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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]

September 21, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Genetics Play A Role In Suicide In Those With Bipolar Disorder?

September 21, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Translational Psychiatry looked at a combined clinical and genetic approach to the assessment of suicide and death in bipolar affective disorder. “When we think about the risk for suicide, we often think about what is happening in a person’s life at the time: the loss of a job, a major change in a relationship,” study author Eric Monson told us. “Not many people are aware that genetics play an important role in risk. In fact, the heritability for suicidality is estimated to be 30-50%, meaning that a significant proportion of risk arises from genetic sources.” [More]

September 14, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Students' Emotions Tied To Their Achievements?

September 14, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology looked at whether emotional diversity is associated with better student engagement and achievement. “Our study explored whether students who have varied emotional experiences would also be more engaged and achieve better in school,” study author Cherry Frondozo told us. “We adapted a measure of diversity from ecology to examine the link between the diversity of emotional experiences and achievement.” [More]

September 10, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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CBT May Help Treat Misophonia

September 10, 2021 08:15 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Misophonia is a neurological disorder characterized by negative emotional reactions to ordinary sounds, like chewing, eating, and breathing. People with misophonia experience strong feelings of anxiety, disgust, or anger towards these harmless noises. [More]