|Heavy snoring, sleep apnea may signal earlier memory and thinking decline
||Heavy snoring and sleep apnea may be linked to memory and thinking decline at an earlier age, according to a new study published in the April 15, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The research also suggests that treating the disorders with a breathing machine may delay [...]
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|Recovery from Cybersex Addiction: Part Three – Tips on...
||As discussed in my previous posting to this site and in my recently published book, Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age, coauthored with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, the … ...
|Trusting Your Instincts to Be Creative
||Being creative, realizing our talents and crafting a fulfilling life involve self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. Many artists, psychologists and others refer to access … ...
|Meditation For Depression And Anxiety
||Balancing With Meditation Meditation is beginning to receive credibility as a viable approach to decreasing depression. Research on the effects of mediation on depression has been an ongoing process for … ...
|How To Know When It's Time To Let Go
||There are times in life when we have to decide whether its moral to give up our dreams and hopes to take care of someone else. Parents find the choice easier. But what if you're not the mother and the person won't--not can't--take care of themselves? This fable shows that all of have choices, and only we--not the other person--can make this personal decision for us.
|Social factors may not be necessary to produce or explain conformity
||Behavioral conformity has been studied extensively and is commonly explained in terms of social pressure or impact. Surprisingly, however, recent research by Leiden psychologists Diana Kim and Bernhard Hommel suggests that social factors may not be necessary to produce or explain conformity. According to their study, published in Psychological Science, people may simply confuse memories [...]
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|The future is now: Reining in procrastination
||Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year’s resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. “The simplified message that we learned in these studies is if the future doesn’t feel imminent, then, even if it’s [...]
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|Mixing energy drinks, alcohol tied to abusive drinking in teens
||Expanding what we know about college students mixing alcohol with energy drinks, investigators from Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center found teens aged 15-17 years old who had ever mixed alcohol with energy drinks were four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder than a teen who has tried alcohol but never [...]
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|Finding Meaning Through Mental Time Travel
||Imagine returning to the home where you grew up, opening the door, and walking right back into your childhood or youth? What would you learn about yourself and your life story? How would you live your life differently today?
|Parent training reduces serious behavioral problems in children with autism
||Young children with autism spectrum disorder, who also have serious behavioral problems, showed improved behavior when their parents were trained with specific, structured strategies to manage tantrums, aggression, self-injury, and non-compliance. The findings from this parent training study by Yale and Emory University researchers were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association [...]
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|3 Ladies in a Bar and Osama bin Laden
||Last week’s cartoon was about the dating diet: a worst-case scenario, if he doesn’t call when he said he would. For any cartoon you enjoy, you’re invited to share it … ...
|Social Media and the Illusion of Being in Touch...
||My husband recently deleted all his Facebook friends who he hadn’t seen or heard from in the last 10 years. If you haven’t reached your late 20s yet, that might sound unimaginable. Trust me, one day there will be connections on social media that you … ...
|Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to cognitive impairments in astronauts
||What happens to an astronaut’s brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It’s besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study appearing in the May 1 edition of Science Advances. Charles Limoli and colleagues found that exposure to highly energetic charged particles – much like those [...]
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|Majority of older adults willing to be screened by telephone for dementia
||Nearly two-thirds of older adults were willing to undergo telephone screening for dementia, according to a new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Willingness to be screened by phone did not differ by sex, age or race. The researchers found that the two most significant predictors of willingness [...]
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|Spike activity 01-05-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: IT News reports on a serious proposal to have Australian kids exams marked by artificial intelligence. First results from psychology’s largest reproducibility project according to Nature. Maybe bad news, maybe not-so-bad news – read the full piece for the devil and the detail. The […]
|If Satan Talked To You Backwards, Could You Actually Understand Him?
||So the Dark Lord is talking to you backwards through the medium of your favorite record. What message could you get from this speech? Find out, and listen to some “backmasked” messages....
|Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to dementia-like cognitive impairments
||What happens to an astronaut's brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It's besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a radiation oncology study. Exposure to highly energetic charged particles -- much like those found in the galactic cosmic rays that bombard astronauts during extended spaceflights -- cause significant damage to the central nervous system, resulting in cognitive impairments.
|Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk, Part 1
||You may have heard the expression “monkey mind,” which refers to the way that our minds are all over the place. To learn more about how to be present with the inner chaos, I turned to Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert.
|Announcement: A Crash Course on Gender Differences
||Is she so different than him?
|Mother's Day for Those Raised by Narcissistic Parents
||Mother’s Day is approaching. Is it time to run and hide or stumble into a Hallmark store to desperately search for that empty card that says nothing upon which you simply sign your name? How sad, awful, taboo, and misunderstood this is for adult children raised by narcissistic parents. Who woulda thunk it?