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Eight Ways to Protect Your Marriage from Divorce Married and want to stay that way? You can do a lot to impact your odds of lasting love. While the odds of divorce remain high, there's nothing that says you have to become a statistic. Check in here for strategies you can use n what you can do to make that difference.
5 Mindful Ways to Invite Good Karma Into Your Life! Do you subscribe to the belief that positive energy is a very real thing? Are you looking for ways to invite good karma into your life?  If so, you are not alone. Millions of people around the world practice various forms of psycho-spiritualism and hold the universal thought that happiness...
What to Consider When Adding to Your Four-Legged Family Choosing a new canine companion can be daunting. Should you adopt a shelter pet or buy from a breeder? Would a puppy or adult dog be a better fit for your life style and family? In this blog Dr. Stepita discusses what to consider before bringing your next furry family member home.
Call for more research on brain damage in American football More research is needed to identify how athletes sustain brain injury from American football, and also to develop strategies to protect them, write experts. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive neurodegenerative syndrome that can affect athletes. It is thought to result from concussion and brain injury following repeated blows to the head.
Having a purpose in life may improve health of aging brain Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. This research is reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. When a blockage interrupts blood flow in a vessel within the brain, a [...]The post Having a purpose in life may improve health of aging brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Hormone level predicts how the brain processes social information The hormone oxytocin is made at different levels in different people and it plays a role in regulating social behavior. A new University of Virginia study involving brain imaging finds that people with naturally higher levels of oxytocin in their blood show greater brain activity when processing social information. “The purpose of the study was [...]The post Hormone level predicts how the brain processes social information appeared first on PsyPost.
Leaders and their followers tick in sync Great leaders are often good communicators. In the process of communication, the relationship between leaders and their followers develops spontaneously according to new research from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research in Beijing. [...]The post Leaders and their followers tick in sync appeared first on PsyPost.
After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That’s the finding from a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete [...]The post After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures appeared first on PsyPost.
Mayo Clinic study of thousands of brains reveals tau as driver of Alzheimer’s disease By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid, the other toxic protein that characterizes Alzheimer’s, builds up as dementia progresses, but is not the primary [...]The post Mayo Clinic study of thousands of brains reveals tau as driver of Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Use your real name: Online communication details that affect sales Online word-of-mouth communications are having a significant effect on product sales, yet research to date has failed to understand why that effect fluctuates, according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing. “Previous investigation into online communications had focused on product reviews, but it was clear that far more information was needed,” write authors [...]The post Use your real name: Online communication details that affect sales appeared first on PsyPost.
More schools, more challenging assignments add up to higher IQ scores More schooling — and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools — may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores during the past century, often referred to as the Flynn Effect, according to a team of researchers. These findings also suggest that environment may have a stronger influence on [...]The post More schools, more challenging assignments add up to higher IQ scores appeared first on PsyPost.
Legally high? Teenagers and prescription drug abuse Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, many teens are still ignorant of the significant physical danger posed by legally prescribed drugs, according to a new study in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. “The CDC has classified the [...]The post Legally high? Teenagers and prescription drug abuse appeared first on PsyPost.
“Change the Playlist.” I woke up today and I wasn’t happy. I had a lunch date with me favorite Virginian friend, but I wasn’t looking forward to it. SLEEP. That is what I wanted instead. Food is frivolous. Friends are frivolous. I needed to hide in my bedcovers until this terrible thing called...
Children less likely to come to the rescue when others are available Children as young as 5 years old are less likely to help a person in need when other children are present and available to help, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “The children in our study helped at very high levels only when responsibility was [...]The post Children less likely to come to the rescue when others are available appeared first on PsyPost.
The Powerful (Happiness) Side Effects of Self-Compassion Sometimes the most profound statements come out of children’s books. One of my favorite Dr Seuss books is Oh, The Places You’ll Go! It seems to tell the story of what it is like to be human. It brings you through all the experiences in life: the triumphs, the doubts, the...
Milk could be good for your brain: study New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center has found a correlation between milk consumption and the levels of a naturally-occurring antioxidant called glutathione in the brain in older, healthy adults. In-Young Choi, Ph.D., an associate professor of neurology at KU Medical Center, and Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., professor and chair of dietetics and [...]The post Milk could be good for your brain: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers find link between genetic variation and alcohol dependence Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers have discovered a biological clue that could help explain why some drinkers develop a dependence on alcohol and others do not. The findings move researchers closer to identifying those at risk for addiction early and designing better drug treatments to help people stop drinking. About 18 million people [...]The post Researchers find link between genetic variation and alcohol dependence appeared first on PsyPost.
Nature vs nurture: IQ of children in better-educated households is higher, study of twins indicates Young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher cognitive ability than those who were brought up in less ideal environments, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia and Lund University in Sweden. While the study does not refute previous findings that DNA impacts intelligence, [...]The post Nature vs nurture: IQ of children in better-educated households is higher, study of twins indicates appeared first on PsyPost.
How music helps resolve our deepest inner conflicts Billions of people enjoy music; many feel that they can’t live without it. Why? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries. 2,400 years ago Aristotle wondered, “Why does music, being just sounds, remind us of the states of our soul?” In the 19th century Darwin tried to decipher if our ability [...]The post How music helps resolve our deepest inner conflicts appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Use Meditation to Cultivate Intimacy There are three major issues facing our world today, according to Buddhist teacher Michael Stone: Climate change, economic inequality, and a crisis of intimacy. Further, it may be our intimacy issues that are preventing deep engagement with our communities and the environment. So how can we learn intimacy? Intimacy is,...