|Sex ed works better when it addresses power in relationships
||Educators and researchers say that sex education should include discussions about relationships, gender and power dynamics.
|Evidence that electronic cigarettes are effective for smoking cessation long-term is lacking
||There is little reliable evidence that electronic cigarettes are effective for long-term smoking cessation, according to a new analysis of the currently available research which was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. “While e-cigarettes have been shown to significantly improve abstinence at 1 month compared with placebo, no such evidence is available [...]
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|In the mind of a drone
||Longreads has an excellent article on the psychology of drone warfare that looks at this particularly modern form of air-to-ground combat from many, thought-provoking angles. These include the effect of humanless warfare, how suicide bombers are being dronified, how reducing the risk to soldiers might make civilians a more inviting target, whether remote-drone-pilot PTSD is […]
|7 Mindful Ways To Stay In Touch with Your...
||Are you concerned that your work life is taking too much time away from your relationship? Have you ever felt like the person you are dating is a complete stranger? … ...
|How to Stop Suffering from Painful Emotions
||All of us experience pain. This pain might stem from losing a loved one, losing a job, ending a relationship, being in a car accident or undergoing any other kind of trauma or situation. Pain is inevitable. It is part of being human. Often, however, … ...
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|How to Be Empathetic
||“All you ever wants to do is try to fix things.” “You just don't get it.” Judgments like these and countless others verbalized or thought in the context of interpersonal relationships point to one popular problem: the lack of empathy for the other. This blog provides nine guidelines for addressing this block to successful relationships.
|Spike activity 15-05-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: What does fMRI measure? Excellent fMRI primer on the Brain Box blog. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent profile of neuroscientist Sophie Scott and her research understanding laughter. Time has a piece on how rappers are de-stigmatising mental illness. A brilliant review of […]
|Narcissist or Sociopath in Your Life? Four Essential Answers...
||Readers’ Comments on PsychCentral: “Such a pity that escape (divorce) seems to be the only viable outcome. I’ve had to divorce my wife, but she still controls the minds of … ...
|5 Books to Help You Deal with Work Drama
||If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of office drama, you know a toxic work environment and company politics can be instant energy drainers. Perhaps the tension in your workplace takes the form of a gossip-mongering co-worker, a bullying boss who flies into a … ...
|Kids likely to sleepwalk if parents have history of nocturnal strolls
||More than 60 percent of children developed sleepwalking when both their parents were sleepwalkers in a study among children born in the Canadian province of Quebec, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Sleepwalking is a common childhood sleep disorder that usually disappears during adolescence, although it can persist or appear in adulthood. [...]
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|Childhood bullying causes worse long-term mental health problems than maltreatment
||A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry shows that children who have been bullied by peers suffer worse in the longer term than those who have been maltreated by adults. The research is led by Professor Dieter Wolke from Warwick’s Department of Psychology and Warwick Medical School. The study was presented at the Pediatric Academic [...]
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|Discovery of an unexpected function of a protein linked to neurodegenerative diseases
||Until today, the proteins known as ubiquitin receptors have been associated mainly with protein degradation, a basic cell cleaning process. A new function now described for the protein dDsk2 by the team headed by Ferran Azorín, group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and CSIC research professor, links ubiquitin receptors for [...]
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|Framing time in days instead of years could spur action toward goals
||People starting to plan for retirement or other big goals should pull out a calculator and multiply the years ahead by 365. Measuring time in days instead of months, or months instead of years, can make future events seem closer and thus more urgent, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of [...]
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|Bats use both sides of brain to listen — just like humans
||Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and American University have shown that, like humans, mustached bats use the left and right sides of their brains to process different aspects of sounds. Aside from humans, no other animal that has been studied, not even monkeys or apes, has proved to use such hemispheric specialization for sound [...]
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|New study shows how artificial activation of brain circuit can remove feelings of hunger
||Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows that it’s no fun to feel hungry. In fact, the drive to tame gnawing hunger pangs can sabotage even the best-intentioned dieter. But how exactly is it that fasting creates these uncomfortable feelings – and consuming food takes them away? Working to unravel the complex wiring [...]
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|Giving books to kids before summer break can stem reading losses
||It’s common knowledge among teachers that when students return to school after the long summer break, they likely will have lost some academic ground — a phenomenon known as “summer slide.” A new study, presented on Saturday, April 25 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego, shows that giving students books [...]
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|Lack of safety at school and poverty linked to childhood obesity
||A lack of safety at school is one of the correlates of childhood obesity, say researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Research Centre at CHU Sainte Justine children’s hospital. “Childhood obesity is caused and sustained by a complex range of factors. Our research reveals a complex intertwining of feelings of being unsafe [...]
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|How to Awaken Your Soul After a Broken Heart
||“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” — Cynthia Occelli There are no two ways about it. Heartbreak … ...
|Dating with Mental Illness
||If you’ve read the previous blog, you know that I was confronted by stigma once again. Two ladies at a live music show acted like I had some horrible contagious … ...