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Scientists show that those of us who experienced abuse, neglect, and other forms of trauma are biologically older than o...
10/20/2022

Scientists show that those of us who experienced abuse, neglect, and other forms of trauma are biologically older than our chronological age. So you may be 46 on your birth certificate, but 60 on a biological level as a result of childhood trauma.

New research has found that individuals who suffer physical or s*xual abuse in childhood age faster than their non-abused peers. Published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, the researchers obtained participants aged 32-49 years and, using blood tests, found evidence to support the hypothesis....

Addiction is as much a disease as diabetes or cancer according to scientists.
09/25/2022

Addiction is as much a disease as diabetes or cancer according to scientists.

Addiction occurs as a result of the reward system becoming overwhelmed in a way that leads to chronic and permanent alterations in the brain.

Laughter evolved as a means of reassurance when confusion, uncertainty, or danger were proven to be unfounded. Laughter ...
09/23/2022

Laughter evolved as a means of reassurance when confusion, uncertainty, or danger were proven to be unfounded. Laughter alleviates stress and helps turn down the fight or flight mechanism prevalent in humans.

A woman in labor is having a terrible time and suddenly shouts out: "Shouldn't! Wouldn't! Couldn't! Didn't! Can't!" "Don't worry," says the doctor.

Mental health challenges can greatly lower our immune function according to scientists.
09/08/2022

Mental health challenges can greatly lower our immune function according to scientists.

People who were experiencing psychological distress before getting Covid were more likely to have long-lasting symptoms than those who were not, according to new research.

At the core of all mental health challenges are severe sleep disruptions. Sleep is arguably among the most important ele...
09/03/2022

At the core of all mental health challenges are severe sleep disruptions. Sleep is arguably among the most important elements of brain health.

Circadian rhythm disruption is a psychopathological factor shared by a broad range of mental illnesses.

Bearded men tend to be more trusted by others, yet also feared by young children. Beards tend to attract women and can a...
09/02/2022

Bearded men tend to be more trusted by others, yet also feared by young children. Beards tend to attract women and can also intimidate other men. The insights of evolutionary biology into human behavior are intensely fascinating and vital to comprehending the talking ape species known as humans.

As World Beard Day (September 3) comes around again, and the planet gets ready to celebrate fabulous facial hair, here are a few things that scientists have discovered about beards. Beards are undeniably manly Multiple studies[1] have[2] found[3] that men look more masculine, dominant, aggress

Surprising people aids in their learning. So does learning information in the context in which the information is used. ...
08/31/2022

Surprising people aids in their learning.

So does learning information in the context in which the information is used. So having kids study for a history exam in the classroom in which the exam will be conducted would lead to better results.

Study reveals how the element of surprise helps facilitate learning and memory retrieval.

The talking ape species known as humans has brains that are predisposed to illness as a result of the modifications that...
08/31/2022

The talking ape species known as humans has brains that are predisposed to illness as a result of the modifications that make us human.

Brain cells that are unique to humans are also linked to autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, according to new research published in the journal Science.

Parents who are depressed are more likely to raise children who are depressed, even if they are not biologically related...
08/30/2022

Parents who are depressed are more likely to raise children who are depressed, even if they are not biologically related.

Paternal depression may contribute to adolescent depression and behavioral problems, regardless of whether or not the father and child are genetically related, researchers say.

Scientists continue to uncover fascinating linkages between nutritional deficiencies and mental health challenges. The k...
08/30/2022

Scientists continue to uncover fascinating linkages between nutritional deficiencies and mental health challenges. The key to good mental health begins with a healthy, balanced diet.

High doses of Vitamin B6 might help to reduce anxiety, according to the results of a new double-blind placebo-controlled study published in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental. The research provides preliminary evidence that B6 supplementation can produce behavioral outcomes by boost...

Humans require meaning to live happy and functional lives. The evolutionary biology of humans reveals the need for relig...
08/27/2022

Humans require meaning to live happy and functional lives. The evolutionary biology of humans reveals the need for religion, faith, and reverence in life.

A Personal Perspective: Countering the current plague of anxiety and depression.

What you may think is a "legitimate" emotion may be nothing more than hunger, low blood sugar, drowsiness, dehydration, ...
08/27/2022

What you may think is a "legitimate" emotion may be nothing more than hunger, low blood sugar, drowsiness, dehydration, etc. Your body and its needs may alter your brain's emotional manifestations and lead you to falsely think someone or something outside you is causing your feelings. Hence the phenomenon of people being "hangry." (Hungry and angry).

Inside the mystery of brain-body communication.

Evolutionary biology gives scientists the ability to explain mental health challenges as products of the jungles and wil...
08/24/2022

Evolutionary biology gives scientists the ability to explain mental health challenges as products of the jungles and wild environments we came out of. It transforms the ability of a patient to manage and cope with these challenges. Most mental health challenges are adaptations that benefit us in some ways. The key is learning to handle the negative aspects of these adaptations.

Seeing beyond the “dysfunction” paradigm.

Most of our behavior and communication patterns were shaped by the environments we were brought up in and the neurobiolo...
08/20/2022

Most of our behavior and communication patterns were shaped by the environments we were brought up in and the neurobiological changes those environments made to our brains.

Identifying unhealthy patterns and doing inner work can help break the cycle.

The talking ape species known as humans is not the only beast capable of language. Our gorilla cousins, as well as other...
08/19/2022

The talking ape species known as humans is not the only beast capable of language. Our gorilla cousins, as well as other apes, use rudimentary language to communicate and survive the jungles. Intelligence is not solely a human trait and indeed it is not even a trait utilized as often as it should be by humans.

A trio of researchers, two with the University of Georgia, the third with Zoo Atlanta, has found that gorillas at the zoo have created a new call for use in communicating with humans—usually those holding food. Roberta SalmiI, Monica Szczupider and Jodi Carrigan have written a paper describing the...

Migraine drugs may help with PTSD and autism according to scientists.“Drugs that block CGRP have been used to treat migr...
08/17/2022

Migraine drugs may help with PTSD and autism according to scientists.

“Drugs that block CGRP have been used to treat migraines, so I’m hoping that our study can be an anchor to use this kind of drug in relieving threat memories in PTSD, or sensory hypersensitivity in autism, too.”

CGRP neurons found in subregions of the thalamus and brainstem relay multisensory threat information to the amygdala. These neural circuits are essential for the formation of aversive memories, a new study reports.

The talking ape species known as humans evolved to eat meat. Failing to eat a balanced diet can lead to all sorts of cha...
08/12/2022

The talking ape species known as humans evolved to eat meat. Failing to eat a balanced diet can lead to all sorts of challenges.

“Vegetarian diets... can be healthy or unhealthy, just like diets that include animal products.”

Scientists have used evolutionary biology to conclude that depression is not merely a disorder, and is in fact a biologi...
08/12/2022

Scientists have used evolutionary biology to conclude that depression is not merely a disorder, and is in fact a biological adaptation created by Nature to allow humans to gain realistic appraisal of their goals and aspirations. Although depression can become a debilitating disease, it also has value in empowering us to seek help from others and learn from our mistakes.

Are we ready to listen?

"In essence, THC triggers chemical reactions in the brain that are associated with relaxation, euphoria and bliss. The m...
08/12/2022

"In essence, THC triggers chemical reactions in the brain that are associated with relaxation, euphoria and bliss. The more the brain is exposed to the THC by having receptors in the brain shut down, it will learn to only function at an optimal level when it's being exposed to THC. This can lead to feelings of restlessness and irritability when a patient isn't using ma*****na."

Stoner culture has perpetuated the idea that ma*****na isn't addictive like alcohol, ni****ne or opiates. Not so fast, psychologists say

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08/10/2022

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“Put a rat in a cage and give it 2 water bottles. One is just water and one is water laced with he**in or co***ne. The rat will almost always prefer the drugged water and almost always kill itself in a couple of weeks. That is our theory of addiction.

Bruce comes along in the ’70s and said, “Well, hang on. We’re putting the rat in an empty cage. It has nothing to do. Let’s try this a bit differently.” So he built Rat Park, and Rat Park is like heaven for rats. Everything a rat could want is in Rat Park. Lovely food. Lots of s*x. Other rats to befriend. Colored balls. Plus both water bottles, one with water and one with drugged water. But here’s what's fascinating: In Rat Park, they don’t like the drugged water. They hardly use it. None of them overdose. None of them use in a way that looks like compulsion or addiction. What Bruce did shows that both the right-wing and left-wing theories of addiction are wrong. The right-wing theory is that it’s a moral failing, you’re a hedonist, you party too hard. The left-wing theory is that it takes you over, your brain is hijacked. Bruce says it’s not your morality, it’s not your brain; it’s your cage. Addiction is largely an adaptation to your environment.

Now, we created a society where significant numbers of us can't bear to be present in our lives without being on something, drink, drugs, s*x, shopping... We’ve created a hyperconsumerist, hyperindividualist, isolated world that is, for many of us, more like the first cage than the bonded, connected cages we need.

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. And our whole society, the engine of it, is geared toward making us connect with things not people. You are not a good consumer citizen if you spend your time bonding with the people around you and not stuff. In fact, we are trained from a young age to focus our hopes, dreams, and ambitions on things to buy and consume. Drug addiction is a subset of that."
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Scientists show that anyone is capable of murder. The notion that a murderer is a psychopath has been dispelled by the d...
08/10/2022

Scientists show that anyone is capable of murder. The notion that a murderer is a psychopath has been dispelled by the data.

New research casts doubt on the conventional wisdom linking psychopathy to murder. The findings, which appear in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences, provide evidence that homicide offenders tend to be less psychopathic on average compared to other criminal offenders. ...

Mental illness is a circuit disorder in the brain, not a chemical imbalance, according to scientists."Rather than charac...
08/09/2022

Mental illness is a circuit disorder in the brain, not a chemical imbalance, according to scientists.

"Rather than characterizing mental illnesses as chemical imbalances in the brain that just need the right drug to be managed, the conceptual framework is shifting toward mental illness as a circuit disorder, Dr. Gogos said."

Creating modular neural networks (MoMNets), researchers generate a new way to study schizophrenia and other disorders in a lab setting.

Stress can actually be beneficial so long as it is mild to moderate and not long lasting.
08/05/2022

Stress can actually be beneficial so long as it is mild to moderate and not long lasting.

Low to moderate stress can help build resilience and may reduce the risk of developing more serious mental health disorders including depression and anti-social behavior, a new study reports.

What we call morality is actually a product of brain function.
08/05/2022

What we call morality is actually a product of brain function.

Patients with amygdala damage rejected the widely accepted answer to the infamous "trolley problem," saying that it "hurts too much."

Complex PTSD is PTSD that resulting from chronic, repeated trauma, and it tends to have a much larger impact on an indiv...
07/29/2022

Complex PTSD is PTSD that resulting from chronic, repeated trauma, and it tends to have a much larger impact on an individual's personality and behavior.

Researchers provide a new summary of symptoms for the diagnosis of CPTSD, a sibling disorder of PTSD that has recently been officially recognized by the WHO. CPTSD usually occurs following prolonged exposure to traumatic experiences, such as abuse, torture, or domestic violence.

The talking ape species known as humans evolved many different forms of intelligence to cope with unpredictable and dang...
07/29/2022

The talking ape species known as humans evolved many different forms of intelligence to cope with unpredictable and dangerous jungles and wild environments. Sadly, schools and educational institutions are ill-equipped to support students with alternative forms of intelligence.

New research on the common learning disability, estimated to affect one in five people, is meant to better our understanding of those living with dyslexia.

PTSD affects the brain's ability to distinguish real situations of fear from normal situations. The brain of the PTSD pa...
07/28/2022

PTSD affects the brain's ability to distinguish real situations of fear from normal situations. The brain of the PTSD patient leads him to see fear in situations for which fear is not needed.

Those with decreased activity in the hippocampus following a traumatic event are more likely to experience worse PTSD symptoms.

ADHD is a neurobiological illness that affects executive function in the brain, impairing its ability to focus and to co...
07/28/2022

ADHD is a neurobiological illness that affects executive function in the brain, impairing its ability to focus and to complete tasks. Stimulants can be an effective treatment for this condition according to scientists.

A new neuroimaging study found a significant decrease in neural flexibility at both whole brain and sub-network levels associated with cognitive flexibility in children with ADHD.

Human brain biology is wired for romance and love, emotions whose capacity to degrade our judgment and reasoning skills ...
07/19/2022

Human brain biology is wired for romance and love, emotions whose capacity to degrade our judgment and reasoning skills is vastly underestimated. Always beware the beguiling force of love and romance.

Magical thinking and believing in destined love may have evolved as a way to keep couples together and promote childbirth and rearing, researchers say.

Childhood trauma ages the brain and body, accelerating both disease and death.
07/19/2022

Childhood trauma ages the brain and body, accelerating both disease and death.

"Harms in early life can take many forms, and can lead to health consequences many years down the road. What our study shows is that these consequences manifest as perturbations to multiple biological systems, which can be measured from biomarkers in blood." ...

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