|How to Figure Out Which Man is Best for You
||Last week’s cartoon was about how true love and food are connected, and how to get someone to propose. For any cartoon you enjoy, you’re invited to share it anyplace … ...
|Infant brains develop years faster than we thought
||A key element of infant brain development occurs years earlier than previously thought, research has shown. The way we perceive faces -- using the right hemisphere of the brain -- is unique and sets us apart from non-human primates. It was thought that this ability develops as we learn to read, but a new study shows that in babies as young as four months it is already highly evolved.
|Genetic causes of cerebral palsy trump birth causes
||Cerebral palsy has an even stronger genetic cause than previously thought, leading researchers to call for an end to unnecessary caesareans and arbitrary litigation against obstetric staff.
|Neuroimaging findings generally nondiagnostic in children and adolescents with sports-related concussions
||Researchers examined neuroimaging studies obtained in children and adolescents with sports-related concussions and found that the images appeared normal in 78% of cases. Although usually nondiagnostic, occasionally such studies can be useful in guiding decisions about return to play.
|What Thync Looks & Feels Like
||Thync is a wearable device that is meant to impact your brain waves. In its release incarnation, it has various programs that are meant to make you either feel more calm, or feel like you have more energy. I wrote about my initial reactions to … ...
|Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk, Part 2
||In this second part of my interview with Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert, he refutes common myths about meditation (e.g., restless minds can’t meditate; a practice of non-attachment results in a zombie-like, passionless life). He also offers helpful tips to engage your “monkey mind” (that internal noise!).
|BRAINSTORMING: June Is Brain Awareness Month: NEW TECH Brain...
||The passing of May 31st brings to a close another awesome year of Mental Health Awareness (Month). Now don’t sit too long advocates, as we all know, awareness happens all … ...
|Is Parental Anxiety Contagious? Findings and Strategies...
||Researchers recently asked the same question using the Swedish Twin study in which they assessed whether an adolescent’s anxiety was transmitted by genetic or environmental factors. The study included 385 … ...
|| Healing by Laughing Is Laughter Good Medicine? Have you ever simply felt better after having a good laugh? Although until very recently, we did not have any reported, … ...
|Extra love and support doesn’t make up for being a helicopter parent
||It’s time for helicopter parents to land and stay grounded. New research by professors at Brigham Young University revealed that parental warmth cannot neutralize the consequences of helicopter parenting. Additionally, a lack of warmth makes the negative effects worse. Such negative effects include lower self-worth and higher risk behavior, such as binge drinking. “From our [...]
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|Research highlights link between neighborhood and partner violence
||People who had more social support, including trust and a sense of belonging, were less likely to experience emotional or verbal abuse while in a relationship, said a study published today in the American Journal of Community Psychology. This new research also suggests people who were living in a neighbourhood without many social and economic [...]
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|Researchers seek to explain the Flynn effect — the worldwide rise in IQ over time
||In 1984, the first systematic account of IQ changes in the general population was published indicating increasing scores in the US general population. This phenomenon which has become widely known as the “Flynn effect” has been puzzling to the scientific community. Specifically, trajectories of IQ changes over time and possible reasons for gains have been [...]
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|Does aging affect decision making?
||Aging is associated with significant decline in cognitive functions. But does this translate into poorer decision making? Psychologists from the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development report that in simple decision situations, older adults perform just as well as younger adults. However, according to their study published in the academic [...]
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|#152: Self-Discipline as a Family Value
||Carlos Lorenzo via Compfight When it comes to effective parenting self-discipline and restraint have got to be core values—high on any list. When we think of self-discipline we think of … ...
|Are You Tired of Being Judged?
||We are being bombarded with implicit and explicit judgments in our professional and personal lives. Does constant evaluation take a toll on our psychological well-being?
|Get Mindful: 10 Ways to Live in the Present
||Having trouble living in the present moment? Here are 10 ways to ground yourself in the now: 1. Ask. As always, ask. Ask the universe, ask your higher self. Ask a divine power if you believe in one. Ask for help to get present. 2. … ...
|7 Reasons for Gay & Lesbian Couples to Celebrate
||Rainbow weddings and "Mr. & Mr." or "Mrs. & Mrs." events are a growing phenomenon -- but keeping the relationship strong is equally challenging regardless of the gender identity of the couple!
|Study analyzes link between psychotropic drugs and homicide
||A study analysing the Finnish homicide and prescription drug databases discovered that the use of certain drugs that affect the central nervous system are associated with an increased risk of committing a homicide. The greatest risk was associated with the use of painkillers and tranquillizing benzodiazepines, while anti-depressants were linked only to a slightly elevated [...]
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|People more likely to cheat as they become more economically dependent on their spouses
||Both men and women are more likely to cheat on their spouses the more economically dependent they are on them, according to a new study. “You would think that people would not want to ‘bite the hand that feeds them’ so to speak, but that is not what my research shows,” said study author Christin [...]
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|Poor sleep linked to toxic buildup of Alzheimer’s protein, memory loss
||Sleep may be a missing piece in the Alzheimer’s disease puzzle. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found compelling evidence that poor sleep – particularly a deficit of the deep, restorative slumber needed to hit the save button on memories – is a channel through which the beta-amyloid protein believed to trigger Alzheimer’s [...]
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