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‘They Aren’t Confused’: Landmark Study Shows Transgender Children Have Consistent, ‘Deeply-Held’ Gender Identity

Transgender children as young as 5 years-old demonstrate consistent gender identity across a variety of implicit gender-association measures, according to a landmark study to be published in the journal Psychological Science. The study found that the responses of children who identify as transgender are indistinguishable from those of children who do not identify as trans, … Continue reading

False Confessions: New Research Shows People Can Be Convinced They Committed A Crime That Never Happened

Evidence from some wrongful-conviction cases suggests that suspects can be questioned in ways that lead them to falsely believe in and confess to committing crimes they didn’t actually commit. New research provides lab-based evidence for this phenomenon, showing that innocent adult participants can be convinced, over the course of a few hours, that they had … Continue reading

Breakthrough: Scientists Identify Brain Networks Underlying Gender Identity

In a potentially groundbreaking discovery, researchers have identified the brain network underlying the very personal gender identity of every human being, providing one of the strongest biological explanations for transgender identification to date.  Gender identity — our sense of belonging to the male or female gender — is an inherent component of the human identity … Continue reading

‘Ten Years Worth Of Data Collected In One Day’: How Crowdsourcing Could Transform Psychological Research

A fast-paced game app where players pretend they are baggage screening officers operating airport x-ray scanners has provided researchers with billions of pieces of data in record time, according to a new article published by the American Psychological Association. The findings, which were published online ahead of print in APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human … Continue reading

Fascinating New Research On Air Transat Near-Disaster Shows How Differences In Memory Processing Influence Risk Of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder and memory is investigated in a fascinating new study of a 2001 passenger plane near-disaster, conducted by one of the survivors of that flight. The study identifies a potential risk factor that may help to predict which individuals are most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder. On August 24th, 2001, Air Transat Flight … Continue reading

Could A Blood Test Predict Risk Of Suicide?

Being able to identify those at high risk for suicide is vital for prevention, but there is not currently a reliable way to predict this risk. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, say they have found a chemical alteration in a gene linked to stress responses that could enable … Continue reading

A New Cause Of Mental Illness?

Astrocytes, the cells that make the background of the brain and support neurons, might be behind mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, according to new research by a Portuguese team from the University of Minho. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows how a simple reduction of astrocytes in the prefrontal cortex … Continue reading

New Research Could Uncover Genes At The Root Of Psychiatric Illnesses

    Understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders has been extremely challenging because there are many genetic variants that may increase risk but are insufficient to cause disease. Now investigators reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell: Stem Cell describe a strategy that may help reveal how such “subthreshold” genetic risks interact with other risk … Continue reading

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