News Mentions for the week of December 4, 2023
Our faculty are often called upon to provide insight on current events and topics in the news.
Explore some of the articles that they have contributed to or been quoted in recently below.
Making Bad Choices? Blame Your Brain's Dopamine, Says New Stanford Research on Sunk Costs
Sunk costs are investments we cannot recover, whether in time, money, effort, or even emotional energy. They drive us to irrational behaviors and decisions, making us value things more because of what we've already lost in pursuing them. Neir Eshel, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is mentioned in this article about the study.
- Discover Magazine
Why Is That Recurring Nightmare So Terrifying and Can It Be Treated?
We’ve all dealt with nightmares at some point, but what causes them to return? Learn more about the theories behind recurring nightmares and how they can be treated. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
- News Center- Stanford Medicine
Human Neural Circuitry program expected to unravel mysteries of the mind
Karl Deisseroth, the D. H. Chen Professor and a professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has created a super-charged, multidisciplinary in-patient research program and laboratory to better understand neuropsychiatric disorders — and share those discoveries with the world. Sam Vesuna, resident in psychiatry, Carolyn Rodriguez, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Robert Malenka, Nancy Friend Pritzker professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, as well as colleagues Michelle Monje, professor of neurology, the Milan Gambhir Professor of Pediatric Oncology, and Paul Nuyujukian, assistant professor of bioengineering and of neurosurgery, are quoted in this article about the new program.
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Testing a New Way to Precisely Target and Predict the Impact of TMS Brain Stimulation for Depression
As non-invasive brain stimulation—variations of TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation)—continues to evolve and is administered to a growing number of patients with depression (and other illnesses, including OCD), researchers seek to understand how and why it is able to help reduce symptoms in patients who respond positively. Stanford accelerated intelligent neuromodulation therapy (SAINT) and Nolan Williams, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are mentioned in this article on related research.
- Today's Geriatric Medicine
Substance Use Disorders: Drug Overdoses in Older Adults
Statistics from the National Institutes of Health indicate that drug overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled since 2015. Since 2000, they’ve increased fivefold. There’s a perception that drug overdoses primarily affect younger adults. However, the epidemic of drug overdose deaths has also affected older adults. In US adults aged 65 years and older, deaths have quadrupled in the last two decades, according to recently published research. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- Yahoo Life
Holiday blues are real — but can be overcome. Here's how, say experts.
For some people, the holiday blues make them feel extra-stressed, sad or anxious during Christmastime. Here's what to know. David Spiegel, the Jack, Lulu, and Sam Willson Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
Youth suicide rates rose 62% from 2007 to 2021: 'People feel hopeless,' one recent grad says
Even for young adults who seemingly have every financial or educational advantage, the current economic and political climate can fuel distress. Michele Berk, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- Medical Xpress
Novel screening tool and recovery program may help reduce mental health problems after trauma
A novel screening tool helps to identify hospitalized trauma patients at high risk for later mental health problems, and an emotional recovery program for trauma patients is feasible, according to two studies published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS). Eve Carlson, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- the Guardian
‘Drug use is a health problem’: inside one of the world’s oldest legal consumption rooms
At Quai 9 in Geneva, safe equipment and healthcare have cut overdoses and illnesses. But around the world, opinion is divided on whether such projects really work. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- Dark Daily
Researchers at Stanford University Discover Gene Variant That Appears to Protect Individuals from Both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
Study findings may lead to new clinical laboratory tests, as well as vaccines and immunotherapies for neurodegenerative diseases. Emmanuel Mignot, the Craig Reynolds Professor of sleep medicine in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- 'A trap you want to avoid'
'A trap you want to avoid': The common sleep misconceptions getting in the way of a good night's rest
If you wake at night and worry, you're far from alone. But these experts say if you've ever had good sleep, you can get back to it — just steer clear of these misconceptions. Rafael Pelayo, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
AirTalk Episode Tuesday November 5, 2023
Today on AirTalk - hypnosis has been used to treat many ailments, but it still has a reputation to battle. David Spiegel, the Jack, Lulu, and Sam Willson Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is interviewed.