Report #49

This week Dr. Dave talks to Samuel Kimbles, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst who has served as president of the S.F. Jung Institute and author of Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture To Psyche. Here is an introduction to that interview…

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bigstock-Colorful-And-Tasty-Donuts-sReaching for junk food? Here’s new research about why…

Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. Decisions about food consumption and caloric density are linked to a part of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, an area that encodes the value of stimuli and predicts immediate consumption. Understanding the reasons for people’s food choices could help to control the factors that lead to obesity, a condition affecting 1 in 4 Canadian adults and 1 in 10 children. Obesity is linked to many health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Treating Canadians who have these problems costs billions of tax health dollars. Read more…

The study is “Behavioral and Neural Valuation of Foods Is Driven by Implicit Knowledge of Caloric Content” by Deborah W. Tang, Lesley K. Fellows, and Alain Dagher in Psychological Science. Published online October 10 2014 doi:10.1177/0956797614552081

The abstract can be found here.

youtube_stockPeer Support via YouTube.

People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder use a popular social media website like YouTube to provide and receive naturally occurring peer support, Dartmouth researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE.

“What we found most surprising about our findings was that people with severe mental illness were so open about their illness experiences on a public social media website like YouTube,” said lead author John Naslund, A PhD student in health policy at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. “We saw that people with severe mental illness did not appear to be concerned about the risks of openly sharing their personal illness experiences because they really wanted to help others with similar mental health problems.”

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Are Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food for Sex?

Choosing between two good things can be tough. When animals must decide between feeding and mating, it can get even trickier. In a discovery that might ring true even for some humans, researchers have shown that male brains – at least in nematodes – will suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate.The results, which appear today in the journal Current Biology, may point to how subtle changes in the brain’s circuitry dictate differences in behavior between males and females.

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bigstock-Bully-sUNH Research Highlights Extent and Effects of School Violence

DURHAM, N.H. – Six percent of U.S. children and youth missed a day of school over the course of a year because they were the victim of violence or abuse at school. This was a major finding of a study on school safety by University of New Hampshire researchers published this month in the Journal of School Violence.

“This study really highlights the way school violence can interfere with learning,” says lead author David Finkelhor, professor of sociology and director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) at UNH. “Too many kids are missing school because they do not feel safe.”

The study surveyed a national sample of students from ages 5 to 17. The researchers found that in the previous year:

  • 14 percent of school-age children had been physically assaulted at school;
  • 6 percent had missed a day or more of school as a result of their victimization;
  • 1.8 percent had been assaulted with a weapon at school;
  • 0.4 percent had been sexually assaulted at school; and
  • 48 percent had been exposed to at least one form of victimization, most of which (29.8 percent) was intimidation or bullying.

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