• Gut feeling: Research examines link between stomach bacteria, PTSD

    Gut bacteria seriously affects mood and demeanor. Researchers were able to control the moods of anxious mice by feeding them healthy microbes from fecal material collected from calm mice.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160425161324.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Fpsychology+%28Psychology+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

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  • Brain caught 'filing' memories during rest

    Memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest, according to a new study in rats.The finding suggests that replay of previous experiences during rest is important for memory consolidation, a process whereby the brain stabilizes and preserves memories for quick recall in the future. Understanding the physiological mechanism of this is essential for tackling amnesiac conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, where memory consolidation is affected.

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    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160418120102.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Fpsychology+%28Psychology+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

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  • Sexist video games decrease empathy for female violence victims

    Young male gamers who strongly identify with male characters in sexist, violent video games show less empathy than others toward female violence victims, a new study found.

    After playing a violent, sexist game, these male players reported lower levels of sympathy and compassion (compared to those who played games without a sexist component) when shown a photo illustration depicting an adolescent girl who had been physically abused by an adolescent boy.

    "Most people would look at these images and say the girl pictured has to be terrified. But males who really identified with their characters in the sexist, violent games didn't feel as much empathy for the victim," said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160413151057.htm

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  • Sedentary behaviour linked to anxiety

    We all know sitting for too long is bad for our health, but could it be affecting our anxiety levels too?

    Sedentary behaviour linked to anxiety

    A recent study from the Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) in Australia has revealed that sitting may not be as relaxing as it appears – in fact, it can increase anxiety levels.

    The study looked at nine previous studies that examined the link between anxiety and sedentary behaviour. It was concluded that, the longer someone sat, the higher their risk of developing a nervous disorder.

    Read more here http://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/blog/2015/07/07/sedentary-behaviour-anxiety/

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  • The Truth about Self Harm

    Today is self-harm awareness day. Self-harm affects around 400 in 100,000 people in the UK – the highest rate of any country in Europe. What's more concerning is that these figures are likely to be higher as many people who self-harm do not seek help or tell anyone about it. Although self-harm can affect anyone, the majority of people who report self-harm are aged between 11 and 25.

    In support of the day, The Mental Health Foundation has released an updated version of their booklet, “The truth about self-harm”. This resource includes insights from the National Inquiry into self-harm among young people. The inquiry heard from young people who self-harm and those who work with or care about them.

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    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/truth-about-self-harm

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  • Read my latest article, "Learn to Assert Yourself" in this month's Top Sante magazine.

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  • The Words you Utter

    "Like feathers (in your pillow) spread by the wind, every word you utter goes out into the world, never to be returned. If you speak words of anger, despair, envy, and desolation, they will cut through others like the sharpest knife and you may never be able to fully undo their effect. If you speak words of love, kindness, appreciation, and hope, you will never need to try. Your words will carry throughout the world like feathers in the wind, bringing rest to the weary, comfort to the sick, and hope to the downtrodden. When you truly recognize that each word you speak has the power to cut like a knife or comfort like a pillow, your word will be your wand and whatever you've been seeking will be yours".

    From a story by Supercoach, Michael Neill

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