|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.
|Same-Sex Marriage Gets the Green Light in the U.S.
||“Times can blind us to certain truths,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress.” That was what he said in a 2003 case, Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated state laws … ...
|How Much Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Premature Death?...
||How Much Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Premature Death? We all know that exercise is good for our health, yet too few people meet the recommended minimum amount of exercise … ...
|Where Do You Trend on The Summer Boundary Setting...
||Everything changes in the summer. Thank goodness. Here in Chicago, we get absolutely glorious weather which almost (not quite) makes up for the miserable cold. However, with great change comes … ...
|The Consistency of Flashbulb Memories
||I remember as a kid that my parents shared vivid memories of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They could tell me where they were and who they were with when they found out the president had been shot. In 1977, Roger Brown and James Kulik called memories like this flashbulb memories.
|Chimps are sensitive to what is right and wrong
||How a chimpanzee views a video of an infant chimp from another group being killed gives a sense of how human morality and social norms might have evolved. So says Claudia Rudolf von Rohr of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, lead author of a paper in Springer’s journal Human Nature. It provides the first evidence [...]
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|Supreme Court Upholds Marriage Ideology
||We can celebrate the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality without swallowing the Supreme Court's marriage ideology.
|Study finds a good appetizer could make your main course less enjoyable
||A good or mediocre appetizer has the potential to significantly change how the main course is enjoyed, according to one Drexel food science professor. Jacob Lahne, PhD, an assistant professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, recently found that a comparatively good appetizer could make people enjoy the main course less than if [...]
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|Are your emotional responses normal or abnormal?
||We all feel emotion, we all get upset, can feel low, angry and overjoyed, but when do these emotional responses become something of a medical concern? When are these feelings inappropriate, too intense, or lasting too long? When is the emotional state you are in classed as depression? In light of the 5th revision of [...]
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|Working in poverty: Most of America’s poor have jobs, study finds
||The majority of the United States’ poor aren’t sitting on street corners. They’re employed at low-paying jobs, struggling to support themselves and a family. In the past, differing definitions of employment and poverty prevented researchers from agreeing on who and how many constitute the “working poor.” But a new study by sociologists at BYU, Cornell [...]
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|Brain scan can predict who responds best to certain treatment for OCD
||Tens of millions of Americans — an estimated 1 to 2 percent of the population — will suffer at some point in their lifetimes from obsessive-compulsive disorder, a disorder characterized by recurrent, intrusive, and disturbing thoughts (obsessions), and/or stereotyped recurrent behaviors (compulsions). Left untreated, OCD can be profoundly distressing to the patient and can adversely [...]
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|3 Ways to Purge Your Inner Clutter
||Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all. – N.W. Morris Most of us rarely listen to our bodies. Yet it is one of the most potent ways of connecting with the truth of who we are and the reality of our … ...
|The Increasing Role of Psychology in Baseball
||Sports in general have advanced with the times, but baseball especially has showcased how sports can change with technology. Beginning with the Sabermetrics Revolution, led by characters such as Bill James and … ...
|As siblings learn how to resolve conflict, parents pick up a few tips of their own
||When children participated in a program designed to reduce sibling conflict, both parents benefited from a lessening of hostilities on the home front. But mothers experienced a more direct reward. As they viewed the children’s sessions in real time on a video monitor and coached the kids at home to respond as they’d been taught, [...]
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|Long-acting antipsychotic medication may improve treatment for schizophrenia
||Schizophrenia, which affects 2 million to 3 million people in the U.S., causes hallucinations, delusions and disorganization. Left untreated, the disease can cause a significant loss in quality of life, including unemployment and estrangement from loved ones. But many people with schizophrenia can control the disorder and live without symptoms for several years if they [...]
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