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Irregularities in Science A paper in the high-profile journal Science has been alleged to be based on fraudulent data, with the PI calling for it to be retracted. The original paper purported to use survey data to show that people being asked about gay marriage changed their attitudes if they were asked the survey questions by someone who […]
Should Clients Be Touched? Some Say No: 6 Important... I’m a firm believer in the power of love and compassion to open doors, change minds, and renew hearts. I have always worked with clients who have severe trauma histories, … ...
Revisiting a Toxic Relationship I think I started to believe a myth of sorts.  A myth that says there are strong people and there are weak people, and that every person is one or the other.  Of course, I thought I fell into the realm of the weak. I … ...
Video games could harm the brain’s spatial memory system A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B by the teams of Dr. Gregory West (Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal) and Dr. Véronique Bohbot (Douglas Institute researcher and associate Professor at McGill University and the Douglas Research Institute of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal) shows that while [...] The post Video games could harm the brain’s spatial memory system appeared first on PsyPost.
Altering Brainwaves Yields Positive Results MEDITATION WORKS We have explored the world of brain waves together. We have worked on becoming aware of our thoughts and feelings, and of the intensity of our emotional landscape. … ...
Thinking alike changes the conversation As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other’s posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align, each other’s speech patterns. In addition, people who are better at compromising align more closely. “Few people are aware that [...] The post Thinking alike changes the conversation appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds high risk of sleep apnea in young veterans with PTSD A new study of young U.S. veterans shows that the probability of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The study involved 195 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who visited a VA outpatient PTSD clinic for evaluation. Results show that 69.2 percent of participants [...] The post Study finds high risk of sleep apnea in young veterans with PTSD appeared first on PsyPost.
The dark side of the ‘love hormone’ — oxytocin’s similarities with the effects of alcohol Researchers at the University of Birmingham have highlighted significant similarities between the behavioural effects of oxytocin and alcohol. The research, published today in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, draws on existing studies into the two compounds and details the similarities between the effects of alcohol and the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin, on our actions. The team warn [...] The post The dark side of the ‘love hormone’ — oxytocin’s similarities with the effects of alcohol appeared first on PsyPost.
New light on impact of video gaming on the brain Video gamers now spend a collective three billion hours per week in front of their screens. In fact, it is estimated that the average young person will have spent some 10,000 hours gaming by the time they are 21. The effects of intense video gaming on the brain are only beginning to be understood. New research shows that while video game players exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain's reward system.
The dark side of the 'love hormone:' Similarities with the effects of alcohol Significant similarities have been highlighted by researchers between the behavioral effects of oxytocin and alcohol. The research team warns that the oft-used nickname hides the darker side of oxytocin, and claim that it bears more semblances with the effects of alcohol than previously thought.
Anti-smoking commercials burn out over time The massive, federally funded anti-smoking campaign “Tips From Former Smokers” — “Tips” for short — fizzled more than it popped. That’s the conclusion behind research published this week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by San Diego State University public health researcher John W. Ayers, along with a team of investigators at the Santa [...] The post Anti-smoking commercials burn out over time appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Natural’ sounds improve mood and productivity, study finds Playing natural sounds such as flowing water in offices could boosts worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy, according to a new study from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They will present the results of their experiment at the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held May 18-22, [...] The post ‘Natural’ sounds improve mood and productivity, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Studies examine prevalence of amyloid among adults and its link with cognitive impairment Two studies in the May 19 issue of JAMA analyze the prevalence of the plaque amyloid among adults of varying ages, with and without dementia, and its association with cognitive impairment. Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, with a worldwide prevalence of about 25 million in 2010, expected to be doubled [...] The post Studies examine prevalence of amyloid among adults and its link with cognitive impairment appeared first on PsyPost.
Awe and altruism: Sense of something greater than the self encourages cooperation, study says Inducing a sense of awe in people can promote altruistic, helpful and positive social behavior according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Our investigation indicates that awe, although often fleeting and hard to describe, serves a vital social function. By diminishing the emphasis on the individual self, awe may encourage people to forgo [...] The post Awe and altruism: Sense of something greater than the self encourages cooperation, study says appeared first on PsyPost.
Antidepressants beneficial for women with postnatal depression Antidepressants are associated with better rates of treatment response and remission for women with postnatal depression, when compared to a placebo, according to a new systematic review by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. Reports often focus on the risks of using antidepressants during pregnancy and the postnatal period [...] The post Antidepressants beneficial for women with postnatal depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Text messages can help boost teen birth control compliance Sending teen girls periodic text messages reminding them to follow through on their clinic appointments for periodic birth control injections can go a long way toward improving timing and adherence to contraception in an age group that is notoriously noncompliant, according to a small study from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “Our findings suggest that [...] The post Text messages can help boost teen birth control compliance appeared first on PsyPost.
Estrangement likely when child does not share mother’s values There is a strong bond between mothers and children that when severed is often the result of a difference in values. That is the finding of a new study published online in the Journal of Marriage and Family. Megan Gilligan, lead author and an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State [...] The post Estrangement likely when child does not share mother’s values appeared first on PsyPost.
Persistent nightmares in childhood could be linked to psychotic experiences in later life Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a significant link between the presence of persistent nightmares in childhood and psychotic experiences in later adolescence. In a new paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, a team based at the Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing at Warwick Medical School at the University of [...] The post Persistent nightmares in childhood could be linked to psychotic experiences in later life appeared first on PsyPost.
Nerve cells use each other as maps When nerve cells form in an embryo they do not start off in the right place but have to be guided to their final position by navigating a kind of molecular and cellular “map” in order to function properly. In a recent research study published in Nature Communications neurobiologist Sara Wilson, Umeå University, found that [...] The post Nerve cells use each other as maps appeared first on PsyPost.
Does Your Partner Want the Same Relationship that You... The first question that partners in a relationship need to answer is whether or not they share a similar vision  for their relationship. This is true whether the partners are making … ...