PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:09:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 See-through sensors open new window into the brainhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/see-sensors-open-new-window-brain-28889 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/see-sensors-open-new-window-brain-28889#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:09:49 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28889 Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging from neuroscience to cardiac care and even contact lenses, in the Oct. 20 issue of the online journal [...]

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Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connectionshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/immune-proteins-moonlight-regulate-brain-cell-connections-28886 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/immune-proteins-moonlight-regulate-brain-cell-connections-28886#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:05:39 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28886 When it comes to the brain, “more is better” seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) recently found that an immune-system protein called [...]

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Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later lifehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/teenage-self-harm-linked-problems-later-life-28884 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/teenage-self-harm-linked-problems-later-life-28884#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:02:33 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28884 Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed. Researchers at the University of Bristol, working together with colleagues from the University of Oxford and University College London, collected data from [...]

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Unsteady on your feet? Little touches could make all the differencehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/unsteady-feet-little-touches-make-difference-28881 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/unsteady-feet-little-touches-make-difference-28881#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:59:09 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28881 When a toddler takes their first steps we observe an uncertain sway in their walking. Being unsteady on our feet is something we can experience throughout life – and a new study has shown how even the lightest fingertip touch can help people to maintain their balance. The research, led by the University of Birmingham, [...]

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Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may have an impact on depressionhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/analgesics-anti-inflammatory-drugs-may-impact-depression-28879 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/analgesics-anti-inflammatory-drugs-may-impact-depression-28879#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:56:32 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28879 Ordinary over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs purchased from pharmacies may also be effective in the treatment of people suffering of depression. This is shown by the largest ever meta-analysis that has just been published by a research group from Aarhus University in the American scientific journal JAMA Psychiatry. The meta-analysis is based on [...]

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Researchers identify key factor in transition from moderate to problem drinkinghttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/researchers-identify-key-factor-transition-moderate-problem-drinking-28877 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/researchers-identify-key-factor-transition-moderate-problem-drinking-28877#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:31:56 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28877 A team of UC San Francisco researchers has found that a tiny segment of genetic material known as a microRNA plays a central role in the transition from moderate drinking to binge drinking and other alcohol use disorders. Previous research in the UCSF laboratory of Dorit Ron, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction [...]

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Even depressed people believe that life gets betterhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/even-depressed-people-believe-life-gets-better-28875 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/even-depressed-people-believe-life-gets-better-28875#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:31:07 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28875 Adults typically believe that life gets better — today is better than yesterday was and tomorrow will be even better than today. A new study shows that even depressed individuals believe in a brighter future, but this optimistic belief may not lead to better outcomes. The findings are published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal [...]

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The consequences of face-ism: Study shows how facial appearances foster biased decisionshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/consequences-face-ism-impressions-shaped-facial-appearance-foster-biased-decisions-28870 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/consequences-face-ism-impressions-shaped-facial-appearance-foster-biased-decisions-28870#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:55:39 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28870 Research in recent years has shown that people associate specific facial traits with an individual’s personality. For instance, people consistently rate faces that appear more feminine or that naturally appear happy as looking more trustworthy. In addition to trustworthiness, people also consistently associate competence, dominance, and friendliness with specific facial traits. According to an article [...]

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A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairmenthttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/rich-vocabulary-can-protect-cognitive-impairment-28867 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/rich-vocabulary-can-protect-cognitive-impairment-28867#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:49:57 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28867 Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such [...]

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Animal therapy reduces anxiety, loneliness symptoms in college studentshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/10/animal-therapy-reduces-anxiety-loneliness-symptoms-college-students-28865 http://www.psypost.org/2014/10/animal-therapy-reduces-anxiety-loneliness-symptoms-college-students-28865#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:47:47 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=28865 Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design. Their findings are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. The researchers provided animal-assisted therapy to 55 students in a [...]

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