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MRI shows meditation changes brain’s decision-making process

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-05:00April 20th, 2011|Categories: Brain, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-04-20) -- Neuroimaging research shows that Buddhist meditators use different areas of the brain than other people when confronted with unfair choices, enabling them to make decisions rationally rather than emotionally. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110420112328.htm The Sarkis Summary: The brain's anterior insula, is usually activated when a person experiences the emotions of rejection and mistrust. In this study, [...]

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Swearing is a powerful painkiller, study shows

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-05:00April 19th, 2011|Categories: Brain, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

You may already know this to be true, but now there is scientific evidence... MSNBC, "The Body Odd" 19April2011 -- Next time you stub your toe, go ahead and let those four-letter words fly. Cursing actually does help dull our perception of pain, new research suggests. In the study, researchers from the UK's Keele University asked [...]

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Psychologists closing in on causes of claustrophobic fear

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-05:00April 14th, 2011|Categories: Brain, Depression/Anxiety, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-04-13) -- We all move around in a protective bubble of "near space," more commonly known as "personal space." But not everyone's bubble is the same size. People who project their personal space too far beyond their bodies, or the norm of arm's reach, are more likely to experience claustrophobic fear, a new study finds. [...]

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Seeing signs or omens: A study

By |2016-11-20T07:53:46-05:00March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Brain, Research|Tags: , , , |

A study finds that 7- to 9-year-old children that have an idea/concept of a supernatural force are more likely to allow a "sign" to influence their behavior. Children in this age group who do not have an idea/concept of a supernatural force do not interpret "signs" as such. For younger children, the knowledge of a supernatural [...]

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Social anxiety disorder respond to therapy? Brain study says yes

By |2016-10-05T06:45:49-04:00March 21st, 2011|Categories: Brain, Depression/Anxiety, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-02-14) -- When psychotherapy is helping someone get better, what does that change look like in the brain? This was the question a team of psychological scientists set out to investigate in patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. "The study recruited 25 adults with social anxiety disorder from a Hamilton, Ontario clinic. The patients participated [...]

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Proposed DSM-5 Changes for ADHD

By |2016-11-20T07:53:46-05:00March 14th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Books, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, will have a new edition published in 2013. This edition will be called the DSM-5. (This is a departure from previous editions, because a roman numeral will not be used in the title.) The DSM is used by clinicians to determine [...]

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Moderate sleep loss impairs vigilance and sustained attention in children with ADHD

By |2016-11-20T07:53:46-05:00March 7th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Parenting, Research, School, Sleep|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-03-04) -- A new study indicates that the ability of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to remain vigilant and attentive deteriorated significantly after losing less than one hour of nightly sleep for a week. "Moderate sleep restriction leads to a detectable negative impact on the neurobehavioral functioning of children with ADHD and healthy controls, [...]

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Happy Children Make Happy Adults

By |2017-03-11T10:12:29-05:00February 25th, 2011|Categories: Relationships, Research, School|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-02-25) -- Being a "happy" teenager is linked to increased well-being in adulthood, new research finds. Using information from 2776 individuals who participated in the 1946 British birth cohort study, the scientists tested associations between having a positive childhood and well-being in adulthood. A 'positive' childhood was based on teacher evaluations of students' levels of [...]

Using EEGs to diagnose autism spectrum disorders in infants

By |2016-10-05T06:45:49-04:00February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Autism, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |

ScienceDaily (2011-02-22) -- A computational physicist and a cognitive neuroscientist have come up with the beginnings of a noninvasive test to evaluate an infant's autism risk. It combines the standard electroencephalogram (EEG), which records electrical activity in the brain, with machine-learning algorithms. In a pilot study, their system had 80 percent accuracy in distinguishing between 9-month-old [...]

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Kids with Migraines: Their Mental Health is Fine

By |2016-10-05T06:45:49-04:00February 18th, 2011|Categories: Depression/Anxiety, Parenting, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In a study by Bruijn, et al. (2010), it was found that compared to healthy children, children with migraines: * do not exhibit more withdrawn behavior * do not have more thought problems * do not have more social problems * do not exhibit more delinquent or aggressive behavior * are not more frequently diagnosed with [...]