|The neurochemistry of flow states, with Steven Kotler
||Steven Kotler explains the neurochemical changes during flow states that strengthen motivation, creativity and learning. 'The brain produces a giant cascade of neurochemistry. You get norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins. All five of these are performance enhancing neurochemicals.' Kotler discusses how each amplifies intellectual and cognitive performance.The post The neurochemistry of flow states, with Steven Kotler appeared first on PsyPost.
|WATCH: Four psychology myths you probably thought were true
||Do you know brain facts from fiction?The post WATCH: Four psychology myths you probably thought were true appeared first on PsyPost.
|VIDEO: Can science improve your sex life?
||A little science secret to spice things up in the bedroom!The post VIDEO: Can science improve your sex life? appeared first on PsyPost.
|10 Tips for Helping Your Child Overcome Anger
||Anger can be an emotion that is difficult for even some adults to manage in healthy ways. Therefore, it is reasonable that many children have a hard time knowing how to handle their anger, as well. As children grow and mature, they learn about how to manage their feelings, how...
|Study identifies neurons that help predict what another individual will do
||Every day we make decisions based on predicting what someone else will do – from deciding whether the driver approaching an intersection will stop for the red light to determining whether a particular negotiation strategy will result in a desired outcome. Now a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has discovered two groups of [...]The post Study identifies neurons that help predict what another individual will do appeared first on PsyPost.
|Bumblebees make false memories too
||It’s well known that our human memory can fail us. People can be forgetful, and they can sometimes also “remember” things incorrectly, with devastating consequences in the classroom, courtroom, and other areas of life. Now, researchers show for the first time in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on February 26 that bumblebees can be [...]The post Bumblebees make false memories too appeared first on PsyPost.
|Aggressive boys tend to develop into physically stronger teens
||Boys who show aggressive tendencies develop greater physical strength as teenagers than boys who are not aggressive, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “This work was motivated by a long-standing controversy over the relationship between physical development and personality,” says psychological scientist Joshua Isen of [...]The post Aggressive boys tend to develop into physically stronger teens appeared first on PsyPost.
|Predicting human crowds with statistical physics
||For the first time researchers have directly measured a general law of how pedestrians interact in a crowd. This law can be used to create realistic crowds in virtual reality games and to make public spaces safer. People intuitively know how to navigate through crowds in a way that both minimizes distance travelled and avoids [...]The post Predicting human crowds with statistical physics appeared first on PsyPost.
|Self-Care Sunday: Easeful Evenings
||Last Sunday we talked about creating meaningful mornings. Today, let’s talk about evenings. How do you normally spend your evenings? Do you plop on the couch and watch TV? Do you continue responding to email? Do you wash the dishes and clean up most of the night? Do you read...
|Introducing Bipolar Out Loud
||We know that living with bipolar disorder — just like living with any mental health concern — is rarely an easy road to walk. That’s why it takes a gentle yet deft hand to share one’s own experiences with bipolar disorder, in order to help others with their own journey....
|Goal Motivation and Risk Tolerance Test
||How motivated are you to achieve your goal? Are you ready to risk? Is high risk tolerance a necessary trait for goal achievement? This test will will help you find out.
|Depressed People Take Social Rejection Harder, Here’s Why
There's a good reason why depressed people find it much harder to deal with social rejection.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Get Out of Yourself
||We are fortunate when something happens that extricates us from an excessive focus on ourselves. The hardest burden in life is self-centeredness.
|Eliminating Verbal Abuse Once and for All
||Verbal abuse is derogatory language with the intent to humiliate, hurt, and/or undermine. It robs the other person of their dignity and sense of security. Mostly, verbal abuse occurs in anger; sometimes it occurs with cold calculation (in which case, the abuser is much more of a threat to another’s well-being...
|8 Warning Signs Your Lover is a Narcissist
||The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." How do you know when your romantic partner may be a narcissist? Here are eight telltale signs...
|115 Years Old, Still Single, and Still Living Alone
||“Can staying single really help you live forever?” That was the headline of a story at Fusion, picking up on an article at the New York Times that zipped around the internet soon after it was published – fittingly, on Valentine’s Day. Our heroine is Emma Morano of Italy, born...
|Five Simple Steps to Learn Mindfulness That Really Work
||Fifteen years ago a colleague dragged me to a Mindfulness Training for mental health professionals. At that time, mindfulness was not considered a fully valid concept in psychology. As a psychologist who valued science, I viewed it as nothing other than new age, mystical hippy nonsense. I anticipated a flaky...
|5 Steps to Increase Motivation
||I hear it all the time: “I’m not motivated.” For many of my clients, they are referring to not having the motivation to perform basic life responsibilities such as paying bills, cleaning the house, making calls, and taking care of their health. When do they get motivated? When they are...
|Fundraising 101: Tempting alternatives increase willingness to donate
||Charities are always trying to understand what type of appeal will increase the likelihood of donations. According to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, people are also very driven by seeing the good in themselves. Referencing particularly indulgent products (not a simple cup of coffee), can significantly increase charitable donations. “Giving to [...]The post Fundraising 101: Tempting alternatives increase willingness to donate appeared first on PsyPost.
|Psychology of food choice: Challenging the status quo
||Researchers are challenging conventional beliefs about the effectiveness of traditional strategies for encouraging healthy eating. The symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice,” includes four presentations that tackle issues such as the harmfulness of weight-stigma, encouraging healthy choices, and strategies to help children and teens. The symposium is featured at the SPSP 16th [...]The post Psychology of food choice: Challenging the status quo appeared first on PsyPost.