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 »

Experiences that Teach Empathy?

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Description: Within Western society, we typically view the basic psychological unit of analysis to be an autonomous self-interested individual person. This basic unit of analysis gives rise to problems only consider concepts like empathy or prosocial behaviour where individuals act apparently against their self-interest by helping others. So if we are self-interested why would we… Read more »

Relative Efficacy of CBT versus Drugs for Treating Depression

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Description: If your physician told you that he or she thought you might be depressed and indicated that they could either provide you with antidepressant drugs or refer you for cognitive behaviour therapy which would you pick? Before answering have a look at this article and consider the research it discusses. Source: Talking Therapy as… Read more »

Sadness Leading to Physical Disease?

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Description: Someone at some point it may have suggested to you that at least part of remaining healthy involves maintaining an upbeat positive attitude. While that may sound all bit like the old statement that an apple a day might keep the doctor away interesting research is starting to show us some of the ways… Read more »

Brain Connections and ADHD

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Description: Is attention deficit disorder a true brain disorder or a functional disorder based on such things as lack of motivation and insufficient training and attention management? This article addresses part of this question. Source: A peek at Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits, Shots: Health News from APR, Jon Hamilton Date: November 30, 2015… Read more »

When are Synapses Impacted in the Emergence of Alzheimer’s?

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Description: In relation to Alzheimer’s disease, the races on to properly understand not only the underlying causes of the disorder but also the order in which these causes unfold. This article talks about recent research that seems to be located the point in the disease development process for the actual synapses in the neural system… Read more »