March 2016

TIME: The genes for pot addiction have been identified

For what may be the first time, specific genes associated with marijuana addiction have been identified— and some of them are also linked to increased risk for depression and schizophrenia. The findings could help explain why 90% of people with marijuana addictions also suffer from another psychiatric condition or addiction. (March 30, 2016) Read the […]

Psych Central: Rat study shows environment plays major role in depression

A new lab study with genetically modified rats shows that the environment can play a major role in depression — even overriding genetic vulnerability. In the research, scientists genetically bred rats for depression then provided the rats the equivalent of rat “psychotherapy.” (March 30, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Uncertainty is more stressful than pain, say neurologists

Now, research published in Nature Communications suggests that knowing that something bad is going to happen is better than not knowing whether it will happen or not. Findings show that a small possibility of receiving a painful electric shock causes people more stress than knowing for sure that a shock was on the way. (March […]

Huffington Post: Foods to eat for good brain health

Typically, we eat with our body weight or heart health in mind, but research shows we should also be eating for our brains. It is now well known that our food choices influence our memory, mood, general cognitive skills and mental wellbeing. (March 30, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Study finds unpredictability improves memory recall

Memory training with unpredictable components could be more effective in enhancing episodic memory than training with predictable elements, according to new findings from UT Dallas researchers published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Episodic memories are those associated with autobiographical events, such as a past birthday party or first trip to an amusement park. (March […]