Is your stress changing my brain?

In a remarkable study researchers have discovered that stress isn’t just contagious; it alters the brain on a cellular level.

In the study, published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers have discovered that stress transmitted from others can change the brain in the same way as a real stress does.… [read more]

Does ketamine really work as an antidepressant?

Antidepressant response within hours, or a blind alley? Experts weigh evidence on ketamine as a fast-acting treatment for depression in Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

Recent studies suggest that ketamine, a widely used anesthetic agent, could offer a wholly new approach to treating severe depression—producing an antidepressant response in hours rather than weeks.… [read more]

New method helps identify causal mechanisms in depression.

A new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging looks at the driving influence of brain regions in depression. What the researchers say:  The researchers note that people with major depressive disorder have alterations in the activity and connectivity of brain systems underlying reward and memory.… [read more]

A pathway to a better way to treat depression?

About 30-40% of depression is genetic in origin. A really interesting study just published outlines a new and rather dramatic look at this aspect of depression. Essentially it indicates that all current treatments are looking at the wrong areas of the brain and therefore that is the reason all existing treatments fail so many sufferers.… [read more]

Depression changes the brain over time.

Over years, depression quite literally changes the brain, new research shows. Importantly the researchers found that persistent depression may need a different therapeutic approach from all those that have been tried so far. They findings also raised the question: Is clinical depression always the same illness, or does it change over time?… [read more]

Stress, depression and memory decline.

Undoubtedly the most important study on depression for a very long time was published this week. For the first time the causal link was established between stress—in our time this is mainly work stress—and depression.

Depression is associated with impaired recollection.… [read more]

Pro-diversity policies make companies more innovative and profitable.

Sometimes research studies come along and fulfil a very useful role—proving the obvious. This is one of them, so it is to be greatly welcomed.

What the researchers say: While some may see corporate diversity initiatives as nothing more than glitzy marketing campaigns, the latest research shows that companies that hire a more diverse set of employees are rewarded with a richer pipeline of innovative products and a stronger financial position.… [read more]

How people cope with difficult life events fuels development of wisdom

Wisdom is currently one of the most hotly researched aspects of human cognition. I have flagged much of this research in past issues of TR. It’s increasingly important because it is that which we humans have over machines and whether you have it or not will dictate your chances in the ever more competitive job market of the future (competitive between humans and machines that is).… [read more]

Wage increases only have a temporary effect on job satisfaction

After a wage increase, people tend to be more satisfied with their jobs—and even more so when what they have gained exceeds the wage increases of their colleagues. Yet, this effect on job satisfaction is not persistent. Two economics professors reported these findings in a study recently published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.[read more]