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Are the neo-Nazis rallying this weekend mentally ill? The answer isn't easy for psychiatrists

The scores of people carrying flaming torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us” last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, bore the message of …


Scientists remotely hacked a brain, controlling body movements

Imagine someone remotely controlling your brain, forcing your body’s central processing organ to send messages to your muscles that you didn’t …

The Brain

Eye Test Could Predict Alzheimer's Years Before Symptoms Appear

<i>Summary: Researchers report the retina may provide clues as to those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A new study reports amyloid plaques</i> …


Loneliness even unhealthier than obesity, should be a public health priority: psychologist

Loneliness can have the same effects on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, says one researcher.

Public Health

Scientists now know how recreational mushrooms make their magic, which means you can, too

Scientists have long wondered how and why magic mushrooms create psilocybin, a psychoactive chemical that causes hallucinations when ingested. Two …


Are Smart People More Likely to Believe Stereotypes? | Mental Floss

A new study published in the <i>Journal of Experimental Psychology: General</i> finds that people who score higher on one type of intelligence test are more …


Internet overuse may lead to neuropsychiatric dysfunction, says research

Internet overuse has risen to epidemic proportions and people are becoming vulnerable to many neuropsychiatric dysfunctions such as irritation, …


Specialized Neurons That Respond to Pain of Pulling Single Hair Discovered

<i>Summary: NIH researchers have identified a specific type of sensory neurons which become activated as a result of pulling a single hair.</i><p>Source:</b> …


How we recall the past

When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain …



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Psychology Today Promotes Its Own Trump Fake News

No matter what your political view, it is disconcerting when we run across news online that is not factually correct. President Trump refers to such …


Long-term gum disease linked to Alzheimer's disease

(Reuters Health) - Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, researchers from Taiwan report.<p>Chronic periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss, is also associated with increases in markers of inflammation throughout …


How We Recall the Past

<i>Summary: Researchers have identified a neural circuit that is critical for memory retrieval.</i><p>Source: MIT.<p><b>Neuroscientists discover a brain circuit</b> …


Want Happy and Healthy Kids? Just Say "NO!" | World of Psychology

When asked what they want for their kids, many parents respond, “I just want them to be happy and healthy.” Such a simple, harmless, laudable …


Can a Computer Recognize Signs of Depression from Social Media Photos?

Identifying people with depression can be difficult even for trained professionals.<p>Now, researchers are looking at the possibility that a computer …


Brain Responses to Lip-Reading Can Benefit Cochlear Implant Users

<i>Summary: Contrary to common belief, lip reading can have a beneficial effect for those with cochlear implants. Researchers found the more a person’s</i> …

The Brain

Diabetes Drug May Be Used as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

In medicine, researchers often find that a drug intended for one use is also effective in different, unexpected ways.<p>In a recent study, researchers …


What the Brain Reveals about Gratitude

Imagine you are on the run from a Nazi manhunt and are taken under the protection of a stranger. This stranger spends the winter providing you with …

The Brain

How to Tell If Someone is Lying, According to Behavioral Experts

Nonverbal clues that someone isn’t telling the truth.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>If you claim that you never lie, well, you’re a liar.<p>Those little white lies are slipping out more often than you realize: One study found that Americans, on average, tell about 11 lies per week. Other …


The Surprising Link Between Being Bullied and Sleep Dysfunction

A new study finds a surprising link between being bullied and poor sleep—but is the idea that bullying could have health implications really surprising?<p>Those who are bullied may be at risk for a serious health issue: New research that appears in <i>Neuroscience</i> has found a link between bullying and …


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Breakthrough for Alzheimer’s Patients Comes in the Form of Enzyme Blockage

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Alzheimer’s patients with thanks to MIT researchers. Recent studies have been conducted that …


How projects shape our personalities — and how to use them to change |

<i>Tang Yau Hoong</i><p>Many of us believe there are two driving forces behind the person known as “you”: nature and nurture. But, according to personality and …


Shaming Methods in Popular Psychology

Shaming methods can injure and are rarely sustainable.


Are electrons conscious?

For most of the twentieth century a “brain-first” approach dominated the philosophy of consciousness. The idea was that the brain is the thing we …


Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain.

Social dominance theory postulates that societies maintain their hierarchies by creating and promoting social beliefs that keep dominant groups on …


AI draws parallels between fields you never knew were connected

Why it matters to you<p>Teaching AI to understand analogies could help solve problems in new and innovative ways.<p>Analogies are the comparison of one …

Artificial Intelligence

The scientific case that America is becoming more prejudiced

As we saw in Charlottesville, white supremacists are emboldened. We shouldn’t be surprised.<p>In 2011, psychologists Jennifer Richeson and Maureen Craig made a dark and troubling prediction about the future of race relations in the United States. A few years earlier, the Census had released …


Unhappiness Might Make You Happy, Study Says

If you, like some of us (<i>ahem</i>, this editor) seem especially prone to negative thoughts and have had to spend the bulk of your adult years listening …