Author Archives: Terissa Miller, MS Psy

Helicopter Parenting Can Lead To Poor Self-regulation in Children

Parents of young children in America today are increasingly pressured to be uber-involved, and the influence of social media only exacerbates this trend. Moms and dads alike are expected to attend every soccer game, make cupcakes for school, and ensure that Junior’s science project is over-the-top. This kind of helicopter parenting is all the rage…but… read more

COVID Pandemic and Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Double Whammy of Disrupted Routines

Children with an autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers face unique challenges in the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis these challenges rose exponentially in ways that scientists are just beginning to evaluate. A recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders revealed worsening behaviors and understandably increased stress levels… read more

Gut Health and Autism: New Science Reveals a Link

April is Autism Awareness Month and new research was just released from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, Colorado. The innovative study published by the American Society for Microbiology examined the link between Autism behaviors and gut microbiome. Over 100 participants from Arizona and Colorado were either neurotypical or diagnosed with Autism… read more

Laughter May Be The Best Medicine After All (At Least For Your Brain)

Did you hear the one about the guy who swapped the gas pump labels? It was an April Fuel’s joke… (hahahaha!!) April 1st is the day for silly pranks and jokes, and new research published in the most recent issue of Health Communication by Taylor & Francis Online reveals brain healthy benefits of making others… read more

Rebellious Teen? Try Some Empathy

A new study published in the Journal of Moral Education explored the connection between parental support, empathy, and teenage delinquency. This compelling research was conducted over 4 years, with 3865 adolescents from age 12 through 17. The teens were surveyed on three separate occasions; first at age 12/13, again at 14/15, and finally at 16/17… read more

Heal Your Gut, Help Your Depression

Science and media have increasingly communicated a powerful connection between the brain and the gut. We now know that gut microbiota impacts hormonal and neurotransmitter activity in the brain, which affects everything from appetite to focus to mood. According to a recent publication in Nature Communications scientists have now found a specific bacteria that can… read more

The Surprising New Year Goal That Science Shows Will Increase Your Happiness

After a year of COVID induced isolation and quarantine, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to travel! New research published in Science Daily reveals that people who search, talk, and dream about travel adventures are much more likely to go on consistent trips than those who don’t. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But… read more

The Shocking Holiday Indulgences That Could Reduce Age-related Cognitive Decline

Just in time for the holidays, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published some encouraging news: Minor dietary changes could reduce the decline of fluid intelligence as we age! The impact of healthy eating choices such as the Mediterranean diet on brain function has been well researched. While this concept is firmly established, there is still… read more

Exercise Classes for Older Adults Diminish Loneliness

This past year of COVID quarantining and isolation has been difficult for everyone, and particularly for the aging population. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness have been on the rise and the current state of this pandemic shows no end in sight. However, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry recently published an encouraging study that offers hope… read more

Chocolate For A Brain Boost!

Its time for semester finals and students are scrambling for a brain boost. Chocolate to the rescue! A new scientific report published in Nature reveals the positive impact of flavanols on cerebral blood flow and cognitive function. Scientists worked with young adults to evaluate the interaction of cocoa flavanols in the brain. What they discovered… read more