|Men and women with autism have ‘extreme male’ scores on the ‘eyes test’ of mindreading
||Scientists at the University of Cambridge University have published new results in the journal PLoS ONE from the largest ever study of people with autism taking the ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’ test. Whilst typical adults showed the predicted and now well-established sex difference on this test, with women on average scoring higher than men, [...]
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|10 Traits of Powerful People
||The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. ~Albert Einstein Everyone is powerful. Yet, few people are deeply aware … ...
|Back-to-school worries for gay parents
||Most children of gay parents still endure remarks that single them out and make them feel different.
|New OCD study: Deep brain stimulation effects on patients
||People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) suffer from obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts which cause anxiety and distress. To neutralize these thoughts, people with OCD may have compulsions which prevent or reduce anxiety: “repetitive (mental) acts, such as hand washing, ordering, checking, counting, or praying.” Patients have a very strong need to [...]
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|Training doctors to spot their own racial biases
||Study shows treatment disparities among white, black and Latino patients haven't changed much in 50 years.
|Goths just wanna have fun – why there’s a problem with the depressed stereotype
||Goths are more likely to be depressed, we’re told in a recent study that was published in The Lancet Psychiatry. You’d be forgiven for a lack of surprise – the report seems to confirm a self-evident truth that popular culture has taken for granted. The image of the Goth teenager as a depressed loner is [...]
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|Research shows testosterone changes brain structures in female-to-male transsexuals
||Brain imaging shows that testosterone therapy given as part of sex reassignment changes the brain structures and the pathway associated with speech and verbal fluency. This result supports research that women in general may deal with speech and interaction differently than men. The sex hormone testosterone exerts a substantial influence on human behaviour and cognition. [...]
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|Bizarre case study: Girl randomly lost consciousness — but had no brain abnormalities
||A case study published in May 2015 suggests a new approach for the treatment of conversion disorder, especially in children. Conversion disorder is characterized by the psychological experience of symptoms associated with an illness or injury, despite the fact that no physical signs are present. For example, a person may experience paralysis of a body [...]
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|PTSD trials suggest ecstasy could also be a treatment for depression
||Increasing consideration is being given to 3,4-Methylene-dioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or “ecstasy”) as a possible treatment approach for depression. In a review of current literature published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, authors Rachel Patel of Green Templeton College and Daniel Titheradge of St Hugh’s College discuss the pros and cons of treating depression with MDMA, noting that clinical [...]
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|5 More Obstacles that Prevent You from Being Assertive
||Many things can squelch our attempts at being assertive — before we ever even start to express ourselves. In a previous piece we talked about three obstacles that stall assertiveness: a sinking self-worth; our fear of disconnecting with the other person; and lack of communication … ...
|This Tweak To School Week Actually Improves Academic Performance
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|What Am I a Part of Today?
||It took my dog Sherpa and I about 2 years to create this shortcut in the woods. And now that this path has reached a threshold of public visibility, legions … ...
|Can You Change Your Personality?
||A recent research study shows that people are able to make significant personality changes in just sixteen weeks. For example, people who wanted to become more extraverted tested as being higher in extraversion by the end of the study period. These changes can be measured by personality testing as well as behaviour changes.
|Using humor to help toddlers learn
||We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but a team of French scientists has discovered that using humor also appears to help toddlers learn new tasks, reports a new study.
|How Trauma Has Mentored Me
||Out of all the experiences I have had in my 44+ years to date, “trauma” is not one of my favorites. For example, I did not enjoy the two decades … ...
|Today I Love That Tie-Dyed Sky
||Today I love that tie-dyed sky all baby blue and neon pink and gold this morning. I love that my outdoor world is still a full spectrum of greens and the weather has been ......
|Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad
||I have a guest post over at the BPS Research Digest, covering research on the psychological effects of pictures of ultra-thin fashion models. A crucial question is whether the effect of these thin-ideal images is automatic. Does the comparison to the models, which is thought to be the key driver in their negative effects, happen […]
|How Detachment from Childhood Begets Adolescent Boredom
||Just because early adolescent boredom is common, doesn't make it okay. Parents need to keep a mindful eye on how long it lasts, how the young person is coping with it, and what they might do to help.
|The Power of Rumination
||Those of us with bipolar disorder tend to get stuck in our own minds on a fairly frequent basis. Whatever is going on around you becomes hazy and out-of-focus. The … ...
|The Two Hour ADHD Vortex
||Years ago, I had no idea of the existence of the two hour vortex. In fact, I learned about ADHD before I discovered the vortex. And in truth, I never connected the two until very recently....