|Single gene controls fish brain size, intelligence
||A single gene called Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) drives brain size and intelligence in fish according to a new study. Fish with larger brains and higher intelligence had higher expression of Ang-1, and when expression levels of Ang-1 were experimentally reduced, brains shrunk. These trends were seen in two unrelated species of fish -- guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and zebra fish (Danio rerio) -- indicating expression of Ang-1 is important for brain growth and development in fish generally.
|Photo selection study reveals we don’t look like we think we look
||Be careful when choosing your next passport photo or profile image as a new study suggests we are so poor a picking good likenesses of our face that strangers make better selections. This is one of the findings of a study by Dr. David White and colleagues from the UNSW, Australia published today, Wednesday 24 [...]
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|Holding on to the blues: Depressed individuals may fail to decrease sadness
||Given that depression is characterized by intense and frequent negative feelings, like sadness, it might seem logical to develop interventions that target those negative feelings. But new research suggests that even when depressed people have the opportunity to decrease their sadness, they don’t necessarily try to do so. The findings are published in Psychological Science, [...]
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|Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory
||Consciousness — the internal dialogue that seems to govern one’s thoughts and actions — is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than an active force that exerts control, according to a new theory proposed by an SF State researcher. Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella’s “Passive Frame Theory” suggests [...]
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|Inability to address emotion is holding back the field of psychology, argues sociologist
||Thomas Scheff would like psychologists to talk about emotion — not simply to share feelings, but to advance science. According to the emeritus professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, intuition could be the catalyst that enables psychology to progress in areas in which it has stagnated. His research, “Three Scandals in Psychology: The Need [...]
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|Getting Intentionally Lost Later in Life
||As we age, taking a Time Out can be crucial to vital involvement in our life. How to create a space where we can renew and rediscover ourselves?
|Autistic children improved reading, brain activity after 10-week reading intervention
||Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, researchers have found.
|7 Science-Backed Secrets to Being Happier at Work and...
||Are you happy at work? If someone asked you this question, what would first come to your mind? Maybe you’d evaluate your job satisfaction with the type of work you’re doing — does it fit your skill set and challenge you? Others may equate career … ...
|The Power of Symbols: Why People Still Defend The Confederate Flag
||South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham joined Governor Nikki Haley Monday in calling for the removal of the state capitol’s Confederate flag. They join the growing throng of voices demanding the flag be taken down in the wake of last week’s killings in Charleston. The cases that these voices have presented are compelling. One is left wondering how anyone could defend the preservation of a still potent symbol of American plunder, hatred, and treason....
|Surviving Bikini Season with Your Positive Body Image In...
||You’ve likely come across an article or email or social media post about getting “bikini ready.” Maybe you hear people talking about it at the gym, the grocery store, at … ...
|Why Violent Crime Is Shrinking
||Rising crime rates during the twentieth century were a small blip on a very steep decline extending back to the fourteenth century and earlier. That stunning conclusion emerged only in the last decade. Causes of most of the long-term decline are currently unknown. That of the past few decades seems simpler.
|Creating a Home Alone, After Divorce
||While it can seem sad and overwhelming to create a home alone after co-habitating with a spouse or partner, it’s also a chance to choose new décor, a new abode or even a new city that better supports and reflects you.
|Nine Ways to Handle Nosy People
||Some questions are just too personal, but you’re worried that if you don’t answer them, you’ll seem rude. These 9 tips will give you a graceful way to duck the question and help you protect you from future, similar, assaults on your privacy. You'll also gain important insight into yourself and your sensitivities in the process.
|Unhealthy teens face college and job obstacles
||Teens with mental health problems fare worse than those with physical health issues in terms of economic and academic outcomes as young adults.
|Managing Six Kinds of Dating Anxiety
||A good marriage offers lifelong companionship, plus emotional and spiritual fulfillment like nothing else can give. Yet large numbers of women of all ages are proclaiming disinterest in marrying. Many tell me privately that they yearn for marriage but fear failing at it. How Women … ...
|Robot controlled remotely with thoughts
||For someone suffering from paralysis or limited mobility, visiting with other people is extremely difficult. Scientists have been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach in order to restore a sense of independence to the disabled. The idea is to remotely control a robot from home with one's thoughts. The research, involving numerous subjects located in different countries, produced excellent results in both human and technical terms.
|The Two Types of Empathy Pinpointed In The Brain
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|Seeing the Light in Dark News
||A few days ago, I got a pile of news all at once. Some of the news was awesome. Some, not so much. But all jumbled up together, it felt … ...
|New light shed on how neurons control muscle movement
||Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in complex rhythms to signal muscles about when and where to move.
|My cat did not give me bipolar disorder.
||Cats and humans, most especially women, have had a somewhat tumultuous relationship throughout history. In ancient Egypt cats were worshiped. Then as time went on they were good luck. I’d … ...