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Is Human Personality Traits Responsible for the Addiction to Social Media Networks?

social addictionStudies on alcohol and tobacco addiction have identified certain genetic and neurological factors as responsible for the condition. The Birmingham State University (BSU), New York that has the reputation of exploring the human behavior in response to certain social, economic, and political conditions has explored the leading causes for addiction to social media networks.

BSU identified certain personality traits in human beings; neuroticism, conscientiousness and agreeableness. These personalities clash or interact with each other to create addiction to social media networks. For example, neuroticism is one kind of personality where people experience negative emotions such as stress and anxiety and they are tend to get addicted to social network sites. Conscientiousness is a type of personality that possesses impulse control and the drive to achieve specific goals. They possess little or no likelihood of developing a social network addiction. However, when tested together, there is every possibility of neuroticism overtaking the conscientiousness. This can be explained as, however conscious, self-disciplined and goal oriented an individual; s/he may be stressed and anxious and get addicted to social media networks.

Agreeableness is a human personality where the individuals act friendly, empathetic and helpful and not addicted to social network. Yet, s/he may change their behavior when combined with conscientiousness. A socially responsible and conscious person may use social media for longer hours with a goal or purpose to educate other. At any cost time spent with the social media networks is on raise as per this study.

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 13/03/2018 at 11:56

Categories: Addiction Research & Therapy, Depression and Anxiety   Tags:

Promising Research could Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Early

alzheimers diseaseAround 50 million people globally have developed Alzheimer’s disease and with the aging of population, several parts of the globe are facing the threat of severe memory loss and the related behavioral symptoms, causing concerns of public health issues across societies. With a simple reading test that the scientists have developed recently, it is possible to detect whether or not a person is at Alzheimer’s risk. Delay in processing written words and sentences are a warning that they may develop Alzheimer’s within the next 3 years to come. A team of researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a device that could map the way the brain responds if the individuals are exposed to words on a computer screen. Those who are late in identifying the words may develop this problem. Although language will be affected only in the later stages of the onset of the disease, the scientists have accidentally noticed that the brain happen to lost the language comprehension abilities. The network of neurons connected with the brain is unable to process information and the individual cells that stop functioning would die eventually, leading to memory loss. It affects the human’s ability to think and analyze facts and figures and cues in the environment they live. A significant portion of the brain will shrink, reducing its volume, called as atrophy and researchers have identified the important proteins and the biomarkers that denote the onset of Alzheimers disease. Personalized medication and support should be identified with a separate strategy to overcome the issue on individual basis.

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 22/11/2017 at 06:03

Categories: Alzheimer's Disease & Parkinsonism   Tags:

Playing too much video game? Here is a bit of important news for you!

Are you fond of playing action packed video games regularly? A must read item here for you. There are many studies that may be pro or against video gaming. However, this latest study Universities de Montreal provides scientific facts to believe.

The general perception towards video games is that they are interactive and hence they improve cognitive skills of the player by boosting their brain cells. For a habitual player, it is going to be more harmful than useful, as the action games erase the grey matter in the hippocampus, primarily responsible for the cognitive skills. Hippocampus retains the spatial as well as the past experiences and put them in sequence, also known as episodic memory.

Striatum that acts as a counter balance to hippocampus reminds people about what they should eat and drink and when should they do it? It’s an autopilot that constantly reminds us of our activities and keeps us happy. A study conducted among 100 video players that played it for 90 hours revealed that the players are relying heavily on Striatum to chase the barriers and to achieve their goals. This would weaken the hippocampus, killing its cells and atrophies leading to reduction in the grey matter.  The decreased grey matter induces the brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression or Schizophrenia.

Girls and guys! Beware of The video games. Take more vitamin c rich fruits, berries, nuts and egg to boost your brain power than playing video games.
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Posted by Sciences Blog - 12/08/2017 at 11:19

Categories: Neurology & Physiology, OMICS   Tags:

Depression and Anxiety approaches towards Children

Among the citizens in UAE the leading forms of mental disorders is Depression and anxiety, according to statistics from a mental health conference hosted by the Abu Dhabi- based American Centre for Psychiatry and Neurology. It’s no less alarming that depression is linked to suicide. Read more…

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Posted by Synthia - 29/05/2013 at 04:09

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Autism could be Diagnosed at Birth by Analyzing the Placenta

From the past decades, researchers have been trying to detect Autism earlier in the life of children so that early interventions can be administered. Now, it could be possible to detect Autism at the birth by analyzing the placenta. Read more…

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Posted by Theodore Frank - 28/05/2013 at 22:55

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Feeding Disorders may lead to Health Complications in Autism

A healthy eating and balanced diet is essential for the growth and development of the body. An improper diet may lead to different diseases such as malnutrition and other poor development of the body as well as sometimes, obesity. Read more…

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Posted by Theodore Frank - 19/02/2013 at 08:02

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