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June 1, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks Into Why Lithium Doesn't Work For All Bipolar Disorder Patients

June 1, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that includes depressive and manic episodes. It affects about two per cent of people around the globe. The first line of treatment for bipolar disorder is a drug called lithium. Unfortunately, about 70 per cent of bipolar disorder patients don’t respond to it. A new study looked at whether genes had a role to play in lithium response in bipolar disorder patients. [More]

May 30, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Video Conferences More Exhausting If Participants Don't Feel Sense of Belonging

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

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You sit down in front of your computer screen and dial in to yet another video conference. The content of the meeting isn’t all that different from if you had gathered with your colleagues in person, but after back to back video calls, you’re exhausted. You’re not alone. Research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that more than 90 percent of employees reported feeling tired after a videoconference. [More]

May 5, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At How A Computer Program Could Reduce Anxiety In Children

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

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A new study published in the Journal of Applied Neuropsychology: Child looked at computerized inhibitory control training and its effect on reducing anxiety in preadolescent students. “The key goal of the study was to further examine the interrelation between inhibitory control (IC) and anxiety in preadolescent-aged children, and to determine whether training IC through a remote, computerized program could serve as an effective means for reducing anxiety,” lead author, Nathaniel Shanok, Ph.D. told us. [More]

February 25, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Women Better At Reading Minds Than Men

February 25, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Psychologists in the UK have developed the first ever mind reading questionnaire designed to assess how well people understand what others are truly thinking. The researchers from the University of Bath, Cardiff and London developed the new questionnaire and in doing so determined that women are much better at understanding what others may be thinking. [More]

February 23, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows Children With Better Self-Control Age Slower

February 23, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the journal, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) looked at how childhood self-control forecasts the pace of midlife aging and preparedness for old age. “We studied whether as adults, children who exercise better self-control age more slowly, and are more prepared to manage the health, financial, and social demands of later life,” study author Leah Richmond-Rakerd told us. “We also investigated whether self-control in adulthood – not just childhood – is important for aging.” Prior studies have shown that people with better self-control live longer lives. Richmond-Rakerd and the team predicted that people with better self-control would also age more healthily, in midlife. [More]

January 12, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Some People More Vulnerable To Alcohol Addiction Than Others?

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

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Researchers examined 190 young adults and followed them for ten years. They were directly tested on their response to alcohol vs. placebo beverage in initial testing sessions and then they returned five and ten years later to a laboratory in Chicago to undergo identical re-examination testing. “We flew people in from all over the country (and the world!) to come back for their returning sessions,” study author Andrea King told us. “We also conducted regular follow-up interviews semi-annually in that period. I am grateful the participants were so connected to the study, as 99% of those still living continued to participate over the decade.” [More]

December 27, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Dislike Of Appearance In Teen Years Predictive of Depression Later in Life

December 27, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Teenagers who are unhappy with how they look have a significantly heightened risk of depression by adulthood. In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, researchers found the increased risk of depression ranged from 50 per cent to 285 per cent, with boys being more likely to experience severe depression than their female peers. [More]

December 15, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Cocaine And Mice Can Tell Us About Sleep Deprivation

December 15, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Did you know that adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep per day and that adolescents need eight to ten hours? According to statistics from the Institute of Medicine, American adults and teens aren’t getting enough sleep. How does lack of sleep or sleep deprivation affect our brain’s reward system? An average of 50-70 million American adults have a sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. Approximately 30 per cent of American adults say they have experienced short term insomnia while 10 per cent say they experience chronic insomnia. A new study published in eNeuro looked at sleep-deprivation and rewards using mice and cocaine. [More]