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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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March 6, 2020

Psychiatrists led by Nikolaos Koutsouleris from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have used a computer-based approach to assign psychotic patients diagnosed as bipolar or schizophrenic to five different subgroups. The method could lead to better therapies...

February 12, 2020

Artificial intelligence may soon play a critical role in choosing which depression therapy is best for patients.

A national trial initiated by UT Southwestern in 2011 to better understand mood disorders has produced what scientists are calling the project's flagship fin...

January 14, 2020

My first day back at work in 2020 was with a fantastic team of mental health housing workers.  We had an extensive debate on the role of infectious diseases on mental health and I promised to present the research.  So, here is a review of some fascinating research on h...

December 19, 2019

Recent advances in neuroscience are unlocking how the major personality traits are linked to neural systems.  One personality trait, Neuroticism, is linked to fear centers in the brain.  People who scoring highly on this measure are very alert and sensitive to fear....

December 12, 2019

Do bad dreams serve a real purpose? To answer this question, researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), Switzerland, -- working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (USA) -- analysed the dreams of a number o...

October 6, 2019

Impulsive shopping can be a costly vice for people who are eager to escape emotional pain, but researchers have now discovered a strategy for increasing self-control in spite of negative feelings.

Pixar's "Inside Out" movie inspired the researchers to explore how anthro...

October 3, 2019

The amygdala and the hippocampus -- structures in the brain that are involved in emotion, learning, and memory -- have been found to play a role in a diverse range of disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and schizophr...

September 23, 2019

People with psychopathic traits are predisposed toward antisocial behavior that can result in "unsuccessful" outcomes such as incarceration. However, many individuals with psychopathic traits are able to control their antisocial tendencies and avoid committing the anta...

September 5, 2019

Mindfulness can be seen as a panacea for all things these these days.  However, it needs to be subjected to more rigorous study in order to ascertain what its potential benefits can be.  For those who are naturally drawn to the approach, they will tend to accept its ef...

September 2, 2019

The expression of many genes that have previously been associated with autism is abnormal also in violent psychopathy, a new study shows. The researchers used stem cell technology to analyse the expression of genes and proteins in the brain cells of psychopathic violen...

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