|Psychologists explain what happens when people compare their partner to someone else’s
||When Julie compares her husband George to her friend’s husband Sam, she can’t help but notice that Sam is better at helping his children with homework. But rather than be upset about George’s shortcomings in the children’s homework arena, Julie reasons that since she enjoys doing homework with their children, it’s not that important that [...]
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|One night of sleep loss can alter clock genes in your tissues
||Swedish researchers at Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institute have found that genes that control the biological clocks in cells throughout the body are altered after losing a single night of sleep, in a study that is to be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. “Previous research has shown that our metabolism [...]
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|Words jump-start vision, psychologist’s study shows
||Cognitive scientists have come to view the brain as a prediction machine, constantly comparing what is happening around us to expectations based on experience — and considering what should happen next. “These predictions, most of them unconscious, include predicting what we’re about to see,” says Gary Lupyan, a University of Wisconsin-Madison psychology professor. Work in [...]
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|Location-based ads need more than closeness to overcome creepiness
||Location-based advertisements may pinpoint customers geographically, but often miss the target because customers may find the ads creepy and intrusive, according to an international team of researchers. To overcome this negativity, the researchers suggest advertisers invite their customers to help tailor ads they might receive. While being physically close to a product or shop improved [...]
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|In pursuit of precision medicine for PTSD: Brain scans may eventually help tailor therapy
||Brain scans of war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder have led researchers to an area of the prefrontal cortex that appears to be a good predictor of response to treatment with SSRIs–the first-line drug treatment for PTSD. The findings, which came out online June 26, 2015, in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, are hopeful news amid a new [...]
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|Keeping up that positive feeling: The science of savoring emotions
||Savoring a beautiful sunset and the positive emotions associated with it can contribute to improved well-being, according to research. But why and how are some people better than others in keeping the feeling alive?
|APA Removes Responses to Hoffman Report on its Website
||Whether through purposeful effort (apparently not), or through incompetence (apparently so), the American Psychological Association (APA) has now seemingly silenced three people who have been named in the Hoffman Report (the investigation into APA’s role in okaying ethical guidelines for psychologists involved in torture interrogations). … ...
|Science Says: 7 Reasons You Can Be Healthier While...
||Sweet deal, singletons! Being in a relationship just to be in a relationship isn’t a good enough reason, no matter how badly you need to feel “complete,” or fill that facet of your life. Astroglide’s resident sexologist, Dr. Jess, says, “I don’t believe that it’s … ...
|Smart Phones, Stupid Choices and Alone Together
||It’s one of the most pervasive issues in our culture today that’s off and on in the media, but no one talks about in their personal lives – our relationships … ...
|The Loneliness of Social Media: Part One
||You may have seen "the baby whisperer" photo that went viral. What it teaches us about life and loneliness in the digital age is fascinating.
|How and Why Color Matters in Early Recollections
||The experience of color in early recollections occurs only with a minority of persons. The meaning of color to these individuals is often life-orienting and personally enriching. The "color-minded" remind all people of the vitality and wonder of color as a human endowment.
|Does talking to yourself mean you’re crazy?
||If you see a man talking to himself on the street, that means he’s crazy, right? Well… not necessarily.
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|Can you transfer your mind to another body? This science video explains
||Could You Transfer Your Consciousness To Another Body?
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|In pursuit of precision medicine for PTSD
||Brain scans of war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder have led researchers to an area of the prefrontal cortex that appears to be a good predictor of response to treatment with SSRIs -- the first-line drug treatment for PTSD.
|4 Things to Look for in a Trauma Therapist
||To heal from trauma means finally dealing with the source of the trauma, whether it’s childhood abuse or neglect, combat experiences, or a natural disaster or a violent assault. How … ...
|Women's brains appear more vulnerable to Alzheimer's than men's
||Women with mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's, tend to decline faster than men.
|Manipulating molecule in the brain improves stress response, new target for depression treatment
||Increasing the levels of a signaling molecule found in the brain can positively alter response to stress, revealing a potential new therapeutic target for treatment of depression, researchers report.
|Why Changing My Name Was & Wasn't the Worst Thing I Ever Did
||I changed my name, regretted it for decades, then did something about it.
|New treatment for severe depression with far fewer side effects
||Electroconvulsive therapy remains one of the most effective treatments for severe depression, but new research shows ultra-brief pulse stimulation is almost as effective as standard ECT, with far fewer cognitive side effects.
|Is Your Childhood Wrecking Your Love Life?
||One of the legacies of childhood is how well or badly we connect to others, both in friendship as well as intimate settings. How your childhood experiences may shape your ability to love and be loved today, and how to understand and recognize patterns of insecure attachment.