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Genius driven by distraction? Study links creativity with inability to filter irrelevant sensory info The literary great Marcel Proust wore ear-stoppers because he was unable to filter out irrelevant noise — and lined his bedroom with cork to attenuate sound. Now new Northwestern University research suggests why the inability to shut out competing sensory information while focusing on the creative project at hand might have been so acute for [...]The post Genius driven by distraction? Study links creativity with inability to filter irrelevant sensory info appeared first on PsyPost.
Spouses of alcoholics can benefit from online help, study finds Women married to men with alcohol abuse problems can face a slew of problems themselves, with finding support for their situation near the top of the list. Researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) found that women with alcoholic partners who face barriers to seeking help may benefit from an Internet-based, [...]The post Spouses of alcoholics can benefit from online help, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
The Voice of Suicide Recently, in local news in Los Angeles County, I read the following headline: Students Mourn El Dorado High School Teacher Found Hanging in Classroom. I proceeded to read the article on this tragedy and found two quotes worthy of examination. Quote number one: “She always talked about how suicide was...
Neuroscientists identify new way several brain areas communicate Neuroscientists have identified a new pathway by which several brain areas communicate within the brain's striatum. The findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. Knowing how these specific pathways work together provides crucial insight into how learning occurs. It also could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.
Identifying war-afflicted teenagers most in need of mental health care Widespread post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal ideation has been found among teenagers in warn-torn Northern Uganda, not only among former child soldiers. Psychological support should be offered to all young people in the region through the education system.
Humans Unconsciously Sniff Their Hands After Handshaking Unlike dogs and other animals, humans — for the most part — don't sniff each other. Well, at least that's what we thought. A rather unsettling new study from the Weizmann Institute shows that practically all of us sniff our hands after handshaking — a possible sign of social chemosignaling behavior....
Why do All the Bad Boys Come in Such Beautiful Packages? By breaking social norms and acting in unpredictable ways, bad boys inspire fascination in us. Bad = attractive, because distortions and deformities to normal behavior produce a sense of thrill, something that is easily confused with being in love.
We Are Not the Same How boring it would be if everybody in the world were the same. Yet, how difficult it is for people to respect and appreciate those differences. Instead, we become impatient with others’ differences, letting them know how wrong they are for not acting or being the way we think they...
#140 Know Thyself Ken Whytock via Compfight Socrates (469-399 BC) said “Know Thyself.” In his mind, one could not know anything without knowing one’s self. So I have included self-examination as part of the 360 degree feedback. When you are in the center of the circle you give yourself a positive self-evaluation. The...
Gone with the Wind and Xica: Two Myths of Slavery 75 years ago Gone with the Wind was released, a movie that romanticized slavery with stereotyped images of African Americans that remain familiar to this day. Slavery in Brazil was more widespread and lasted longer than in the United States. The Brazilian movie Xica is also about slavery, but its stereotypes of Afro-Brazilians are very different from the American ones.
The Scientific Case for Owning Up to Your Porn Use Many people believe that porn use should be hidden from a relationship partner. However, a new study suggests that when women think their partners are honest about their porn use, they tend to be happier with their relationships.
The health risks of cyberbullying in college Girls who reported being cyberbullied were three times more likely to meet clinical criteria for depression.
Alternative Approaches in the Treatment of Depression Our friends over at The People’s Pharmacy, Joe & Terry Graedon, have a long-running radio show (or podcast, if you prefer) that is one of the best-kept secrets in natural and alternative treatments in health. They also cover mental health topics, and this past week’s topic was alternative treatments for...
ADHD plus childhood trauma heightens risk for self-harm, suicide Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research.
Early life stress may cause excess serotonin release resulting in a serotonin deficit where the brain needs it most Mood disorder research suggests that early life stress may cause excess serotonin release, resulting in a serotonin deficit where the brain needs it most. The data suggest a reason why SSRI medications may fail in many patients, and why depressed patients may benefit from strategic SSRI-augmenting treatment approaches.
Forgetting Apple’s Logo: Why We Forget What We Often See Where was the last fire extinguisher you saw? Do you remember where the “B” key is on your keyboard? Even things we see and interact with constantly can be forgotten—sometimes because we see them so much.
4 Play Therapy Videos for Kids with Attention Issues As a play therapist working with kids with ADHD/ADD or various attention issues (or as a parent with a kid who gets easily distracted), you may find it challenging to get the child to focus on any given task. Following are some ideas and techniques you can use to help...
Creepy New Marketing Targets Female Sex Hormones During the fertile phase of their monthly cycle, women are prone to greater risk taking. For psychologists, this means that they are more likely to initiate sexual affairs. Marketers discovered that women are more likely to try new brands as well. Now they plan to use this fact in targeted marketing. Assuming that they get away with it, will the scheme work?
Stress In Your Child: Useful Resources Some helpful resources about childhood stress....
3 Simple Symptoms of Bipolar II To Look For My whole life I thought I had ADD or OCD or something other then what I was diagnosed with over a decade ago: Bipolar II. Often times I visit mental health awareness websites and can’t find any information on Bipolar II aka Chronic Hypo Mania. I spent a lifetime talking...