|How I Stopped Blame from Controlling My Life
||Everyone’s been there: “I hate the way I look — I wish my mom would have instilled more confidence in me.” “I suck at sports. Great job teaching me the basics, dad.” “I’m too freakishly neurotic to ever find peace in my life — my … ...
|Facial plastic surgery improves perception of femininity, personality, attractiveness
||Facial rejuvenation surgery may not only make you look younger, it may improve perceptions of you with regard to likeability, social skills, attractiveness and femininity, according to a report published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The relationship between facial features and personality traits has been studied in other science fields, but it is lacking [...]
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|For young learners, communication overrides the ‘statistics’ of events
||It is cultural transmission – the ability to pass knowledge on from one individual to another even across generations – that makes us unique among animals. True, we also learn by observing what happens in the world around us, for example, by associating events that frequently occur together (or in a rapid sequence). However, human [...]
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|Improving the quality of medical care using computer understanding of human language
||How can computer-based analysis of free text — the narrative comments found in medical records and expressed in everyday language or technical terminology – help improve the quality of medical care? Timothy Imler, M.D., of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, will present “Quality Monitoring Utilizing Natural Language Processing” at the 2015 [...]
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|Neighborhood stigma affects online transactions, researchers find
||The stigma associated with particular neighborhoods has a direct impact on economic transactions, a team of New York University sociologists has found. Their study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that when sellers are seen as being from an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, they receive fewer responses to advertisements [...]
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|Gossip in Your Workplace Probably Does More Good Than Harm
||Campaigns to stamp out workplace gossip overlook the fact that gossip is part of who we are and an essential part of what makes work groups function as well as they do. It is more productive to think of gossip as a social skill rather than as a character flaw, because it is only when we do not do it well that we get into trouble.
|MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity
||Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s language development and eventually, turn them into successful readers. Now there is evidence that reading to young children is in fact associated with differences in brain activity supporting early reading [...]
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|Cell phones take parents’ attention away from kids on playgrounds
||Parents who take their kids to the playground may be tempted to pull out their cell phone to send a quick text or check Facebook. It may be more prudent, however, to stay focused on their child to ensure he or she plays safely, according to two studies to be presented at the Pediatric Academic [...]
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|‘Summer slide’ reduced by letting kids pick their own summer reading
||At the end of the school year, districts often send stacks of books home with their students in the hopes of combating the “summer slide,” the literacy loss experienced during the long break that hits low-income students particularly hard. But a study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that these programs [...]
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|“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a
||“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a remarkable set of windows into both popular and latterly professional beliefs about insanity,” writes Andrew Scull in his extensive look at images of madness throughout history, including an oddly peppy Thorazine ad....
|Comebacks to Putdowns
||Wouldn’t it be great if people nixed their insults, squelched their criticisms, and instead, did nothing but support and encourage you? Wouldn’t you love it if friends, family, co-workers and bosses went out of their way to appreciate what you did right, instead of berating … ...
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|Depression in Children: Don’t Overlook These Signs!
||Depression in children and adolescents can appear different than it does in adults. Here are some tell-tale signs and symptoms that are often overlooked or misinterpreted.In an ideal world, our … ...
|50 Shades of Single
||In my writings on single life, I have a lot to say about singlism, the ways in which single people are stereotyped and stigmatized and discriminated against. That includes – … ...
|The Neuroscience of Betrayal
||A betrayal by someone you trust is one of the most challenging interpersonal situations you can face in life. Whether through infidelity or a failure to fulfill a promise, betrayal leads to a desire for revenge, particularly in some people. New neuroscience research suggests who’s most likely to be hurt by a betrayal and why.
|Cognitive lives scientific
||The BBC Radio 4 series The Life Scientific has recently profiled three, count’em, three, cognitive scientists. Because the BBC find the internet confusing I’m just going to link straight to the mp3s to save you scrabbling about on their site. The most recent profile you can grab as an mp3 was artificial intelligence and open […]
|Don't Aim for Happiness
||Loss and melancholy cannot be avoided. Poetry assists acceptance better than manuals of happiness.
|Psychology Around the Net: April 25, 2015
||This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers how to tell if you’re making a good first impression, how the smell of sweat can help spread happiness (seriously), how your stress can be passed along via DNA, and more. Want to Make a Good Impression? Try … ...
|Spike activity 24-04-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prospect Magazine has a good article on early psychosis and young people who hear voices. The cost of fame. The Message discusses the nefarious social effects of fame. Neuroskeptic asks Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders. Essential […]
|A visual history of madness
||The Paris Review has an extended and richly illustrated piece by historian Andrew Scull who tracks how madness has been visually depicted through the ages. Scull is probably the most thorough and readable historian of madness since the death of the late, great Roy Porter, and this article is no exception. Modern psychiatry seems determined […]