|Kidney impairment decreases blood flow to the brain, boosting risk of brain disorders
||Poor kidney function was strongly related to decreased blood flow to the brain, report researchers following a population-based study. Poor kidney function was linked to stroke and dementia most strongly in participants with decreased blood flow to the brain.
|Online support groups for substance abuse not as effective as meetings for maintaining sobriety
||Despite the growing use of online support groups such as those on Facebook to help curb substance abuse, attending traditional face-to-face meetings may continue to be more effective for people trying to maintain sobriety, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention. “One of the most hotly debated media issues today [...]
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|Excessive workout supplement use could be an emerging eating disorder in men
||In an effort to build better bodies, more men are turning not to illegal anabolic steroids, but to legal over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements to the point where it may qualify as an emerging eating disorder, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention. “These products have become an almost ubiquitous fixture in the [...]
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|Scientists pinpoint how a single genetic mutation causes autism
||Last December, researchers identified more than 1,000 gene mutations in individuals with autism, but how these mutations increased risk for autism was unclear. Now, UNC School of Medicine researchers are the first to show how one of these mutations disables a molecular switch in one of these genes and causes autism. Published today in the [...]
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|Study: Believing you are overweight may lead to further weight gain
||People who recognise they are overweight or obese are more likely to put on weight than those who are unaware that they may be heavier than doctors would advise, according to research by the University of Liverpool. In a study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers looked at the lives of 14,000 adults [...]
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|Paleo diet: Humans needed carbs for bigger brains
||Understanding how and why we evolved such large brains is one of the most puzzling issues in the study of human evolution. It is widely accepted that brain size increase is partly linked to changes in diet over the last 3 million years, and increases in meat consumption and the development of cooking have received [...]
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|Genders differ dramatically in evolved mate preferences
||Men’s and women’s ideas of the perfect mate differ significantly due to evolutionary pressures, according to a cross-cultural study on multiple mate preferences by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin. The study of 4,764 men and 5,389 women in 33 countries and 37 cultures showed that sex differences in mate preferences are much [...]
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|Abusive men put female partners at greater sexual risk, study finds
||Abusive and controlling men are more likely to put their female partners at sexual risk, and the level of that risk escalates along with the abusive behavior, a UW study found. Published in the Journal of Sex Research in July, the study looked at patterns of risky sexual behavior among heterosexual men aged 18 to [...]
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|Tweeting responses to complaints on social media triggers new complaints
||Companies engaging with customers on Twitter beware: responding to complaints on social media has the side effect of triggering new complaints. That is one finding of a new study published in the Articles in Advance section of Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The Squeaky Wheel [...]
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|Excessive Workout Supplement Use: An Emerging Eating Disorder in Men?
||Nearly 30 percent of gym-goers concerned about their own overuse of these products
|Punishing a Child Is Effective If Done Correctly
||Some children need consequences to succeed, psychologists say
|Attitudes Toward Asexuals (ATA) Prejudice Scale
||In a past post I discussed bias against asexuals (those without enduring sexual attraction directed toward men or women). Here I discuss a newly validated scale that captures prejudice toward asexuals, providing a more nuanced understanding of biases against sexual minorities and the challenges such individuals face.
|Paleo diet: Big brains needed carbs
||Understanding how and why we evolved such large brains is one of the most puzzling issues in the study of human evolution. A new study argues that carbohydrate consumption, particularly in the form of starch, was critical for the accelerated expansion of the human brain over the last million years. Eating meat may have kick-started the evolution of bigger brains, but cooked starchy foods together with more salivary amylase genes made us smarter still.
|What is the Link between Narcissism and Selfies?
||New research shows that selfies are linked to narcissism in men, but not women, and that some aspects of narcissism are better predictors of selfie-posting than others.
|Yelling at Your Child: Anger Management for Parents
||We love our little kids, and our big ones, too. Why then, do we spend so much time fighting and screaming with our children who are supposed to make us … ...
|The #1 Question Therapists Forget to Ask
||There is a simple question I ask of any person that is interested in working with me, regardless if it is life coaching, business coaching or psychotherapy. While we as mental health professionals are well versed in assessment, the initial phone consultation is a crucial part … ...
|Getting Honest with Ourselves When No One is Watching
||On Tuesday, I shared my interview with Sharon Jones, author of the self-reflective journal Burn After Writing. The premise of this journal is to get honest with ourselves. Really honest. … ...
|Falling Off the Wagon With Facebook
||Online support groups for substance abuse not as effective as meetings for maintaining sobriety
|Shrugging off the Legacy of the Overbearing Parent
||I listened to a podcast yesterday where a man described his overbearing, authoritarian mother. Some of the ways she controlled him were strange, inexplicable, and sounded remarkably like my father. His mother had called the police and gone through all his things because he drove his … ...
|The Modern Parenting Techniques That Hinder Brain Development
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