|If you can forgive, it actually makes it easier to forget
||At some point in our lives, we have all struggled with the wrongs or perceived wrongs that others have done to us. And being unable to forgive someone is not without its costs. The emotional pain associated with such incidents can severely limit our ability to get on with our lives and plan for the [...]
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|How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math
||My 5-year-old daughter loves math and I'm terrified this fall when she starts kindergarten, she could lose that love. Priming studies show that girls are still on the receiving end of negative math stereotypes. But knowing the challenge might also point to a solution. I sure hope so...
|Why too much Facebook can leave you feeling down
||“Comparison is the thief of joy”, said former US president Theodore Roosevelt. Spoken more than a century ago, Roosevelt’s words highlight a fundamental truth that is just as relevant today. In the 1950s, the acclaimed social psychologist, Leon Festinger, devised the social comparison theory to help explain the psychological processes behind why we compare ourselves [...]
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|Mental disorders don’t predict future violence
||Most psychiatric disorders – including depression — do not predict future violent behavior, according to new Northwestern Medicine longitudinal study of delinquent youth. The only exception is substance abuse and dependence. “Our findings are relevant to the recent tragic plane crash in the French Alps. Our findings show that no one could have predicted that [...]
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|A Healthy Ego To Be Creative
||How does a healthy self-concept impact our creative work? Don’t we need a big ego, fame and money for creative expression? One sense of this word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, … ...
|What’s the optimum amount of homework to set a teenager?
||Coaxing teenagers to sit down and do their homework is never an easy task. But is it actually worth their while to slave away for hours on end every evening? Not according to a new study of Spanish secondary school students which has concluded that the optimum amount of homework for children is around one [...]
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|A ‘forest instead of the trees’ viewpoint may motivate change after negative feedback
||Negative feedback can sting, but thinking about the big picture may help transform criticism into positive change, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. “People are defensive when they are told about something they did wrong,” said lead researcher Jennifer Belding, Ph.D., from Ohio State University. “Listening to negative [...]
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|New insight into how brain makes memories
||Every time you make a memory, somewhere in your brain a tiny filament reaches out from one neuron and forms an electrochemical connection to a neighboring neuron. A team of biologists at Vanderbilt University, headed by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Donna Webb, studies how these connections are formed at the molecular and cellular level. [...]
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|Study finds that inclusive classrooms don’t necessarily increase friendships for children with disabilities
||Dropping off a child at kindergarten for the first time can be one of the most memorable yet terrifying experiences of parenthood. Among the many concerns parents face is the worry whether your child will make friends – a key factor, research shows, in reducing anxiety, depression and the likelihood of being bullied. For parents [...]
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|Orphaned boys as vulnerable to abuse as girls
||Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the study authors suggest targeting more support services [...]
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|Therapist Blog Challenge #19: Parenting a Special Needs Child...
||Therapist blog challenge #19 focuses on the experience of parenting a child with special needs. (Note: This is, of course an incredibly broad topic. Subtopics include welcoming a child with special needs into the family, helping siblings of kids with learning disabilities, helping adults with special … ...
|7 Signs It’s Time to Consider Couples Counseling
||Fixing a relationship with therapy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s broken, it’s just maintenance! Maintaining a happy long-term relationship isn’t easy. And when the going gets tough, the tough sometimes need outside help. Couples counseling isn’t a last-ditch effort to save a broken partnership. It’s a … ...
|Risk perception: Social exchange can amplify subjective fears
||The world is a risky place. But our subjective fears and anxieties are often at odds with the evidence. New findings by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the University of Konstanz show that subjective fears about potential risks may be amplified in social exchange. Their findings have now been published [...]
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|Significant increase in major depression reported during recent recession
||The recent Great Recession was accompanied by a significant and sustained increase in major depression in U.S. adults, according to a Loyola study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Prevalence of major depression increased from 2.33 percent during the years 2005-2006 to 3.49 percent in 2009-2010 to 3.79 percent in 2011-2012, according to the study [...]
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|Researchers turn to cognitive science to understand the appeal of being anti-GMO
||A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. In a paper published April 10 in Trends in Plant Science, they argue that the human mind is highly [...]
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|Study sheds new light on brain’s source of power
||New research published today in the journal Nature Communications represents a potentially fundamental shift in our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain generate the energy needed to function. The study shows neurons are more independent than previously believed and this research has implications for a range of neurological disorders. “These findings suggest that [...]
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|Study finds we think better on our feet, literally
||A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time. The findings, [...]
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|Text messaging useful for reaching ‘at-risk’ teens about sex
||Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. The research abstract is online and the work will appear in an upcoming print issue of the journal Health Education and Behavior. [...]
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|When Side Effects Implode
||I realize that I am at a crossroad. I realized that I haven’t masterbated in weeks, I am sauntering through life like a normal person. “Welcome to earth” I have … ...
|Parenting ADHD Kids: Care for You and Your Child
||When I was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, a series of tumultuous emotions washed over me, from relief to regret, from anger to embarrassment, from shame to sorrow. It … ...