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Adolescents with cognitive difficulties at risk for addiction
02-20   Adolescents with cognitive difficulties at risk for addiction

Working memory is the ability to concentrate on a task without simple distractions. Individuals with poor working memories often have trouble with impulse control. Researchers at the University of Oregon recently discovered that a combination of poor working memory and lack of impulse control in adolescents can put them at the risk for developing addictions […]

New study finds association between personality and shape of brain
02-14   New study finds association between personality and shape of brain
Posted in Cognition, Research

  The structure of the brain gives an insight into why people behave in a particular manner. In fact, personality may also be linked to the shape of the brain. The neural correlates of the five-factor model (also referred to as the “Big Five”) personality traits were analyzed in a recent study, published in the […]

Teens with bipolar disorder who attempt suicide have altered brain circuitry
02-08   Teens with bipolar disorder who attempt suicide have altered brain circuitry

  Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness characterized by mood swings. Approximately 50 percent people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide during their lifetime and as many as 20 percent may die by suicide. A recent study on adolescents and teens with bipolar disorder showed that there are distinct differences in the brains of those […]

How gut bacteria can enhance brain health
08-10   How gut bacteria can enhance brain health

“You are what you eat.” This well-known phrase addresses the tie between what people consume and their physical health. But what about how it affects someone’s mental health? A recent research study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found that certain types of gut bacteria can be used to enhance […]

Searching for the biological cause of social withdrawal
08-02   Searching for the biological cause of social withdrawal

The Psychiatric Ratings using Intermediate Stratified Markers (PRISM) project is a €16.5 million public and private European consortium that will use advanced technology to unearth the causes of social withdrawal. PRISM isn’t looking for an antidote to shyness. Acute social withdrawal is often a harbinger of schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and depression. This article examines how PRISM […]

Is substance abuse a mental illness?
05-26   Is substance abuse a mental illness?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines a mental disorder as a “condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.” By parsing this definition, a case can be made that substance abuse falls well within the […]

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