|Best of Our Blogs: May 15, 2015
||I’ve had a lifelong battle with expressing myself when it matters most. It’s always been easier to hide behind my true thoughts by nodding, staying quiet and pretending to be agreeable. But life doesn’t favor conformity. It doesn’t bring out the brass band for copy cats. … ...
|… You might have ADHD
||You know you can’t just say you have ADHD, right? In fact, if you go around saying it without having a valid diagnosis, there’s a chance you’ll upset someone who … ...
|We’re happy and we know it, and now the research shows it
||If you have a spring in your step and a smile on your face, you’re in good company. Americans are generally a pretty happy bunch, according to a new study that aims to further our collective understanding of happiness and its root causes. With age comes happiness. Beginning with 30- to 34-year-olds, every age group gets progressively happier than the general population, peaking among those aged 65 and older.
|Returning Home After College: Unexpected Benefits
||If you are returning home after college or you are a parent with a graduate returning home—You are not alone. According to Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, who developed the theory and … ...
||It should come as no surprise that athletics is ready to jump on the grit-wagon. Is it ready for the bright lights of big time athletics?
||Stopping Stress/Distress Using the Power of The “Observer” Recognizing distress, and having an awareness of how intense your pain is, without running is the beginning of managing it. With that … ...
|WATCH: Odd things scientists have seen in the brain — and how they saw them
||Sometimes things get a little weird in fMRI machines.
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|Astrocytes play a key role in bodily functions we undertake ‘without thinking’
||Chewing, breathing, and other regular bodily functions that we undertake “without thinking” actually do require the involvement of our brain, but the question of how the brain programs such regular functions intrigues scientists. A team lead by Arlette Kolta, a professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Dentistry, has shown that astrocytes play a [...]
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|Smaller volumes in certain regions of the brain could lead to increased likelihood of drug addiction
||An article published online in Brain: A Journal of Neurology has found that individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their drug use compared with those who did not, showed brain structural differences when they started using drugs. In [...]
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|New research suggests belief in afterlife preserves hope when thinking about death
||The prospect of death does not necessarily leave people feeling hopelessly mortal but depends rather on afterlife belief, suggests new research from psychologists at the University of Kent. Dr Arnaud Wisman and Dr Nathan Heflick, of the University’s School of Psychology, set out to establish in four separate studies whether people lose hope when thinking [...]
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|The effect of incentives on the evolution of cooperation
||Social dilemmas, in which an individual profits from selfishness, unless the whole group chooses the selfish option, have long provided an academic challenge. A new study publishing in PLOS Computational Biology theoretically analyzes the effects of incentives and meta-incentives on resolving social dilemmas. Soka University researcher Dr Isamu Okada and colleagues devise and analyze a [...]
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|Blue and black, or white and gold? Three perspectives on ‘The Dress’
||When you look at this photograph, what colors are the dress? Some see blue and black stripes, others see white and gold stripes. This striking variation took the internet by storm in February; now Current Biology is publishing three short papers on why the image is seen differently by different observers, and what this tells [...]
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|Do fruit flies have emotions?
||A fruit fly starts buzzing around food at a picnic, so you wave your hand over the insect and shoo it away. But when the insect flees the scene, is it doing so because it is actually afraid? Using fruit flies to study the basic components of emotion, a new Caltech study reports that a [...]
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|Study finds those who believe in pure evil support more harsh criminal punishments
||Our belief in pure evil influences our feelings about capital punishment, finds a Kansas State University psychology study. Donald Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences and 2015-2016 Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholars, looked at how beliefs in pure evil influenced how people treated those who committed crimes. He recently completed the study with Russell [...]
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|Study: Anti-poverty intervention provides sustained boost to incomes and wealth
||An anti-poverty program tested extensively on three continents has produced sustained gains in individuals’ income, wealth, and well-being, according to a study published today in the journal Science. The program provides very poor people with productive assets, such as livestock, as well as job training, life-skills coaching, and health information. Known as the “Graduation” program, [...]
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|Perspective-taking difficulties diminished when autistic and psychosis tendencies balance
||Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shed new light on the relationship between autistic tendencies and psychosis proneness in neurotypical adults. If a similar pattern were found in people diagnosed with these conditions, their findings would suggest that a co-occurrence of both conditions might balance, and diminish problems associated with perspective-taking difficulties. The study, [...]
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|Keys for a healthy relationship: Accepting the Influence of Your Partner
||Did you know that only 31% of a couple’s major areas of continuing disagreements are about resolvable issues? The other 69% of the time, couple’s conflict will be invested in unresolvable perpetual problems. This was one of the findings of a 35 year longitudinal study of 677 couples conducted by Dr John Gottman. Is it […]
|3 Helpful Things to Say to Your Stressed Out Teen
||Being a teenager is just plain hard, but you can make it easier. As adults, we sometimes forget that being a teenager comes with some really big stresses. Reflecting back to my teen years, I remember the huge weight I felt on my shoulders as … ...
|A Lesson From Junior High Exile
||The inner voice is both symptom and salve, partly indicating what you believe about yourself and partly indoctrinating you into a way of thinking, as I discovered during in a middle school library long ago.
|Proactive Intervention for Psychosis
||It is quite possible that academic, social and vocational activity, early in the emergence of psychotic symptoms, can provide a buffer against continuation of a path toward this type of psychopathology. The adolescent who is encouraged and integrated with his peers in terms of these activities may not develop schizophrenia.