|#143 Identifying Ultimate Family Values
||Howard Lake via Compfight What is it you want most out of life? How do you want to go about achieving what you want most? These two questions determine a lot about the way we spend our time and, most importantly for this discussion, the way we build our family....
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|Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?
||Long-term stress is bad for you. Decades of research demonstrates that when people are stressed over a long period of time, their immune system is suppressed. These individuals experience health problems including heart disease and high blood pressure.
|Should airline pilots – and lawyers – reveal their
||As the world ponders the sensibility of psychological testing of airline pilots before we even know the diagnosis of GermanWings pilot Andreas Lubitz, comes word that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. … ...
|What if your job hinged on revealing your mental
||As the world ponders the sensibility of psychological testing of airline pilots before we even know the diagnosis of GermanWings pilot Andreas Lubitz, comes word that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Florida Supreme Court for the state Board of Bar Examiners’ policy of evaluating applicants...
|Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure
||In the largest study of its kind, a team of investigators from nine different universities have identified a correlative link between family income and a child’s brain structure.
|Best of Our Blogs: March 31, 2015
||When I think upon moments I experienced pure joy, I’m reminded that accomplishment and success while important, pale in the light of what really matters. None of the following are dependent on winning an award or external accomplishment to fill me with a sense of presence and happiness. See if any of...
|Getting Rid of Toxic Relationships
||Somehow they get into your life. Often times they are relatives who have been there for a while and you grew up thinking they were normal. Sometimes they are friends who have been around for a while. Sometimes they are lovers. Sometimes they are bosses or coworkers. All of them...
|A surprising source of serotonin could affect antidepressant activity
||Depression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide and poses a major public health challenge, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers have discovered an unconventional way that serotonin is released from neurons that could play an important role in the mechanism through which antidepressant drugs work. The Journal of General Physiologystudy is highlighted in [...]The post A surprising source of serotonin could affect antidepressant activity appeared first on PsyPost.
|Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents
||Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in the lowest end of the economic range – suggesting that interventional policies aimed at these children may [...]The post Family income, parental education related to brain structure in children and adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
|‘Lightning bolts’ in the brain show learning in action
||Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and their tree-like extensions, or dendrites, in mice that show how their brains sort, store and make sense out of information during learning. In a study to be published in the journal Nature online March 30, the NYU [...]The post ‘Lightning bolts’ in the brain show learning in action appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers find ‘exploding head syndrome’ more common in young people than thought
||Washington State University researchers have found that an unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience “exploding head syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon in which they are awakened by abrupt loud noises, even the sensation of an explosion in their head. Brian Sharpless, a Washington State University assistant professor and director of the university psychology clinic, found [...]The post Researchers find ‘exploding head syndrome’ more common in young people than thought appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers find new link between neurodegenerative diseases and abnormal immune responses
||Researchers from McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York have discovered that a protein associated with neurodegenerative diseases like ALS also plays an important role in the body’s natural antiviral response. The study, published today in Nature Immunology, offers new insight into the link between neurodegenerative disorders and inflammation, [...]The post Researchers find new link between neurodegenerative diseases and abnormal immune responses appeared first on PsyPost.
|Building block for memory and learning identified
||Researchers have been fascinated for a long time by learning and memory formation, and many questions are still open. Bochum-based neuroscientists Prof Dr Denise Manahan-Vaughan and Dr Hardy Hagena have discovered a key building block for this complex process. A particular neurotransmitter receptor, namely the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5, is a switch for activating opposing [...]The post Building block for memory and learning identified appeared first on PsyPost.
|Cats relax to the sound of music
||According to research published today in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery by veterinary clinicians at the University of Lisbon and a clinic in the nearby town of Barreiro in Portugal, music is likewise beneficial for cats in the surgical environment. But not all music is equal in this respect – cats, it seems, [...]The post Cats relax to the sound of music appeared first on PsyPost.
|Crowdsourced tool for depression: Peer-to-peer application outperforms conventional self-help techniques
||Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques. In a study involving 166 subjects who had exhibited symptoms of depression, the researchers compared their tool with an established technique known as expressive writing. The [...]The post Crowdsourced tool for depression: Peer-to-peer application outperforms conventional self-help techniques appeared first on PsyPost.
|Intelligent neuroprostheses mimic natural motor control
||Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. Researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices -- from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs -- that work with their users to intelligently perform tasks.
|Take a Vacation from Self-Criticism
||I know, it’s easier said than done. For some people, self-criticism is a way of life. But taking a break can free up a lot of energy for other things. Here are some ideas on how to start. 1) Recognize that the problem isn’t you, it’s your thoughts. I’m not saying...
|It's Time to Take the "Positive" Out of Positive Psychology
||What is the prescription for optimal living? The burgeoning field of positive psychology appears to have many of the answers: We should be kind to others, forgiving of transgressions, gracious and compassionate in our daily lives, and optimistic about the future. Following this simple plan should keep us happy and healthy. It turns out the answer might not be so simple.
|High School and Beyond
||As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?