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 »

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 »

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 »

What is Your Brain For? Maybe NOT for Thinking!

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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 »

No More Time Shifting: But Which Time to Pick?

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, Cultural Variation, Human Development, Motivation-Emotion, Neuroscience, Sensation-Perception, Sensory-Perceptual Development, Stress Biopsychosocial Factors Illness, Stress Coping - Health.

Description: As I write this we are right on top of our semi-annual exercise in time-shifting; we are “falling back” as we move off of daylight savings time and back to standard time, at least assuming you do not live in Saskatchewan or Russia or Morocco or any of the other places that stick with… Read more »

Focussed Ultrasound Does an End-Run on the BBB and that is a Good Thing!

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, Health and Prevention In Aging, Intervention: Adults-Couples, Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Treatment of Psychological Disorders.

Description: If you have had an introductory Psychology course, and perhaps even if you have not yet,  you are likely aware of the challenges faced when researchers and clinicians want to introduce drugs in to specific brain regions or to influence specific neurotransmitter systems within the brain. Trying to increase the functional levels of a… Read more »

Your Brain on Dissociation

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Consciousness, mental illness, Neuroscience, Physiology, Psychological Disorders, Somatic Symptoms Dissociative Disorders.

Description: What does dissociation involve?  At its “simplest” level, it an involve a sort of out of body experience sometimes described as being out of the pilot chair of your body or consciousness and watching things happening to you from a third-party perspective. More complex forms of dissociation include amnesia (often related to trauma), identity… Read more »

Psychology of COVID-19 SES – We Have Functional Prosopagnosia

Posted by & filed under Abnormal Psychology, Aging-Psychological Disorders, Clinical Neuropsychology, Health and Prevention In Aging, Neuroscience, Psychological Disorders, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: Have you ever heard of prosopagnosia? It is the term for something called face blindness or the inability to recognize people based on looking at their faces. It can be found among individuals on the Autism Spectrum, who may not process social cues as others do, or it can arise following a stroke. The… Read more »

Psychology and Covid-19: The Loss of Touch

Posted by & filed under Clinical Neuropsychology, Depression, Health Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Motivation-Emotion, Physiology, Psychological Health, Sensation-Perception, Stress Coping - Health, Stress: Coping Reducing.

Description: OK, what is the point of staying two arms lengths (one bicycle length) away from each other in these days of Coivd-19? Well, so we do not pass the virus but in effect, so we do not touch, even via a few drops at a short distance. While we are self-isolating, we can stay… Read more »