Psychology-Psychiatry

Light Therapy is More Effective than Prozac in Major Depression

Light Therapy is More Effective than Prozac in Major Depression

Bright light therapy has a proven track record of success in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly referred to as the winter blues. A new study from the University of British Columbia shows that this simple and safe therapy is effective for non-seasonal major depression. In fact, researchers showed light therapy was much more effective than fluoxetine (Prozac).

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Study Finds Holocaust Survivors Trauma Passed on to Children Genetically

Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Study Finds Holocaust Survivors Trauma Passed on to Children Genetically

Transmission of trauma to a child via what is called “epigenetic inheritance” – the idea that environmental influences such as smoking, diet and stress can affect the genes of your children and possibly even grandchildren. Very interesting read…

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Is Psychiatry Erasing the Individual’s Unique Individuality?

Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Science with 0 Comments
Is Psychiatry Erasing the Individual’s Unique Individuality?

Since none of the 300 official mental disorders has any defining physical test for diagnosis, there is no proof they exist. Period. You could interview thousands of people who say they feel depressed, and you would find significant differences. The more you listened to their stories, the more you would be convinced of the differences. You would be splitting apart the central idea of “depression” and realizing it has no common center. This is hard for many people to believe. That’s how brainwashed they are. There are no common universal states of consciousness. It’s all unique, from person to person. Just as there is no single enlightened state of consciousness which is the same for everyone, there are no “mental disorder” states that are the same for everyone.

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Scientist Develops Book That Sends Children to Sleep in Minutes

Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 1 Comment
Scientist Develops Book That Sends Children to Sleep in Minutes

A new story book promises it can get any child to sleep. Parents say it has really helped their children to relax and fall asleep.

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Here’s Why Half of the Life You Experience is Over by Age 7

Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 1 Comment
Here’s Why Half of the Life You Experience is Over by Age 7

Have you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older? There’s a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you’re a kid, but zips by before you know it when you’re 30. That reason is perspective, as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener, demonstrates. When you’re one year old, a year is literally forever to you — it’s all the time that you’ve ever known. But as you grow older, one year is a smaller and smaller fraction of your total life. It’s like watching something shrink in your rear view mirror.

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Women’s Brains May Be the Most Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s

Women’s Brains May Be the Most Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s

Women’s brains might be more vulnerable to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease than men’s, causing them to decline in memory and cognitive function twice as fast, according to new research that could explain why women make up two-thirds of all diagnosed Alzheimer’s cases in the US.

The finding was presented this week at the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, DC, with the team also noting that women tend to decline more dramatically than men in cognition, function, and brain size after they’ve been in surgery or under general anaesthesia.

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Brain Area Found That May Make Humans Unique

Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Brain Area Found That May Make Humans Unique

Neuroscientists have identified an area of the brain that might give the human mind its unique abilities, including language. The area lit up in human, but not monkey, brains when they were presented with different types of abstract information.

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Massive Study: Birth Order Has No Meaningful Effect on Personality or IQ

Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Massive Study: Birth Order Has No Meaningful Effect on Personality or IQ

Birth order study: Researchers have found that the differences between first-borns and ‘later-borns’ are so small that they have no practical relevance.

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How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

By Omar Cherif Three weeks ago, I found through my Finnish bungalow-mate, Jarkko, that there is an Underworld concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought it would be a cool event and we agreed to go together. We had our raving days back in our early 20s and it has been while for the both […]

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Humans’ Built-in GPS is our 3-D Sense of Smell

Humans’ Built-in GPS is our 3-D Sense of Smell

Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows. While humans may lack the scent-tracking sophistication of, say, a search-and-rescue dog, we can sniff our way, blindfolded, toward a location whose scent we’ve smelled only once before, according to the UC Berkeley study published today (June 17) in the journal PLOS ONE.

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This Just in: Emotional & Rational Brains ‘physically different’

Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
This Just in: Emotional & Rational Brains ‘physically different’

Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to those who respond more rationally, in a study published in the journal NeuroImage. The work, led by Robert Eres from the University’s School of Psychological Sciences, pinpointed correlations between grey matter density and cognitive and affective empathy. The study looked at whether people who have more brain cells in certain areas of the brain are better at different types of empathy.

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Is Happiness In Your Genes?

Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Is Happiness In Your Genes?

Why do some people smile more than others? Is the answer in our genes? It turns out, how happy you are may be partly determined by your genes.

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Despite Negativity in Our Media, Scientists Say There is Universal Human Bias for Positive Words

Despite Negativity in Our Media, Scientists Say There is Universal Human Bias for Positive Words

Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times — research examining billions of words, shows that these sources — and all human language — skews toward the use of happy words. This Big Data study confirms the 1969 Pollyanna Hypothesis that there is a universal human tendency to “look on and talk about the bright side of life.

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Scientists Have Found Out Why You’re Chronically Late

Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Scientists Have Found Out Why You’re Chronically Late

One of the most obvious and common reasons that people are frequently late is that they simply fail to accurately judge how long a task will take – something known as the planning fallacy. Research has shown that people on average underestimate how long a task will take to complete by a significant 40 percent.

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Twin Telepathy: Is there a ‘Special Connection’?

Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Twin Telepathy: Is there a ‘Special Connection’?

Clearly, we have a lot to learn from twins. I have collected quite enough evidence, much of it at first hand, to show that communication at a distance can take place and can be seen to take place under controlled laboratory conditions. Yet, as I said earlier, this remains one of the most under-researched subjects in all of science. The reason I usually hear is that telepathy is obviously impossible since there is no known mechanism that could explain it.

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