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Can nerve stimulation help prevent migraine?

Can nerve stimulation help prevent migraine? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Wearing a nerve stimulator for 20 minutes a day may be a new option for migraine sufferers, according to new research published in the February 6, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Abigail McNeely's curator insight, February 11, 2013 12:20 PM

As a past migraine sufferer myself, I can say that any relief is welcome and non-medication relief is even better!

 

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Researchers spot attention deficits in babies who later develop autism

Researchers spot attention deficits in babies who later develop autism | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers are able to detect deficits in social attention in infants as young as six months of age who later develop Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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Experimental therapy crosses blood-brain barrier to treat neurological disease

Experimental therapy crosses blood-brain barrier to treat neurological disease | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Researchers have overcome a major challenge to treating brain diseases by engineering an experimental molecular therapy that crosses the blood-brain barrier to reverse neurological lysosomal storage disease in mice.
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Childhood emotional abuse dramatically strong among male alcohol-dependent individuals

Childhood emotional abuse dramatically strong among male alcohol-dependent individuals | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Alcohol dependent (AD) individuals have reduced central serotonergic neurotransmission. Childhood maltreatment can also have a negative impact on central serotonergic neurotransmission.
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Study finds parasites and poor antenatal care are main causes of epilepsy in Africa

Study finds parasites and poor antenatal care are main causes of epilepsy in Africa | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The largest study of epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa to date reveals that programmes to control parasitic diseases and access to better antenatal care could substantially reduce the prevalence of the disease in this region.
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Scientists learn more about how inhibitory brain cells get excited

Scientists learn more about how inhibitory brain cells get excited | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists have found an early step in how the brain's inhibitory cells get excited.
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'Neurosteroid' found to prevent brain injury caused by HIV/AIDS

'Neurosteroid' found to prevent brain injury caused by HIV/AIDS | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Scientists found that DHEA-S may prevent neurocognitive impairment affecting a significant percentage of AIDS patients.
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Sway: The Psychology of Indecision

Sway: The Psychology of Indecision | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Undecided? Moving from side-to-side may be a message that we’re working through the decision.
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Excessive alcohol use when you’re young could have lasting impacts on your brain

Excessive alcohol use when you’re young could have lasting impacts on your brain | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Excessive alcohol use accounts for 4% of the global burden of disease, and binge drinking particularly is becoming an increasing health issue.
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Scientists uncover a previously unknown mechanism of memory formation

Scientists uncover a previously unknown mechanism of memory formation | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

It takes a lot to make a memory. New proteins have to be synthesized, neuron structures altered. While some of these memory-building mechanisms are known, many are not. Some recent studies have indicated that a unique group of molecules called microRNAs, known to control production of proteins in cells, may play a far more important role in memory formation than previously thought.

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A Child\'s IQ Can Be Boosted By Diet, Parental Behavior, And Preschool

A Child\'s IQ Can Be Boosted By Diet, Parental Behavior, And Preschool | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Supplementing children's diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child's intelligence,
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Drug Addiction Is Likely A Pathology Of Decision Making

Drug Addiction Is Likely A Pathology Of Decision Making | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Addiction may result from abnormal brain circuitry in the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls decision-making. Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Molecular Imaging Science in Ja
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Priscilla Li's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:45 PM

In another study performed by RIKEN Center for Molecular Imaging Science and Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University found that decision making in the frontal cortex had a great impact on the onset of drug addiction. The major "criminal" responsible for addiction is decision making, which we control and is used in everyday activities. 


This study, along with many others, provide interesting insight into the process of addiction and what actually occurs in our brain during addiction. 

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Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief

Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients' pain –...
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Motor memory: Light shed on how we learn to move

Motor memory: Light shed on how we learn to move | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Understanding the way the brain represents extrinsic and intrinsic actions, and the relationship between the two, has been of great interest to researchers who seek to understand motor control and motor learning -- or, put simply, how we learn to...
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Tendency to fear is strong political influence

Tendency to fear is strong political influence | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that fear is a mechanism often used in political campaigns to steer public opinion on hot-button issues like immigration and war.
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Imaging biomarker predicts response to rapid antidepressant

Imaging biomarker predicts response to rapid antidepressant | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A boost of activity at the back of the brain while processing emotional information predicted depressed patients' responses to an experimental rapid-acting antidepressant.
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Human brain is divided on fear and panic

Human brain is divided on fear and panic | Psychology and Brain News | 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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Prescription overdose rate reaches epidemic levels in NYC

Prescription overdose rate reaches epidemic levels in NYC | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
The rate of drug overdose from prescription opioids increased seven-fold in New York City over a 16-year period and was concentrated especially among white residents of the city, according to latest research at Columbia University's Mailman School...
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Stanford experiment shows that virtual superpowers encourage real-world empathy

Stanford experiment shows that virtual superpowers encourage real-world empathy | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

If you give people superpowers, will they use those abilities for good? Researchers at Stanford recently investigated the subject by giving people the ability of Superman-like flight in the university's Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory (VHIL). While several studies have shown that playing violent videogames can encourage aggressive behavior, the new research suggests that games could be designed to train people to be more empathetic in the real world.

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Larry Glover's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:37 AM

Can we, might we, will we engage in conscious of design our world to create the more beautiful world we dream is possible?

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Brain activity study lends insight into schizophrenia

Brain activity study lends insight into schizophrenia | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Magnetic fields produced by the naturally occurring electrical currents in the brain could potentially be used as an objective test for schizophrenia and help to better understand the disease, according to new research.
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Study shows how brain cells shape temperature preferences

Study shows how brain cells shape temperature preferences | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
While the wooly musk ox may like it cold, fruit flies definitely do not. They like it hot, or at least warm. In fact, their preferred optimum temperature is very similar to that of humans—76 degrees F.
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Scientists learn more about how inhibitory brain cells get excited

Scientists learn more about how inhibitory brain cells get excited | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Scientists have found an early step in how the brain's inhibitory cells get excited. A natural balance of excitement and inhibition keeps the brain from firing electrical impulses randomly and excessively, resulting in problems such as schizophrenia and seizures. However excitement is required to put on the brakes.

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Drunk eyewitnesses are more reliable than expected

Drunk eyewitnesses are more reliable than expected | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Imagine you are on a jury: would you trust the testimony of a drunk eyewitness? In a surprising new study, Angelica Hagsand and her colleagues report that drunk witnesses performed just as reliably as sober witnesses at recognising a criminal in a line-up.

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Online social networking at work can improve morale and reduce employee turnover

Online social networking at work can improve morale and reduce employee turnover | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
By allowing employees to participate in a work-sponsored internal social networking site, a company can improve morale and reduce turnover, according to a new article.
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Yoga May Have Positive Effects On Major Psychiatric Disorders, Including Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD And Sleep Complaints

Yoga May Have Positive Effects On Major Psychiatric Disorders, Including Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD And Sleep Complaints | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD in patients on medication,
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Abigail McNeely's curator insight, January 30, 2013 5:00 PM

It's always great to learn non-medication methods that boost wellbeing!