Only children get a bad rap. They are often perceived as selfish, spoiled, anxious, socially inept and lonely. And my profession, psychology, may be partly to blame for these negative stereotypes. Indeed, Granville Stanley Hall, one of the most influential psychologists of the last century and the first president of the American Psychological Association, said… Read more

The balance between the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine may affect whether a person develops social anxiety disorder, researchers at Uppsala University report. Previous research has mainly focused on either the serotonin or the dopamine system individually. “We see that there is a different balance between serotonin and dopamine transport in people with social anxiety disorder… Read more

The large range of emotional and practical impacts caused by a loss of smell is elucidated in a new study from the University of East Anglia. It finds that almost every aspect of life is disrupted – from everyday concerns about personal hygiene to a loss of sexual intimacy and the break-down of personal relationships… Read more

A biodegradable nerve guide filled with growth-promoting protein that can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves, without the need for transplanting stem cells or a donor nerve has been developed by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers. “We’re the first to show a nerve guide without any cells was able to bridge a large… Read more

The molecules of the neurotransmitter glutamate released when a signal is transferred between two brain cells has been counted, for the first time, by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University in Swedenby. With a novel analysis method, they demonstrated that the brain regulates its signals using glutamate in more ways than previously… Read more