|The Really Cool Mammalian Diving Reflex
||I hate intro posts, so let’s just dive right in. Back in April, my therapist recommended I take a four-session group class on anxiety. I was skeptical, but I did … ...
|Suicide: Difficulty making good choices is one of the factors that make certain people vulnerable to suicide
||Few people who face challenges or live with severe depression commit suicide. Some people are clearly more vulnerable than others. A series of studies has shown that the way in which a person makes decisions is among the main factors that determines whether that person is protected from or vulnerable to suicide. High-risk decision-making was prevalent among many parents of individuals who committed suicide, which may serve to explain its apparent “inheritability”.
|Differences in brain structure and memory suggest adolescents may not ‘grow out of’ ADHD
||Young adults diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescence show differences in brain structure and perform poorly in memory tests compared to their peers, according to new research.
|Fair Trade Logo Boosts Consumer’s willingness to pay
||Products labeled with a Fair Trade logo cause prospective buyers to dig deeper into their pockets. Participants were willing to pay on average 30 percent more for ethically produced goods, compared to their conventionally produced counterparts. The neuroscientists analyzed the neural pathways involved in processing products with a Fair Trade emblem. They identified a potential mechanism that explains why Fair Trade products are evaluated more positively. For instance, activity in the brain's reward center increases and thereby alters willingness to pay computations.
|Why Couples Counseling Doesn’t Work in Abusive Relationships...
||It is imperative that therapists be educated about the dynamics of interpersonal violence in order to provide competent treatment to batterers and their victims. In general, couples counseling is an ineffective means of treatment, at best, for this population, and in fact, may cause more … ...
|Happy Sadness: How Mixed Emotions Fuel Creativity
||For a long time scientists believed that happiness sustained creativity and that negative emotions were detrimental to it. But a review of emerging research on the subject shows it’s mixed emotions that fuel creativity. Generally speaking, the creative process includes not only inspiration and strong emotion, but … ...
|4 Common Marketing Mistakes of New Private Practitioners...
||Creating a private practice is an ambitious and brave endeavor, particularly because our training as clinicians more than likely didn’t include any business education. When beginning a practice, new therapists sometimes struggle with how exactly to “market themselves” (read here for my suggestion on rethinking marketing … ...
|Crying is good for your mood
||Studies have shown mixed results where crying and emotional rebound are concerned.
|In Katrina's aftermath, psychologists find trauma as well as resilience
||Researchers were surprised to observe that a number of survivors showed remarkable resilience, and even growth, in the wake of trauma.
|A Key to Being Comfortable in your Own Skin
||By Mike Bundrant of the iNLP Center If you’re not ‘comfortable in your own skin’, then this article may tell you what the real issue is. Being comfortable in your … ...
|Mindfulness: An Unexpected Antidote to Workplace Stress...
||Across settings and disciplines, there is increasing evidence of workplace stress. In her New York Times article reporting on the lack of civility in the workplace, Christine Porath opens with … ...
|A Rough Path
||I didn’t get the job. I found out today. They gave it to someone internally. I am extremely disappointed. Extremely. I worked over a week on those second interview assignments. … ...
|Microblogging: Is obsession with Twitter and Tumblr a form of Internet addiction?
||Internet addiction is a well-established disorder. Several studies have been published regarding overuse of the Internet and possibly related psychological effects, including isolation and self-judgment. Recent research published in the PLoS ONE journal suggests that microblogs may be associated with different signs of addiction. Microblogs like Twitter and Tumblr differ from previously studied Internet activities [...]
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|Awareness of memory loss may decline 2-3 years before dementia onset
||People who will develop dementia may begin to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the actual onset of the disease, according to a new study published in the August 26, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that several [...]
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|Who will develop psychosis? Automated speech analysis may have the answer
||An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more [...]
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|Cannabis and the brain: 2 studies and 1 editorial examine marijuana’s effects
||Two studies and an editorial published online by JAMA Psychiatry examine associations between cannabis use and the brain. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a popular recreational drug and its legal status has been a source of enduring controversy. In the first study, David Pagliaccio, Ph.D., formerly of Washington University in St. Louis, and now [...]
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|Neurodegenerative disease clogs nuclear pores
||Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have discovered how the most common genetic defect in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis kills nerve cells. Their study suggests that the pores that allow molecules into and out of a cell’s nucleus get jammed, a finding that could speed the search for other genes that promote this fatal illness. In [...]
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|Study finds police are better observers than ordinary civilians
||Dutch research shows that trained detectives of specialized observation teams are much better at registering details of a drug deal than ordinary civilians. Previous legal-psychological research revealed no relevant differences in observation skills between police professionals and civilians. The findings have been published in Legal and Criminological Psychology. Judges and juries often assume that police [...]
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|Aphantasia: Some people are born without the ability to visualize images
||If counting sheep is an abstract concept, or you are unable to visualise the faces of loved ones, you could have aphantasia – a newly defined condition to describe people who are born without a “mind’s eye”. Some people report a significant impact on their lives from being unable to visualise memories of their partners, [...]
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|The bane of your existence: Smartphones and ‘technostress’
||If you feel stressed out by your smartphone, it might be down to your personality as well as your phone, a new study suggests. Writing in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, Yu-Kang Lee and colleagues explored the relationship between four key personality traits, the types of phones people used and the levels of ‘technostress’ [...]
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