|Should I Keep My Firstborn an Only Child?
||In terms of the level of education, aspirations and achievement, firstborns and only children excel. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, all were firstborns or only children. What gives firstborns and only children this distinct advantage?
|25 Productive Things to Do When You Have Just
||I’m slow to do most things. Getting out of bed. Taking a shower. Getting dressed. Writing articles. Reading. Washing the dishes. Cleaning the house. So when I think of being productive, I think I need long stretches of time. But in reality we can do quite a bit with just...
|How To Make Friends: This Will Subtly Help People Open Up
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|Breastfeeding Benefits: Higher Adult IQ and Income 30 Years Later
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|The tao of depression for a journalist
||About 15 years ago the newspaper where I work sent me to a number-crunching boot camp, where I learned how to analyze data. I became a geek. As journalism morphed from the old fashioned pen, notebook and musty records at the courthouse to the internet’s ability to gather mountains of...
|Children Who Kill Are Often Victims Too
||Children who murder have often been severely abused or neglected and have experienced a tumultuous home life
|Spinal cord neurons that control pain and itch
||The spinal cord transmits pain signals to the brain, where they are consciously perceived. But not all the impulses arrive at their destination: Certain neurons act as checkpoints and determine whether a pain signal is relayed or not. Researchers have identified these neurons and their connections. Moreover, they developed means to specifically activate these neurons, which reduces not only pain – but astonishingly also alleviates itch.
|5 Tips for Facebook-Proofing Your Marriage
||Get offline and on with your relationship. Beware what you say and do online, because it will come back to haunt you later! Did you know that entire websites are devoted to helping people avoid getting caught flirting and cheating on social media sites like Facebook? This is partly in...
|Can Intentionality Improve Health?
||How to Live by Conscious Choice Living by choice is not a mystery; the steps to doing so are simple. But it doesn’t come easily, especially at first. If it did, everyone would drop their old habits and start living with intention so they could reap all the benefits and...
|Blond or brunette? Rarity doesn’t seem to affect the attractiveness of women’s hair color
||Researchers investigating preferences for women’s hair color failed to find evidence that rare hair colors are perceived as more attractive. The researchers — Zinnia J. Janif, Robert C. Brooks and Barnaby J. Dixson — had previously found that men with beards were perceived as more attractive when beards were rarer. But their new study, published [...]The post Blond or brunette? Rarity doesn’t seem to affect the attractiveness of women’s hair color appeared first on PsyPost.
|Media economics: Consumers have only themselves to blame for all that bad news
||Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, says new research showing that it’s actually buying habits that drive negative press. The research looks at the negative news phenomenon through the prism of economic science. And while previous studies have focused on the supply side by examining media [...]The post Media economics: Consumers have only themselves to blame for all that bad news appeared first on PsyPost.
|Is it dementia, or just normal aging? New tool may help triage
||Researchers at Mayo Clinic developed a new scoring system to help determine which elderly people may be at a higher risk of developing the memory and thinking problems that can lead to dementia. The study is published in the March 18, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [...]The post Is it dementia, or just normal aging? New tool may help triage appeared first on PsyPost.
|Scientists discover a new cause of epilepsy: Astrocyte uncoupling
||Epilepsy is a very prevalent neurological disorder. Approximately one-third of patients are resistant to currently available therapies. A team of researchers under the guidance of the Institute of Cellular Neurosciences at the University of Bonn has discovered a new cause to explain the development of temporal lobe epilepsy: At an early stage, astrocytes are uncoupled [...]The post Scientists discover a new cause of epilepsy: Astrocyte uncoupling appeared first on PsyPost.
|A speech-based system for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease
||Alzheimer’s disease is the most significant cause of dementia in the elderly: it affects over 35 million people worldwide. It is reckoned that Alzheimer’s could reach epidemic proportions in developed countries unless therapies to cure or prevent it are obtained. Studies conducted so far reveal that the therapies are more effective when they are applied [...]The post A speech-based system for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
|Anthropologists study the hormonal basis of affiliation and competition in the Bolivian Amazon
||Absence, it seems, really does make the heart grow fonder. That’s according to research conducted by UC Santa Barbara anthropologists, who found that levels of the “love” hormone oxytocin increases among Tsimane men when they come home to their families after a day of hunting. The researchers also found that the increase in oxytocin was [...]The post Anthropologists study the hormonal basis of affiliation and competition in the Bolivian Amazon appeared first on PsyPost.
|Finding support for surgery on Facebook
||For many, Facebook connects friends, family, and others with common interests. Despite the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, scientists are only beginning to learn how they affect human interaction. In a recent study published by the journal Social Science & Medicine, Dartmouth researchers examined nearly 9,000 Facebook conversations to better understand how people [...]The post Finding support for surgery on Facebook appeared first on PsyPost.
|Parenting Advice: Understanding Your Teen’s Cyberlife
||Like it or not, this is the world your kids are living in. You have to learn to live in it, too. Unlike my parents, I have always had indoor plumbing. I am guessing when they first started putting toilets in homes that more than one person protested. “In the...
||I have been with my boyfriend for over 5 & 1/2 years. That is more than half a decade. That is a long time. Today he broke up with me, saying we should “go our separate ways.” In a TEXT message. 5 & 1/2 years and I get a text...
|Discovery of how malaria kills children will lead to life-saving treatments
||In a groundbreaking study, researchers have discovered what causes death in children with cerebral malaria, the deadliest form of the disease. Theresearch team found that the brain becomes so swollen it is forced out through the bottom of the skull and compresses the brain stem. This pressure causes the children to stop breathing and die.
|Are You A Modern Day Cinderella?
||Many women model their lives after one of the most famous (and most exhausted) female characters of all, Cinderella — not the glass slipper and ball gown Cinderella but the work-her-fingers-to-the-bone-exhausted Cinderella, who desperately needs a vacation and some beauty rest. You think you are not working as hard as...