|Anxiety, Depression and College Students
||A recent survey has determined that anxiety is the most common mental health problem in college students. Depression and stress rank second and third. Anxiety and depression are really just different sides of the same coin. They are both the result of chronic stress that … ...
|The Secrets to Wiring a Happier Brain
||One of the secrets to wiring our brain toward happiness is in the simple understanding that what we practice and repeat starts to become more automatic. Call it a happiness … ...
|Who Do You Fear, and Why?
||Being afraid of another person, except in very rare cases, doesn’t really make sense. It’s time to sort out how much of your fear of others is based in reality and how much is based on your own preconceived notions. Overcoming those fears will help you improve both your relationships and your well-being.
|Born in the USA
||When the 4th of July comes around, do you find yourself getting all patriotic? That’s OK – it’s part of our evolved coalitional psychology. Read on to find out why!
|Calcium channel essential for deep sleep identified
||A specific calcium channel plays a crucial role in deep, slow-wave sleep, scientists have discovered. This is a key step toward understanding both normal and abnormal waking brain functions.
|Physically Active Children Grow Up to Be Healthier Adults
||Why are children who exercise regularly more likely to remain healthy and fit into adulthood?
|Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2015
||Learn about how mental illness affects teens later in life, how one Orange Is The New Black storyline can teach you about depression, antidepressants and rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Mentally Ill Teens Struggle With School and Work … ...
|Selfish Machines: Fear Not AI (Artificial Intelligence), Fear AI...
||There is AI (artificial intelligence) and then there is AI (autopoietic imperative). Fear not the former. Fear the latter. Intelligence of machines is no threat to us. But their … ...
|Apple iPhone app to power massive, decades-long study on LGBT health
||Recent studies have found disparities among sexual minority groups and straight populations, with sexual minorities often faring worse, but the information is limited.
|SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage: Wiser Views Than Those of...
||“We need to have a conversation.” How often have we heard these words when some controversial issue is broached? The Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the … ...
|Writing Lists for a Better Body Image and Well-Being,...
||In May I penned this piece about the different lists we can create for helping us build a more positive body image, practice compassionate self-care and boost our well-being. Today, … ...
|The Myth of Perfectionism: I Can’t Make Me Happy
||I think all the time. I have always been overly cognitive. Inhabiting my body was not safe when I was a child. I invented a much nicer world in my head and it helped me through some horrible situations. But constant thinking is a recipe … ...
|Aztec Marriage: A Lesson for Chief Justice Roberts
||No, the Supreme Court did not overthrow Aztec marriage today. When claims that marriage has been a single "social institution" that formed the basis for human society get strange...
|Mindfulness meditation may have positive impact on personality and self-concept
||A review of recent research has revealed that meditation, specifically mindfulness meditation, may help shape a person’s personality traits and promote a healthier self-concept. Researchers Cristiano Crescentini and Viviana Capurso released their findings January 2015 in Frontiers in Psychology. Their study summarizes the evidence on the potential benefits of the increasingly popular practice of meditation. The [...]
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|Multiple pathways progressing to Alzheimer’s disease
||The amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) posits that sticky aggregations or plaques of amyloid-beta peptides accumulate over time in the brain, triggering a series of events that ultimately result in the full-blown neurodegenerative disorder. The hypothesis has been a major driver of AD research for more than 20 years. However, in a new [...]
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|Sacrificing men to save women: Reproductive goals influence men’s moral decisions
||Previous research has shown that men are more likely to make utilitarian decisions than women, in the context of someone dying to save several lives. However, a recent study showed that men were more likely to make anti-utilitarian decisions if the person they were saving had greater reproductive value to them than those he sacrificed. [...]
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|Glen Campbell’s Family Details His Battle with Alzheimer’s...
||Glen Campbell is a legend within the country music industry. His music and charisma earned him a lengthy career and a full life. Unfortunately, four years after being diagnosed with … ...
|Psychologists use Pinocchio to uncover surprising quirk in human perception
||Using the movie Pinocchio, researchers at Ghent University in Belgium (PLOS ONE, 23 March 2015) have uncovered a stunning quirk of human perception. Their study shows that, with the right belief and priming, people grant the same perceptual “aliveness” to inanimate, humanlike objects that they usually reserve for living things. From a perceptual standpoint, this [...]
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|Using Storytelling Techniques to Reframe Your Life
||Our lives are a story. There are characters, conflicts and resolutions. There is joy and pain, comedy and drama. There is mystery and adventure. How we tell our tales, and … ...
|Sparks of Genius Challenge #2: Non-Visual Observing
||Observing is never a purely visual act. What we see is affected by what we have touched with our hands and felt within our bodies. The same goes, of course, for what we don’t see, but hear, smell or taste. By exercising non-visual forms of observing we heighten our attention overall.