|Spike activity 12-06-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times has a fascinating piece about the three waves of ancient peoples who arrived in Europe to found the modern population. I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that the UK Government are deliberately side-lining their own scientific advisors to implement […]
|Homosexual Identity and Early-Life Trauma/Development
|| Can you remember the days when The American Psychiatric Association labeled homosexuality as a mental illness? I can, as can just about anyone over the age of 50, as … ...
|Study: rape prevention training works, cuts sex assault risk
||Canadian study shows that a program that teaches college women ways to prevent sexual assault cut in half the chances they would be raped over the next year.
|How Would You Like to be Assessed?
||How would you like to be evaluated at school? Which of the many methods gives the best insight into you effort and ability?
|Nearly half of African-American women know someone in prison
||African-American adults — particularly women — are much more likely to know or be related to someone behind bars than whites, according to the first national estimates of Americans’ ties to prisoners. The research, led by Hedwig Lee, University of Washington associate professor of sociology, reveals the racial inequality wrought by the U.S. prison boom, [...]
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|Exercise with a physiotherapist helps people with depression
||Exercise has a positive effect on depression – so reveals a dissertation written at the Sahlgrenska Academy. In at study at the Sahlgrenska Academy, the researcher evaluated exercise as add-on therapy to medicating with antidepressants. The study divided 62 individuals with diagnosed clinical depression into three groups, in which two participated in two different types [...]
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|Half of veterans who died from opioid overdoses also received benzos
||In a recent study, nearly half of all veterans who died from drug overdoses while prescribed opioids for pain were also receiving benzodiazepines, or benzos, which are common medications for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and alcohol withdrawal. Veterans prescribed higher doses of benzodiazepines while concurrently receiving opioids were at greater risk of overdose death [...]
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|Study: In science vs. religion debate, Francis Collins is more effective than Richard Dawkins
||People are more likely to be influenced by a scientist who believes in harmony between religion and science than a scientist who sees the two in conflict, according to new research published in the journal Public Understanding of Science. Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss — these are among [...]
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|Being Vulnerable To Be Creative
||“We too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.” Brené Brown adds, “In our culture, we associate vulnerability … ...
|11 Helpful Tips from the Parent of a Self-Harmer
||When my children were young I read parenting books, the ones that explained how to train your child to sleep through the night and offered strategies for dealing with temper tantrums. When my children entered adolescence I studied parenting books that demonstrated how to talk … ...
|5 Ways to Keep Big Goals from Spoiling Everyday...
||What happens when achieving that big goal feels like a big letdown? Keep your eye on the goal? Visualize your win? That’s the secret to success, yes? But what if you don’t exactly feel the “thrill of victory” after the big win? What if success … ...
|Context Is the New Black
||The New Yorker has one of the best articles I’ve ever read on the Stanford prison experiment – the notorious and mythologised study that probably doesn’t tell us that we ‘all have the potential to be monsters’. It’s a study that’s often taught as one of the cornerstones of psychology and like many foundational stories, […]
|Scientists discover Scrabble experts use more of their brain to solve word puzzles
||New research shows that when deciding whether a group of letters is or is not a word, experts in the board game Scrabble rely more on brain regions not typically used for word recognition. This study, conducted by Andrea Protzner and colleagues at the University of Calgary, Canada, is the first to show the particular [...]
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|New vision on amygdala after study on testosterone and fear
||The activity of the emotion centres in the brain – the amygdalae – is influenced by motivation rather than by the emotions themselves. This can be concluded from research carried out into the hormone testosterone. Testosterone increases amygdala activity in a person who is approaching a socially threatening situation and decreases the activity when such a situation is avoided. It was already known that the amygdala response to images of angry faces was stronger in a person who had received testosterone. This new study shows that this only happens when people approach angry faces and not when they avoid them.
|Cell density remains constant as brain shrinks with age
||New, ultra-high-field magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain provide the most detailed images to date to show that while the brain shrinks with age, brain cell density remains constant.
|Do You Have Body Dysmorphia?
||I am just one guy out of many men and women who struggles with Body Dysmorphic Disorder( BDD), a condition that often begins in adolescence and affects as many as 1–2% of the population. For potentially millions of Americans, depression, addiction, steroid abuse, eating disorders, … ...
|5 Tips for Introverts for Replenishing Your Energy
||As an introvert, you’re more likely to enjoy a small get-together than a roaring party. You prefer stillness and solitude. Social interactions tend to take a lot out of you, leaving you exhausted and drained. As Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, author of the book Quiet Influence: … ...
|The Psychology of Web Browsing
||Understanding the human need for control offers a powerful tool for enhancing customer experience. I recently helped one of the world’s largest and most influential news organizations analyze their website. They were trying to push video content by having it load automatically on their homepage.The extensive efforts to push the content created the opposite reaction..
|‘Duck Dynasty’ Stars Reveal Past Abuse, Eating Disorders and...
||We watch people on television without truly ever knowing how hard their lives might be. Duck Dynasty star, Jep Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, are shedding some light on their … ...
|Gary Vaynerchuk Says In-Person Meetings Are Essential
||In the digital age, social-media marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk says in-person meetings are essential....