The reasons why, once we start worrying, some of us just can’t stop

Posted by on 6 Feb, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Christian Jarrett: Editor BPS Research Digest – February 6th 2017 A certain amount of worrying is a normal part of life, especially these days with barely a moment passing without some disconcerting headline landing in your news feed. But for some people, their worrying reaches pathological levels. They just can’t stop wondering “What if …?”. It becomes distressing and feels out of control. In the formal jargon, they would likely be diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, but excessive worrying is also a part of other conditions like panic disorder. There are many factors...

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Brain activity ‘key in stress link to heart disease’

Posted by on 21 Jan, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

BBC News – Health. Posted 12th January 2017 The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests. In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in the amygdala were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease – and sooner than others. Stress could be as important a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure, the US researchers said. Heart experts said at-risk patients should be helped to manage stress. Emotional stress has long been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular...

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You’re getting very curious: Scientists discover how hypnosis actually works

Posted by on 10 Oct, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Posted by Robert Ferris – Science Reporter for – 28th July 2016 The word “hypnosis” might conjure notions of the supernatural, or of parlor tricks and con men, but real hypnosis is a clinical tool frequently used by psychiatrists. Now scientists are catching a glimpse of how it affects the brain. About two-thirds of people show some susceptibility to hypnosis, and the technique has been used to treat pain management and anxiety, among other conditions. A group of researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine just used brain imaging to see what was actually...

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Why Does Time Seem to Speed Up with Age?

Posted by on 17 Jul, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

James M. Broadway, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Brittiney Sandoval, a recent graduate of the same institution, answers – July 1, 2016 “Where did the time go?” middle-aged and older adults often remark. Many of us feel that time passes more quickly as we age, a perception that can lead to regrets. According to psychologist and BBC columnist Claudia Hammond, “the sensation that time speeds up as you get older is one of the biggest mysteries of the experience of time.”...

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Pre-crastination: The Opposite of Procrastination

Posted by on 9 Mar, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Why we do some tasks before their time — and why pigeons do, too… By David A. Rosenbaum, Edward A. Wasserman on June 30, 2015 in Scientific American Procrastination is a well-known and serious behavioral problem involving both practical and psychological implications. Taxpayers commonly put off submitting their annual returns until the last minute, risking mathematical errors in their frenzy to file. Lawmakers notoriously dawdle and filibuster before enacting sometimes rash and ill-advised legislation at the eleventh hour. And, students burn the midnight oil to get their term papers...

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Dos and Don’ts to Preserve Your Brainpower

Posted by on 9 Nov, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

From changing your diet to partying like you’re 21, here are six tips for protecting your brain from the ravages of time. By David Robson, 28 August 2015 Like any good machine, the brain needs a little care and attention as it ages to ensure it continues to run in good working order. If only there were a manual to its maintenance that could tell us how to fine-tune its circuits. Unfortunately, the available advice is often contradictory and confusing, but BBC Future has sifted through the evidence. Read on to discover the six most promising ways to sharpen your wits. Don’t… lose...

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