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The citizen and the embryo: Birth weight affects social trust, Danish study shows How much does your baby weigh? All new parents are familiar with that question. Perhaps their reply is more important than we realize. Birth weight affects how much trust an individual will have in other people in his adult life. Trust, in turn, is the glue that prevents society from falling apart. This phenomenon is [...]
Men more likely to be seen as ‘creative thinkers’ People tend to associate the ability to think creatively with stereotypical masculine qualities, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that the work and achievements of men tend to be evaluated as more creative than similar work and achievements produced by women. “Our [...]
Two-drug combination helps older adults with hard-to-treat depression More than half of older adults with clinical depression don’t get better when treated with an antidepressant. But results from a multicentre clinical trial, including researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, indicate that adding a second drug – an antipsychotic medication – to the treatment regimen helps many of [...]
How sign language users learn intonation A spoken language is more than just words and sounds. Speakers use changes in pitch and rhythm, known as prosody, to provide emphasis, show emotion, and otherwise add meaning to what they say. But a language does not need to be spoken to have prosody: sign languages, such as American Sign Language (ASL), use movements, [...]
A Lesson in Happiness and Love I Learned from Rob Lowe I’m not a particular fan (or not) of Rob Lowe, but several people had recommended his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, so I decided to read it. It was very interesting for many reasons, and I was particularly struck by a story Lowe … ...
Know Thyself: How to Develop Self-Awareness Self-awareness can change your life. Here are three ways to develop it further.
Early exposure to tobacco as a cause of behavioral problems in children Researchers from Inserm and Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), in collaboration with the university hospitals of 6 French cities, have analysed data on pre- and postnatal exposure to tobacco in the homes of 5,200 primary school children. They show that this exposure is associated with a risk of behavioural disorders in children, particularly emotional [...]
The word ‘breakthrough’ dramatically affects perceptions of a new drug’s effectiveness When it comes to our perception of a new drug’s benefits and effectiveness, “breakthrough” just may be the “magic” word. Dartmouth Institute researchers Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin and Tamar Krishnamurtia and Baruch Fischhoff from Carnegie Mellon University, took a look at how catchphrases such as “breakthrough” and “promising” affect public perception of a new [...]
Increased Internet access led to a rise in racial hate crimes in the early 2000s New research from Carlson School of Management Professor Jason Chan and NYU Stern Professors Anindya Ghose and Robert Seamans finds that broadband availability increased the incidence of racial hate crimes committed by lone-wolf perpetrators in the United States during the period 2001-2008. The addition of a single broadband provider led to as much as a [...]
Finding about how water gets into neurons provides new treatment targets for deadly brain swelling High-efficiency transporters that work like a shuttle system to constantly move ions into and out of neurons appear to slam into reverse following a stroke or other injury and start delivering instead too much water, scientists have found. It’s called spreading depolarization, a wave of death that can follow a stroke or traumatic brain injury, [...]
Decision aids help patients with depression feel better about medication choices Choosing the right antidepressant can be a daunting task. With so many choices and such unpredictability in their individual effects, patients with depression often spend months or years casting about for the right medication, while clinicians are often uneasy or unwilling to offer options other than their preferred prescriptions. A new study from Mayo Clinic [...]
4 Great Books About Trauma That You Didn’t Know... I’ve been reading a lot of really good books lately that are teaching me things about trauma and I can’t resist the urge to pass along some of their wisdom. … ...
#166: The Psychotherapy: The Compassion to Heal Yourself...                                                    Len Matthews via Compfight Bob’s journey into psychotherapy began with what can only be described as an epiphany. He writes: One day in Ann Arbor, at the end of … ...
13 Tips to Support Your Socially Worried Child Most kids can learn to manage social anxiety so they can connect happily with others, enter new groups, and speak up for themselves–they just need a little extra support. As … ...
How Facebook Misinformation Makes You Look Like an Idiot... Do you ever read something on your Facebook Newsfeed and think, “There’s no way this is true?” And maybe you’re disturbed to notice it happening more and more of late. … ...
How Psychoanalysis Understands Trauma One of the most common underlying problems to depression and anxiety that I encounter in my practice is the experience of psychological trauma. Many of my clients come to therapy … ...
Fear the Walking Dead: Can Brain Parasites Make Us Zombies? Can brain infections really turn us into zombies? Research with the human brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii suggest that yes, maybe they can.
Restoring Safety and Love: A Letter in Response From... In Part 1 a letter template was included that the partner who was unfaithful may use to read aloud to the loved one they betrayed. In this post, there is a template below for a letter that … ...
Restoring Safety and Love: A Letter in Response to... In Part 1 a letter template was included for one partner to write to the loved one they betrayed with infidelity. This post presents a letter for the betrayed partner to write in response. While only one of … ...
How Can We Tell If Monkeys See Optical Illusions? The Delbouef Illusion is well known. It absolutely works on humans, but scientists wanted to see if it also works on monkeys. That’s harder to establish than it looks. How do you resist having illusions about your optical illusion test?...