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Memories Exist Even When Forgotten, Study Suggests

Memories Exist Even When Forgotten, Study Suggests | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A woman looks familiar, but you can't remember her name or where you met her. New research suggests the memory exists -- you simply can't retrieve it.

Using advanced brain imaging techniques, the scientists discovered that a person's brain activity while remembering an event is very similar to when it was first experienced, even if specifics can't be recalled.

 

Read more at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090909122100.htm


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10 Tech Resources for the Autism Community

10 Tech Resources for the Autism Community | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Check out our gallery of recommended apps and resources for Autism Awareness Month.
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The Bipolar Puzzle: Kids and Bipolar Disorder

The Bipolar Puzzle: Kids and Bipolar Disorder | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the current edition is referred to as D.S.M.-IV) describes bipolar disorder as a condition whose average age of onset is 20, but virtually all the leaders in the field now say they believe it exists in children too. What they don’t agree on is what, exactly, characterizes the disease in kids, or how prevalent it is; some call it rare, while others say it is common.

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Brain Activity Predicts Re-arrest

Brain Activity Predicts Re-arrest | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Researchers demonstrate that brain activity in response to a decision-making challenge predicts the likelihood that released prisoners will be re-arrested.

A team of neuroscientists led by Eyal Aharoni at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the brains of 96 soon-to-be-released male prisoners. The scans focussed on the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), an area of the brain associated with decision-making and motor control, as the prisoners completed challenges on a computer that required them to inhibit impulsive reactions as they made quick-fire decisions.


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The human resources frontier: enhancing wellness and productivity via better brain health

The human resources frontier: enhancing wellness and productivity via better brain health | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Brain health is not just about dis­ease. It’s not just about depres­sion or anx­i­ety,” says Fernandez…Instead, this new phe­nom­e­non focuses on mak­ing sure employ­ees can adapt and thrive in their jobs, help­ing them make good deci­sions, and mak­ing them feel as pro­duc­tive as pos­si­ble, he says…For exam­ple, a stressed employee might make bad deci­sions. But if that employee is able to gauge his or her stress level and then mod­ify it to reach an opti­mal men­tal state, then he or she is likely to think cre­atively and make bet­ter deci­sions, he says. Brain health is being used as part of employ­ers’ over­all well­ness programs—in an effort to reach as many employ­ees as possible—but also solely in lead­er­ship devel­op­ment pro­grams at some com­pa­nies, Fer­nan­dez reports.”


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Healthier Me: Pollution & Autism

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In Monday's Healthier Me, new findings suggest that children who live near busy roads or freeways are at a greater risk for developing autism, which affects 1 out of every 88 children.

These findings are part of new research from the Department of Epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.

Lead researcher, Dr. Beate Ritz: "What we found was an 8 to 10 percent increase in autism due to traffic-related pollution."

The study -- which looked only at publicly available data and involved no interviews -- tracked results from air monitors around Los Angeles County twice a year over the last three years. This information was then linked to birth certificates addresses and Calif. Department of Developmental Services records on assistance to families with autism.

 

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Psychiatric issues to blame when face, hand transplants fail

Psychiatric issues to blame when face, hand transplants fail | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Transplant surgeons need help from the mental health community to ensure that patients who undergo hand, face, foot, and other non-solid organ transplants succeed psychiatrically, a consultant for transplant teams says.

That’s because all of the patients who have failed those procedures have done so because of psychiatric issues, according to Dr. José R. Maldonado, the psychiatric consultant for six transplant teams at Stanford (Calif.) University.

"When you wake up in the morning and look down, you see a stitched hand attached to your body," said Dr. Maldonado, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the university. "You know that that is not a part of you."

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Alzheimer’s biomarker linked to poor sleep quality

Alzheimer’s biomarker linked to poor sleep quality | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Amyloid plaque deposition, the pathologic hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, was associated with poor sleep quality, but not changes in sleep quantity, new data suggest.

Sleep-wake problems are common in Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers wrote. “Brain regions and pathways important for sleep and wake mechanisms are affected early in [Alzheimer’s disease].”

 

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A Wireless Brain-Computer Interface May One Day Help People with Mobility Problems

A Wireless Brain-Computer Interface May One Day Help People with Mobility Problems | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Broadband communication and custom signal-processing chips power a new brain-recording device that may one day help paralyzed people.

A new wireless brain implant could be an important step toward technology that lets people with mobility problems control a computer or wheelchair with their thoughts.

The implant was developed by a team at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The researchers recently reported in the Journal of Neural Engineering that their fully implantable brain sensor can record the activity of dozens of neurons in freely moving subjects. And they showed that the device continued to work after more than a year in pigs and macaques.

 


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Florence Boy's curator insight, March 13, 2013 8:51 PM

Une révolution nous guette dans la ssante grâce aux Nbic : tant mieux pour le patient mais quid des remboursements ?

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Mental picture of others can be seen using fMRI, finds new study

Mental picture of others can be seen using fMRI, finds new study | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
It is possible to tell who a person is thinking about by analyzing images of his or her brain. Our mental models of people produce unique patterns of brain activation, which can be detected using advanced imaging techniques according to a new study.

 

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Physical Therapy In Autism Spectrum Disorders

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In a recent review, Bhat, Landa and Galloway examined evidence to show that children who are at risk for ASD had deficient motor capabilities. Movements like non-uniform gait, variable stride length when walking, and underperformance in aiming tasks are evident in children who are diagnosed with ASD. Cognitive impairment is also evident in these kids. There is evidence to show that children who do not suffer from a cognitive lag but yet underperform on tasks that require physical balance and coordination of limbs may be later diagnosed as suffering from ASD.


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Could “network” analysis of the brain explain autism’s features?

Could “network” analysis of the brain explain autism’s features? | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Boston Children's Hospital's blog about science, research, and clinical innovation in pediatric and adult medicine.

Peters and Maxime Taquet, a PhD student in the hospital’s Computational Radiology Laboratory, analyzed EEG recordings from 19 different brain regions to track the brain’s electrical cross-talk. They studied two groups of autistic children: 16 with classic autism and 14 whose autism is part of a genetic syndrome known as tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). They compared these readings with EEGs from two control groups—46 healthy neurotypical children and 29 children with TSC but not autism.

 

Read more: http://vectorblog.org/2013/03/could-network-analysis-of-the-brain-explain-autisms-features/?sf10039999=1


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Do you dare to dream?

Do you dare to dream? - Excellent animated video about the power of imagination. Highly recommended!


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 22, 2014 6:45 AM

Wonderful share here via  @Kenneth Mikkelsen.  


I dared to dream a few years back and lately I am feeling like the character hanging from the tree limb who is about to fall and hanging on for dear life.  


I will continue with my strategy and hope I can hang on.



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Mental health anti-stigma campaign fails to shift health professionals' attitudes

Mental health anti-stigma campaign fails to shift health professionals' attitudes | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
People with mental health problems are experiencing less stigma and discrimination, but attitudes of health workers are not improving, writes David Brindle

The evidence is based on responses from a telephone survey of a panel of 1,000 users of mental health services in England, conducted annually between 2008 and 2011. They were asked to report discrimination experienced on 21 different measures, ranging from keeping a job to use of transport.

 

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-network/2013/apr/03/mental-health-anti-stigma-campaign


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Studying Clinical Psychology Online

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Clinical psychology is the analysis, research and treatment of severe mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 

Find out about clinical psychology online and on campus programs, the location of suitable university degree programs, the career prospects, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/clinical-psychology-online

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The Body Holds Our Trauma

The Body Holds Our Trauma | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Recently a comment was posted on my website from a woman who suffered child sexual abuse in her childhood and as an adult suffers from tension and pain in her neck and shoulders.

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Studying a PhD in Counseling Psychology

Studying a PhD in Counseling Psychology | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
A PhD in counseling psychology online gives you good career options. This page will help you if you want to take a counseling doctorate.

 

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Beyond helmets: concussions require proactive, individualized monitoring and rehab

Beyond helmets: concussions require proactive, individualized monitoring and rehab | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

The Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Neu­rol­ogy said Mon­day that it had revised its guide­lines for han­dling con­cus­sions to empha­size treat­ing ath­letes case by case rather than accord­ing to a pre­de­ter­mined scale…In not­ing that more than a mil­lion Amer­i­can ath­letes expe­ri­enced con­cus­sions each year, the authors of the study noted that the risk of con­cus­sion was great­est in foot­ball and rugby, fol­lowed by hockey and soc­cer, and that the risk of con­cus­sion for young women and girls was great­est in soc­cer and basketball…Critically, the authors found “no clear evi­dence that one type of foot­ball hel­met can bet­ter pro­tect against con­cus­sion over another kind of helmet.

 

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Studying Educational Psychology Online

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Find out more about studying educational psychology, what the job prospects are after graduating, and locate educational psychology online programs at suitable schools.

This area is very often of interest to those wishing to work as school psychologists, but is also of interest to those wanting management jobs or specialist positions in education, training, testing, or research. 


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What It's Like to Get Online After 25 Years in Prison

What It's Like to Get Online After 25 Years in Prison | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
After a quarter century in prison, Michael Santos faces an unexpected challenge: facing a digital world he's never known.

 

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Studying a Counseling Psychology Masters Degree

Studying a Counseling Psychology Masters Degree | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

Find out more about the work of a psychology counselor and about taking a counseling psychology masters degree online. Locate schools and programs suitable for you.

 

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'Auti-Sim' Game Simulates Life With Childhood Autism

'Auti-Sim' Game Simulates Life With Childhood Autism | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it

In a playground filled with gleeful shouts, you approach a group of children. Suddenly, your vision turns blurry and pixelated. The echoing screams become raucous.

It's the experience of sensory overload, according to a new game called Auti-Sim. The simulation, created by a three-member team at the Vancouver Hacking Health hackathon, aims to raise awareness of the challenges of hypersensitivity disorder and help people understand how it can lead to isolation.

The closer you get to loud and active children, the more overwhelming the situation becomes. As you move toward quieter areas, the strain tapers off. 

 

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Substance Abuse Online

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Find out what it means to be a substance abuse (or behavioral disorder) counselor and locate suitable substance abuse online programs.

Substance abuse courses help counselors to understand more about the issues and to assist people with their problems. Most people study substance abuse at the bachelor or master levels.

 

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The Autistic Child – More Than Meets the Eye

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Until recently, the sensory integration issues that plague many individuals on the autism spectrum have taken a back seat to the more commonly identified social and communication issues traditionally used to diagnose the disorder. In fact, the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV-TR) states that the main areas of impairment in people with autism are communication, social interaction, repetitive motion, and restricted interests.

For individuals with autism who experience sensory integration issues, information is incorrectly processed by the brain, often causing distress, discomfort, and confusion. These sensory processing difficulties can be an underlying cause for some of the more commonly recognized behaviors often associated with autism, including avoiding eye contact and stimming behavior. When it comes specifically to perception and what the individual with autism sees, these issues can be a result of both ophthalmological and perceptual processing disorders.

 

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Get a Rewarding Career with a Substance Abuse Masters Degree

Get a Rewarding Career with a Substance Abuse Masters Degree | Psychology Professionals | Scoop.it
Substance abuse masters programs develop the skills required to be a substance abuse (or behavioral disorder) counselor? This page tells you more ...

Basically, substance abuse (or behavioral disorder) counselors help people to tackle their dependencies, addictions and other problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, substance abuse and eating disorders. 

 

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