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Time article on research in lab of Glenn Schafe suggesting curcumin can block bad memories

“Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric that may have protective effects against neurodegenerative diseases, might one day help those with PTSD let go of bad memories, suggests a new rat study by Glenn Schafe published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology..”
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Study by Allyson Friedman Suggests Activating Neurons that Trigger Depression Could Help Treat It.

To achieve this resilience when under social stress, the brain must perform a "complex balancing act," which involves negative stress-related changes in the brain activating positive changes. This research demonstrates this active resilience process.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Glenn Schafe's article in Men's Fitness on the spice that can help post-traumatic stress disorder

Could an ingredient in curry erase scary memories? Scientists in the lab of Glenn Schafe at hunter College gave rats electric jolts, and played a sound at the same time, so they’d link the two; after a while, they played the sound without the shocks, and the rats still froze, frightened, in their little rat tracks. The team then switched up the rats’ food, feeding one group curcumin, a compound in the Indian spice turmeric, an ingredient in curry. When the sound was later played again, the rats eating regular food still froze with fear, but those eating curcumin didn’t—a sign that their memory of the earlier experiment had vanished.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Allyson Friedman's work on Triggering Resilience to Depression highlighted in the Scientist.

“It’s an exciting breakthrough with vast translational potential,” said Kay Tye from MIT in an e-mail. “Pushing the system one way could actually trigger the brain’s own homeostatic plasticity to push back. This could be a critical factor in the functionality of existing therapies, as well.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Prof. Christa Acampora and Prof. Mariann Weierich Awarded an NEH Grant.

Prof. Christa Acampora (Philosophy) and Prof. Mariann Weierich (Psychology) were awarded an NEH Grant for their project, The Experience of War: Moral Transformation, Injury, and Repair, a discussion series on war and morality, principally for veterans from Hunter College and other campuses of the CUNY system.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Doug Mennin Speaks with Jacqueline Novak at the Brainwave Festival.

Professor Doug Mennin spoke with Jacqueline Novak, a stand-up comic, about depression at the Brainwave Festival.

Friday, March 18, 2016

New York Post Review Personal Zen app

“Can putting your phone on your belly reduce stress?” Haley Goldberg at the New York Post has included Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary’s Personal Zen app in an article that reviews mobile mental health applications. Her take on Personal Zen is positive: “The 10 minutes I took to play the game offered a nice break from work. I developed deeper breathing while playing, which helped keep me relaxed.” See the full article here!

Sunday, November 22, 2015