|Psychologists Hold the Future of Democracy in Their Hands
||It's up to psychologists to explain how leaders with a disordered personality pose a threat to society.
|16 Personalities Test
||Now you can take scientifically validated test to find out your own four-letter type.
|Study: Patients often substitute medical marijuana for opioid pain medications and other drugs
||Medical marijuana patients tend to reduce their use of prescription opioid pain medications, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, investigated whether there was a “substitution effect” for medical cannabis — meaning that people with legal access to marijuana decide to use it instead of other medications. The researchers found [...]
|Concentration spans drop when online ads pop up
||Researchers have shown that measurements of the brain's electrical activity can be used to test the influence of intrusive online advertisements on internet users' concentration and emotions.
|'Multi-dimensional universe' in brain networks
||Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a scientists have uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.
|Acting and thinking: Are they the same for our brain?
||Neuroscientists have recently put forward an original hypothesis -- all these cognitive functions rely on one central function: emulation. This function creates an abstract dynamic 'image' of movements, thereby enabling the brain to strengthen its motor skills and construct a precise and lasting representation of them. The fronto-parietal network, it is argued, has evolved from a network that only controlled motor skills to a much more generalized system.
|Neuro-receptor PET could provide an early warning for alcoholic relapse
||A study reveals how brain receptors involved in the compulsion to drink, adapt to alcohol-dependency by reducing their bioavailability, but return to their normal availability after a modest period of detoxification. Receptor availability at the outset of sobriety could also serve as a predictor of long-term success.
|How blows to the head cause numerous small swellings along the length of neuronal axons
||Researchers have discovered how blows to the head cause numerous small swellings along the length of neuronal axons. The study observes the swelling process in live cultured neurons and could lead to new ways of limiting the symptoms associated with concussive brain injuries.
|Burden of physical health conditions linked to increased risk of suicide
||A new study examines how illness plays a role in suicide risk. Researchers found that 17 physical health conditions, ailments such as back pain, diabetes, and heart disease, were associated with an increased risk of suicide. Two of the conditions -- sleep disorders and HIV/AIDS -- represented a greater than twofold increase, while traumatic brain injury made individuals nine times more likely to die by suicide.
|Can Pet Crickets Improve the Well-being of the Elderly?
||A high quality randomized control study finds that caring for pet crickets has a surprisingly positive impact on the well-being of elderly people.
|What's So Special About Dads
||For Father's Day, we describe the science of what makes fathers unique from mothers, and the special role they play in child development.
|Yale scientist: It is almost like every situation a psychopath encounters is brand-new to them
||Psychopathic individuals may be so troublesome not because of a general lack of emotions, but instead because of maladaptive decision making. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence that the dysfunctional behavior associated with psychopathy may result from deficits in cognitive processes rather than deficits in emotional processing. [...]
|Strategies for Running an Effective Psycho-Educational Group...
||The group experience is an ideal forum for psycho-educational learning. We are social beings, and a group situation allows opportunities to improve social skills, learn from others, practice skills with others, develop confidence and improve self-esteem by mastering important life skills in a social context. … ...
|How to Stop Speaking Harshly to Yourself
||Recently, I read an interview with author Danielle LaPorte where she stated that she never speaks meanly to herself. “Not ever.” This blew my mind. Because even though I write regularly about practicing self-compassion and embracing ourselves, I still struggle with harsh self-talk. And I’m … ...
|Dan D. Rogers Elementary School Wins Golden Psi Award
||Dallas school honored for implementing mindfulness practices
|Is Tinder Really a Hookup App?
||Two new studies help explain why people use Tinder and what happens after they “swipe right.”
|Feeling Disconnected in Your Relationship? Here’s How to Reconnect...
||Love is cultivated during the grind of everyday life. By Kyle Benson What can you do right now to make your relationship more romantic? You could get your wife a diamond necklace. Or maybe you could buy her the Mercedes dream car she’s always wanted. … ...
|Sex and Dating — What’s a Woman to Do?
||Dating a new person can be fun and exciting. It can also feel awkward these days for a woman who wants to get to know a man well before becoming physically intimate. She may have heard that if sex doesn’t happen by the third date … ...
|The Most Attractive Facial Feature On Women
||What men look at most in the first 10 seconds of looking at a woman.
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|Why we should say someone is a 'person with an addiction,' not an addict
||It matters how addiction and dependence are described.