psychological sciences

Neurological Brain Markers Might Detect Risk for Psychotic Disorders

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 2:19pm -- yountj
John Kerns, professor of psychology

John Kerns is a professor of psychology in the MU College of Arts and Science.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Help may be on the way for people who might lose contact with reality through a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia.

People who may hear and see things that are not there could have symptoms of psychosis, better known as psychotic disorders. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found neurological markers in the human brain that can be used to detect people at-risk for developing psychotic disorders and to understand when this risk has been successfully treated.

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Training the Next Generation of Addiction Scientists

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 2:07pm -- yountj
Callie Vitro

Callie Vitro, one of seven students selected for this year's MU Alcohol Research Training Summer School, conducts research in Prof. Denis McCarthy's Alcohol Cognitions Lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences. 

Opioid abuse and overdoses have reached epidemic proportions for much of the country over the past several years. While there are promising signs that the worst phase of the opiate crisis may be ending, with recent reductions in opiate overdose deaths in many states, scientists who study substance abuse and addiction say that the cyclical nature of drug epidemics makes addressing addiction a long term issue that requires vigilance, innovative approaches to treatment, and a workforce prepared to cope with addiction and its effects.

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A Defining Moment: Age-related Differences Appear in Children with Autism

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:13am -- yountj
Shawn Christ

Shawn Christ, an associate professor of psychological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science, and his team saw in previous studies that younger children with autism had more difficulty with visual distractions as compared to their same-aged peers without autism. This impairment was not observed for older adolescents and adults with autism. In the current study, the team was able to narrow the age range and confirm the previous findings.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The ability to block out the noise and focus on a specific task is a crucial skill in daily life. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that early childhood, before the age of 10, represents a critical time when children with autism have particular difficulty with this ability and would benefit from intervention addressing this weakness.

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