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An OCEAN Far Away: Big 5 Personality Factors in Star Wars Which Star characters characters are the most open to experience while others are set in their ways? Who's the most conscientious or lackadaisy? Who are the extraverts, who's most agreeable, and who's most neurotic? Help rate the characters in order to find out together.
Thinking Errors: 7 Signs You Are Communicating All Wrong How do you communicate with those you care about, your co-workers, and your friends? Do you show them different sides of yourself or are you always the same person? Do you believe that there are rules to communication? Many of my clients simply believe that communication does not entail a...
Nice to sniff you: Handshakes may engage our sense of smell Why do people shake hands? A new Weizmann Institute study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other’s odors. Even if we are not consciously aware of this, handshaking may provide people with a socially acceptable way of communicating via the sense of smell. Not only do [...]The post Nice to sniff you: Handshakes may engage our sense of smell appeared first on PsyPost.
Time to just say no to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report. In fact, non-drug approaches should be the first choice for treating dementia patients’ common symptoms [...]The post Time to just say no to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes appeared first on PsyPost.
Stress markers in the unemployed linked to poor health Research from the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL suggests direct biological effects of stress during unemployment may help explain the increased mortality and morbidity among jobseekers. The study used biological signatures in blood samples called inflammatory markers, which are influenced by stress and are clinically important because mildly raised levels predict atherosclerosis [...]The post Stress markers in the unemployed linked to poor health appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows poor heart function could be major risk for Alzheimer’s disease A healthier heart could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, published online Feb. 19 in Circulation, associates heart function with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were two to three times more likely to develop significant memory [...]The post Study shows poor heart function could be major risk for Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists map memorable tunes in the rat brain Lights, sound, action: we are constantly learning how to incorporate outside sensations into our reactions in specific situations. In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds. The team then used this map to accurately predict the rats’ [...]The post Scientists map memorable tunes in the rat brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Bans don’t help smokers quit, study finds Smokers have become accustomed to stepping outside at bars and restaurants. But has the change in rules governing enclosed public places inspired enough of them to smoke less behind their own closed doors or maybe even quit altogether? These questions were posed in research recently published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, in which a team [...]The post Bans don’t help smokers quit, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Early life stress may cause excess serotonin release resulting in a serotonin deficit Studies indicate that the majority of people with mood and anxiety disorders who receive the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressant medications, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRI’s, are not helped by these medications. SSRIs are designed to increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is key to maintenance of mood. Researchers led by [...]The post Early life stress may cause excess serotonin release resulting in a serotonin deficit appeared first on PsyPost.
Larry Sanders & the Need for Understanding Larry Sanders, the former Milwaukee Bucks basketball player, recently disclosed that he’d taken a leave of absence from the team in order to be treated for depression and anxiety. He later took a buyout of his contract and currently is not playing anywhere in the NBA. Someone I used to...
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.