PsyPost http://www.psypost.org Behavior, cognition and society Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:55:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Serial: Murder, mystery and the science of memoryhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/serial-murder-mystery-science-memory-29677 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/serial-murder-mystery-science-memory-29677#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:55:22 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29677 Can you recall what you were doing last Wednesday between 2.15pm and 2.36pm? Where were you? What did you see? Who did you talk to? How well do you remember those 21 minutes? Now try to recall Wednesday six weeks ago. What about a Wednesday 15 years ago? How detailed and accurate do you think [...]

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Study of Lou Gehrig’s disease shifts ‘origin’ focus to brain’s motor neuronshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/study-lou-gehrigs-disease-shifts-origin-focus-brains-motor-neurons-29674 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/study-lou-gehrigs-disease-shifts-origin-focus-brains-motor-neurons-29674#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:56:47 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29674 Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, might damage muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain earlier in the disease process than previously known, according to research from the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. The findings, published in the Nov. 12 Journal of Neuroscience, could shift researchers’ attention from the [...]

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Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different placehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/many-older-brains-plasticity-different-place-29672 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/many-older-brains-plasticity-different-place-29672#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:55:59 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29672 A widely presumed problem of aging is that the brain becomes less flexible — less plastic — and that learning may therefore become more difficult. A new study led by Brown University researchers contradicts that notion with a finding that plasticity did occur in seniors who learned a task well, but it occurred in a [...]

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State-of-the-art integrated imaging system allows mapping of brain cells responsible for memoryhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/state-art-integrated-imaging-system-allows-mapping-brain-cells-responsible-memory-29670 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/state-art-integrated-imaging-system-allows-mapping-brain-cells-responsible-memory-29670#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:46:53 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29670 Scientists from Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan have developed an advanced imaging system to identify cells responsible for storing memory within a tiny worm. Their study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, not only offers a new way to identify molecular substrates of memory but [...]

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Study: Vitamin B may not reduce risk of memory losshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/study-vitamin-b-may-not-reduce-risk-memory-loss-29667 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/study-vitamin-b-may-not-reduce-risk-memory-loss-29667#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:39:47 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29667 Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements may not reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems after all, according to a new study published in the November 12, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study is one of the largest to date to test long-term [...]

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Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s diseasehttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/weight-eating-habits-parkinsons-disease-29665 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/weight-eating-habits-parkinsons-disease-29665#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:38:54 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29665 Patients affected by Parkinson’s disease often show marked changes in body weight: they may gain or lose a lot of weight depending on the stage of the disease, or they may put on up to ten kilos after deep brain stimulation (a treatment to alleviate the symptoms). This situation considerably worsens the quality of life [...]

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LSD, de-patterning, and death: Terminally ill patients reenvision the end after psychedelic therapyhttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/lsd-de-patterning-death-terminally-ill-patients-reenvision-end-psychedelic-therapy-29661 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/lsd-de-patterning-death-terminally-ill-patients-reenvision-end-psychedelic-therapy-29661#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:22:30 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29661 After escaping from the lab in the 1960s, acid is again being evaluated by scientists. The first therapeutic study of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in decades has found that the mind-altering drug can help people with a life-threatening disease cope with their own death. The double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of twelve participants found that [...]

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Study examines the psychology behind our music tasteshttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/study-examines-psychology-behind-music-tastes-29658 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/study-examines-psychology-behind-music-tastes-29658#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:04:11 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29658 Metal heads, jazz purists and folkies may have more in common musically than you imagined. A new study sheds light on the shared ways in which humans perceive music. What do we really hear when we listen to music? Researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have attempted to close in on the answer [...]

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Is religion a consolation worth having?http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/religion-consolation-worth-29655 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/religion-consolation-worth-29655#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:56:52 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29655 My idea of bliss is a Sunday walk that takes in first some English countryside, and second a pleasant medieval church, with some glass or woodwork or monuments. I once even wrote a piece, published in the Larkin journal, about his poem “An Arundel Tomb”, having done a little research on early 14th-century alabaster monuments [...]

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Need to see a psychiatrist? Call your insurance company firsthttp://www.psypost.org/2014/11/need-see-psychiatrist-call-insurance-company-first-29653 http://www.psypost.org/2014/11/need-see-psychiatrist-call-insurance-company-first-29653#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:54:27 +0000 http://www.psypost.org/?p=29653 Last week, a patient contacted me to find a psychiatrist because his anxiety was beginning to get out of control. He wanted to see someone who could do therapy and prescribe medications if he needed them. I gave him some names but warned him that none of them took insurance. If he wanted to find [...]

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