|Three Reasons We Disclose Too Much Information to Strangers
||Have you ever told intimate details of your life to a stranger on a plane? Does your hair stylist know your whole life story? Why do we disclose so much personal information to complete strangers? Here are 3 surprising psychological reasons.
|Better understanding of links between pain, anxiety reveals treatment opportunities
||Anxiety is common in people suffering from chronic pain, and people with anxiety are more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Now researchers have found the biological basis for this link in the connections between neurons in a brain region known as the anterior cingulate cortex. Better yet, they have identified a molecule that can reduce chronic pain-related anxiety.
|Molecules involved in Alzheimer's have a role in weakening of connections between neurons
||Molecules that are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease are important players in a process called long-term depression (LTD), researchers have discovered. LTD is a process through which the strength of synapses, the connections between neurons, is selectively reduced. This new research suggests improperly regulated LTD could cause the degeneration of the connections between neurons that is a core feature of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
|‘Do’ is better than ‘don’t’ when it comes to eating better
||Tell your child or spouse what they can eat and not what they can’t. Telling your child to eat an apple so they stay healthy will work better than telling them not to eat the cookie because it will make them fat. A new Cornell discovery shows that “Don’t” messages don’t work for most of us. [...]
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|Weak electric current to the brain may improve thinking in people with schizophrenia
||Lightly stimulating the brain with electricity may improve short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The procedure, known as transcranial direct current stimulation, involves placing sponge-covered electrodes on the head and passing a weak electrical current between them. It is widely [...]
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|Girls receive conflicting career messages from media, new research shows
||Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University. For the study, 100 girls and 76 boys ages 14 to 18 were shown [...]
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|Infatuation, Temptation? How To Think Less About That Person
||You meet someone new and attractive. Temptation strikes. Perhaps you’re a little infatuated. The eye looks and the mind wanders. You find your thoughts keep returning to the encounter and the possibility for romance, sex, or a relationship. But if you’re already in a committed and happy relationship, you may not want those thoughts. How can you stop those thoughts?
|How much is fair? Researchers use game theory to examine income inequality
||The increasing inequality in income and wealth in recent years, together with excessive pay packages of CEOs in the U.S. and abroad, is of growing concern, especially to policy makers. Income inequality was identified as the #1 Top 10 Challenging Trends at the 2015 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos last January. Columbia Engineering [...]
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|Infatuation, Temptation? How Think Less About That Person
||You meet someone new and attractive. Temptation strikes. Perhaps you’re a little infatuated. The eye looks and the mind wanders. You find your thoughts keep returning to the encounter and the possibility for romance, sex, or relationship. But if you’re already in a committed and happy relationship, you may not want those thoughts. How can you stop those thoughts?
|Brain scans show we prefer low-alcohol wines
||There are many factors that influence consumers to buy a certain wine, including the brand, price, origin, and taste. Recently, winemakers have begun shifting toward making wines with a higher alcohol content– but new research suggests this might not be the best idea. A team of researchers in California set out to explore this question. Published [...]
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|Strength-based parenting improves children’s resilience and stress levels
||In a groundbreaking study published recently in the Journal Psychology, Professor Lea Waters from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education outlines how children can draw on their personal strengths to cope with the demands that lead to stress. “While some stress such as toxic stress caused by a long lasting intense negative experience can have [...]
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|On being “strong”
||In the mental illness world there are words tossed around like “brave,” like “strong.” And, yes, I am stronger and braver than perhaps I have ever been since this illness … ...
|Imaging test may identify biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease
||Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new study published in the journal Radiology. “Alzheimer’s is a gray matter disease,” said Federica Agosta, M.D., Ph.D., co-author of the study conducted at the Neuroimaging Research [...]
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|Good without god? Researchers find millennials are by far the least religious generation
||In what may be the largest study ever conducted on changes in Americans’ religious involvement, researchers led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge found that millennials are the least religious generation of the last six decades, and possibly in the nation’s history. The researchers — including Ramya Sastry from SDSU, Julie [...]
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|The atom of human thought: Study finds analogical abilities precede language
||When Niels Bohr hypothesised his model of atom with the electrons orbiting the nucleus just like satellites orbit a planet, he was engaging in analogical reasoning. Bohr transferred to atoms the concept of “a body orbiting another”, that is, he transferred a relation between objects to other, new objects. Analogical reasoning is an extraordinary ability [...]
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|The devil effect: Homely men who misbehave can’t win for losing
||Women tolerate an unattractive man up to a point, but beware if he misbehaves. Then they’ll easily shun him. So says Jeremy Gibson and Jonathan Gore of the Eastern Kentucky University in the U.S., after finding that a woman’s view of a man is influenced by how handsome and law-abiding he is. Their study in [...]
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|Zebrafish model gives new insight on autism spectrum disorder
||Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately two percent of people around the world. Although several genes have been linked to multiple concurring conditions of ASD, the process that explains how specific genetic variants lead to behaviors characteristic of the disorder remains elusive. Now, researchers are utilizing animal models to understand [...]
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|Beware of Anxiety Scams on the Internet
||Anxiety affects 40 million Americans. When there is that big of a market, you can rest assured that there will be scams claiming to be able to treat it. How are you supposed to scrutinize and evaluate the many different anxiety websites out there? Which … ...
|Hallucinations and delusions more common than thought
||Hallucinations and delusions in the general population are more common than previously thought, according to research published in JAMA Psychiatry. An international study led by The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School found that hearing voices and seeing things others cannot impacts about five per cent of the general population at some point in [...]
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|Five Ways to Deal with Anger
||Once we understand why we get mad, we can start to understand how to use our anger in the best possible way.