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Ideology Matters (Too Much) Historically, theorists argued that political ideology is not meaningful in our day-to-day lives. But the psychological record now demonstrates that ideology matters a great deal to our personal and social lives. In fact, some might argue that it now matters too much, influencing our basic perception and decision-making.
LocoMouse: Innovative tool sheds light on motor deficits A state-of-the-art open-source tool captures fine details of locomotion and offers new insights onto the neural basis of balance and coordination, report developers. Using LocoMouse, the researchers analyzed locomotion in mice with cerebellar degeneration, and were surprised to discover that many of the mouse's movements were unexpectedly intact.
Two Little-Known Reading Tips 1. Narrower columns of print, as in newspapers, reduce saccadic eye movement (the rapid shuttling of the eyes back and forth across lines of text), enabling readers to move more … ...
I Love My Body…Except When I Don’t Recently I was chatting with a recovery friend about body acceptance. All of a sudden it hit me. Body acceptance is one thing. Body love – body enjoyment – well, this … ...
Is Your Compassion Flexible? If Not, It May Be Wasted. I used to volunteer at a soup kitchen every Monday afternoon. Many of the other volunteers had been helping out there for a number of years. When the coordinator would … ...
#172: Self-Esteem and the Virtual World RebeccaPollard via Compfight   How does the virtual world affect self-esteem and conversely, how does self-esteem influence our contact with that world? Last week I said that building a sense … ...
This Sleep Pattern Accelerates Memory Loss, Possible Link to Alzheimer’s Sleep pattern lowered levels of an antioxidant that helps fight cellular damage, such as that caused by Alzheimer's. » Continue reading: This Sleep Pattern Accelerates Memory Loss, Possible Link to Alzheimer’s
Surviving Motherhood Now Hiring: Full time live in position. Expectations: you will be the maid, cook, chauffeur, tutor. You will be expected to do laundry, grocery shop, do laundry. Time off: none. … ...
Starbucks and the Real War on Christmas Please stop co-opting the Christian faith for your culture war. Most of us want nothing to do with it.
Being normal weight with belly fat more deadly than obesity Thin people who carry fat around their midsection are at greater risk than people who are overweight or obese based on body mass index.
Today I Love That My Music Platys Tonight Today I love that my music plays tonight at the local Avalon Jazz Lounge & Patio where a local show will be taped and where we have been invited to … ...
Mindful Eating is Yoga  ...
The Power of Belief to Cure Cancer Years ago, it was not unusual for oncologists to tell patients that they had some mild disease when in fact they had advanced cancers. This sometimes resulted in the patient, … ...
Entertaining Yourself as a Strategy for Coping with Narcissists... Do you have a narcissist or psychopath in your life who continues to drive you crazy?  Do you feel as if every time you are around him you experience insanity?  Do you find yourself trying to explain normal relationship interaction rules to this person over … ...
Have You Created a Habit of Busyness? In our home we have a child nearing the age of one that still enjoys our late night company. I used to fear that she was trying to slowly kill us … ...
The power of magical thinking: Why superstitions are hard to shake When sports fans wear their lucky shirts on game day, they know it is irrational to think clothing can influence a team’s performance. But they do it anyway. Even smart, educated, emotionally stable adults believe in superstitions that they recognize are unreasonable. In a paper from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, to [...]
Robin Williams had dementia with Lewy Bodies — what is it and why has it been eclipsed by Alzheimer’s? Depression, paranoia, Parkinson’s disease, confusion and dementia. The long list of symptoms suffered by Robin Williams is itself confusing, but all of these and more besides, can be accounted for by the disorder bearing the name, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which his widow has now announced as his final diagnosis. Few people have heard [...]
Self-Care Holiday Survival Guide For The Busy, Overwhelmed and... (a large portion of us I bet). It’s that time of year again. Christmas trees are popping up everywhere even before we have begun to celebrate Thanksgiving. The advertisements show … ...
Protein findings open new avenues to understanding and treatment of schizophrenia Stem cells from adult schizophrenia patients form new proteins more slowly than those from healthy people, according to new research. The findings are enhancing understanding of how schizophrenia affects the workings of the brain, and open the way to new approaches for future drug therapies. Involving scientists from Griffith University’s Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, [...]
Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy helps those with problematic caffeine use Engaging in brief, cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for helping people with problematic caffeine use lower their caffeine consumption, according to a new study coauthored by Laura M. Juliano, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at American University. The clinically significant study found that, on average, participants reduced their caffeine consumption by 77 percent during [...]