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Reinvent Yourself In Hollywood – Part 2 As trends change, different types of movies become popular, others become passe, television shows change in tone;  they may become edgier and darker, like Breaking Bad or True Detective. Because … ...
Spike activity 13-07-2015 A slightly belated Spike Activity to capture some of the responses to the APA report plus quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: APA makes a non-apology on Twitter and gets panned in response. “the organization’s long-standing ethics director, Stephen Behnke, had been removed from his position as a result of […]
Losing half a night of sleep makes memories less accessible in stressful situations It is known that sleep facilitates the formation of long-term memory in humans. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, now show that sleep does not only help form long-term memory but also ensures access to it during times of cognitive stress. It is well known that during sleep newly learned information is [...] The post Losing half a night of sleep makes memories less accessible in stressful situations appeared first on PsyPost.
An All-Natural Mood Booster To Beat Depression “Joan” is a middle-aged woman I recently started working with. She suffers from depression and has been a frequent customer of psychotherapy and medication to treat her symptoms. For years … ...
Manipulation of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives... The American Psychological Association (APA) is a large, complex bureaucracy that has evolved over its long history. Because it is so large and run by both a set of paid staffers (over 550!) and volunteer members, it is an organization only a DC policy wonk … ...
More Ideas for Navigating Bad Days On Sunday, in this post, I shared a list of ways we can navigate bad days. Today, I’m sharing a few more ideas. A bad day doesn’t necessarily include bad events. It’s … ...
Appreciate the little things… I got an email from a young girl a few weeks ago who is in the foster care system because of horrible physical and sexual abuse she endured at the … ...
When a Therapist Breaks Your Trust A few years ago I was referred to a highly reputable and respected psychologist who, in the midst of writing academic books and journals, also crossed the border on occasion to … ...
Starting a Private Practice as a Mom: Part 3 Starting a private practice as a mom is a tricky business. While things are shifting in this area, women have historically held themselves to impossibly high standards as they’ve gone to work. They often hold the same amount of home duties that stay at home … ...
F%$& Shame, TEDx and Mental Health Many of us don't give the proper weight to the use of mental health labels. As this talk shows, diagnostic labels can actually impact the way in which labeled individuals perform. If nothing else, this fact should make us more wary of using these labels as everyday placeholders to describe those around us. We may just be sentencing them to meeting our low expectations.
Notifications Are the New Distractions Do you jump a little inside when your phone pings to let you know you have a new text or voice mail? Turns out that can be as distracting as actually talking or texting. Another reason to get your phone under your control.
Surviving the Summer Blues If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. — Edgar W. Howe Perhaps you have … ...
How Asking Tough Questions Could Save Your Career Had Kodak’s leaders ratcheted up their discomfort level by asking more challenging questions from others, it may well have sustained its legacy as a key industry player.
Learning impacts how the brain processes what we see From the smell of flowers to the taste of wine, our perception is strongly influenced by prior knowledge and expectations, a cognitive process known as top-down control. Neuroscientists and neurobiologists report that in mouse models, the brain significantly changed its visual cortex operation modes by implementing top-down processes during learning.
New compounds may treat depression rapidly with few side effects A new study has identified promising compounds that could successfully treat depression in less than 24 hours with few side effects. The compounds could offer significant advantages over current antidepressant medications.
Workplace Stress and Deep Relaxation We hear a lot about stress, but what is it? Stress is the result of any emotional, physical, social, or economic factor, which requires a response or change. Work plays … ...
Keeping Adolescents Mindful of Parental Needs For parents who want their teenager to act mindful of their needs, training in this relatedness needs to start in childhood (when it is mostly welcome) and not put off to adolescence (when it is mostly not.)
What Kind of Introvert Are You? Aren’t all introverts the same? A roundtable discussion among my friends brought up three resounding traits: they’re socially awkward, they’re socially anxious and they’re wallflowers. But I don’t identify with any of those things and yet I know I’m an introvert. Being around people makes me … ...
Brain study reveals insights into genetic basis of autism A link between autism and genetic changes in some segments of DNA that are responsible for switching on genes in the brain has been uncovered by researchers. The finding is the result of a world-first study of the human brain that identified more than 100 of these DNA segments, known as enhancers, which are thought to play a vital role in normal development by controlling gene activity in the brain.
Microbleeds, diminished cerebral blood flow in cognitively normal older patients A small imaging study suggests cortical cerebral microbleeds in the brain, which are the remnant of red blood cell leakage from small vessels, were associated with reduced brain blood flow in a group of cognitively normal older patients, according to a new article.