How are Preschoolers’ Sleep and Mental Health Related?

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Description: There may be a reciprocal relationship between sleep disorders in toddlers and psychological problems both concurrently and in the future. The research discussed in this article suggests that causality may go both ways with sleep issues giving rise to psychological problems and vice verse. The relationship is likely complex and other factors may be… Read more »

What goes on on your brain when you are not there? Induced out of body experiences

Posted by & filed under Consciousness, Development of the Self, Sensation-Perception, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders, Uncategorized.

Description: Have you heard of anyone having an out of body experience? Well this article describes how some researchers produced the subjective experience of an out of body experience while people were in an MRI scanner to the researchers could see what parts of the participants’ brains were involved in the pout of body sensations…. Read more »

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and “Fuzzy” Thinking

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging Psychological Disorders, Consciousness, Depression, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Physical Changes In Aging, Psychophysical Disorders Health Psychology, Uncategorized.

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 »

Body Language: Paying Attention from the Top

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Description: What can we learn about how we are being perceived or received by paying attention to the head movements and related gestures of the people we are interacting with? Perhaps more than we are aware of. Source: Psych-Mechanics: Hanan Parvez  (Link below) Date: April 13, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Links http://www.psychmechanics.com/2015/04/body-language-gestures-of-head-and-neck.html Study Body Language Website:… Read more »

Cognitive/Brain Function and Chemo Therapies: Chemo Brain

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Description: Does chemo therapy have an impact upon brain functioning? If so, what are the impacts, how does chemo therapy affect the brain and how permanent are the results? Source: Science Daily: Cancer and chemo brain: Cancer diagnosis affects cognitive function Date: April 17, 2015 Photo Credit: http://www2.rsna.org/timssnet/media/pressreleases/pr_target.cfm?id=629 Links:    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150417085226.htm Chemo brain and physical brain… Read more »

Early Roots of Empathy

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Description: Figuring out how other people are feeling, especially when they are experiencing different emotions than we are is quite a challenge. When can preschoolers do this? Do they have to figure it out using some sort of cognitive emotional analysis or might they start by more simply empathically resonating with another’s emotional state? Source:… Read more »

Space Psychology

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual Cognitive Measures, Consciousness, Motivation-Emotion, Psychological Health, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Uncategorized.

Description: So just what are the psychological consequences of spending a long time (1 year) in space? Well from 2001 a Space Odyssey to Interstellar there has been a lot of science fiction film speculation but what do we know from a scientific point of view. Quite a bit actually. Source: PA Pacific Standard: What… Read more »

Pilots and Depression: Ethical Issues and Considerations

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Description: It appears that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane (on March 24, 2015) locked the pilot and remaining crew out of the cockpit and deliberately flew the plane into a mountainside killing everyone on board. Discussion and speculation about his mental health status and his previous struggles with depression raise a number of ethical… Read more »

Why Might Some Disorders be Uniquely Human?

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Description: Are there forms of psychopathology among non-human animals (perhaps)? What about schizophrenia (perhaps not)? What is it about schizophrenia that may make it a uniquely human disorder? Sources: Scientific American: Why Don’t Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? Date: March 25, 2015 Photo Credit: Jessie Wilcox Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessie_Willcox_Smith) Links:     http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-don-t-animals-get-schizophrenia-and-how-come-we-do/ Laurel… Read more »