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The Secret to Successful Family Relationships Why do you usually talk to someone? You might assume that your discussions are mostly to exchange information. If you think about your dialogues more carefully, you will notice that almost all your talking really has an alternate goal: to create, develop, or nurture a … ...
FREE Autism Downloads Following is a list of links which offer free downloads related to autism. Educate Autism This site offers a variety of free downloads for individuals with autism. Examples of some of the available downloads include: body parts identification worksheets, colors, hand-writing, fine motor skill activities, … ...
Strengthen Your Marriage: Respect Day three of this five day series on strengthening your marriage focuses on respect in your relationship. Communication Kindness Respect Humility & Forgiveness Quality Time Respect and love go hand in … ...
Benefits of Music Therapy & ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)... As a Behavior Analyst in training, I have witnessed the incredible benefits that many children with Autism can experience by use of applied behavior analysis (ABA). However, I also notice that many children with ASD also receive services, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy. … ...
Math and me: Children who identify with math get higher scores How strongly children identify with math (their math “self-concept”) can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington. The study, published in the October 2015 issue of the journal Learning and Instruction, is the first [...]
Stress causes infants to resort to habits Under stress, people are inclined to resort to habits, rather than trying out new things. In the journal PNAS, psychologists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technische Universität Dortmund report that this is true not only for adults, but also for infants. Unfamiliar situations akin to everyday life caused an increase in the stress hormone [...]
Gas-lighting: Burning the Bridges of Truth One of the more insidious forms of mental abuse has come to be referred to as gas-lighting. It refers to those who attempt to destroy another person’s sense of reality.
Pauses can make or break a conversation Long pauses can make speech difficult to understand, but short pauses can be highly beneficial. This is shown in a new doctoral thesis in linguistics from the University of Gothenburg. When we speak we don’t. Pause. After. Each. Word. Instead we pause between longer utterances – sometimes to breathe, sometimes to think and sometimes to [...]
Study: Children with autism benefit from theater-based program Children with autism who participated in a 10-week, 40-hour, theatre-based program showed significant differences in social ability compared to a group of children with autism who did not participate, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Acting is an inherently interactive process that involves many aspects of socializing [...]
Does Uncertainty Breed Prejudice? How does the quest for certainty impact prejudice towards people who do not belong to our social groups?
My Public Apology to Everyone Hurt by Alcoholics Like... I’m deeply ashamed about these things I did. Just a couple of short weeks ago, I celebrated being clean and sober for 31 years. Yes, it’s been a long time, which can make it very easy to dissociate with the addiction-riddled man I was all … ...
New study sheds light on why people with schizophrenia misinterpret social cues A new study from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London sheds light on why people with schizophrenia misinterpret social cues in others, often leading to unpleasant paranoid and persecutory thoughts. Insights from this research, published in Psychological Medicine, could help develop psychological interventions to assist people with schizophrenia to [...]
Study’s message to recovering alcoholics: Quit smoking to stay sober Adult smokers with a history of problem drinking who continue smoking are at a greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with adults who do not smoke. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in the journal Alcoholism: [...]
Study offers insight on how a new class of glutamate-based antidepressants works A new class of drugs under development to treat depression has shown some success by targeting brain cells’ ability to respond to the chemical messenger glutamate. But the mechanism by which these experimental therapies work has remained unknown. The recent discovery, by a Rockefeller University-led team, of a molecular amplification system helps explain how the [...]
Are You Re-Enacting These Trauma Patterns in Therapy? Patterns that reenact past traumatic relationships can be introduced into therapy by either the client or the therapist.   When a client is playing out previous experiences, it can be therapeutic for … ...
Wayne Dyer, 1940-2015 Wayne Dyer's career as one of the most successful self-help authors and motivational speakers of all time came to an end last month at age 75, when he died of heart failure. Despite his success and accolades from millions, he has been accused of propagating New Age drivel. In this post I examine Dyer's life and discuss his contributions.
Scientists reveal brain network for observed social threat interactions Observing one person threatening another is a commonplace event. Now, in research published in eLife, scientists have used large-scale neural recording and big data analysis in monkeys to enable a first glimpse of the brain remembering and recalling the memory of such negative social interactions. The research reveals the complex structure of a neural network [...]
Antipsychotics increase risk of death in people with Parkinson’s disease psychosis Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of death in people with Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP), according to a new study led by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. The study, published in JAMDA, found that people with PDP who were treated with antipsychotics were four times more [...]
Relationship quality affects siblings’ mental health, risky behaviors Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic minority group in the United States, and most are of Mexican origin, previous research has shown. The Latino culture, more than others, places a high value on the family unit; yet, little research has examined the dynamics of Latino family relationships and how those dynamics affect children’s development. Now, a [...]
Scientific literature overstates psychotherapy’s effectiveness in treating depression The scientific literature paints an overly rosy picture of the efficacy of psychological treatments for depression. That is the conclusion of a study published Sept. 30 in the journal PLOS ONE. It is the follow-up to a study published in 2008 that created a considerable stir when it found a comparable publication bias in scientific [...]