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The smart unconscious We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds. It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, […]
The Benefits of Being Blond Is it better to be blond? Prior research suggests that blond women enjoy a wage premium and preferential treatment from men. But does this really translate into higher lifetime earnings or better odds of marriage? And might blond men be similarly-advantaged?
If You Never Go Limp I am impressed with the fact that men, the same men who are reluctant to have any fears or vulnerabilities, are all but obsessed with one persistent insecurity: their sexual potency. Normal men seem to be just this side of having a body dysmorphic disorder about their penis size and...
People with a ‘bonding identity’ cope better with structural disadvantage In a paper published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, NCCR LIVES PhD candidate at the University of Lausanne, Mouna Bakouri, demonstrates how individuals from socially disadvantaged populations who define themselves as connected to a group are better prepared to deal with barriers encountered in their life-course. Their self-esteem is indeed less harmed as [...]The post People with a ‘bonding identity’ cope better with structural disadvantage appeared first on PsyPost.
Digital games and learning: Study finds helpful features, gaps A new report on how teachers use video games in classrooms identifies features they find most useful to track student learning, as well as gaps where better tools could help link games more closely to the curriculum. The report, released today by the A-GAMES Project of the University of Michigan and New York University, is [...]The post Digital games and learning: Study finds helpful features, gaps appeared first on PsyPost.
New growth factor indicates possible regenerative effects in Parkinson’s disease Researchers have long sought treatments that can slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Current treatments have for decades been only symptomatic in nature, supplying the neurotransmitter dopamine, which the dying nerve cells can no longer produce. Results from a recent clinical study offer hope that future therapies could take advantage of the brain’s own protective [...]The post New growth factor indicates possible regenerative effects in Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Can virtual reality help treat anxiety in older people ? Up to 25% of people aged 65 and over experience varying degrees of anxiety. Although cognitive behavioural therapy is a preferred treatment approach, it has limitations as people age (decreased mobility and visualization skills). Could virtual reality be an effective therapy for anxiety in older people? This novel therapeutic avenue for this clientele seems promising, [...]The post Can virtual reality help treat anxiety in older people ? appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers observe stem cell specialization in the brain Adult stem cells are flexible and can transform themselves into a wide variety of special cell types. Because they are harvested from adult organisms, there are no ethical objections to their use, and they therefore open up major possibilities in biomedicine. For instance, adult stem cells enable the stabilization or even regeneration of damaged tissue. [...]The post Researchers observe stem cell specialization in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: 25 percent of children who are homeless need mental health services A pilot study in Wake County, North Carolina, finds that 25 percent of children who are homeless are in need of mental health services. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless (CATCH), highlights the need for more screening and support for the millions of [...]The post Study: 25 percent of children who are homeless need mental health services appeared first on PsyPost.
Get Robust, Because Resilience Is Too Little Too Late Resilience is the ability to recover your cool quickly. Robustness is keeping your cool no matter what. James Bond is robust. You don't see him recovering his cool after a fight. He keeps his cool in the fight. Here are 14 quick strategies for cultivating your robustness, so you can stand up for yourself invulnerably.
5 Practices to Create Purpose From Trauma If you want to support friends, family, acquaintances and strangers suffering from trauma, Rule #1 — Skip the “everything has a purpose” line. Please don’t place “purpose” on other people’s trauma. Purpose may eventually exist around our devastation, but only because we found it. We worked for it, answered the...
How To Help People Grieve After a prolonged, debilitating illness, two weeks ago my father--at long last--died. As a physician, I've observed many people experience loss, but this is the first time I've lost someone close to me. This has, not surprisingly, put me on the receiving end of many condolences. Yet unable to rid myself of my analytical mind even in the midst of grief, I've found myself
Nobody Can Steal Spent Money Can we stop acting as if not dying is an option? Listen carefully, and you'll hear people say things like, "If I die, I want it to be painless." If? There is no "if" about it.
18 Tell-Tale Signs You’ve Crossed the Emotional Affair Line Has your flirtation gotten out of hand? In this day and age, most of us have friends of the opposite sex, whether they are co-workers, casual acquaintances or close confidantes. The question is: how close is too close when you’re in a romantic relationship with someone else? Here are some...
9 Thoughts That Destroy Loving Relationships! Don't let any of these toxic thoughts overtake you and hurt or destroy your loving relationship.
Living Life on Autopilot? 3 Steps to Find Your   Do you feel bored in your life?  Do you enjoy happy occasions less than you should?  Do you sometimes feel emotionally numb?  Do other people seem to experience more intense joy, love or closeness than you do?  Do you sometimes question the purpose and value of your life?  Do...
Sia’s Hidden Face: Addiction and Social Anxiety Australian singer, Sia Furler, has been around for a long time but some may struggle to recognize her. She often refuses to be photographed for interviews and uses stand-ins like 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler to represent her in music videos. She has, of course, written songs for herself (including the smash...
Mental health deaths in detention 'avoidable' The deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions who were held in detention could have been avoided, an inquiry in England and Wales found.
Deconstructing mental illness through ultradian rhythms Might living a structured life with regularly established meal times and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? That’s what’s suggested in a study led by Kai-Florian Storch, PhD, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, which has been published in the online [...]The post Deconstructing mental illness through ultradian rhythms appeared first on PsyPost.
Newborn neurons in the adult brain may help us adapt to the environment The discovery that the human brain continues to produce new neurons in adulthood challenged a major dogma in the field of neuroscience, but the role of these neurons in behavior and cognition is still not clear. In a review article published by Cell Press February 21st in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Maya Opendak and Elizabeth [...]The post Newborn neurons in the adult brain may help us adapt to the environment appeared first on PsyPost.