|Political liberals display greater happiness, study shows
||What does it mean to be happy? Is it how happy you say you are, or is it how happy you act? Previous research has found that political conservatives report being happier than political liberals. But psychologists have discovered that those on the left exhibit happier speech patterns and facial expressions.
|Mind reading: Spatial patterns of brain activity decode what people taste
||Scientists have revealed how taste is encoded in patterns of neural activity in the human brain.
|Benefits of Venting Go Both Ways
||Sometimes, “venting,” or airing our grievances, gets a bad rap. Negative connotations are associated with expressing unpleasant experiences or unhappy feelings. And while there may be a fine line between cathartic release and spewing cynicism and insensitivity, I tend to advocate that the act of sharing can be a healthy...
|Alzheimer’s Treatment Using Ultrasound Completely Restores Memory
Breakthrough Alzheimer's treatment may restore memory and clear plaques in the brain without drugs.
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|Typical Mistakes that Therapists Make
||Psychotherapists are human and like all humans they make mistakes. The younger and less experienced they are, the more mistakes they make. These mistakes can be minor ones that can be easily corrected, or they can be huge blunders that can derail the treatment and even at times cause harm...
|When Do Religious Values Harm Children? When Do They Help?
||When children's mental health is put in danger because of religious intolerance, there are good reasons for mental health professionals to argue for what's right. Gay-straight alliances save children's lives. And religious tolerance for practices like the wearing of a niqab improves social cohesion.
|Sweet nanoparticles target stroke
||Materials resulting from chemical bonding of glucosamine, a type of sugar, with fullerenes, kind of nanoparticles known as buckyballs, might help to reduce cell damage and inflammation occurring after stroke. A team has tested this on mice, opening the door to potential new drugs for the cerebrovascular accident.
|Teen cannabis users have poor long-term memory in adulthood
||Teens who were heavy marijuana users -- smoking it daily for about three years -- had an abnormally shaped hippocampus and performed poorly on long-term memory tasks, reports a new study. The hippocampus is important to long-term memory, which is the ability to remember life events. The brain abnormalities and memory problems were observed during the individuals' early twenties, two years after they stopped smoking marijuana.
|Non-invasive ultrasound technology treats Alzheimer’s-like symptoms and restores memory in mice
||Scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer's disease and restore memory. Researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline.
|Do Sex Surveys Pose Any Risk of Harm to Participants?
||Surveying college students about their sex lives is often presumed to pose risks to participants, such as psychological distress. However, research finds that sex surveys appear to hold no more potential for harm than general psychological tests.
|Do We Age in Stages?
||Today's adults have greater freedom than ever to decide how best to live.
|Letting Go of the Things You Cannot Change
||I met with a new doctor yesterday. I’ve been interviewing them like babysitters lately. “Do you believe there is such a thing as a mood disorder?” I asked him. “Yes,” he replied. “At least in language there is.” “When and why did you decide to break from conventional medicine and...
|What is the Secret to Self-Acceptance?
||The Usefulness of Fears and Aversions Approached mindfully, our fears and aversions serve a purpose, which deepens self-acceptance practice. The key is to view our fears and aversions as interesting growth opportunities rather than as things to reject and avoid. Over time, we become less likely to attempt to reject...
|Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology
||In their wonderful book Lilienfeld and colleagues list 250 myths and misconceptions from the world of psychology. In a study we tested to what extent ordinary people thought them to be true. The results are surprising.
|Stopping Your Addiction to Stealing
||Kleptomania is a serious impulse control disorder. It is a failure to resist urges to steal items that you don’t really need. It causes emotional pain to you and to loved ones if it is not treated and causes emotional or behavioral problems to self-control. Kleptomania makes a person feel guilty...
|Healthy eating, exercise, and brain-training program results in slower mental decline for older people
||A comprehensive program providing older people at risk of dementia with healthy eating guidance, exercise, brain training, and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors appears to slow down cognitive decline, according to the first ever randomized controlled trial of its kind.
|One Way to Use Someone Else to Strengthen Your
||In Better Than Before, my book about habit change, I outline twenty-one strategies we can use to change our habits. Don’t be alarmed: twenty-one may seem like a huge number, but it’s actually good — it means that each of us has many options from which to choose. In different situations,...
|How The Phrase, “What’s Wrong with You?” Can Harm Children
||What’s wrong with saying the phrase “What Is Wrong with You?” to children or adolescents? Nothing, if your tone is compassion and you are wondering if they want to share their feelings with you. But that is different from what we hear far too often when a parent is exasperated with a child, throwing up their hands in desperation, and asking this question.
|One Phrase We Should All Stop Saying to Kids Today
||What’s wrong with saying the phrase “What Is Wrong with You?” to children or adolescents? Nothing, if your tone is compassionate and you are wondering if they want to share their feelings with you. But that is different from what we hear far too often when a parent is exasperated with a child, throwing up their hands in desperation, and asking this question.
|Religion and support for birth control health coverage can mix
||New research debunks the assumption that a woman’s religion predicts her views on policies affecting reproductive health care such as insurance coverage for birth control. Even when it comes to policies that have sometimes been characterized as going against Christian views – such as the Affordable Care Act mandate for employer-provided contraception coverage- religious women’s [...]The post Religion and support for birth control health coverage can mix appeared first on PsyPost.