Reactivating Stem Cells: Possbile Key to Treating Neurodegenerative Disorders

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Memory, Neuroscience, Physical Changes In Aging, Physiology, Research Methods.

Description: When I first started teaching introductory psychology a few decades ago I used to tell students that they had most of the largest number of brain neurons they would ever have at the time they were born. After their birth the number of brain cells dropped due to things like attrition and pruning (neurons… Read more »

Psychology of Covid: Our Sense of Smell Gets a New Look

Posted by & filed under Cultural Variation, Learning, Neuroscience, Sensation-Perception, Sensory-Perceptual Development.

Description: Quickly consider and respond to this question. Of all your senses, which is the most important to you and which is the least important to you? Odd are VERY strong that you put smell at the bottom of the list as your least important and the one you would offer up if you had… Read more »

This is Your Brain on Lonely

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Higher-Order Cognitive Functions in Aging, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Neuroscience, Social Perception, Social Psychology, The Self.

Description: Being lonely is not an enjoyable experience and in many ways that I suspect you are aware of or could guess at, it is not good for you either. But how does prolonged loneliness effect your brain and why might it be useful and important to know how loneliness impacts people’s brains? Think about… Read more »

Psychology of COVID-19: Stress and Vaccine Efficacy

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Health Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: If you have taken an introductory Psychology course that included a section on stress you may be aware that ongoing stress can have a negative impact upon your immune system. Those with sustained moderate to high levels of stress are at increased risk for things ranging from colds to cancer as a result of… Read more »

Transgenerational Neural Impact of Early Neglect

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Families and Peers, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Human Development, Neuroscience, Sensory-Perceptual Development, Stress, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: You have likely heard about the research looking at the longer term imp0acts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) on later development and functioning as children grow into adulthood. In has supported and spurred on an ongoing push for early intervention with at-risk families in an effort to minimize the existence of or to mitigate… Read more »

Psychology of Covid-19 and Sleep: Get What You Need

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Consciousness, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Stress, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing, Student Success.

Description: How are you sleeping these (Covid surging again) days? It will likely not surprise you to hear that more people are having trouble sleeping or are having weird dreams or both these days. The direct and indirect stresses and anxieties of the Covid-19 pandemic and the related uncertainties are definitely making it harder to… Read more »

What is Your Brain For? Maybe NOT for Thinking!

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Genetics: The Biological Context of Development, Language-Thought, mental illness, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Health, Stress, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: When you experience a flair of stress or anxiety what is your first thought? I suspect it is some version of “What is going on in my world that is stressful or challenging”. Especially these days with a raging pandemic, that is not a bad first thought as it can lead to problem focused… Read more »

Toxoplasmosis, Inflamation, and Dementia: New Possibilities

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging Psychological Disorders, Chronic Illness, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Schizophrenia.

Description: Perhaps you have heard about Toxoplasmosis? It is a condition caused by a parasite that is carried by cats who catch wild birds and that can be picked up by humans when they clean the cats’ litter boxes and inhale some of the T. gondii parasite while doing so. Exposure among pregnant women can… Read more »