The effects of imposing helplessness

This 2016 New York rodent study found: “By using unbiased and whole-brain imaging techniques, we uncover a number of cortical and subcortical brain structures that have lower activity in the animals showing helplessness than in those showing resilience following the LH [learned helplessness] procedure. We also identified the LC [locus coeruleus] as the sole subcortical … Continue reading The effects of imposing helplessness

The epigenetic clock theory of aging

My 400th blog post curates a 2018 US/UK paper by two of the coauthors of Using an epigenetic clock to distinguish cellular aging from senescence. The authors reviewed the current state of epigenetic clock research, and proposed a new theory of aging: “The proposed epigenetic clock theory of ageing views biological ageing as an unintended … Continue reading The epigenetic clock theory of aging

A study of gene-environment interactions

This 2018 Hungary/UK study used Bayesian analysis to better understand gene-environment interactions that produce depression: “Most genetic studies do not consider the effect of stressors which may be one reason for the lack of replicable results in candidate gene studies, GWAS [genome-wide association studies] and between human studies and animal models..Animal models of depression usually … Continue reading A study of gene-environment interactions

Beyond Belief: Why do we accept being propagandized?

Continuing to read Dr. Arthur Janov’s May 2016 book Beyond Belief: “p.13 Beliefs are medicine for the hopeless. They attenuate despair, vitiate loneliness, and dissipate helplessness.” “p. 14 We need hope more than we need truth..Beliefs divert us from past traumas and current pains because inside the belief lies hope.” “p.15 Hope is..’the meaning of … Continue reading Beyond Belief: Why do we accept being propagandized?

If research provides evidence for the causes of stress-related disorders, why only focus on treating the symptoms?

This 2014 rodent research reliably induced many disorders common to humans. Here are some post-birth problems the researchers caused, primarily by applying different types of stress, as detailed in the study’s supplementary material: Social defeat Social avoidance behavior Learned helplessness Irritable bowel syndrome Depression Anxiety Anhedonia Yet the researchers’ goal was to identify a brain … Continue reading If research provides evidence for the causes of stress-related disorders, why only focus on treating the symptoms?