|Tackling a Heartbreaking Project
||For about 15 years I have had a wall dedicated to family pictures in the houses where I have lived. It includes photos of blood family and the kind of … ...
|Does Your Prospective Boss's Personality Suit You?
||Compatibility with your prospective boss is the one factor that will likely have the most profound impact on job satisfaction, and maybe your career. Yet it’s remarkably neglected in the job interview. It's the elephant in the room that not enough job seekers dare to uncover. If you ask the right questions, however, you'll greatly increase your odds of success.
|Job services lacking for young people with autism
||As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with the disorder to find and keep jobs, indicates new research led by Michigan State University education scholars. Some 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder turn 18 years old every year in the United States, and these “transition youth” – shifting [...]
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|Researchers identify the source of the debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis
||As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis’ devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a UC Davis study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for [...]
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|Musical tastes offer a window into how you think
||Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you think, say researchers from the University of Cambridge. In a study published today in the journal PLOS [...]
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|Having wealthy neighbors may skew beliefs about overall wealth distribution
||Wealthy people may be likely to oppose redistribution of wealth because they have biased information about how wealthy most people actually are, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings indicate that people use their own neighborhoods and communities as a gauge of how much [...]
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|Study examines how neurons in the brain remain electrically stable
||In biology, stability is important. From body temperature to blood pressure and sugar levels, our body ensures that these remain within reasonable limits and do not reach potentially damaging extremes. Neurons in the brain are no different and, in fact, have developed a number of ways to stabilise their electrical activity so as to avoid [...]
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|Schools with more minorities tend to punish students rather than seek psychological interventions
||Poor schools that have more black and minority students tend to punish students rather than seek medical or psychological interventions for them, according to a Penn State sociologist. “There’s been a real push toward school safety and there’s been a real push for schools to show they are being accountable,” said David Ramey, assistant professor [...]
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|Women’s sexual risk-taking when vacationing the focus of new study
||Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey. More than 850 U.S. women, ranging in age from 18 to 50, participated in the online survey, which asked about [...]
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|Coping by avoidance in making decisions for relatives in ICU may lead to PTSD
||Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an intensive care unit (ICU) may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a new study by scientists at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The patient isn’t the only one affected by the [...]
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|The Loopholes Used to Justify Drinking
||Because of my interest in habits, I read a lot of memoirs of addiction. I don’t tackle addiction in Better Than Before, but still, I find that I get a lot of insights from these accounts. I recently finished an excellent new memoir, Sarah Hepola’s … ...
|How the Largest U.S. Association of Psychologists Colluded in Torture
||Earlier this year, news broke that American Psychological Association had secretly collaborated with the U.S. government to make a legal and ethical case for torture in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. Here’s what we now know—and what we can do to prevent it from happening again....
|Researchers quantify nature’s role in human well-being
||The benefits people reap from nature – or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters – can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet putting numbers to changes in those ecosystem services and how human well-being is affected has fallen short, until now. A team of researchers from Michigan State University and Chinese Academy [...]
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|Low levels of the hormone vasopressin linked to social deficit in children with autism
||A brain-chemistry deficit in children with autism may help to explain their social difficulties, according to new findings from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research team found a correlation between low levels of vasopressin, a hormone involved in social behavior, and the inability of autistic children to understand that other people’s thoughts and [...]
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|Mystery solved? Study says three-fold increase in autism is due in large part to changing diagnoses
||The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due in large part to the reclassification of individuals who previously would have been diagnosed with other intellectual disability disorders, according to new research. In a paper to be published online [...]
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|Instant Gratification vs Delayed Gratification
|| Carrie Fisher once said, “Instant gratification takes too long” and you know if anyone understands it’s Carrie. I have always been an instant gratification kind of girl, maybe it … ...
|Notes From My Habits Class For Students
||I just finished teaching Making and Breaking Habits, a class I designed for my local community college, targeted towards high school and college students. We had such wonderful discussions, and … ...
|Managing Pregnancy Jealousy During Infertility
||Feeling jealous of another woman’s pregnancy is common and normal when you are experiencing infertility. Instead of feeling guilty, try these 6 ways to give yourself a break.
|Source of debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis discovered
||As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis' devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember.
|The Psychological Trick for Exercise Motivation
||Ugh. Exercise. I truly have a love/hate relationship with that particular activity. Just typing the word exercise reminds me that I have to do it tonight, and I dread it. If I allow myself to think about it too much, I’ll talk myself out of … ...