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Anxiety Disorders, anxiety disorder, Anxiety And Clinical Depression Hinder Effective Treatment, Complicated Grief, Psychatric Disorder, Psychiatry, PTSD, PTSD and troops , Ptsd Therapy, Ptsd Treament, Military mental Health

NYU Langone Recruits Renowned Psychiatrist to Lead New Anxiety and Grief Disorders Initiative

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Naomi Michele Simon, MD, MSc, a world renowned expert in complicated grief and anxiety disorders, is joining the faculty of NYU Langone's Department of Psychiatry to spearhead a new initiative into these illnesses.

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Virtual Reality, Direct Brain Stimulation, BCI Computer Science & Engineering Neuroscience

No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game Using Only Direct Brain Stimulation

University of Washington researchers have published the first demonstration of humans playing a simple, two-dimensional computer game using only input from direct brain stimulation — without relying on any usual sensory cues from sight, hearing or touch.

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Mobile App Development , Chronic Disease, chronic disease management, Diabetes, Depression, Hypertension, Smartphone, mobile health, mhealth

A Missed App-Ortunity: Study Finds Few Mobile Health Apps Help Patients Who Need Them Most

The smartphones that nearly all Americans carry could transform how people manage their health, especially for those with complex health needs. But a new study suggests app makers are falling short when it comes to actually serving those who could get the most benefit from mobile health apps.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Same Sex Marriage, Gun Control, Moral Conviction, Morality, Political Engagement, Politics, Activism, moral motives, Psychology, Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Liberals, Conservatives

Political Left, Right Both Inspired by Utopian Hopes

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Studies explore moral convictions associated with same sex marriage, gun control

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Spirituality, Mental Health, existential questions, existence , Depression, Anxiety

Study: Avoiding Spiritual Struggles and Existential Questions Is Linked with Poorer Mental Health

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Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns—the “big questions” of life—is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to a new Case Western Reserve University study.

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Cataract, Mental Health, Depression, Epidemiology

Cataracts Linked to Increased Odds of Depression in Older Adults

Older adults with cataracts are more likely to have symptoms of depression, reports a study in the December issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Mental Health, post-Soviet states , War, Conflict, Healing, Yugoslavia, post-conflict mental health, post-conflict states, Bosnia Herzegovina

New Study Abroad Program Focuses on Post-Conflict Mental Health

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A new Northwestern study abroad program will allow students to study the psychological impact of war in post-Soviet countries Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Children, Anger, Acoustics, Listening, Speech, emotional speech, emotional cues, emotional environment, Peter Moriarty, Michelle Vigeant, Pamela Cole , Pennsylvania State University, 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, ASA

How Do Children Hear Anger?

Even if they don’t understand the words, infants react to the way their mother speaks and the emotions conveyed through speech. What exactly they react to and how has yet to be fully deciphered, but could have significant impact on a child’s development. Researchers in acoustics and psychology teamed up to better define and study this impact.

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Research Suggests Creatives Worry Less About Dying

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Creative achievement can provide a buffer against being anxious about death, research from psychologists at the University of Kent shows.

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Memory, Working Memory, synaptic theory

‘the Frankenstein Effect’ of Working Memory: Researchers Examine How Brain Stimulation Affects Memory Reactivation

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A new study from Nathan Rose, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, examined a fundamental problem your brain has to solve, which is keeping information “in mind,” or active, so your brain can act accordingly.

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Narcissism, Social Media, Psychology

Narcissistic Individuals Use Social Media to Self-Promote

A new statistical review of 62 studies with over 13,000 individuals found that narcissism has a modest but reliable positive relationship with a range of social media behaviors.

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Rehabilitation, Substance Abuse, Prison, Criminal Behavior, therapeutic communities, peer counseling

Use Your Words: Written Prisoner Interactions Predict Whether They’ll Clean Up Their Acts

The evolution of how prisoners in substance-abuse programs communicate is a good indicator of whether they’ll return to crime, new research has found.

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Attempted Suicide Rates and Risk Groups Essentially Unchanged, New Study Shows

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Johns Hopkins investigators report that their analysis of a national database representing more than 1 billion emergency department visits shows that over a recent eight-year period, nothing much has changed in the rates of unsuccessful suicide attempts, or in the age, gender, seasonal timing or means used by those who tried to take their lives in the United States.

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Nyu Langone, Perlmutter Cancer, Stephen Ross, Anthony Bossis, Jeffrey Guss, psilocbyin, Anxiety, Depression, magic mushroom, Psychotherapy, Death, Dying, Psychopharmacology

Single Dose of Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Relieves Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Advanced Cancer

When combined with psychological counseling, a single dose of a mind-altering compound contained in psychedelic mushrooms significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a time, according to results of a clinical trial led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Roland Griffiths, Cancer, Drugs, Anxiety, Psilocybin

Hallucinogenic Drug Psilocybin Eases Existential Anxiety in People with Life-Threatening Cancer

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In a small double-blind study, Johns Hopkins researchers report that a substantial majority of people suffering cancer-related anxiety or depression found considerable relief for up to six months from a single large dose of psilocybin -- the active compound in hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms."

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Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Visual Cortex, Brain Activity Imaging, Brain oscillations, oscillating blood flow, fMRI, Neural Activity, Neural Networks

Imaging Technique Can See You Think

NIBIB-funded researchers have used fast fMR Ito image rapidly fluctuating brain activity during human thought. fMRI measures changes in blood oxygenation, which were previously thought to be too slow to detect the subtle neuronal activity associated with higher order brain functions. The new discovery is a significant step towards realizing a central goal of neuroscience research: mapping the brain networks responsible for human cognitive functions such as perception, attention, and awareness.

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Online Insomnia Program Can Improve Sleep for Many, Study Finds

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An online program designed to help people overcome insomnia significantly improves both the amount and quality of sleep, a new study has found.  The study is the first to look closely at the effects of the Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi) program on people with health conditions that could be affecting their sleep.

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art, University of Vienna, art taste, Social Factors, Michael Forster, Matthew Pelowski, individual taste of art, Value, Valuation, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

We Like What Experts Like - and What Is Expensive

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Whether Peter Paul Rubens or Damien Hirst – the personal taste of art can be argued. Scientists from the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna have now shown that the individual taste of art is also dependent on social factors. The personal valuation of art was influenced by who else liked the work - or not. And even the value of a painting strengthened the subjective feeling of how much a work of art appeals to us. The study was recently published in the international journal "Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts".

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Parents Should Avoid Pressuring Young Children Over Grades

New research from ASU suggests parents shouldn't obsess over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness.

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