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Reading emotions in a second language If we read about someone who is smiling and happy, without realizing it, we smile as well. If, however, the text is not in our mother tongue but in a second language, then our mind and body react in a blander manner. This effect may depend on the different way we learn our mother tongue and a second language.
Parents' views on justice affect babies' moral development Babies' neural responses to morally charged scenarios are influenced by their parents' attitudes toward justice, new research shows. The developmental neuroscientists found that strong individual differences in the perception of prosocial and antisocial behaviors are present in children as young as 12 to 24 months old--and that these differences are predicted by their parents' sensitivity to justice. Moreover, parental cognitive empathy is linked to babies' willingness to share.
Possible new weapon against PTSD Animals who underwent chronic stress prior to a traumatic experience engaged a distinctive brain pathway that encodes traumatic memories more strongly than in unstressed animals, new research shows.
#162 Psychotherapy and Parenting THX0477 via Compfight Why would anyone want to undertake psychotherapy? It’s expensive! It’s kind of embarrassing! Do we want our friends to think we are crazy??!! We don’t even know … ...
Has Mindfulness Gone Too Far? The rise of mindfulness has been incredible. In part it seems like many of us are responding to a radical fast pace of living where we’re in a constant state … ...
Today I love the sound of starlings I love each season in its turn, but mostly I love the turning of the seasons and we are at the cusp of such a turning right now....
Treating Pedophilia According to the DSM-5-TR, the criteria to diagnose Pedophilia is defined as recurrent experiences of intense sexual arousal, fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children, usually under the age of 14. The person must be at least 16 … ...
Ten Tips for Victims of Sociopathic Behavior It is apparent that something is out of sorts. At first the person who was extremely charming, almost too good to be real has now become intimidating, demanding and even threatening.  The pathological lying over trivial matters, even when caught, can no longer be ignored. … ...
Best of Our Blogs: September 1, 2015 You can’t do much to change your height. You’re born with the family, skin color and inborn traits you’ve got. We spend a great deal of our youth trying to compensate for that. But as adults, there are some things even more difficult to contend … ...
It’s okay to just be.   My goal with my writing on bipolar disorder is to be informative and brutally honest. I firmly believe that the more information is out in the public, the easier … ...
3 Science-Based Techniques to Change Behavior…with Videos... Following are some very useful and informative videos that discuss scientifically based methods for changing human behavior. These applied behavior analysis principles are relevant to anyone. Of course, some techniques work better for some people and for some behaviors compared to others, but generally speaking … ...
Wounds That Never Heal Physical abuse hurts; it hurts like hell.  It hurts to be punched in the face, it hurts to be kicked in the ribs, and it’s absolutely terrifying to feel your … ...
Different religions associated with different climate change beliefs, study finds A recent study by researchers at Charles Sturt University suggests that the followers of different religions have different views on climate change, with Buddhists and Christian literalists on opposing ends of the spectrum. In the study, published in PLOS One, researchers conducted an online survey of 1,927 Australians across four religious groupings: secularist, Buddhist, Christian [...] The post Different religions associated with different climate change beliefs, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
We’ve all got a blind spot in our visual field, but researchers have found a way to shrink it You’ve probably never noticed, but the human eye includes an unavoidable blind spot. That’s because the optic nerve that sends visual signals to the brain must pass through the retina, which creates a hole in that light-sensitive layer of tissue. When images project to that precise location, we miss them. Now researchers reporting in the [...] The post We’ve all got a blind spot in our visual field, but researchers have found a way to shrink it appeared first on PsyPost.
How neurons get their branching shapes For more than a hundred years, people have known that dendritic arbors–the projections that neurons use to receive information from other neurons–differ in size and shape depending on neuron type. Now, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered a factor helps shape dendritic arbors. Published in Nature Neuroscience, the work reveals how [...] The post How neurons get their branching shapes appeared first on PsyPost.
Close friendships in adolescence predict health in adulthood Teens are often warned to beware the undue influence of peer pressure, but new research suggests that following the pack in adolescence may have some unexpected benefits for physical health in early adulthood. The study was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Psychological scientists Joseph P. Allen, Bert N. [...] The post Close friendships in adolescence predict health in adulthood appeared first on PsyPost.
Circuit in the eye relies on built-in delay to see small moving objects When we move our head, the whole visual world moves across our eyes. Yet we can still make out a bee buzzing by or a hawk flying overhead, thanks to unique cells in the eye called object motion sensors. A new study on mice helps explain how these cells do their job, and may bring [...] The post Circuit in the eye relies on built-in delay to see small moving objects appeared first on PsyPost.
Infants’ ability to relate words to objects at 12 months linked to language skills at 18 months At 12 months old, your infant’s ability to group objects according to the names associated with them — as opposed to their appearance alone — offers a glimpse into how his or her vocabulary will develop by the time they are 18 months, Northwestern University researchers have found. The research, by Brock Ferguson, Melanie Havy [...] The post Infants’ ability to relate words to objects at 12 months linked to language skills at 18 months appeared first on PsyPost.
Fears of Starting a Family When You Suffer from... How do you manage depression when SSRIs and other medications are not an option? I try to divorce Michael at least once a month. I blame this on my PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or what I like to call “PMS on crack”), though I’ve also … ...
What If the Diagnosis of Autism Is Wrong? How does this happen? There are many neuropsychologists who are excellent and take time to evaluate a child. Sometimes, children do not perform well because they are afraid of the unfamiliar adult or the testing tasks and environment. Sometimes, at a young age, particularly in cases of a language delay, the child doesn’t understand the intent of the question.