|Why We Get Such Dumb Advice about Love, Money & Health
||Does not every teenager already know you should comb your hair and look for a kind, suitable partner? What kind of dumb advice is this?
|Middle-aged adults lacking vivid memories: Living life in the third person
||Imagine living a healthy, normal life without the ability to re-experience in your mind personal events from your past. You have learned details about past episodes from your life and can recite these to family and friends, but you can't mentally travel back in time to imagine yourself in any of them. Cognitive scientists had a rare opportunity to examine three middle-aged adults who essentially live their lives in the 'third person.'
|New guideline advises when to treat a first seizure
||A new guideline found that administering an antiepileptic medication immediately after a first seizure reduces the risk of having another seizure within two years.
|Self-affirmations may calm jitters and boost performance, research finds
||When the stakes are high, people in positions of low power may perform better by using self-affirmations to boost their confidence, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. “Most people have experienced a time in their lives when they aren’t performing up to their potential. They take a test [...]
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|Young women objectify themselves more while browsing Facebook
||Though it is widely believed that the media objectifies women, women further diminish themselves by constantly comparing their bodies to others’. Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will compare their appearances more frequently to photos in magazines and on Facebook, finds a new [...]
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|Research finds text messages a good way to support mothers with postpartum depression
||A Saint Louis University research paper published online March 16 in JMIR Mental Health explores the feasibility of helping low-income mothers through postpartum depression using text messages. Corresponding author Matthew A. Broom, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University and SLUCare physician at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, formed the Happy Mothers, Healthy Families [...]
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|Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says
||For decades, frustrated parents and teachers have barked at fidgety children with ADHD to “Sit still and concentrate!” But new research shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how they remember information [...]
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|Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air, say scientists
||Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist Dr Marianna Obrist, Lecturer at the Department of Informatics, has pinpointed how next-generation technologies can stimulate different areas of the hand to convey feelings of, [...]
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|Science of learning can help parents, developers grade educational apps
||New apps developed for children come online every day and many of them are marketed or labeled as “educational” – but how can we tell which of these thousands of apps will actually help children learn? A comprehensive new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, integrates research [...]
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|Study shows early environment has a lasting impact on stress response systems
||New University of Washington research finds that children’s early environments have a lasting impact on their responses to stress later in life, and that the negative effects of deprived early environments can be mitigated — but only if that happens before age 2. Published April 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the [...]
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|Drugs stimulate body’s own stem cells to replace brain cells lost in multiple sclerosis
||A pair of topical medicines already alleviating skin conditions each may prove to have another, even more compelling use: instructing stem cells in the brain to reverse damage caused by multiple sclerosis. Led by researchers at Case Western Reserve, a multi-institutional team used a new discovery approach to identify drugs that could activate mouse and [...]
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|Early environment has a lasting impact on stress response systems, study shows
||Children raised in Romanian orphanages had blunted stress response systems, a study shows, while children placed with foster parents before the age of 2 showed stress responses similar to those of children raised in typical families.
|Using Social Media to Glimpse Our Past Selves
||It’s the summer of 2005. My friend and I are lounging at a public pool during one of those sweltering July afternoons. Before we immerse ourselves in the water, feeling the coolness of chlorine on our skin, we decide to dedicate a decent amount of … ...
|The Advantage of Quitting
||Giving up frustrating goals creates opportunities.
|What Seinfeld Understood About Motivation and Psychology
||There aren’t many life lessons that haven’t been covered in Seinfeld: in the show’s nine year run it covered difficult parents, relationships, alternate-side parking, muffin tops, shower pressure, and the ethics of double dipping—to name a few. But Jerry Seinfeld, the real person, had another life lesson to offer off the air to one aspiring comic.
|You Can't Fix Everything
||I’m much more at peace since I stopped trying to fix everyone’s life, including my own. It’s making it easier to take those unfixable moments in stride and to appreciate happiness and joy when they happen to come my way.
|Why I Can't, or Why Can't I?
||Our beliefs and thoughts impact our lives more than any relationship.It would be wise to evaluate how we came to them and whether they truly serve us.
|Three Reasons You Should Stop Explaining Yourself
|| Unless you’ve committed a crime, or have a set of duties you are paid to do, there is no reason you need to be explaining yourself to anyone. And … ...
|3 Benefits of Building a Social Media Following
||A sizable social media following demonstrates that you are a reliable and respected source. Once you’ve set up your social media platforms of choice (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), building a group of dedicated followers takes time. Though it may be discouraging to initially only have a few … ...
|'Cingular' brain strategy for attack and defense
||We often make quick strategic decisions to attack an opponent or defend our position, yet how we make them is not well understood. Now, researchers have pinpointed specific brain regions related to this process by examining neural activity in people playing shogi, a Japanese form of chess. The study shows that two different regions within the cingulate cortex--one toward the front of the brain and the other toward the back--separately encode the values of defensive and offensive strategies.