|Sampling error’s more dangerous friend
||As the UK election results roll in, one of the big shocks is the discrepancy between the pre-election polls and the results. All the pollsters agreed that it would be incredibly close, and they were all wrong. What gives? Some essential psych 101 concepts come in useful here. Polls rely on sampling – the basic […]
|Mindfulness For Anxiety and Depression
||Mindfulness For Bipolar There are numerous research studies that support the use of Mindfulness techniques to treat depression, anxiety, and bipolar mood swings. The use of Mindfulness techniques in therapy … ...
|Emotional Ideologies: my piece in the Guardian
||We vote out of passion and not out of reasoning
|Why Are We Attracted to Dominant Partners?
||Are you attracted to a romantic partner who is assertive and take charge? Or do you prefer someone less dominant? Your answer is likely to depend on your gender and personality. Women may prefer dominant “bad boys”, but some men prefer “bad girls”, and different women have very different reasons for seeking dominant partners. While other women may seek just the opposite.
|Going It Alone
|| Not many people are lucky enough to have a support network that is there for you all the time. Friends, family, co-workers, even therapists, psychiatrists and support groups get … ...
|You are Good Enough
||What if deep down inside we are all really okay? What if those insecurities we feel are bigger to us than to everyone else? What if those faults that keep knocking us down day after day after day really aren’t what define us? What if … ...
|Epilepsy drug levetiracetam could help treat Alzheimer’s disease
||University of British Columbia researchers say a new epilepsy drug holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, published today in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, reinforce the theory that brain hyperexcitability plays an important role in Alzheimer’s disease, and that anticonvulsant drugs — drugs that prevent or reduce the severity of seizures — [...]
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|Study identifies the region of the brain responsible for seasonal affective disorder
||During the short, dreary days of winter, do you feel tired and oversleep, tend to be depressed and irritable and have trouble concentrating, but once spring comes you feel just fine? If so, you may be one of the 4 to 6 percent of the American public who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a [...]
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|Study shows that children sleep better when they have a nightly bedtime routine
||A multinational study suggests that having a regular bedtime routine is associated with better sleep in young children up to 6 years of age, and the positive impact on sleep increases with the consistency of the nightly routine. Participants included 10,085 mothers from 14 countries reported that less than 50 percent of their infants, toddlers [...]
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|Researchers identify potential cause of schizophrenic symptoms
||Schizophrenia affects millions of people worldwide but the cause of its wide-ranging symptoms remains largely unknown. At Brandeis University, researchers believe they have discovered an abnormality in the schizophrenic brain that could be responsible for many of the disease’s symptoms and could provide a drug target for therapeutic treatments. Led by John Lisman, the Zalman [...]
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|Potential new painkiller provides longer lasting effects
||Medications have long been used to treat pain caused by injury or chronic conditions. Unfortunately, most are short-term fixes or cause side effects that limit their use. Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a new compound that offers longer lasting painkilling effects, and shows promise as an alternative to current anesthetics. “Because of [...]
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|Alzheimer protein’s structure may explain its toxicity
||Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have determined the molecular structure of one of the proteins in the fine fibers of the brain plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. This molecule, called amyloid beta-42, is toxic to nerve cells and is believed to provoke the disease cascade. The study is online [...]
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|Research shows sleep loss impedes decision making in crisis
||The difference between life and death in the operating room, on the battlefield or during a police shootout often comes down to the ability to adapt to the unexpected. Sleep deprivation may make it difficult to do so, according to a Washington State University study published this month in the journal Sleep. For the first [...]
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|Light in sight: A step towards a potential therapy for acquired blindness
||Hereditary blindness caused by a progressive degeneration of the light-sensing cells in the eye, the photoreceptors, affects millions of people worldwide. Although the light-sensing cells are lost, cells in deeper layers of the retina, which normally cannot sense light, remain intact. A promising new therapeutic approach based on a technology termed “optogenetics” is to introduce [...]
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|5 Ways an Extrovert Can Thrive
||Extroverts often get a hard wrap. They are exuberant and outgoing, and when this is not managed it can leave other people (especially introverts!) feeling bulldozed and drained off all their energy. That being said, extroverts are movers and shakers; the life of the party and the welcoming arm to the new person who just […]
|Are Sibling Battles Hurting Your Kids’ Mental Health?...
||“He hit me!” “Who said you could wear that?” “Make her leave me alone!” Such is the soundtrack of most parents’ lives, and to a certain degree, we shrug it … ...
|Family: The Days Are Long, But the Years Are Short
||When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?” “They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.” But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle … ...
|Where does fear come from?
||The word “fear” has some dreadful connotations; in fact, no matter how you would use the word, it always seems to carry a negative message. Most people experience fear throughout … ...
|More Creative Ways to Manage Sadness and Anxiety
||On Tuesday, in this post, I shared seven ways we can navigate sadness and anxiety from Lee Crutchley’s new book How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A … ...
|The Wrong Way to Get People to Do the Right Thing
||It may seem a matter of hard-headed realism to emphasize "enlightened self-interest" (rather than altruism) in our efforts to promote individual acts of caring or to justify spending public funds to address infant mortality or spousal abuse. But this approach, just like rewarding children when they do nice things, is counterproductive over the long haul.