If you could erase the worst memory of your life, would you? Scientists are working on a pill for that.

The 60 souls that signed on for Dr. Alain Brunet’s memory manipulation study were united by something they would rather not remember. The trauma of betrayal. For some, it was infidelity and for others, a brutal, unanticipated abandonment. “It was like, ‘I’m leaving you. Goodbye,” the McGill University associate professor of psychiatry says. In cold,Continue reading “If you could erase the worst memory of your life, would you? Scientists are working on a pill for that.”

Positive childhood experiences tied to better adult mental health

by Lisa Rapaport Kids who have more supportive experiences with family, friends, and people in their school and community may be less likely to have psychological or relationship troubles in adulthood, a new study suggests. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) like abuse, neglect, violence, and parental absence have long been linked to lasting negative effects onContinue reading “Positive childhood experiences tied to better adult mental health”

Chronic Bullying Could Actually Reshape The Brains of Teens

by Carly Cassella Sticks and stones may break your bones, but name-calling could actually change the structure of your brain. A new study has found that persistent bullying in high school is not just psychologically traumatising, it could also cause real and lasting damage to the developing brain. The findings are drawn from a long-termContinue reading “Chronic Bullying Could Actually Reshape The Brains of Teens”

New research shows that heavy marijuana users may hold on more strongly to negative feelings

By Rachael Rettner Many people tend to look back on the past with rose-colored glasses, remembering the good times and the good feelings…while forgetting the bad. But a new study suggests that heavy marijuana users may have some trouble letting go of negative emotions tied to memories — a phenomenon that’s also seen in peopleContinue reading “New research shows that heavy marijuana users may hold on more strongly to negative feelings”

Early life trauma in men associated with changes in sperm that are later transmitted to their children.

Exposure to early life trauma can lead to poor physical and mental health in some individuals, which can be passed on to their children. Studies in mice show that at least some of the effects of stress can be transmitted to offspring via environmentally-induced changes in sperm miRNA levels. A new epigenetics study raises theContinue reading “Early life trauma in men associated with changes in sperm that are later transmitted to their children.”

Stanford scientists find fear, courage switches in brain

Pinpoint stimulation of a cluster of nerve cells in the brains of mice encouraged timid responses to a perceived threat, whereas stimulation of an adjacent cluster induced boldness and courage. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified two adjacent clusters of nerve cells in the brains of mice whose activity level uponContinue reading “Stanford scientists find fear, courage switches in brain”

Dogs may go gray when stressed, just like US presidents, study says

By Jacqueline Howard Whether you call them gray hairs or stress highlights, world-renowned animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin wants you to know that dogs may get them prematurely, too — possibly when stressed, such as being left at home alone. Premature graying in dogs may be an indicator of anxiety and impulsivity, accordingContinue reading “Dogs may go gray when stressed, just like US presidents, study says”

Having a socially interactive job helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease.

By Patrick Foster Lawyers, teachers and doctors have a better chance of fighting off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, because of the complex nature of their jobs, scientists reported this week. Researchers found that people whose jobs combined complex thinking with social engagement with others – such as social workers and engineers – were betterContinue reading “Having a socially interactive job helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease.”

The employees shut inside coffins

South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and workers often report feeling stressed. So in order to make people appreciate life, some companies are making employees take part in their own pretend funerals. In a large room in a nondescript modern office block in Seoul, staff from a recruitment companyContinue reading “The employees shut inside coffins”

7 habits to avoid in order to have a healthy brain

Why are some people sharp as a tack at 95 years old, while others begin struggling with mental clarity in their 50s? A lot of it has to do with genetics, but certain lifestyle factors also play an important role in how our brain ages. So while you can’t control your genes, you can takeContinue reading “7 habits to avoid in order to have a healthy brain”