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6 Signs Your Child Has Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors... It’s hard to believe that a young  child or adolescent would engage in sexually inappropriate behaviors that can ultimately affect their reputation, psychological and emotional well-being, and ultimate life course. … ...
MYTH! OR FACT? Someone with Tourette’s Syndrome always blurts... Sign: Tourette Syndrome ~ Neurology Tic Disorder Clinic Tic Exterminator: Ya I got a call about a “Tick” infestation. Caption: Tic Exterminator – They won’t “be Back!” MYTH! OR FACT?  Someone with … ...
Study reveals brain mechanism for creating durable memories Rehearsing information immediately after being given it may be all you need to make it a permanent memory, a new study suggests. Psychologists found that the same area of the brain activated when laying down a memory is also activated when rehearsing that memory.
The Paradoxes of Our Time We live in a paradoxical age marked by enormous technological achievement and deep existential confusion.
When The Dark Clouds Come I am having a rough day. Had a rough night last night, tonight too. I want you to know these moments, days, weeks, months will come. I feel so heavy. … ...
A Mindset that Makes Setting Boundaries Easier You already understand that setting boundaries involves saying no. Yet, which specific mindset makes it easier to do? We’ll explore the mindset that leads to easier and clearer boundaries in … ...
Study shows anger increases partisan attitudes and political polarization An angry state of mind makes people’s political view more extreme, and makes them view themselves as more polarized from their political adversaries, an article published in PLoS One reports. A team of psychologists, led by Michaela Huber of Technische Universitaet Dresden, conducted a pair of experiments to uncover how emotions influence people’s political perceptions. [...]
Single dose cortisol shows promise in treating heroin addiction The administration of a single dose of cortisol prior to a low dose administration of heroin shows promise in reducing heroin cravings, based on the results of recent research published in Translational Psychiatry. Given the link between increased stress and increased craving and relapse, the research team, led by Dr. Marc Walter, were interested in [...]
Green office environments linked with higher cognitive function scores People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores–in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy–than those who work in offices with typical levels, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s [...]
Reduced activity of a brain protein linked to post-traumatic stress disorder People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have reduced activity of the protein serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in their prefrontal cortices, and experimentally reducing the protein’s activity in rats leads to PTSD-like behavior, according to a new study in PLOS Biology. The study by Pawel Licznerski, Ronald Duman and colleagues of the Department of [...]
Smiles all round: why sharing happy news is good for you and everyone you know I have some good news for you: happiness is contagious and affects the happiness of others with whom you are connected. That’s right – according to recent research by the University of Pennsylvania – making yourself and those around you happy is not only possible, but really quite easy. All you have to do, quite [...]
New role for insulin: Studies tie the hormone to brain’s ‘pleasure’ center Insulin, the hormone essential to all mammals for controlling blood sugar levels and a feeling of being full after eating, plays a much stronger role than previously known in regulating release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, new studies by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show. “We [...]
THE PARADOX: The Big Secret of Emotion Regulation The mind-body system for regulating emotions is a paradox! The mind-body-vehicle and passengers metaphors from the last two blogs help explain why despite our best intentions, we can get off … ...
The Positive Perspective: Replacing ‘Despite’ with ‘Because’... People often ask me, “How do you do your research?” I’m a kind of street scientist. I don’t have a lab full of undergrads eating marshmallows to study; I rely on my own observations. Really, I feel more like Samuel Johnson or William Hazlitt or … ...
The Lie Of The “Skinny Mirror” Mirrors and reflections are an unavoidable part of life. It is virtually impossible to get through a day without being confronted with our “mirror-image”  whether we like what we see or not.  Some are comfortable with what they see. Some are not. I was not … ...
STOP: The Surprising Power of Waiting Most people believe that waiting is a waste of time and it’s best to fill that time with something… anything. Whether we’re in line at a the grocery story, waiting … ...
Do We Find Happiness or Does Happiness Find Us? Relationship guru Maggie Scarf relates a story about a memorable party she and her husband once gave. As she tells it, a somewhat plastered guest overturned a punch bowl, which landed in the leek soup. Two couples left with the wrong spouses, several noisy quarrels broke out, and Scarf herself seriously considered leaving and staying at the neighbors’ for the night.
Bodily maps of touch and social relationships are tightly linked A study conducted by Aalto University and the University of Oxford shows that the bodily maps of touch are consistent across a wide range of European cultures. The recent results obtained by a Finnish-English research group show that the human body has a precisely defined touch maps that are tightly linked to social touch that [...]
Mental maps: Route-learning changes brain tissue in the hippocampus 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, [...]