|Aging couples connected in sickness and health
||As the world’s population of older adults increases, so do conversations around successful aging — including seniors’ physical, mental and social well-being. A variety of factors can impact aging adults’ quality of life. Two big ones, according to new research from the University of Arizona, are the health and cognitive functioning of a person’s spouse. [...]
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|Overcoming Common Obstacles to Change
||Change is hard. One big reason is that old habits are stubborn. (The adage “old habits die hard” couldn’t be truer.) “When we decide that we want to change, we’ve probably been repeating the same habits for decades,” said Gail Brenner, Ph.D, a psychologist for … ...
|We All Manipulate People, What if We Didn’t?
||In reading a column about prayer and prosperity in religion this week, it occurred to me that there are times when I try to manipulate people. The column was talking … ...
|The Mood Most People Are In Most of The Time, Everywhere
How people feel, on average, most of the time, wherever they live in the world.
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|Just 3 More Weeks Until Our Meetups!
||As a part of our 20th anniversary celebration all year long, we’re holding a set of international meetups for anyone and everyone who wants to come out and celebrate with us! The meetups will be held in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. on Saturday, … ...
|Transgender children's books fill a void and break a taboo
||A group of emerging authors are writing children’s literature that centers on transgender characters, hoping to fill the void they felt as young readers.
|Build Your EQ with These 7 Constructive Thinking Tools
||The quality of your emotional intelligence, or “street smarts,” can help you achieve greater success in your daily life. These 7 types of constructive thinking will help you understand and improve your ability to put your EQ to use.
|The Kindness of Strangers
||There's no need to make excuses for human kindness. We should celebrate it is one of the most fundamental aspects of human nature.
|Psychology Around the Net: June 6, 2015
||Learn about the “just do it” approach to dealing with anxiety and fear, how singer Demi Lovato is working to spread awareness about bipolar disorder and other mental health issues, why there might be a connection between psychotropic drugs and homicide, and more in this … ...
|Spike activity 05-06-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Fusion has an oddly fascinating piece on the AI of dick pic detection which turns out to be a surprisingly hard problem (matron). Uber poaches 40 people from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics researcher community wanting to boost their autonomous car technology according to the Market […]
|Saying Goodbye to Guilt & Shame
||My children are enrolled in a martial arts class that keeps us very busy. From 4pm until 7pm twice during the week and from 10 am until noon one day on the … ...
|Study finds people — even teenagers — unconsciously follow advice from their elders
||We follow the wisdom of our elders, even when it is wrong. A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have found that adults and teens are unconsciously swayed by incorrect advice from older adults. Their study was published June 1 in the journal PLOS One. The study found that “contrary to conventional wisdom [...]
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|Study: Powerful people are quick to notice injustice — when they are the victim
||Powerful people respond quickly to unfair treatment when they are the victims, but they are less likely to notice injustice when they benefit or when others are victimized, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In four experiments, participants who were primed to think of powerful situations perceived unfair [...]
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|Memory loss among the elderly is lower than what was originally thought
||Alaitz Aizpurua, a lecturer at the UPV/EHU, maintains that “the highly widespread belief that memory deteriorates as one approaches old age is not completely true. Various pieces of neuro-psychological research and other studies show that cognitive loss starts at the age of 20 but that we hardly notice it because we have sufficient capacity to [...]
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|Babies who can resettle are more likely to ‘sleep through the night’
||Young infants who can “resettle” themselves after waking up are more likely to sleep for prolonged periods at night, according to a video study in the June Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. “Infants are capable of [...]
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|Why good people do bad things: Anticipating temptation may improve ethical behavior
||Honest behavior is much like sticking to a diet. When facing an ethical dilemma, being aware of the temptation before it happens and thinking about the long-term consequences of misbehaving could help more people do the right thing, according to a new study. The study, “Anticipating and Resisting the Temptation to Behave Unethically,” by University [...]
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|Autologous stem cell therapy helpful in traumatic brain injury
||The use of cell therapy after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children can reduce the amount of therapeutic interventions needed to treat the patient, as well as the amount of time the child spends in neurointensive care, according to research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. The study [...]
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|Strokes steal 8 years’ worth of brain function, new study suggests
||Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years, new research finds – robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. In both black and white patients, having had a stroke meant that their score on a 27-item test of memory and thinking speed had dropped as much [...]
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|Walking Away from Anxiety & Fear
||Anxiety. The very word can make me feel tense, fretful, stressed. It pinches a personal nerve, as I have suffered from both chronic and acute varieties. (And I’m not just talking about the normal, everyday fare either: Mine has included quite over-the-top irrational fear, which … ...
|How to Avoid Getting into Arguments
||Arguments happen. You’re human. You have an ego (which is not evil). In theory, every single argument in life can be completely avoided. You do not need to get sucked … ...