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» The Tiny Part of the Brain that Predicts the Worst Case Scenario - Psych Central News

» The Tiny Part of the Brain that Predicts the Worst Case Scenario - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Do you feel that your brain tends to predict the worst possible scenario? And then do you find yourself engaging in avoidance behavior? Now scientists from the
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» Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder - Psych Central News

» Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder  - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
New research from Spain suggests that the gene NTRK3 may be a factor in panic disorder, which is often accompanied by other conditions such as depression or
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The neuroscientist who discovered he was a psychopath

The neuroscientist who discovered he was a psychopath | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
"The Psychopath Inside" author James Fallon on learning he was lacking in empathy and prone to aggression, violence
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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Teenagers who were maltreated may have a harder time figuring out what's scary and what's safe.
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Laura Strom's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:15 PM

There is a huge price to pay for mistreating a child, including substance abuse programs, correctional facilities, vandalism, crime, and poor physical/mental health. We need to stand as a society in opposition to child abuse, if for no other reason than the sheer cost to society.

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The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism : NPR

The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism : NPR | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices.
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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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» Affect Regulation: The Case Against Spanking and For Emotionally-Present Parenting - Neuroscience and Relationships

» Affect Regulation: The Case Against Spanking and For Emotionally-Present Parenting - Neuroscience and Relationships | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:31 AM

Children are gorgeous little people who sometimes, annoy and irrate us to distraction.  For some parents, annoying children are enough to take them over their emotional limits, resulting in the parents loosing control over their actions and spanking results.  This article says it all.  Spanking kids does noone any good.  Read on to find out more....

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Mental health: On the spectrum

Mental health: On the spectrum | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Research suggests that mental illnesses lie along a spectrum — but the field's latest diagnostic manual still splits them apart.
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NAMI | Depression Risk Factor Can Be "Contagious," Study Finds

NAMI | Depression Risk Factor Can Be "Contagious," Study Finds | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest nonprofit, grassroots mental health education, advocacy and support organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness,...
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Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative | The White House

Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative | The White House | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

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Arguments in the Home Linked With Babies’ Brain Functioning

Arguments in the Home Linked With Babies’ Brain Functioning | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Study finds even sleeping babies are not oblivious to parent conflict, and exposure may influence the way babies’ brains process emotion and stress.
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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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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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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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The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Your social life has the power to shape the molecular composition of your body. (Plan your day accordingly.)
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The End Of Rational Vs. Emotional: How Both Logic And Feeling Play Key Roles In Marketing And Decision Making

The End Of Rational Vs. Emotional: How Both Logic And Feeling Play Key Roles In Marketing And Decision Making | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
One of the longest-running debates in marketing is whether to use a rational or emotional advertising approach in marketing--but cognitive science says that argument is pointless.
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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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Kids of Tiger Moms Get Worse Grades and Are More Depressed

Kids of Tiger Moms Get Worse Grades and Are More Depressed | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother came out in 2011, it sparked  controversy among many people but especially psychologists and experts in  child development.
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PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse

PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Study shows post-traumatic stress disorder in individuals with a history of childhood abuse is distinct from PTSD related to other causes.

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Gina Stepp's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:29 PM

Some people develop PTSD as a result of experiences in adulthood. But PTSD is different when it's the result of trauma that occurred during important periods for brain development during childhood.  That said, other studies indicate that soldiers are more likely to succumb to PTSD (due to  lower stores of resilience) if they have also suffered childhood abuse. 

AvidDisk's curator insight, May 2, 2013 5:05 PM

PTSD and child abuse - genetic mutations.  Great article!

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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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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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Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health

Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Chronic negative emotions in response to daily stressors can take a toll on long-term mental health, say researchers.

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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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