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes and by sexual intercourse and is led to travel advisories specifically aimed at pregnant women considering traveling to or living in areas of Central and South America where the virus has been active. Most of what you have likely… Read more »

Sea Quest Heros versus Dementia!

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Description: How might you playing an app based game help neuroscientists diagnose dementia among the elderly? Not sure? Well, the loss of spatial skill or the ability to navigate is an early symptom of the onset of dementia. So how about now, how might you answer that opening question? Give it some thought have a… Read more »

REM State Sleep and Memory Formation: Dreaming Mice

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Description: You may recall from a section in one of your psychology courses that the early part of a night’s sleep is typically referred to as restorative sleep. This involves deep sleep. In the latter half of a night’s sleep we typically engage in more rapid eye movements or REM state sleep. Do you recall… Read more »

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 »