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New light shed on how neurons control muscle movement Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in complex rhythms to signal muscles about when and where to move.
My cat did not give me bipolar disorder. Cats and humans, most especially women, have had a somewhat tumultuous relationship throughout history. In ancient Egypt cats were worshiped. Then as time went on they were good luck. I’d … ...
The Addicted Narcissist One of the hardest types of people to deal with is a narcissist in the middle their addiction. They are completely exhausting. The combined selfishness of narcissism and addictive behavior … ...
Best of Our Blogs: June 23, 2015 What do you do if you’re going through a rough time? Maybe Father’s Day was a reminder of the father you lost or the one you never had. Perhaps, a recent family event triggered a problem or issue you thought you’d healed a long time ago. Or … ...
Compulsory well-being: An interview with Will Davies The UK government’s use of psychology has suddenly become controversial. They have promised to put psychologists into job centres “to provide integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions” but with the potential threat of having assistance removed if people do not attend treatment. It has been criticised as ‘treating […]
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Female facial attractiveness influences males’ perceptions of fairness, study finds New research found that men who were offered financial proposals from women had a harder time determining the fairness of those offers if the women were attractive.  The study, published March 2015 in Frontiers in Neuroscience, suggests that for young adult males, female facial attractiveness – termed the “beauty premium” – may undermine their brain’s ability to respond [...] The post Female facial attractiveness influences males’ perceptions of fairness, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Cultures perceive direct eye contact differently People have romanticized the eyes for centuries, claiming to be able to read the emotions within them — anger, lust, joy. Eye contact is important in everyday interactions with other people, as a face with a direct gaze captures our attention. While researchers have established that people can accurately determine where a person is looking, [...] The post Cultures perceive direct eye contact differently appeared first on PsyPost.
Physical exercise helps children with ADHD pay attention Short bursts of intense exercise help children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) focus on attentional tasks, which bodes well for their academic success. This finding comes courtesy of researchers from the Technology Research Centre and Biomedical Engineering Centre in São Paulo, Brazil (PLOS ONE, 24 March 2015). It is well known that [...] The post Physical exercise helps children with ADHD pay attention appeared first on PsyPost.
If you demonstrate that ‘black lives matter,’ others will too The “Black Lives Matter” hashtag evolved as a call for social change aimed at increasing the conversation about racial inequality. But what if social change was less dependent on talking and more dependent on nonverbal communication? New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye [...] The post If you demonstrate that ‘black lives matter,’ others will too appeared first on PsyPost.
Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses Amid reports that rank today’s teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a new study offers hope for helping them effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency. A pilot study, published in the spring issue of the journal Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, describes how a stress-reduction/resiliency-building curriculum developed by the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) [...] The post Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses appeared first on PsyPost.
Relationship seen across studies between cyberbullying and depression The median percentage of children and adolescents who reported being bullied online was 23 percent and there appears to be a consistent relationship between cyberbullying and reports of depression in a review of social media studies, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Social media is a presence in the lives of young people, [...] The post Relationship seen across studies between cyberbullying and depression appeared first on PsyPost.
In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, Penn study finds Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for [...] The post In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, Penn study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Want to Boost Your Resilience? Start Small     Dialectical thinking asserts that small changes (quantitative) lead to larger changes (qualitative). This is also what Tim Harford, Undercover Economist, and author of, Adapt: Why Success Always Starts … ...
#155 Imagination Re-imagined Many of us have reservations about the hold that the virtual world has on so many people. Intel Free Press via Compfight If you have teenagers, you will know what … ...
Anger Is an Appropriate Response to Stigma Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the word “snap” as: to grasp at something eagerly; make a pounce or snatch to bark out irritable or peevish retorts to undergo a sudden and rapid change I wanted to make sure that is, in fact, what happened yesterday toward … ...
How can health professionals enhance cognitive health in older adults? An expert panel has clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in older adults. Now a new article highlights key points of that report and serves as a guide for health care professionals seeking to improve the quality of life of older adults by maintaining brain health.
Play, Common Core, and Early Reading Untangled In a raging debate, leading researchers in reading education are speaking out in favor of keeping Common Core Kindergarten Literacy Standards. Their message? It’s perfectly fine for five year olds to play AND learn to read in school!
Manning up: Study confirms men overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened From the old Charles Atlas ads showing a scrawny male having sand kicked in his face to sitcom clichés of henpecked husbands, men have long faced pressure to live up to ideals of masculinity. Societal norms dictating that men should be masculine are powerful. And new University of Washington research finds that men who believe [...] The post Manning up: Study confirms men overcompensate when their masculinity is threatened appeared first on PsyPost.
Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the south Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the south, according to a new Rice University study, ‘How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American south.’ ‘Our results suggest that the legacy of slavery contributes to black-white [...] The post Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the south appeared first on PsyPost.