|Singletasking: the Antidote to Multitasking
||“Singletasking.” This delightful word recently crossed my path courtesy of a short magazine article (the only kind I usually manage to both begin and finish these days). Perhaps my inability … ...
|Jim Gaffigan To The Rescue
||Recently, I saw stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan, one of my favorite comedians, deliver a hilariously funny set on all of his popular topics: “hot pockets” (and other anecdotes about food), … ...
|Doomed by the Past: It all Feels the Same
||When you get upset, scared, angry, or nervous without any identifiable cause it is a sign that your feelings are being “triggered” by the memory of a past situation. When … ...
|Why Do Single Sons and Daughters Help their Parents...
||In a previous post, I described the results of a nationally representative sample of grown children who had elderly parents. Whether they were sons or daughters, Black or white, the … ...
|To Like or Not to Like: Facebook’s Proposed New Button
||Mark Zuckerberg is talking about the introduction of a dislike button on Facebook. The implications here are layered. First, how will Facebook users react and click? Second, how will the marketers figure out what the consumers are actually doing so they know how to adjust their ad strategies?
|Techniques to Ease OCD Symptoms in Children
||Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that traps children in cycles of repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions are not your ordinary worries. They consume your child’s daily schedule and can cause distress. Compulsions are rituals children do to get … ...
|Today I Love The Comedy Of Nature
||" ... when the geese go by in training flights, so low overhead that it feels like I could reach up and tickle them, the squirrel in the spruce tree beside the deck gets frantically upset ... "...
|Having Bipolar Disorder is Kind of Like Being a...
||Back in 2009, The Onion wrote a satirical news piece reporting that children are “unrepentant sociopaths.” The tongue-in-cheek continued with “an estimated 98 percent of children under the age of … ...
|Understanding Claustrophobia’s Impact on Your Life
||Those who suffer from claustrophobia always remember the first time they felt the hopeless sensation of being trapped or enclosed. It’s a feeling unlike any other — and one that can humble anyone in any situation. And whether you’ve experienced claustrophobia once or you deal … ...
|Our Diets are Harming Us!
||Diet is extremely important to our mental health, as well as to our general health. But in this modern world, where there is so much choice and a tonne of … ...
|Why There Is No Gene for Language
||All human behavior is influenced by genetics. But claiming there’s a specific gene for language or any other complex psychological phenomenon reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the laws of behavioral genetics.
|The six strangest sleep studies ever performed
||Sleep medicine wasn’t seriously studied until the early 20th century, when Dr. Nathaniel Kleitman began examining the sleep-wake cycle. Yet it’s seen a staggering amount of progress in the following years. We know about everything from the ins and outs of circadian rhythms to REM sleep disorders, parasomnias to periodic limb movement, as well as any number [...]
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|Do American adolescents approve of marijuana?
||Groundbreaking research published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse suggests that adolescents have become less likely to approve of and use marijuana over the last decade when compared to young adults. This is coming during a time where a majority of Americans support the full legalization of marijuana, according to a 2013 [...]
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|Study finds association between energy drinks and traumatic brain injury in teens
||Teens who reported a traumatic brain injury in the past year were seven times more likely to have consumed at least five energy drinks in the past week than those without a history of TBI, according to a study published today in PLOS ONE. Researchers also found that teens who reported sustaining a TBI within the [...]
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|The big sleep: Science is waking up to the curious story of narcolepsy
||Perhaps because we all need sleep, we have an enduring interest in tales of people who sleep continuously or cannot stay awake – popular characters such as Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle are just two examples. Totally somnolent characters in films, such as Rat Race (2001), Moulin Rouge! (2001) or Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo [...]
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|Not all rhythmic skills are related, which may have implications for language ability
||Tapping to a beat and remembering rhythms may not be related skills, which may also have implications for language ability, according to a study published September 16, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Adam Tierney and Nina Kraus from Northwestern University. Rhythms, or patterns of sound and silence in time, may play a [...]
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|Study finds people’s conservative and liberal traits show up in their Twitter vocabulary
||A study of nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users has found that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like ‘me’ while conservatives opt more for the group-oriented ‘us.’ Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) studied tweets sent between 15 [...]
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|Crime ties are relative in youth offenders’ substance abuse
||A new UT Dallas study has found that having family or friends involved in crime was the best predictor of whether a youth offender would become a long-term marijuana user or heavy drinker. The study was the result of interdisciplinary collaboration by Dr. Alex Piquero, associate dean of graduate programs and Ashbel Smith Professor of [...]
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|Study discovers what people find ‘essential’ in a long-term romantic partner
||Chapman University has published research on what people find “desirable” and “essential” in a long-term partner based on two of the largest national studies of mate preferences ever conducted. This research, published in Personality and Individual Differences, supports the long-held belief that people with desirable traits have a stronger “bargaining hand” and can be more [...]
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|Three Steps to Put Your Motivation on Overdrive
|| There are many ways we try to motivate ourselves. We add incentives, promise ourselves rewards, and sometimes even use positive self-statements. But when it comes to motivation there are … ...