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New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a...

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Depression in Fathers Can Cause Anxiety in Toddlers

Depression in Fathers Can Cause Anxiety in Toddlers | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
A new study reports that a father's depression during the postpartum period can impact the behavior of their toddler.

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Autism detection improved by multimodal neuroimaging

Autism detection improved by multimodal neuroimaging | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Combined measurements of brain anatomy, connectivity and neurochemistry distinguish autism spectrum disorder subjects from controls. Rajesh Kana and L...
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Women with learning disabilities are hidden victims of domestic violence

Women with learning disabilities are hidden victims of domestic violence | Kinsanity | Scoop.it

“ Research shows that a learning disability makes women more vulnerable to domestic abuse, and police lack suitable training to deal with it”


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malek's curator insight, February 18, 8:47 AM

The weakest suffersthe most

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How Do Students That Hate School Learn? - Connect Learning Today

How Do Students That Hate School Learn? - Connect Learning Today | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
It has been my privilege to know many students at many grade and age levels, who have said they hated school. They were all different, referred to as brilliant, disenchanted, disengaged, unmotivated, unchallenged, stubborn, creative, and many more adjectives than a list on a page can hold. Sure, we all realize that students will say they hate school, because that’s the thing kids say, and it is immediately preceded by, or followed by, “I’m bored!” But we need to consider what all students say on this subject, at any level, age, or degree, because there’s no template for students at risk.

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Can Personality Improve after a Stroke?

Can Personality Improve after a Stroke? | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Strokes are areas of damage in the brain caused by blocked blood vessels or bleeding. They can set off a host of problems, including paralysis or impaired vision. Cognitive and behavioral changes after stroke are common yet often overlooked because the effects may be subtle.

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I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles

I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Vaccines don’t cause autism. But even if they did, is being like me really a fate worse than death?
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Music helps kids focus their attention, control their emotions, and diminish their anxiety

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Summary from Learning & the Brain Society Newsletter - January 2015

Playing music to improve children's brains 

University of Vermont

 

A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has published new research in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Matthew Albaugh, Ph.D., and graduate student research assistant Eileen Crehan, call their study "the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development." The research continues Hudziak's work with the National Institutes of Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Study of Normal Brain Development. Using its database, the team analyzed the brain scans of 232 children ages 6 to 18. What they found is that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. 


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Human Speech’s Surprising Influence on Young Infants: Northwestern University News

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- America’s preoccupation with the “word gap”— the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school achievement and income later in life — has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a rise in educational initiatives aiming to narrow the achievement gap by teaching young children more words.

In a forthcoming article titled “Listen Up! Speech Is for Thinking During Infancy,” to be published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Northwestern University psychologist Sandra Waxman and New York University’s Athena Vouloumanos broaden the scope of this issue by assessing the impact of human speech on infant cognition in the first year of life.

“It’s not because [children] have low vocabularies that they fail to achieve later on. That’s far too simple,” said Waxman, the Louis W. Menk Chair in Psychology, a professor of cognitive psychology and a fellow in the University’s Institute for Policy Research. “The vocabulary of a child — raised in poverty or in plenty — is really an index of the larger context in which language participates.”

Consequently, Vouloumanos advocates speaking to infants, not only “because it will teach them more words,” she said, but because “listening to speech promotes the babies’ acquisition of the fundamental cognitive and social psychological capacities that form the foundation for subsequent learning.” 

 

Summary from Learning & the Brain Society Newsletter - January 2015

Human speech has consequences for infants that go beyond learning words  

Northwestern University

 

An article published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Northwestern University psychologist Sandra Waxman and New York University's Athena Vouloumanos reveal from a series of new findings the surprising impact of human speech on infant cognition in the first year; listening to speech promotes much more than language-learning alone. Vouloumanos emphasizes speaking to infants, not only "because it will teach them more words," she said, but because "listening to speech promotes the babies' acquisition of the fundamental cognitive and social psychological capacities that form the foundation for subsequent learning."


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Take A Lot Of Selfies? You Might Be A Psychopath, Science Says

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Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are harmless fun -- right? Maybe not. According to new research, selfies can say a lot about your personality, and not in a good way.

In a recent Ohio State University study, men who posted more photos of themselves ...
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A Learning Problem Is Not an Intelligence Problem - Huffington Post

A Learning Problem Is Not an Intelligence Problem - Huffington Post | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Report cards are coming home, and a good number of parents are worried that their child seems to be showing signs of a learning disability. Their concern is well founded; learning disabilities including A.D.H.D. and dyslexia affect 20% of our students and less than half get the attention they need. That is a large community, in fact, the largest minority in the country. For these kids, often the day is longer, the challenge greater, the work harder. Unless we identify and assist them, the national cost in human potential and hard dollars will be tremendous.

Kids with learning disabilities drop out ten times more frequently than others in high school, and are much more likely to use drugs and get involved in our jail system. The impact when this large a social group fails is felt by all of us.

A learning problem is not an intelligence problem -- these children are smart, creative, and capable. They can and do learn; however, they think differently, access and process information in an atypical way. That is where opportunity lies, and where we are falling far short.

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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, December 31, 2014 12:37 PM

Si un 20% de los alumnos tiene algún tipo de diferencia en la capacidad media de aprendizaje, esto es un problema serio. Muchos de los no atendidos debidamente terminan como drogodependientess, delincuentes o, lo que es peor, como políticos desalmados y corruptos. Hay que repensar el problema

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 3, 6:49 AM

Think differently about the differently abled.

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How E-books May Disrupt Your Sleep

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Planning to read in bed tonight? It may be better to read from a printed book instead of an e-book reader.

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Laura Brown's comment, December 22, 2014 5:55 PM
Shining a light in your face is no way to read. I've yet to get into ebooks versus printed books. Mainly for practical reasons.
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How Exercise Changes Our DNA

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Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning our genes, an important step on the way to improved health and fitness.
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Dan Aykroyd Talks Mental Health And Acting - YouTube

http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/ Dan talks about being diagnosed with mild Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome as a young man, and how he still sees some sympt...
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For docs, more biology info means less empathy for mental health patients

For docs, more biology info means less empathy for mental health patients | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Give therapists and psychiatrists information about the biology of a mental disorder, and they have less — not more — empathy for the patient, a new Yale study shows.

The findings, released Dec. 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge the notion that biological explanations for mental illness boost compassion for the tens of millions of Americans who suffer from mental-health problems.  

Conventional wisdom suggests that biological explanations for psychiatric symptoms should reduce the blame patients receive for their behavior by making genes and brain cells the culprits. This, in turn, should increase feelings of compassion.

In a series of studies, U.S. clinicians read descriptions of patients whose symptoms were explained using information that focused on either genetics and neurobiology or on childhood experiences and stressful life circumstances. Among other questions, the clinicians were asked how much compassion they felt for the individual, an essential element of therapy.

The clinicians consistently expressed less empathy and compassion for the patient when his or her symptoms were explained using biological factors, the researchers found.


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 4, 2014 3:53 PM

This won't be good news for Psychiatrists who emphasize treatment by medication. -Lon

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Surprising results...

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Supporting Sexuality As A Family Caregiver

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So, here’s the question I’d like us all to ponder: What can we do to empower caregivers so that they can supporting the sexuality of the family members for whom they are caring?

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A woman's fight to improve mental health care in China

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In 1985, Meng Weina set up China's first private special needs school in the southern city of Guangzhou.

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The Curious Effect of Depression on Intuitive Thinking Skills — PsyBlog

The Curious Effect of Depression on Intuitive Thinking Skills — PsyBlog | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
First experiment to find a link between depression and intuition.

Depression curbs people’s ability to make intuitive judgements, a new study finds for the first time.

The research may help explain why people who are depressed say they find it difficult to make ordinary, everyday decisions.

In the experiment, published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, half the participants had major depressive disorder, while the other were a healthy control group (Remmers et al., 2014).

Both groups were given a measure of intuitive thinking which involved finding the link between words.

 


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Michele Marchese's curator insight, November 15, 2014 8:15 PM

Depression is like being in a silent limbo, we can't make any decisions to help us move forward from the melancholy that we feel. Depression weakens our creativity, and intuitive processing. Holistic therapies such as Flower essences due to their own energetic vibrational healing, Aromatherapy essential oils such as sage, orange, lemon or sandalwood. Hypnotherapy, Reiki, and, Acupuncture, and more can help us to find the path in our mind that leads us back to our creative center. We need to be able to listen to our own natural abilities to make decision

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Mad In America - Science, Psychiatry & Community

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Mad In America provides news, resources, blogs, forums and a community for people interested in critically re-thinking mental health care in the US and abroad.

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The female nose always knows: Do women have more olfactory neurons?

The female nose always knows: Do women have more olfactory neurons? | Kinsanity | Scoop.it
Using a new method called isotropic fractionator, a group of researchers has found biological evidence that may explain the superior olfactory abilities that women have over men.

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Hubby & talk about this all the time - he can't smell a thing, I swear!

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How Conservative Christianity Can Warp the Mind

Some religious beliefs can create habitual thought patterns that actually alter brain function, making it difficult for people to heal or grow.

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, October 31, 2014 3:24 PM

Any shame-based indoctrination can have this effect on young minds.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

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New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.

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What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

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Ellen Langer’s experiments have shown that mental attitudes might reverse some ravages of old age. Now she wants to test that same radical principle on cancer.
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WEGO Health Activist Awards

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NominaWho are some of the outstanding Health Activists who enrich the lives of others by sharing their experience, knowledge and strength? Nominate them for a WEGO Health Activist Award.

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It would be awesome if someone covering mental health & special needs would at least make the list!

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Actually, People Still Like to Think

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The University of Virginia psychologist Timothy Wilson began his study with a simple question: When our minds turn inward, “is it a pleasing experience”?
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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
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Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
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