|Study: Women hurt more by breakups but recover more fully
||Women experience more emotional pain following a breakup, but they also more fully recover, according to new research from Binghamton University. Researchers from Binghamton University and University College London asked 5,705 participants in 96 countries to rate the emotional and physical pain of a breakup on a scale of one (none) to 10 (unbearable). They [...]
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|Watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report makes people believe climate change is real, study finds
||New research has found that The Colbert Report and The Daily Show — two of the top political comedy TV shows in the United States — can shape viewers’ beliefs about climate change. “These results dovetail with, while also extending, previous research showing that satirical television news can shape public opinion about other public affairs [...]
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|Punishing a child is effective — if done correctly
||While recently published parenting books have preached the effectiveness of positive parenting and “no drama” discipline, psychologists presenting at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention said don’t put timeout in timeout yet. “Parental discipline and positive parenting techniques are often polarized in popular parenting resources and in parenting research conclusions,” presenter and researcher Robert [...]
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|Scientists report explanation for protein clumps in brain cells of patients with ALS
||Autopsies of nearly every patient with the lethal neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and many with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), show pathologists telltale clumps of a protein called TDP-43. Now, working with mouse and human cells, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have discovered the normal role of TDP-43 in cells and why its abnormal accumulation [...]
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|The Enneagram: Type 4 – The Romantic
||Are you artistic? Do have a certain flair for creativity and love being unique? Chances are you are a Type 4 on the Enneagram. Also known as The Romantic, Type 4’s are often identified by their intense emotions and depth of introspection. At their best they can communicate ideas and stories with passion and brilliance, […]
|For Some Items, Buying Online Can Actually Add to the Shame Factor
||The privacy that comes from buying things online allows people to purchase all kinds of things they normally wouldn’t, right? Not quite. In some cases, buying something online can make you try even more strenuously to avoid the purchase in future than you would if you bought it in public....
|Eminem Shares Battle with Addiction, Weight Gain
||Eminem is one of the biggest artists in the world and he’s well known for overcoming a difficult upbringing in Detroit to become the celebrated rapper that he is today. … ...
|5 Super Easy Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic
||It’s time to stop being your own worst enemy. Your inner critic? Everyone has one, but where does it come from? The shame game starts in childhood when others tell us what’s “wrong” with us. How to Be Happy With Yourself: 5 Must-Read Tips As … ...
|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.