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March 19, 2013

readings in psychology for 19 march 2013 @PsychScience

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Here is what we are reading today:

“In a study, college-age women who were concerned about their eating behaviors reported that moods worsened after bouts of disordered eating, said Kristin Heron, research associate at the Survey Research Center. “There was little in the way of mood changes right before the unhealthy eating behaviors,” said Heron. “However, negative mood was significantly higher after these behaviors.” According to Heron, who worked with Joshua Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health, Stacey Scott, research associate in the Center for Healthy Aging, and Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies, people who experience disordered eating patterns may exhibit behaviors such as binge eating, loss of control over eating and food intake restriction.”

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Scientists at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider are now certain they have found a Higgs boson particle.

Known as “The God Particle,” the once theoretical Higgs boson is the mechanism that gives mass to elementary objects, meaning that its existence helps explain the existence of virtually everything else. For years, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have been smashing atoms together in the massive collider in hopes of finding that elusive particle. On Thursday, at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists say that have their proof — or at least part of it.

“Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience, Michigan State University neuroscientist A.J. Robison and colleagues say cocaine alters the nucleus accumbens, the brain’s pleasure center that responds to stimuli such as food, sex and drugs. “Understanding what happens molecularly to this brain region during long-term exposure to drugs might give us insight into how addiction occurs,” said Robison, assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and the Neuroscience Program.”

“”When your brain is processing faces, you want neurons to respond selectively so that each is picking up a different aspect of individual faces. The neurons need to be finely tuned to understand what is dissimilar from one face to another,” says the study’s senior investigator, Maximilian Riesenhuber, PhD., an associate professor of neuroscience at GUMC.”

“”The brain doesn’t store all the information it encounters, so there must be a mechanism for discarding what isn’t important,” said senior author R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., head of the Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the NIH institute where the research was conducted. “These reverse brain signals appear to be the mechanism by which the brain clears itself of unimportant information.””

“In the current study, J. Michael Bowers, PhD, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Maryland School of Medicine examined whether sex differences in the expression of the Foxp2 protein in the developing brain might underlie communication differences between the sexes.”

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One Response to “readings in psychology for 19 march 2013 @PsychScience”

  1. mparisi Says:

    The unhealthy eating article related poor eating habits to bad moods seems extremely logical. I am a psychology major, nutrition minor and I grew up with multiple family members who had depression. Even though eating disorders weren’t a major issue, I know how diet can completely change your outlook. After about 10 years of experimenting with medicine and therapy without much luck, my family found that sticking to a gluten free and dairy free diet changed their lives. Along with an active lifestyle, I think this changed their moods more than any drug, not to mention there are no negative side effects of eating healthy food.

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