Children with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder have Altered Brain Networks

Children with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

A recent study from Wayne State University shows that communication between some of the brain’s most important centers is altered in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The research, led by David Rosenberg, M.D., of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., shines light on our understanding of how brain networks contribute to […]

Religious Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective for Depression

religious cbt

An approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates patients’ religious beliefs is at least as effective as conventional CBT for chronically ill patients with major depression, suggests a new study. Writes Dr Harold Koenig of Duke University Medical Center: “Integrating religious clients’ beliefs into CBT does not appear to significantly reduce its effectiveness, especially in […]

Why some People have Trouble Telling Left from Right & Why it’s so Important


By Gerard Gormley, Queen’s University Belfast Do you ever have trouble telling right from left? For example you’re taking a driving lesson and the instructor asks you to take a left turn and you pause, struggling to think of which way is left. If so, you’re not on your own – a significant proportion of […]

Antibodies Linked to Early Psychosis in Children


A study uncovering the presence of two antibodies in a sub-group of children experiencing their first episode of psychosis supports a long standing recognition that auto-immune disorders play a significant role in psychiatric illness. Antibodies defend the body against bacterial, viral, and other invaders but sometimes the body makes antibodies that attack healthy cells. In […]

How Intelligent People Develop Totally Wrong Beliefs

Stop blaming the moon: Intelligent people can develop strong entirely incorrect beliefs

The moon gets blamed for a lot of things it seems. For example, when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. Jean-Luc Margot, UCLA professor of planetary astronomy says: “Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens of studies show that the belief is unfounded.” In fact, the moon […]