|What is Evolutionary Psychology?
||The application of evolutionary principles to issues of behavior (AKA evolutionary psychology) is one of the most powerful intellectual movements in the current landscape of modern thought. Here are some of the basic concepts of this exciting field – spelled out in brief.
|Common Cravings Blocked With This Simple Smartphone Game
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|A Choice Between Safety and Survival
||Last night I started watching a new BBC series called “Hidden Kingdoms.” In this series, little wild beings like mice and beetles get their 15 minutes of fame as the camera … ...
|How Should I Live?
||Have you found your “lifespace” – your place, your space, and your people? Are you living where and how you most want to live? Are you living with or in … ...
|Republicans have happier marriages than Democrats, study indicates
||Republicans tend to be happier in their marriages than Democrats, and are less likely to be divorced, reveals a new article. The findings add to an ongoing debate over which set of political ideals help to lead people to a happy life, say the investigators.
|Unequal healthcare funding provokes 'moral disgust,' pioneering brain scan research shows
||Areas of the brain associated with social and moral disgust are triggered when healthcare funding is split unequally, researchers have found. The anterior insula is involved in processing humans' sense of physical disgust -- like when we are exposed to foul smells or unpleasant images -- but is also triggered when we feel a strong sense of moral outrage -- for example, at the perceived breach of social or ethical norms.
|Patient satisfaction a poor surrogate for quality of care in brain surgery
||Patient satisfaction is a very poor proxy for quality of care comparisons in elective cranial neurosurgery. Because deaths are rare events in elective cranial neurosurgery, reporting of surgeon or even department-specific mortality figures cannot differentiate a high or low level of the quality of care, investigators say.
|Do You Have Trouble With Intimacy? If So, You're Not Alone
||What constitutes emotional closeness? Well, it all depends on your needs, desire, and capacity. Looking at matches and mismatches in friendship and love and why intimacy can be so darn elusive.
|Best of Our Blogs: August 18, 2015
||I doubt you would surrender your most private possessions to strangers let alone your closest friends. But every day we give up our power and control to others when we let them decide our fate, worth, or mood. If you’ve ever let someone’s words quiet your voice, sway your … ...
|Emotion, Soul, Mind, Mood and Music
|| The Magic of Rhythm Have you ever felt like the music is carrying you away? Or as if you … ...
|Workplace rudeness spreads like a virus
||Research shows that if you’ve got a mean co-worker, you might also be in danger of catching their rudeness.
|Coaxing children with selective mutism to find their voices
||Selective mutism, an anxiety disorder, can impede academic achievement and socialization, and lead to isolation and withdrawal from rituals like birthday parties and playground friendships.
|“Help!” 6 Reasons Why Therapists Are ONLY Human
||Are you a mental health professional or work in the field of mental health? What are some of your most vivid experiences? There is always at least one experience that … ...
|A brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton
||Scientists have developed a brain-computer control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton by decoding specific signals from within the user's brain.
|Our numbers are gendered: People view even numbers as feminine and odd numbers as masculine
||It has been said that a human infant can recognise gender from as young as six months old. However, as human development continues gender attribution ends up being applied to neutral objects such as clothes, toys and even actions, although these associations are more prominent in men. Gender attributions have now been suggested to extend [...]
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||I’m having a rough day. I was doing fine until I had a phone conversation with a very negative person who sucked the life out of me. It really got … ...
|Imaging study looks at brain effects of early adversity and mental health disorders
||Adversity during the first six years of life was associated with higher levels of childhood internalizing symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, in a group of boys, as well as altered brain structure in late adolescence between the ages of 18 and 21, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Both altered brain [...]
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|Study: Multiracial congregations don’t promote progressive racial views
||Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago. The study — “United by Faith? Race/Ethnicity, Congregational Diversity, and Explanations of Racial Inequality” — is published in the journal Sociology of [...]
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|Retinal changes may serve as measures of brain pathology in schizophrenia
||Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. Tracking such changes may provide new measures of risk for, and progression of the disease, according to a literature review published online in the journal Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, authored by researchers at New York Eye and [...]
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|Neurodegeneration and identity: How others see us depends on moral traits — not memory
||We may view our memory as being essential to who we are, but new findings suggest that others consider our moral traits to be the core component of our identity. Data collected from family members of patients suffering from neurodegenerative disease showed that it was changes in moral behavior, not memory loss, that caused loved [...]
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