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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 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.

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Brain Structures Differ Based on Gender, Sex & Sexual Orientation

Of the 4 cell groups of the interstitial nuclei of the anterior hypothalamus, the 3rd group ( in the preoptic-anterior hypothalamic area—or PO-AHA), is referred to as being responsible for sexual dimorphism in reference to sexual orientation. INAH-3 is generally found to be larger in the male brain than the female brain; however, this study indicates the region is smaller, in general, in homosexual males than in heterosexual males.

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Internal Mechanisms Associated With Eating & Drinking

In obese individuals, reward systems were activated during hypoglycemic and euglycemic states without PFC, higher order thought process, activation. The study found that obese individuals may be more affected by food related striatal activation when their blood sugar starts to drop.

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Brain Activity During Sleep.

 EEG patterns and what they represent about cortical activity during wakefulness and the stages of sleep and REM sleep. A little luck often goes a long way regarding scientific discovery. In chapter two, we learned about Otto Loewi, who discovered the role of acetylcholine because of a dream he had. He even stated that if […]

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Brain & Behavior: Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses

Unfortunately I haven’t had nearly enough time for blogging these days. I want to continue sharing my journey and my knowledge. My end goal is a career in behavioral neuroscience, here’s a bit of what I’m learning along the way! =)  Carefully describe the differences between graded potentials and action potentials. Include how both are […]

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Personality

“Hippocrates’s theory was that personality traits and human behaviors are based on four temperaments associated with fluids that he called humors. Choleric temperament or yellow bile from the liver, melancholic temperament with was the black bile from kidneys, sanguine which was red blood from the heart and finally phlegmatic temperament which was white phlegm from the lungs” (Clark & Watson, 2008; Eysenck & Eysenck, 1985; Lecci & Magnavita, 2013; Noga, 2007). YUCK!

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Death Note to my Daughter

There are so many threats to our existence today and they bring me great anxiety at times. I struggle to stay positive but always try. When I first heard of the coronavirus, I felt panic set in. The worst thought that came to mind is the idea of losing loved ones and what may happen to my baby girl.

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Priorities

for the last few months I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed, lost, like a deer in the headlights. I have so many opportunities and wonderful options in my life that I just don’t know what to do. When my daughter was an infant I didn’t have much time to do anything other than care for her, mostly due to sleep deprevation; she’s over a year old now and I have some choices to make.

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Pose like a Super-hero!

I was watching a television show today, and one of the characters–a surgeon, posed like a super-hero before performing a surgery. They said “it inspires confidence and improves performance”. I had to look it up, and sure enough: “it alters hormone production; lifting the power hormone and reducing the stress hormone. As science demonstrates, body […]