|Study on kin selection explores the evolutionary basis of sibling rivalry
||Is it possible that our tendencies toward sibling rivalry may have an evolutionary basis? Recent research suggests this is a possibility, and is influenced by an evolutionary process called kin selection. In nature, various species are more likely to help individuals who are more closely related to themselves. Researchers have suggested that helping one’s relatives [...]The post Study on kin selection explores the evolutionary basis of sibling rivalry appeared first on PsyPost.
|Can facial plastic surgery make you more likeable?
||Facial plastic surgery may do more than make you look youthful. It could change — for the better — how people perceive you. The first study of its kind to examine perception after plastic surgery finds that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, attractive and [...]The post Can facial plastic surgery make you more likeable? appeared first on PsyPost.
|How the brain balances risk-taking and learning
||If you had 10 chances to roll a die, would you rather be guaranteed to receive $5 for every roll ($50 total) or take the risk of winning $100 if you only roll a six? Most animals, from roundworms to humans, prefer the more predictable situation when it comes to securing resources for survival, such [...]The post How the brain balances risk-taking and learning appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain imaging explains reason for good and poor language outcomes in ASD toddlers
||Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers say it may be possible to predict future language development outcomes in toddlers with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), even before they’ve been formally diagnosed with the condition. The findings are published in the April 9 online issue of the journal [...]The post Brain imaging explains reason for good and poor language outcomes in ASD toddlers appeared first on PsyPost.
|Exposure to testosterone in the womb influences students’ performance in math courses
||Research conducted at the University of Granada (UGR) has found a statistically significant relation between the performance of university students on a mathematics course and exposure to testosterone in the womb. This relation could prove that genetic and biological factors, among others, may play a leading role in academic achievement on a first-year course in [...]The post Exposure to testosterone in the womb influences students’ performance in math courses appeared first on PsyPost.
|New study challenges current thinking on how attention changes with social context
||A new Bournemouth University study, in collaboration with University of Portsmouth, has challenged conventional thinking that people’s attention is readily captured by other people’s faces above all other objects. The study tested three conditions where people observed footage of two women in a waiting room, with different groups told that they were watching a live [...]The post New study challenges current thinking on how attention changes with social context appeared first on PsyPost.
|You Can’t Unhit a Child: Anxiety and Corporal Punishment...
||A recent study conducted by Duke University researchers found that a parent being affectionate toward a child after hitting them doesn’t help anything — in fact, it hurts. “If you believe that you can shake your children or slap them across the face and then smooth … ...
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|Kicking an Abuser Out of Your Life, and Out of Your Head
||Kicking an Abuser Out of Your Life, and Out of Your Head. Ending an abusive relationship requires leaving physically and psychologically. By Avigail Gordon , M.A.
|20 Questions to Raise Your Resilience
||Will has no idea how he ended up in his career. In hindsight, he has some regrets…. Jonathan continually dates the wrong women, and then is completely shocked and devastated … ...
|Self-Care Sunday: Feeling the Love
||I’ve been exploring the topic of self-love this whole week (see here and here). And today is no exception. In their book In This Moment: Five Steps to Transcending Stress … ...
|Self-Cleaning Streets of Space
||A NASA scientist recently said that we are within a decade or so of discovering alien life. She clarified – no, not the little green men but just microbial alien … ...
|How to Navigate Friendships at Work
||As you invest more and more time into finding your dream career and professional calling, it’s inevitable that the lines between business and pleasure blur, often out of necessity. A tough day at the office may end with drinks and gossip with a trusted co-worker, … ...
|Mutation causes mice to behave as if they have an eating disorder
||A genetic mutation associated with an increased risk of developing eating disorders in humans has now been found to cause several behavioral abnormalities in mice that are similar to those seen in people with anorexia nervosa. The findings, published online April 9 in Cell Reports, may point to novel treatments to reverse behavioral problems associated with [...]The post Mutation causes mice to behave as if they have an eating disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
|Shakespeare’s plays reveal his psychological signature
||Shakespeare is such a towering literary figure that any new insight into the man, or his work, tends to generate a jolt of excitement in academic and non-academic communities of Shakespeare aficionados. Applying psychological theory and text-analyzing software, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have discovered a unique psychological profile that characterizes Shakespeare’s [...]The post Shakespeare’s plays reveal his psychological signature appeared first on PsyPost.
|Children with neurological disorders need flu vaccine but don’t always get it
||Children who have neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy are no more likely to be vaccinated against influenza than youngsters without these conditions, despite the increased risk for complications from flu these children experience. Moreover, health care providers may not be familiar with the increased risk among these patients to effectively recommend influenza [...]The post Children with neurological disorders need flu vaccine but don’t always get it appeared first on PsyPost.
|Hillary Clinton's Social Media Challenge
||Obama was the classic Underdog archetype. Social media wasn’t his communications vehicle, it was part of his story. Don’t ask if Hillary Clinton will have a social media advantage because Obama did or if the Republicans will ever get it right. Ask if Hillary can adapt her archetype to social.
|Researchers: Brain activity boosts processes that promote neural connections
||Brain activity affects the way the developing brain connects neurons and a study by researchers at the School of Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital Colorado suggests a new model for understanding that process. In a study of zebrafish, scientists tested how brain activity affected the development of insulating [...]The post Researchers: Brain activity boosts processes that promote neural connections appeared first on PsyPost.
|Psychological and personality characteristics predict false self-presentation on Facebook
||As we scroll through our newsfeeds, many of us suspect that our friends’ Facebook profiles may really not be accurate representations of their real lives. Recent research published in Frontiers in Psychology focused on various personality characteristics that lead to developing a “false Facebook self”. Collectively, this research suggests false self-presentation is incredibly common—7.5 percent of users [...]The post Psychological and personality characteristics predict false self-presentation on Facebook appeared first on PsyPost.
|Yearning for Perfection Can Be Counterproductive
||If you’re thirsty, you crave water. If you’re hungry, you want food. If you’re lonely, you yearn for companionship. Once our basic needs are met, we sometimes strive for perfection or seek self-actualization. A recent discussion with my six-year-old grandson, Ryland, helped me realize how … ...