|What makes siblings from the same family so different? Parents
||A colleague related the following story: while running errands with her 11- and 7-year-old daughters, a back seat battle began to rage. My colleague’s attempts to defuse the situation only led to a shouting match about who was to blame for the skirmish. Finally the 11-year-old proclaimed to her sister, “You started it the day [...]
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|Call for breastfeeding guidance for babies with Down’s syndrome
||Despite compelling evidence about the benefits of breastfeeding little is known about the breastfeeding experiences of mothers of infants with Down’s syndrome. In the UK, clinical commissioning groups and practitioners have a vital role in empowering and enabling these women to access help and support as soon as the child is born. Mothers of babies [...]
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|Regular exposure to death and trauma causes death anxiety in emergency nurses
||Emergency nurses are highly susceptible to death anxiety and employers must recognise this and put support in place to improve the health of their staff and patient care. Writing in Emergency Nurse, Mike Brady states that nurses working in emergency settings should be made aware of the risks of death anxiety, or thanatophobia, and given access [...]
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|Dogs' Noses Know More Than Doctors About Cancer Detection
||Dogs are highly accurate in sniffing out various cancers and outperform humans. One researcher goes as far as to claim, "If the dogs can't find VOCs in the sample, nobody can." VOCs are volatile organic compounds indicating various diseases. Disease detection by dogs is a very important area of study and I look forward to learning more about what dogs' noses really know.
|Epigenetics and Well-Being
||In 2008, the National Institutes of Health announced that $190 million had been earmarked for epigenetics research over the following five years. In announcing the funding, government officials noted that epigenetics has the potential to explain mechanisms of aging, human development, the origins of cancer, … ...
|Brain scans reveal the neural networks that get songs stuck in your head
||Earworms, stuck song syndrome, musical imagery repetition, involuntary musical imagery — it is a phenomenon with a number of names, but now researchers have a clue as to the brain regions associated with the condition. A new study by Nicolas Farrugia and other London-based researchers has found that involuntary musical imagery (INMI) is linked to [...]
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|Psychology Can Explain Why Psychologists Failed Their Ethics
||It is the theories, research and findings of psychology itself, which can help us to both understand, and heal the wounds created by the ethical failings of the American Psychological Association's role in torture.
|More happiness than envy: Study examines the emotional outcomes of browsing Facebook
||New research, published in the scientific journal Computers in Human Behavior, has found that browsing Facebook is more likely to result in positive emotions than negative emotions. The study, by German researchers Ruoyun Lin and Sonja Utz, suggests that fears about feelings of envy on social networking websites has been exaggerated. “The results from our [...]
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|New spectrum disorder called ALPIM syndrome clarifies link between anxiety and physical disorders
||The relationship between mental and physical health is well established. But when mental and physical illnesses co-occur, patients’ accounts of physical illness are sometimes arbitrarily discredited or dismissed by physicians. Research by Jeremy D. Coplan, MD, professor of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and colleagues has documented a high rate of association between panic [...]
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|Study finds violent video games provide quick stress relief — but at a price
||A study authored by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students indicates that while playing video games can improve mood, violent games may increase aggressive outcomes. The study, authored by James Alex Bonus and Alanna Peebles, graduate students in Communication Arts, and Karyn Riddle, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was published [...]
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|Testosterone therapy fails to treat ejaculatory dysfunction
||Men who have ejaculatory disorders and low testosterone levels did not experience improved sexual function after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Estimates indicate between 10 percent and 18 percent of men have problems with inability to ejaculate, decreased volume of [...]
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|The moral foundation of liberals and conservatives — not so different after all?
||It goes without saying that liberals and conservatives disagree on many, many issues. But new research suggests these clashes of opinion are not based in radically different views of right and wrong. A new study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, casts doubt on claims that liberals and conservatives vehemently disagree because they [...]
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|How To Be Resilient
||I’ve been living with schizophrenia for about nine years now. In that time, I’ve been subject to intense crippling moments of depression, paranoia and delusions. There have been times when … ...
|4 Ways to Help a Struggling Coworker
||When you spend 40+ hours a week with the same group of people, you can’t help but form bonds. Shared experiences like laughing at office-related inside jokes, dealing with tough bosses, and frequenting favorite lunch spots can turn colleagues into personal friends. You may even … ...
|Schizophrenia: 2,000 Brain Scans Reveal Vital Structural Differences
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|The Hoffman Report: After Years of Lies, Who Holds...
||After years of lying to its members, the public, and other professionals, the American Psychological Association (APA) finds itself in the awkward position of being a professional organization that no longer has a moral or ethical leg to stand on. According to a new report … ...
|Yet Another Reason that the Midlife Crisis is a Myth
||The midlife crisis is one of those urban legends that refuses to go away, no matter how much evidence question its universality. The latest evidence to refute the midlife crisis myth shows, yet again, that there are no massive personality upheavals when the decade marker strikes four-zero.
|Psychology Around the Net: July 11, 2015
||Catch up on the latest information about teens and antipsychotic medications, the possible therapeutic benefits of marijuana, how well certain “happiness” apps work, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Most Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed to Teens Without Mental Health Diagnosis, Study Says: According … ...
|APA facilitated CIA torture programme at highest levels
||The long-awaited independent report, commissioned by the American Psychological Association, into the role of the organisation in the CIA’s torture programme has cited direct collusion at the highest levels of the APA to ensure psychologists could participate in abusive interrogation practices. Reporter James Risen, who has been chasing the story for some time, revealed the […]
|Stories of Seclusion: A Woman's Best Friend
||Not everything has a rational explanation.