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Researchers Identify Protein Necessary for Behavioral Flexibility

Researchers have identified a protein necessary to maintain behavioral flexibility, which allows us to modify our behaviors to adjust to circumstances that are similar, but not identical, to previous experiences. Their findings, which appear in the journal Cell Reports, may offer new insights into addressing autism and schizophrenia—afflictions marked by impaired behavioral flexibility.

 

Our stored memories from previous experiences allow us to repeat certain tasks. For instance, after driving to a particular location, we recall the route the next time we make that trip. However, sometimes circumstances change—one road on the route is temporarily closed—and we need to make adjustments to reach our destination. Our behavioral flexibility allows us to make such changes and, then, successfully complete our task. It is driven, in part, by protein synthesis, which produces experience-dependent changes in neural function and behavior.

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How Our Brains Navigate the City

How Our Brains Navigate the City | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
By using a mental map oriented to the north, says a group of psychologists...
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Shelf-Preservation: Researchers Tap Century-Old Brain Tissue for Clues to Mental Illness: Scientific American

Shelf-Preservation: Researchers Tap Century-Old Brain Tissue for Clues to Mental Illness: Scientific American | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Extracting DNA from a museum collection of jellied autopsied brains dating back to the 1890s may give researchers a new take on the study mental disorders...
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Hypnosis Fact And Fiction: Real Hypnosis In Self-help, Medicine And Mental Health - - Mental Health Tips

There are many misconceptions of what hypnosis is. Most of these misconceptions are perpetuated by the popular media. The truth is, hypnosis has been used throughout history and continues to be used today, both legitimately and fraudulently. I decided to write this article to clarify just what hypnosis is exactly and what it is not for inquiring minds and to help those that could truly benefit from the true, legitimate practice of hypnosis.

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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: A-Z: Question - What Causes Mental Illness, Anyway?

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: A-Z: Question - What Causes Mental Illness, Anyway? | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

We have many more questions about mental illness than we have answers. But we are beginning to put some of the pieces together.

 

As we are learning to scan brains in various ways, and see parts of it that are over- or under-active, enlarged or shrunken, it becomes ever more evident that when they say mental illness is "all in your head," that's literally true.

 

Many mental illnesses look very much like what happens when we KNOW someone has suffered a brain injury; a bad fall, a war injury, or a stroke.

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Remembered Wellness - The Placebo Effect tested

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Remembered Wellness - The Placebo Effect tested...

 

As explained by Ronda Bresnick Hauss in a recent article in the Hill Rag, advanced technology such as PET scans and MRIs allow researchers to examine the brain. While using the mind to heal the body was often discredited or disregarded in the past, these new approaches indicate that the placebo effect does cause actual changes in brain chemistry which in turn leads to changes in the body.

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Drug treatment for personality disorders

There is some evidence that antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and the monoamine oxidase inhibitors, have some benefits in the management of borderline personality disorder, and lesser evidence (partly because of limited trial data) for the benefits of antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilisers. There is not sufficient distinction between the different personality disorders to recommend that any one disorder should be treated by any one drug, and successful treatment is dependent on careful management, sensitive to the patient’s expectations.

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Paul Zak: Trust, morality -- and oxytocin | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.
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