In: Biology and the Brain

Higher Carbohydrate Meals Increase Punishment
July 4, 2017

A study in 2017 finds that the composition of food in one meal can significantly affect behavior in the following hours,…

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Circadian Rhythms and Food
May 6, 2017

Scientists are uncovering a fascinating relationship between circadian rhythms and food consumption. It looks as though when you eat can have…

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Avoid Intimidation
April 23, 2017

Rick Hanson has written an elegant and timely newsletter article about how to avoid intimidation and fear from paper tigers and…

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The Science of Slow Breathing
April 16, 2017

In an April 5, 2017 article in the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds reviews new research on the science of slow…

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Biological Basis of Depression
February 22, 2017

A recent review article in the American Journal of Psychiatry examines data from many functional neuroimaging studies in order to define…

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Darkness Treats Mania?
January 24, 2017

Bright light is one of the most rapidly effective treatments for depression and may be helpful for depression even in people…

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Depression and Reward Insensitivity
December 10, 2016

Why do some people get depressed and what can be done about it? Studies of brain response to rewards suggests that there…

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Jet Lag Explained
August 8, 2016

What is “jet lag” and why do most people feel worse when they travel around the globe in one direction, rather…

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Intermittent Fasting and Brain Health
March 14, 2016

Conventional wisdom, especially in the realm of diet and health, often turns out not to be right. Conventional wisdom (as it…

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Psychopharmacology and Psychobiology
February 8, 2016

The wonderful thing about having two blogs (www.moodsurfing.com and www.gatewaypsychiatric.com) is that there are two sets of readers for the articles…

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Body Mindfulness and Peak Performance
January 17, 2016

If mindfulness training works to achieve peak performance in Navy SEALs and top athletes perhaps it’s not such a New Age…

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Awe Reduces Inflammation
December 6, 2015

What if you knew that the experience of awe could measurably improve your health, would you approach the world differently today?…

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Can Junk Food Shrink Your Brain?
November 2, 2015

Did you know that increasing or even maintaining your intake of burgers, fries and soda pop—and pretty much any other hallmark…

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Prefrontal Cortex and Limbic System
June 30, 2015

A very bright young man who has a great potential as the therapist but who is wrestled with chronic depression for years…

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Insomnia Treatment Reduces Brain Stress
March 27, 2015

Insomnia treatment may have long-term beneficial effects on the health of your brain. Study in the Journal Biological Psychiatry published in…

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Faith and Depression
March 21, 2015

Depression wears down our sense of trust and faith. Biologically, depression involves activating parts of the brain that search for problems….

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Women and Hormones – Elisabeth
January 23, 2015

I am a woman diagnosed with bipolar II disorder and I suspect that I am also hormonally vulnerable. I wrote this…

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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: 2 – Depression Assessment
January 18, 2015

…I’m returning to do the test suggested by my therapist in our previous meeting – the Beck Depression Inventory II….

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Mind Body Dualism
November 6, 2014

A wonderful woman who has been meeting with me off and on for a couple of years, and who initially came…

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Exercise and Stress – How Exercise Prevents Depression
October 5, 2014

Exercise seems to reduce stress. But how does this work? And what about exercise effects on depression? An article in the…

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