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October 19, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Food Worry And Mental Health During The Pandemic

October 19, 2021 10:09 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health looked at the associations between food worry and mental health during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our study focused on better understanding the mental health impacts due to worry about not having enough food to meet one’s household’s basic needs during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic,” study author Corey McAuliffe told us. “We aimed to identify the impact that food worry (concerns of meeting one’s basic food needs) had on different mental health experiences (e.g., anxiety/worry, depression, overall mental health, suicidal thoughts), as well as to explore potential inequitable impacts across the population.” [More]

October 14, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Excess Deaths Among Those With Mental Health Conditions And Intellectual Disabilities Rises During COVID-19

October 14, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Excess deaths among those with mental health conditions and intellectual disabilities has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A UK study of more than 160 thousand patients found that deaths from COVID-19 among people with learning disabilities were nine times higher than among the general population during the first UK lockdown and were five times higher among those with eating disorders. [More]

October 12, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Sexual Assault And The Effects Of Trauma On The Brain

October 12, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Brain Imaging Behaviour looked at sexual assault and white matter hyperintensities among midlife women. “Adverse mental health implications of trauma and sexual assault have been studied extensively over the years, yet much of this research wasn’t spotlighted before the advent of the #MeToo movement several years ago,” study author Dr. Rebecca Thurston told us. “There has been some work, including my own research, which linked experiences of trauma and sexual assault to the underlying cardiovascular disease risk in women. However, much less is known about what these traumatic experiences may mean for a woman’s risk of serious brain disorders such as stroke and dementia.” [More]

October 5, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Neural Mechanisms Behind The Highly Desired State Of Team Flow

October 5, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in eNeuro examined team flow and how it is a unique brain state associated with enhanced information integration and neural synchrony. “The study is about Team flow; a psychological state experienced when a team gets ‘in the zone’ during their performance,” study author Dr. Mohammad Shehata told us. “Successful teams and their coaches or supervisors strive to reach this state. We were hoping to detect brain signals specific to team flow and understand the neural mechanisms behind this state.” [More]

September 30, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Here's Why Stress May Actually Be A Useful Tool Rather Than An Obstacle

September 30, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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You feel it ahead of a big exam. Your stomach churns before a job interview. Your heart races before you board a plane. Stress is something everyone is likely to experience at some point. But stress doesn’t have to be an obstacle. In fact, it can be a useful tool. A recent study from the University of Rochester found that re-evaluating perceptions of stress can improve mental health, wellbeing and ultimately, success. [More]

September 29, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Refugees Who Want To Settle In West Least Likely To Hold Extremist Views

September 29, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Refugees who wish to settle in Western countries are less likely to have extreme political and religious views. A study published in Psychological Science surveyed 1000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. The researchers found that the majority of refugees were more motivated to return home to Syria than to migrate to Western countries, but those who did want to move to the West were less likely to hold extremist views. [More]

September 28, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Fine-Tuning Tools To Examine The Brain In Order To Alleviate Common Mental Disorders

September 28, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry looked at how genetically encoded sensors enable micro and nano-scopic decoding of transmission in healthy and diseased brains. “Our study looked at developing a method to visualize neuromodulatory communication between neurons at the nanoscale,” study author Li Lin told us. “Neuromodulatory communication is important for many high cognitive behaviors and its deficit is responsible various psychiatric, mental and neurology disorders.” [More]

September 24, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Google Assistant Wants To Be Your Friend

September 24, 2021 07:53 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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In recent news on Google’s blog, they announced that, in addition to being your personal assistant, Google is taking another step to becoming an integral part of your life. LaMDA, a conversation technology, is intended to have conversations about any topic without giving the same answer twice. [More]