|Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions
||People of differing competence tend to give each other’s views equal weight, preventing them from making the best group decisions, finds new UCL-led research. This suggests that people with similar levels of competence make the best decision-making groups, as otherwise the tendency to assume equal competence can give undue weight to the opinions of less [...]The post Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions appeared first on PsyPost.
|Why loneliness is a growing public health concern
||Research shows chronic loneliness raises the risk of a number of physical and psychological health problems.
|Why the Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder on “Empire” is
||The finale of FOX’s hit new show, Empire, aired this week and it was an ending fitting of such an explosive premiere season. If you are planning to watch the show and would rather avoid spoilers, I encourage you to navigate away from this article before I go any further....
|Why You Don’t Need to Be More Confident to
||We often assume that in order to achieve our goals, we need to become more confident. We need to work through our deep-seated self-doubts and then take action. Because then we’ll be ready. Then we’ll be able to achieve what we want to achieve. We’ll feel more secure with ourselves....
|Handshakes Will Never Be The Same Once You Know This
Could this study provide the real reason that we tend to shake hands when greeting another person?
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|Almost 30, the Hardest Time to Be Single? Part 2
||A conversation with Wendy Wasson In the first post in this series, I described the widespread belief that living single only gets harder as you proceed through midlife and then through later life. I also said that my guess, in most cases, is that just the opposite is true. I...
|Does Creativity have its Dark Side?
||We are used to thinking of creativity as an entirely positive attribute. However, new research on malevolent creativity suggests that the truly creative may put their novel thinking to dangerous uses under the right circumstances.
|Psychology Around the Net: March 21, 2015
||Learn more about the stigma of mental illness, how to use your memory to make better connections, the rampant misuse of ADHD medications among college students, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net! Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness: When as many as “as many as 25 percent...
|Relationships and Bipolar
||Photo by catlovers You Can Have a Good Relationship As an advocate of developing a personal a Personal Wellness and Recovery Plan, I would like to talk about creating a special section for relationship. Why? Because the confidence and emotional support that you will receive from sustaining healthy relationships will...
|Beware the perils of groupthink — yet business meetings can still be useful
||Everyone has had bad experiences in meetings at work. Perhaps you’ve been subjected to weekly or even daily “feed-forward” briefings in which someone one pay-grade higher insists on reviewing information that everyone could much more efficiently receive in another form. Or there is the “clueless session,” in which someone who is supposed to solve a [...]The post Beware the perils of groupthink — yet business meetings can still be useful appeared first on PsyPost.
|How testosterone and oxytocin hormones interact in male work and parenting effort
||Much of human behavior is influenced by hormones. There’s cortisol, involved in our stress response and energy balance. Testosterone, a male sex hormone, tends to make men more competitive. Oxytocin has various social and physiological functions in the brain and the body, but is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” due to its role [...]The post How testosterone and oxytocin hormones interact in male work and parenting effort appeared first on PsyPost.
|Suspending kids for using marijuana leads to more — not less — pot use: study
||Suspending kids from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more — not less — pot use among their classmates, a new study finds. Counseling was found to be a much more effective means of combating marijuana use. And while enforcement of anti-drug policies is a key factor in whether teens use marijuana, [...]The post Suspending kids for using marijuana leads to more — not less — pot use: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|America’s aging population will require more neurosurgeons for increased brain bleeds
||By 2030, chronic subdural hemorrhage (SDH) will be the most common adult brain condition requiring neurosurgical intervention in the U.S., according to a new study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center. And hospitals and neurosurgeons may be under-manned to handle the projected onslaught of patients. The researchers are publishing their findings March 20 [...]The post America’s aging population will require more neurosurgeons for increased brain bleeds appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers use lasers to decode complex neural circuits in the brain
||A University of Wyoming faculty member is part of a research team that created a method, using laser, to better decode complex neural circuits in the brain — a process that eventually may help unlock the mysteries of epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer’s in humans. “This method can open up the possibilities with high [...]The post Researchers use lasers to decode complex neural circuits in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Neuropsychology study shows power naps boost memory performance
||Generations of school students have gone to bed the night before a maths exam or a vocabulary test with their algebra book or vocabulary notes tucked under their pillow in the hope that the knowledge would somehow be magically transferred into their brains while they slept. That they were not completely taken in by a [...]The post Neuropsychology study shows power naps boost memory performance appeared first on PsyPost.
|Apple of the mind’s eye: How good is our memory of everyday visual stimuli?
||In our world of branding and repetitive advertising, it is feasible that we dutifully soak up visuals and messages and store them accurately in our mind’s eye. New research published in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology tests this theory by examining our memory of the ubiquitous Apple logo and our perceived ability for recall. Blake, Castel and [...]The post Apple of the mind’s eye: How good is our memory of everyday visual stimuli? appeared first on PsyPost.
|A Mental Health Condition versus A Disease
||I’m not a pig, but I feel like a cow. I woke up and ate carne asada for breakfast. Well, it was around 11 am so technically it can be considered lunch but I’m still disgusting. My mood is doing much better. My antidepressants are working. I hope not to...
|This Video Clears Up 10 Popular Misconceptions About Psychology
||The world of psychology can be pretty extensive, and because of that, a lot of things can be unclear. This video will help clear your mind of all the myths and old wives' tales....
|The Unnecessary Financial Burden Caused by Mental Illness
||It has been just a year since I returned to see my psychiatrist for treatment. I was depressed and needed help. As an out-of-network provider, each month I submit her bill and complete the claim form for my insurance company and then I receive a percentage back. The reimbursement averages...
|15 Signs of Emotional Masochism
||By Mike Bundrant of the iNLP Center. Disclaimer: By writing this article, I do not suggest that what I am calling emotional masochism is necessarily a conscious choice. I also do not claim that it is anyone’s fault. I believe it may be part of human nature with origins that...