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Genes & Addiction

While the relationship between genes and addiction is a complicated one, there is a clear link between genetics and addiction.

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Brain Structures Differ Based on Gender, Sex & Sexual Orientation

Originally posted on My Aria:
I first want to acknowledge my limited experience and knowledge-base regarding LGBT rights and history. This is not meant to be my opinion on LGBT individuals. This is what I learned this week on my journey to becoming a behavioral neuroscientist; I found it enlightening, interesting, and valuable information. I…

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Brain Structures Differ Based on Gender, Sex & Sexual Orientation

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Are High-Protein Diets Safe?

High protein diets are likely popular because they do cause weight loss and allow us to eat all of those meats and cheeses that we love. Some examples of these diets include Atkins, Zone, and South Beach Diet.

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What Kind of Fat is Good Fat?

A calorie is a unit, based on the measurement of energy provided by food. While we all need a certain number of calories per day, it is certain that all calories were not created equal.

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Is Sports fandom a Form of Tribalism & Are There Benefits to Mental Health for Individuals, and Society Overall, of Sports Fandom?

In studying neurobiology, we learn that our behavior and perception stem from neurotransmitters, hormones, receptors, and synapses that constantly create senses and perceptions from information in our environment.

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What is Recombinant DNA Technology?

To understand recombinant DNA technology and genetic modification, we must first understand DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA, our genetic material, is a double helix made of nitrogenous bases, held together by hydrogen bonds and a sugar-phosphate backbone. This double helix, with antip

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Genetics: Recombinant DNA Technology

An advantage of this recombinant DNA technology is the ability to produce these life-saving treatments for worrisome genetic disorders. A diagnosis of type-1 diabetes once came with an expiration date, now individuals with type-1 diabetes can live long, healthy, lives.

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Who’s reading?

I was pleasantly surprised when I found that I have had readers from over 61 countries! It’s wonderful that people around the world are reading about mental health!

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Trait Impulsivity in Bipolar Disorder

Past research shows risky behavior and impulsivity as a hallmark trait of bipolar disorders and many other, often comorbid, disorders. Impulsivity in this context is defined by the tendency to make decisions based on hedonic, pleasure-driven behaviors even when this behavior contradicts long-term optimal outcome and the lack of the self-control associated with delayed-gratification. Past research has shown specific br

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Psychological Disorders, Addiction & Medication

Addiction can occur to many different substances, even when they have no similarities in structure. The common denominator in addiction is sudden increase of the neurotransmitter dopamine and how it affects the mesolimbic pathway (often referred to as the reward pathway).

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Brain Structures of Emotion

One of the primary issues is that this stress response evolved for short term use and if used to much it can cause many health issues. The stress-response essentially shuts down the “long-term projects” in order to mobilize energy and increase cardiovascular activity to push that energy.