|Babies’ brains show that social skills linked to second language learning
||Babies learn language best by interacting with people rather than passively through a video or audio recording. But it’s been unclear what aspects of social interactions make them so important for learning. New findings by researchers at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington demonstrate for the first time [...]
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|Neural efficiency hypothesis confirmed: In more intelligent people, the brain does more with less
||The brains of more intelligent people are capable of solving tasks more efficiently, which is why these people have superior cognitive faculties, or as Elsbeth Stern, Professor for Research on Learning and Instruction at ETH Zurich, puts it: “when a more and a less intelligent person are given the same task, the more intelligent person [...]
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|More than just loot and plunder: Research examines what really caused the Viking Age
||The Viking hit-and-run raids on monastic communities such as Lindisfarne and Iona were the most infamous result of burgeoning Scandinavian maritime prowess in the closing years of the Eighth Century. These skirmishes led to more expansive military campaigns, settlement, and ultimately conquest of large swathes of the British Isles. But Dr Steve Ashby, of the [...]
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|Study: Maternal language has strong effect on children’s social skills
||Psychologists at the University of York have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older. Studying the effects of maternal mind-mindedness (the ability to ‘tune in’ to their young child’s thoughts and feelings), lead [...]
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|At what age does hard work add a shine to lousy prizes?
||Putting in a lot of effort to earn a reward can make unappealing prizes more attractive to kindergartners, but not to preschoolers, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings revealed that when 6-year-olds worked hard to earn stickers that they ultimately didn’t like, they [...]
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|Insulin resistance increases risk for Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
||The fact that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers is well known. But a new Iowa State University study adds to the growing evidence that memory loss should also be a top concern. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, found a strong association between insulin [...]
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|Why High School Stays with You Forever
||For some of us, high school shines like an enchanted kingdom; for others, it is remembered as a Hell of daily torments without end. For most of us, it is something in between, but still very memorable. It is the collision between evolved psychological mechanisms and the world of the modern high school that is to blame.
|Selective imitation shows children are flexible social learners, study finds
||Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners. “There’s nothing children are more interested in than other people,” said UT Austin psychologist Cristine Legare. “Acquiring the skills and practices of their social [...]
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|Study on neural oscillations paves the way for treating brain rhythm disorders
||Like Duke Ellington’s 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. But when it comes to taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another for a fraction of a second and harmonize, then go back to improvising, according to new research led [...]
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|New study: Consumers don’t view GMO labels as negative ‘warnings’
||A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients. The study, presented at the annual conference of the Agricultural and [...]
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|Researchers uncover blood markers to identify women at risk for postpartum depression
||Postpartum depression is a debilitating disorder that affects nearly 20 percent of new mothers, putting their infants at increased risk for poor behavioral, cognitive and social development. Researchers know that the hormone oxytocin, which plays a positive role in healthy birth, maternal bonding, relationships, lower stress levels, mood and emotional regulation, also is associated with [...]
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|Therapist Blog Challenge #21: Maintaining Space in a Relationship...
||I’m excited to present a blog challenge that has to do with one of my favorite topics: relationships. Specifically, you’ll have the chance to explore the idea of how a person can maintain his/her own space (physically and emotionally) while also being in a relationship. Headline Come … ...
|4 Ways to Deal with Job Search Rejection
||The resume that goes off into the online application ether. The call for a second interview that never comes. The rejection letter from your dream job that hits you like a ton of bricks. No matter what stage you are at in the job search … ...
|Tackling the Feeling that You Can’t Get Social Interaction...
||I took my car in to have it’s oil changed today, I also went to the usual coffee shop I go to to do my work. In both instances I … ...
|When Men Aren't As Good-Looking As They Think
||Research finds, again, that men tend to overestimate their own attractiveness.
|Blood markers identify women at risk for postpartum depression
||The hormone oxytocin, sometimes called 'the love hormone,' may be a factor in postpartum depression, when a mother has a lower than normal level. A blood marker now may help identify the risk, investigators now report.
|What Helicopter Parents Need to Know
||How can concerned parents help today's college students become healthier, more successful young adults?
|Habits Protect Students Against Decision Fatigue
||In my habits class, we watched my very favorite TED talk, The Paradox of Choice. Barry Schwartz explains that much of the stress, anxiety and depression in our modern world … ...
|5 Tips for Coping with a Really Bad Day
||What to do when everything is going wrong.
|Top 3 Signs That a Person You Know is...
||Before I jump into listing the signs, I want to emphasize that often people, who struggle with severe depression, may not find the willpower or desire to seek professional help … ...