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Startling Medical Research Results Suggest Air Pollution Is Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia

Startling Medical Research Results Suggest Air Pollution Is Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
A new study found ultrafine particles cause abnormalities in mice's brains similar those in humans with mental disorders.
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» A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
We all want to be happy, but our brain isn't wired for it. This simple practice can help open up the mind to a happier more balanced life.
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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:49 AM

Such a simple exercise to bring such big relief.

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Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows

Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report, published Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.

 

"Our fundamental question was, 'Can compassion be trained and learned in adults? Can we become more caring if we practice that mindset?'" says Helen Weng, lead author of the study and a graduate student in clinical psychology. "Our evidence points to yes."


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Marilyne Kubath's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:46 AM

This is excellent.

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How the Brain Really Works

How the Brain Really Works | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
New techniques are letting researchers look at the activity of the whole brain at once. Most brain areas multitask, and the brain is dynamic. It can respond differently to the same events in different times and circumstances.
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Marilyne Kubath's curator insight, May 14, 2013 6:03 AM

A great deal of sense in this.

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Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness | Video on TED.com

Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago.
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Human brain is divided on fear and panic

Human brain is divided on fear and panic | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When doctors at the University of Iowa prepared a patient to inhale a panic-inducing dose of carbon dioxide, she was fearless. But within seconds of breathing in the mixture, she cried for help, overwhelmed by the sensation that she was suffocating.
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» Imaging Study Maps Brain Activity in Borderline Personality Disorder - Psych Central News

» Imaging Study Maps Brain Activity in Borderline Personality Disorder - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Emerging studies have focused on the heightened emotional reactivity observed in people with borderline personality disorder, whose lives are often marked
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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: Empathy vs. Sympathy vs. File Not Found

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: Empathy vs. Sympathy vs. File Not Found | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

When we say we want a partner to demonstrate empathy, is perhaps what we really mean  sympathy?

 

The point has been made by some of my friends battling OCPD is that it's not that they necessarily lack empathy (though sometimes they do). In fact, when someone they love is hurting, they are often all knotted up inside, hurting with and for their partner, but often, none of that shows on the outside.

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More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders

More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

This two-decade study reveals neural connection between early stress and anxiety and depression in girls. 

 

Keep in mind that this is not the first study to show a connection between developmental stress or trauma and later psychological issues in adolescence and adulthood. Although the study refers to "permanent changes" in the brain because they were present in adolescence, we also know that these changes can be reversed to some degree through focused therapy--particularly through cognitive behavioral approaches including a technique called "mindfulness."  Richard Davidson, one of the authors of this study, is also known for his research on mindfulness techniques.

 

One interesting aspect of this study is that it perhaps helps parse out the differences in how these developmental brain changes due to stress are manifested in girls versus boys.

 

The author of the report says, "Although there’s no obvious explanation, anxiety and mood disorders are more prevalent in women, whereas antisocial behavior and substance abuse are more common in men."  She then quotes one of the researchers who adds: “It fits with the idea that they both feel what’s going on, but have different strategies for expressing their unhappiness and maladjustment."

Also see: Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain;"

http://www.scoop.it/t/mom-psych/p/3010760797/society-for-neuroscience-studies-report-early-childhood-trauma-takes-visible-toll-on-brain-changes-found-in-regions-controlling-heart-and-behavior ;


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Society for Neuroscience - Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain; Changes Found In Regions Controlling Heart and Behavior

Society for Neuroscience - Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain; Changes Found In Regions Controlling Heart and Behavior | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Trauma in infancy and childhood shapes the brain, learning, and behavior, and fuels changes that can last a lifetime, according to new human and animal research released October 16. 

 

The findings show:

• Physical abuse in early childhood may realign communication between key “body-control” brain areas, possibly predisposing adults to cardiovascular disease and mental health problems 

• Rodent studies provide insight into brain changes that allow tolerance of pain within mother-pup attachment.


• Childhood poverty is associated with changes in working memory and attention years later in adults; yet training in childhood is associated with improved cognitive functions.


• Chronic stress experienced by infant primates leads to fearful and aggressive behaviors; these are associated with changes in stress hormone production and in the development of the amygdala.

 

Another recent finding discussed shows that:


• Parent education and income is associated with children’s brain size, including structures important for memory and emotion.

 

(The Society for Neuroscience is a nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system.)


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Empathy, Education, and Musical Chairs: brains are actually primed for both competition and cooperation

Empathy, Education, and Musical Chairs: brains are actually primed for both competition and cooperation | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

...As it turns out, however, recent scientific advancements in the field of neuroscience are showing that actually, these parents--and everyone else who believes that people are only inherently competitive--are wrong. Instead, human brains are actually primed for both competition and cooperation: which side of us emerges as more dominant is dependent on our culture....

 

But of course, right now, our culture does not nurture empathy and cooperation. Instead, in schools, our homes, in the media, and in every aspect of our lives, we value competition...

 

Multiple fields of scientific research, including neuroscience, primatology, evolutionary biology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal behavior in naturalistic settings), social psychology, and subfields in philosophy have produced enough evidence over the past two decades to confirm that our greatest hope for the future rests in understanding the real possibilities of human biology, and beginning to translate these findings into our culture (de Waal, 2009).

 

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Research shows gene defect’s role in autism-like behavior

Research shows gene defect’s role in autism-like behavior | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Scientists affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have discovered how a defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism.

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Brain Scans of Hoarders Reveal Why They Never De-Clutter | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Brain Scans of Hoarders Reveal Why They Never De-Clutter | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Jill, a 60-year-old woman in Milwaukee, has overcome extreme poverty. So, now that she has enough money to put food in the fridge, she fills it. ...
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Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph

Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
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Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com

Grandma's Experiences Leave Epigenetic Mark on Your Genes | DiscoverMagazine.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Your ancestors' lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.
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WATCH: Learning To Read Someone Else's Mind

WATCH: Learning To Read Someone Else's Mind | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Cooperating in large groups is a signature accomplishment of the human brain: among similar species, we are remarkably good at working together and negotiating our differences.
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Epigenetic Changes Shed Light on Biological Mechanism of Autism

Epigenetic Changes Shed Light on Biological Mechanism of Autism | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Scientists from King's College London have identified patterns of epigenetic changes involved in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by studying genetically identical twins who differ in autism traits.
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NIMH · Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots

NIMH · Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Five major mental disorders share some of the same genetic risk factors, the largest genome-wide study of its kind has found.
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Researchers Map Emotional Intelligence in the Brain

Researchers Map Emotional Intelligence in the Brain | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

After mapping the neural basis of general intelligence in a previous study, University of Illinois neuroscience professor Aron Barbey led a study to map the brain regions associated with emotional intelligence. 

 

The researchers found significant overlap between general intelligence and emotional intelligence, both in terms of behavior and in the brain. Higher scores on general intelligence tests corresponded significantly with higher performance on measures of emotional intelligence, and many of the same brain regions were found to be important to both. 


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Gina Stepp's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:45 AM

(Our thanks to the news bureau of the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign for press materials, including the accompanying video.)

Barbara Kerr's curator insight, January 27, 2013 11:07 AM

Brain mapping for emotional intelligence shows overlap with general intelligence. Does anyone find that surprising?

Lauran Star's curator insight, January 28, 2013 7:38 PM

IQ and EQ may have some neural overlaps in the brain - however one can have low IQ and high EQ and vice versa - You can also improve EQ - not so with IQ

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The Perfect Marriage: Science Begins To Explain Why Antidepressants and Talk Therapy Go Hand in Hand - Forbes

The Perfect Marriage: Science Begins To Explain Why Antidepressants and Talk Therapy Go Hand in Hand - Forbes | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The reason that Prozac and psychotherapy work so well together has been a mystery. Now, researchers discover the brain changes that underlie the harmony.
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Mistaking OCD for ADHD has serious consequences

Obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder appear very similar, but have very different neuropsychological roots.
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Kandis Y's curator insight, February 26, 5:30 PM

I thought this article was really interesting because OCD has been said to be misdiagnosed and under-diagnosed commonly.  The fact that the DSM 5 reports only a little over 1% of the population with this disorder made me question how often this disorder is going unrecognized.  It is important for clinicians to make the proper diagnoses, because the harm to the client can be horrific!  The example given in this study reported that children with OCD given medication for ADHD (ritalin) experienced worse OCD symptoms than before taking these meds.  Counselors need to rule out OCD when making a diagnosis of ADHD in children, since the symptoms can be mistaken if careful consideration is not taken.  

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How the brain controls our habits

How the brain controls our habits | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically. This allows you to follow the same route to work every day without thinking about it, liberating your brain to ponder other things, such as what to make for dinner. However, the brain's executive command center does not completely relinquish control of habitual behavior


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The Link Between Meditation And Empathy

The Link Between Meditation And Empathy | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Meditation could help people to be more empathetic, according to a small new study from Emory University.

 

"It's an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy," study researcher Jennifer Mascaro,

 

After the eight weeks, all the study participants completed the "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" test again. The researchers found that people who underwent the meditation training program had a 4.6 percent higher score on the empathy test at the end of the study period. Meanwhile, people who only partook in the discussion classes didn't experience any increase in empathy scores, and some even experienced a decrease in their scores.

The brain scans also revealed that people who took the meditation courses also had increased brain activity in the regions linked with empathy.


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Taking a break is secret to success

Taking a break is secret to success | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Taking a break is secret to success. Sydney scientists have found learning improves when students take a rest from continuous study or training.

 

''It seems intuitive that every minute of study should make you better, but, actually, if you do too much it might backfire and you end up wasting time,'' said the study's lead researcher, Joel Pearson.

 


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Study suggests girls can 'rewire' brains to ward off depression

Study suggests girls can 'rewire' brains to ward off depression | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

(Medical Xpress) -- What if you could teach your brain to respond differently to things that make you feel sad, down or stressed out? What if doing that helped ward off depression?" 

 

 


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Morgan Rector's comment, February 26, 2013 2:05 PM
This article will help me support my fact that girls are more likely to suffer from depression and it will also help me support my point that it can be helped. The brain plays a vital role in depression and I am glad I can find articles like this to help me prove my points.