|Signs Your Partner is Too Controlling
||Are you feeling controlled by your partner? Assess your relationship.
|The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help
||Heroin use and dependence have grown dramatically in the US over the last decade. Between 2002-2004 and 2011-2013, past-year use increased by 62.5% and abuse/dependence by 90%. And the demographics of heroin use have changed as well. Over a decade ago, heroin was less prevalent and more specific to marginalized individuals in low-income areas and [...]
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|Alcohol and attractiveness: Naturalistic study finds no evidence for the ‘beer goggles effect’
||A recently published study failed to find evidence that drinking alcohol makes other people appear more attractive. We’ve all heard of beer goggles: someone who isn’t attractive to you at the beginning of the night suddenly turns into the sexiest person you know at the end of it. The link between alcohol consumption and perceived [...]
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|Study: Mass murders more likely to commit suicide than other types of murderers
||Prevalent debates in global politics include topics such as education reform, budget control, and environmental sustainability, but maybe one of the most essential issue that is often ignored is public violence. Many U.S. media outlets provide a tremendous amount of coverage to an unusual type of perpetrator, mass murderers. Mass murderers, defined as murderers who [...]
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|Media bias? Study shows news outlets are simply serving the preferences of their viewers
||In recent years, there’s been plenty of discussion about bias in the media. Yet some of the most seemingly biased media and news organizations also have the largest viewership and readership. Can it be that people might complain about media bias, but actually enjoy receiving their news from a source that actually agrees with their [...]
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|Sorry, Kant: Study shows ‘democratic peace’ does not prevent international conflict
||Using a new technique to analyze 52 years of international conflict, researchers suggest that there may be no such thing as a “democratic peace.” In addition, a model developed with this new technique was found to predict international conflict five and even ten years in the future better than any existing model. Democratic peace is [...]
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|Antidepressant causes different brain changes in depressed and non-depressed individuals
||A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in very different ways, according to new research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study – conducted in nonhuman primates with brain structures and functions similar to those of humans – found that the antidepressant sertraline, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor [...]
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|What Does the Lack of Reproducibility in Psychology Research...
||Last week, the results of the world’s largest effort to reproduce results found in psychology research came in. Brian Nosek’s Reproducibility Project took a look at 100 psychology experiments’ results published in 2008 from just three major psychology journals. It attempted to reproduce the study … ...
|Schizophrenia and the Intensity of Passion
||Over the last month I’ve been involved in a sort of fling with a girl I met on the internet. I won’t get into specifics but it got very heavy … ...
|Kitty Dukakis’s Chronic Depression
||It is wonderful to see science and reason triumphing over urban myths -- comparable to the anti-vaccine myths – that are toxic to public health. And it’s happening because of the engagement of non-physician volunteers such as the Dukakis’s and the Lutz’s.
|Toddler Temperament and the Gut
||This spring and summer brought many exiting new studies teaching us more about the gut-brain connection. One article that made splashy headlines linked differences in the gut microbiome with different behavior in kids.
|Want to Overcome Self-Doubt? Take These Three Steps
|| There is a ratio to most things in life. Your income needs to exceed your expenses or you will go into debt. Your caloric intake needs to be less … ...
|How Borderline Personality Disorder Affects The Brain
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|The Therapeutic Benefits of Extreme Music
||Sure, it’s easy to want to blame extreme music for your teen’s behavior, but according to a new study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, it’s not the music’s fault.
|Today I Love That It Is Saturday
||Today I love that it is Saturday, I love the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, I love that I’ll be there within the hour and that I’ll see so many people … ...
|Virtual Coaching Technology and End Users
||What is Virtual Coaching and What’s New? Traditionally, individual coaching (or therapy) happens face-to-face and is usually confined to a fixed setting. Now that technologies like smartphones and wireless internet can replicate the functions of an in-person session, face-to-face coaching and therapy is evolving to … ...
|Psychology Around the Net: September 5, 2015
||Happy September, Psych Central readers! Our first Psychology Around the Net of the month covers habits to boost creativity, ways to deal with narcissists, how to protect yourself from negativity, and more. Enjoy! 6 Unusual Habits of Exceptionally Creative People: How early do you rise? … ...
|6 Ways Depression Differs Between Men and Women
|| There are many physical and emotional differences between men and women. When it comes to depression, those differences are extremely important. Understanding the gender differences with the disorder could … ...
|Psychosexual Stages: Freud’s Theory
||Is Freudian personality theory valid?
|More Ways to Manage Racing Thoughts
||Yesterday, I shared some suggestions from Sarahjoy Marsh’s book Hunger, Hope & Healing for decelerating racing thoughts and calming our minds and bodies. Because racing thoughts can steal our enjoyment. They can … ...