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A science-backed trick to reduce fear and anxiety takes just 30 seconds and a pen

The next time painful or stressful feelingsthreaten to overwhelm you, here is what you do: get something to write with. Get something to write on. Write down a word that describes the emotion you’re experiencing. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive. Just a word or two will do.<p>Affect labeling—the …

Emotions

US Creative Work of the Week: Whiskas ad tells true story of young autistic girl and her cat companion

Brazil's AlmapBBDO has created a heartwarming film for Whiskas that tells the real-life story of a young autistic girl whose cat helped her find …

Creativity

Social Network In Monkey Brains Is Clue To Evolution Of Human Mind

Monkey brains have sections dedicated solely to social interactions, a new finding that researchers say could help us better understand the human …

The Brain

How Stress Changes A Student's Brain: The Neurology Of 'Pressure'

<b>How Stress Changes A Student’s Brain: The Neurology Of ‘Pressure’</b><p>by J<b>udy Willis</b><p>From neuroimaging and correlated neurocognitive research, we’ve seen …

The Brain

How are mental traits that are considered distinctively human built from evolutionary precursors found in other species? @howbrainsevolve https://t.co/5FWfu3KJnD

Could Magnetic Brain Stimulation Help People with Alzheimer's?

On the heels of one failed drug trial after another, a recent study suggests people with early Alzheimer’s disease could reap modest benefits from a …

The Brain

Prosthetic Limb 'Sees' What Its User Wants to Grab

Adding computer vision and deep learning to a prosthetic makes it far more effective

Robotics

I Know Something Is Wrong But I Don’t Know What | Ask the Therapist

Hi, I am a 24 year old guy and I’m currently dealing with a pretty bad social phobia and agoraphobia. I believe most of my anxiety stems from my …

Mental Health

Complex gene interactions in autism offer avenues for treatment | Spectrum | Autism Research News

The Expert:<p>Lauren Weiss<p><b>Associate professor</b>, University of California, San Francisco<p>Every scientific hypothesis comes with a set of assumptions. For …

Autism

Advice to a young scientist | E.O. Wilson

https://download.ted.com/talks/EOWilson_2012P-64k.mp4"The world needs you, badly," says legendary biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young …

6 Ways Exercise Benefits The Body And Brain

Though some people actually love physical activity and look forward to it, for many of us, exercising is a mighty drag. Exercise has also had an added PR problem in recent years: A growing body of evidence has shown that it’s not all that good for weight loss, which was probably many people’s …

Longevity

Are Cats Responsible for "Cat Ladies"?

We all know that person. Her Instagram is covered with more pictures of feline friends than human companions. Not an insignificant number of these …

Neuroscience

Man with Down Syndrome Retires After Working 33 Years at McDonald’s – Week in Neurodiversity (5/20/17)

The Week in Neurodiversity<p><b>The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.</b><p>(3 mins 42 sec) In this episode, McDonald’s honors an employee with …

Autism

Stop telling your child they're 'amazing'. Instead, say this.

Is praise always good?<p>A new study presented at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference showed regular parental praise, specifically five times a day, improves a child's well being. The study, based on England’s De Montfort University’s Five Praises campaign, surveyed 38 parents of 2- …

Parenting

The Human Nose Knows More Than We Think

The smell of coffee may urge you out of bed in the morning, and the perfume of blooming lilacs in the spring is divine. But you do not see police …

The Brain

Major finding in human anatomy has implications for many brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s

<b>By David Kohn</b>, <i>The Washington Post</i>Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades. So he knew that this network, which carries …

Neuroscience

Following a caffeine hit we now have Adam Waldman talking about MRS use in dementia #DementiaMRI2017 https://t.co/e1bQSph4YX

Games Master Manipulators Play: Sandbagging

During my childhood the Uncle Remus stories were still quite popular. The racist portrayal of a kindly “Uncle Tom” telling stories to white children …

Psychology

Where Pianists Look When They Play

Where do pianists look while they're playing?Function, a video series from Fractal NYC, outfitted two piano players with special glasses that track …

Sheet Music

Where In Your Body Is Your Soul?

Neither quantum physicists nor cognitive psychologists have definitively answered questions about the existence, composition, location, or even the necessity of the human soul.<p>For Christians, the soul is an integral part of who you are. You have a body and you have a soul and the two are connected. …

Consciousness

New Biomarkers For Multiple Sclerosis Pathogenesis

Researchers identify new biomarkers associated with multiple sclerosis pathogenesis.The post New Biomarkers For Multiple Sclerosis Pathogenesis …

Neuroscience

Flies Are Key to Studying the Causes of Dementia

Findings could help researchers hone in on new targets and treatments for Alzheimer's and other neurodegnerative diseases.The post Flies Are Key to …

Neuroscience

Stressing the Brain Through Technology May Reduce Age Related Diseases

A new study describes how advances in technology can help us avoid aging and age related diseases.The post Stressing the Brain Through Technology May …

Neuroscience

Tau Prevents Synaptic Transmission at Early Stage of Neurodegeneration

<i>Summary: Study reveals Tau proteins disrupt synaptic transmission in early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.</i><p>Source: VIB Flanders.<p><b>Tau proteins are</b> …

Neuroscience

Neurological Conditions May Begin In the Womb

<i>Summary: Immune system protein could play a role in the development of schizophrenia and epilepsy during pregnancy, researchers report.</i><p>Source: …

Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism | Spectrum | Autism Research News

The Experts:<p>Nathan Caruana<p><b>Research fellow</b>, Macquarie University<p>Jon Brock<p><b>Research fellow</b>, Macquarie University<p>You’re walking down a narrow corridor. …

Autism

Art after a Brain Injury

Sheri Bakes, <i>Moonshine</i>, 2017. Courtesy Bau-Xi Gallery.<p>Imagine closing your eyes and being unable to recall the face of your best friend, or husband or …

Artists

PODCAST: Why Does Depression Make Us Feel Guilt or Shame?

In this week’s <b>Psych Central Show</b>, Gabe and Vincent discuss feelings of guilt surrounding a mental illness diagnosis. Lots of us feel guilty about our …

Mental Health