|Coming Close is Better than Winning it All
||If you want to be a winner, you may have to lose a few times. According to research published in the journal Psychological Science, “near misses,” such as losing on the last-second shot, or missing a winning lottery number by one digit, actually boost our … ...
|ADHD, Right In The Thick Of It
||Seems like I write a lot about what it’s like to have ADHD. That’s partly because ADHD is what this blog is about. But it’s also because I’m often writing … ...
|Attachment Re-visited: 7 Red Flag Signs of Poor Boundaries...
||How do you protect yourself in this world? How do you ensure that the things you care for are protected on a daily basis? One way we protect ourself is … ...
|Psychologists are known for being liberal – but is that because they understand how people think?
||Is the field of social psychology biased against political conservatives? There has been intense debate about this question since an informal poll of over 1,000 attendees at a social psychology meeting in 2011 revealed the group to be overwhelmingly liberal. Formal surveys have produced similar results, showing the ratio of liberals to conservatives in the [...]
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|Sounds of praise or tones of racism? A look at the marketing of Christian music
||A novel investigation into the marketing of Christian music suggests that the power of music could be contributing to the powerful racial divide that remains in the nation’s Christian churches. The study by Omotayo Banjo, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of communication, and Kesha Morant Williams, an assistant professor of communication arts and sciences [...]
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|Brain’s ability to process consonants in noisy environment reflects child’s literacy potential
||A quick biological test may be able to identify children who have literacy challenges or learning disabilities long before they learn to read, according to new research from Northwestern University. The study, published July 14 in PLOS Biology, centers on the child’s ability to decipher speech — specifically consonants — in a chaotic, noisy environment. [...]
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|Astonishing case of man with 90 minute memory ‘like nothing we have ever seen before’
||“One of our reasons for writing up this individual’s case was that we had never seen anything like this before in our assessment clinics, and we do not know what to make of it. We had never seen anything like it before.” – Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Dr Gerald Burgess, University of Leicester A University [...]
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|The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children
||The magical world of Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis in health care. The tension separating the fictional magical and "muggle" worlds need not exist for clinicians who integrate clinical hypnosis skills into health care practice. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.
|Living in the Candy Store
||Taking responsibility for yourself sometimes means taking responsibility for the world you live in. Change where you are and change who you are. The latest generation of technological assists do that exactly that, helping you march to your own tune and do the work you think is important.
|When You Make A Deal With Your Psychiatrist
||I did it. I am done gaining weight on my antidepressant so made a deal with my psychiatrist. The plan is to lose the weight, then go back on the … ...
|Learning to Accept Our Emotions: Lessons from Disney’s ‘Inside...
||I recently had the opportunity to see Disney Pixar’s latest animated feature, “Inside Out.” I didn’t need much prompting: it’s a movie about feelings, and I’m a psychologist. It did not disappoint. Here’s a quick synopsis of the film’s premise (spoiler alert): An 11-year-old girl … ...
|Want to Feel Better? Start With Your Gut
|| As of recent, the psychological implications of gut health, and the role of the microbiome in emotional well being has received media more attention. As we learn more about … ...
|Why kids' recovery times vary widely after brain injury
||Why do some youngsters bounce back quickly from a traumatic brain injury, while others suffer for years? New research suggests that damage to the coating around the brain's nerve fibers may explain the difference. The finding identifies possible biomarkers that physicians could use to predict high-risk patients.
|Your Favorite Fear: A Novel Approach to Healing Anxiety...
||What is a favorite fear? It’s your most familiar and most automatic fear reaction. A favorite fear is your mind and body’s pre-programmed response to specific situations. Favorite fears are … ...
|High-fat diet impairs functioning of the brain regardless of weight changes, study finds
||High-fat feeding can cause impairments in the functioning of the mesolimbic dopamine system, says Stephanie Fulton of the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM.) This system is a critical brain pathway controlling motivation. Fulton’s findings, published today in Neuropsychopharmacology, may have great health implications. “Our research shows that independent of weight gain [...]
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|When Your Partner Isn’t Interested in Sex
||My last post was about increasing intimacy through touch, and a number of people wrote in about their frustration and sadness over a partner who’s turned off to affection and … ...
|Antidepressant trials exclude most ‘real world’ patients with depression
||More than 80 percent of people with depression in the general population aren’t eligible for clinical trials of antidepressant drugs, according to a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. At least five patients would need to be screened to enroll just one patient meeting the typical inclusion [...]
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|Am I fat? Many of today’s overweight adolescents don’t think so
||Admitting that you have a weight problem may be the first step in taking action, but a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that an increasing number of overweight adolescents do not consider themselves as such. “Adolescents with accurate self-perceptions of their body weight have greater readiness to make weight-related behavioral [...]
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|Only 5 percent of women who get an abortion regret it: study
||Only a small minority of women who have had an abortion regret their decision, according to new research published in PLOS One. “Results from this study suggest that claims that many women experience abortion decision regret are likely unfounded,” the authors of the study said. “In the three years after terminating a pregnancy, women tended [...]
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|Intellectual pursuits may buffer the brain against addiction
||Challenging the idea that addiction is hardwired in the brain, a new UC Berkeley study of mice suggests that even a short time spent in a stimulating learning environment can rewire the brain’s reward system and buffer it against drug dependence. Scientists tracked cocaine cravings in more than 70 adult male mice and found that [...]
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