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Head movements play a key role in conveying emotions through speech and music When people talk or sing, they often nod, tilt or bow their heads to reinforce verbal messages. But how effective are these head gestures at conveying emotions? Very effective, according to researchers from McGill University in Montreal. Steven R. Livingstone and Caroline Palmer, from McGill’s Department of Psychology, found that people were highly accurate at [...]
Study finds complete symptom resolution reduces risk of depression recurrence People who have had an episode of major depression are at high risk for having another episode. Now, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that the risk of recurrence is significantly lower for people with complete, rather than partial depressive symptom resolution. The findings, published online October 27 in [...]
Ferguson effect? Negative publicity reduces police motivation but doesn’t result in depolicing Recent negative publicity surrounding police after several shootings of unarmed civilians appears to have diminished some officers’ motivation to be in law enforcement but does not decrease willingness to carry out their duties, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. “It appears that officers in our sample have been affected by negative [...]
New finding helps explain why many alcohol drinkers also are smokers Alcohol and nicotine use have long been known to go hand in hand. Previous research shows that more than 85 percent of U.S. adults who are alcohol-dependent also are nicotine-dependent. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that nicotine cancels out the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol. It’s a finding that [...]
Like No One Is Watching We’d like to believe ourselves to be “good” people – kind and altruistic – it’s not that easy when life’s challenges are in front of us. The culture we live in seems to have rapidly deteriorating standards of how we treat others. Here are five tips to consider if you'd like to get your own personal compass back on track and feel good about making good choices!
Are You Ready to Co-Parent? While the goal post-divorce should be finding a way to peacefully co-parent with your ex, this may not always be possible. Both individuals need to be ready and able to … ...
Boost Energy and Mood Naturally To some people, it may look like I take a lot of medications. But in reality I don’t have any prescriptions. All those capsules and tablets are supplements from the … ...
Will Social Media 'Hijack' Your Vote in 2016? Facebook and other Internet companies have the power to influence your emotions. And that power could impact the results of the 2016 elections ... and you may never know it happened.
Prostate Screening Pros and Cons (Video)   A prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test measures the level of proteins made by cells in the prostate. Physicians use the test to detect prostate cancer. Introduced in the 1980s, … ...
ThoughtBuster: The Good Stuff about Your Bad Stuff (According... Do you ever feel anxious and then worry about the anxiety? In other words, do you have anxiety about your anxiety? Many times after feeling a negative emotion, we then … ...
How to Stop Pessimistic Self-Fulfilling Prophecies from Shaping Your... You believe that you’ll never have a healthy relationship, so you pick partners who are unavailable. You believe you’ll bomb the presentation, so you don’t practice. You believe you’re going to have a frustrating day, so you’re snippy with your spouse, which triggers a fight, … ...
Five Common Misconceptions About Trauma Contrary to popular opinion, experiencing growth after trauma is far more common than PTSD. The new science of posttraumatic growth has discovered in thousands of studies that up to 90 percent of trauma survivors eventually attest to a renewed zest for life, major empathetic growth, and increased emotional maturity...
Divorcing Differently: End Marriage, Save the Relationship Often, divorce probably will be ugly as it seems to inevitably signify the end of fighting for each other and the beginning of fighting against each other. But what if sometimes it didn’t? What if sometimes we are able to keep fighting for each other in the midst of the change? What if we chose to divorce differently? A "differently divorced" woman shares her experiences.
When it comes to children's ability to think, weight and activity level both matter, study finds Weight and physical activity levels are both factors in a child's ability to acquire and use knowledge, a new study finds. Children who were lean and active scored better on cognitive tests than either their lean, inactive peers or overweight, inactive children, according to the study, which provides some of the first evidence that weight, independent of physical activity, is a factor.
Mental maps: Route-learning changes brain tissue Fifteen years ago, a study showed that the brains of London cab drivers had an enlargement in the hippocampus, a brain area associated with navigation. But questions remained: Did the experience of navigating London's complex system of streets change their brains, or did only the people with larger hippocampi succeed in becoming cab drivers? Now, scientists have determined that learning detailed navigation information causes the hippocampal brain changes. The findings establish a critical link between structural and functional brain alteration.
What Every Adult Child of an Alcoholic Needs to... Addicted, dysfunctional and chaotic families are a breeding ground for perfectionism. Therapists and addictions counselors often talk about alcoholism (or any addiction) as a family disease because it effects everyone … ...
An alternative to Post Traumatic Stress is Post Traumatic... Eight weeks ago I was hit by a truck while crossing a street. I was warned by the “experts” about the likelihood of suffering from post traumatic stress. Nightmares. Anxiety … ...
How to Overcome Expectation Exhaustion An expectation can be positive or negative, realistic or unrealistic, about behavior or performance, increase anxiety or relieve stress, and result in disappointment or surprise. There are two sources of expectations: internal and external. Internal expectations are rooted in beliefs, grounded by experience and flourish … ...
The Emotion That Does Change People’s Behaviour After All Plus: four ways the effect of this emotion on behaviour change can be increased. » Continue reading: The Emotion That Does Change People’s Behaviour After All
Sesame Street Just Got An Autistic Character! I remember watching Sesame Street as a kid. It was smart, fun, and had a bunch of colorful characters that reflected my innermost thoughts and feelings at the time: C … ...