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Creativity and Multicultural Experiences In a recent study, children whose parents were born in different countries were generally more creative than children whose parents were born in the same country. The mystery is why.
Human neural stem cells restore cognitive functions impaired by chemotherapy Human neural stem cell treatments are showing promise for reversing learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy, according to radiation oncology researchers.
How to Practice Self-Compassion When You Think You Can’t Self-compassion is powerful. It promotes inner peace. Self-criticism, the opposite of self-compassion and what most of us are used to practicing, “is an experience of inner conflict,” according to Ali Miller, MFT, a therapist in private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco, Calif.. Miller specializes in helping adults live more...
Will You Be Making Up or Breaking Up After It goes without saying that opportunities to celebrate the people we love are good things. In some ways Valentine’s Day is one of those opportunities. At the same time Valentine’s Day might also be considered a point of reflection for relationships. For some partners it is an opportunity to further...
WELCOME WELLNESS-CREATE A PLAN Take Action: Plan for Wellness What is a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP ®)? A Wellness and Recovery Action Plan® is a type of Action Plan created by YOU.  This plan will be your blueprint for maintaining your serenity and balance, and for providing support should you feel yourself...
What is a Wellness & Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)? Take Action: Plan for Wellness What is a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)? A Wellness and Recovery Action Plan is a type of Action Plan created by YOU.  This plan will be your blueprint for maintaining your serenity and balance, and for providing support should you feel yourself falling...
Exploring the teenage brain, and its drive for immediate reward Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic brain changes that allow planning and encourage the need for immediate reward, according to a neuroscientist.
What is Practical Mental Health Parity? Much has been written in the last several years about the advances in access to mental health care as a result of federal mental health parity laws. These legislative reforms affect individuals and families with private health insurance coverage. While I certainly applaud any reforms that remove restrictions for pre-existing...
The human brain is special. Just not that special Tommy the chimpanzee got his day in court on 8 October 2014. He was unable to attend the hearing in ‘person’ – spending the day, like any other, in a cage at a used trailer sales lot in Gloversville, New York. But an hour’s drive away, in a courtroom in the state capital of Albany, [...]The post The human brain is special. Just not that special appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Stop Calling Yourself a Fraud or a Failure Whether you are starting something new or you made some mistakes you regret, you might fall into the trap of calling yourself a failure. Or you worry others will judge you as incompetent. This post will help you recognize scenarios where you discount yourself and then it gives you 5 steps for helping you recover your confidence so you can move on.
U.S. culture began shifting towards individualism more than a century ago Baby Boomers have been referred to as the Me Generation, but new research indicates that people actually started to become increasingly self-centred more than 100 years ago. In the first study of its kind covering a 150-year period, researchers looked at U.S. culture to determine how and why people there became more independent and less [...]The post U.S. culture began shifting towards individualism more than a century ago appeared first on PsyPost.
Spontaneous activity shapes neuron development A process previously thought to be mere background noise in the brain has been found to shape the growth of neurons as the brain develops, according to research from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), published in Cell Reports. This work has important implications for our [...]The post Spontaneous activity shapes neuron development appeared first on PsyPost.
Lying Awake at Night Last night was one of those nights again. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning – maybe it was 3am, maybe it was 5am, I don’t know. I felt sad and uncomfortable. Something wasn’t right. What was it this time? Sometimes I wake up at night and...
Brian Williams told a tale – but it could be how he really remembers what happened Many of us have asked ourselves in the past few days: can you really falsely remember something as significant as being in a helicopter that was shot down? And many of us probably think “No way,” and quickly conclude that NBC news anchor Brian Williams invented this story to embellish his public image as a [...]The post Brian Williams told a tale – but it could be how he really remembers what happened appeared first on PsyPost.
Cross-cultural study finds individualists are more stressed out by social exclusion New research has discovered that social exclusion tends to cause more stress for people from individualistic cultures. The study, published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, found that individualists were more negatively affected by social exclusion than collectivists — not just psychologically, but also physically. Overall, collectivists displayed less physiological stress and higher levels of psychological well-being. “The importance of being included [...]The post Cross-cultural study finds individualists are more stressed out by social exclusion appeared first on PsyPost.
Looking for romance? You’ve been told opposites attract. This video explains why that’s a lie The scientific reasons you're into your bae.The post Looking for romance? You’ve been told opposites attract. This video explains why that’s a lie appeared first on PsyPost.
New fluorescent protein permanently marks neurons that fire A new tool developed at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus lets scientists shine a light on an animal’s brain to permanently mark neurons that are active at a particular time. The tool — a fluorescent protein called CaMPARI — converts from green to red when calcium floods a nerve cell after the [...]The post New fluorescent protein permanently marks neurons that fire appeared first on PsyPost.
The neural basis of ‘being in the mood’ What determines receptivity or rejection towards potential sexual partners? For people, there are many factors that play a part, appearance, culture, age, are all taken into account. But what part does the internal state of the individual play? The functioning of our bodies is maintained through a complicated system of hormonal signals. Some of these [...]The post The neural basis of ‘being in the mood’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Parents experience post-traumatic stress disorder after child’s stroke Parents of children who have suffered a stroke can experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the children show signs of clinical anxiety, factors that could interfere with treatment and outcomes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. A preliminary study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital examined 10 fathers, 23 [...]The post Parents experience post-traumatic stress disorder after child’s stroke appeared first on PsyPost.
Nationwide survey reveals widespread use of mind and body practices More Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats in an effort to improve their health. A large nationally representative survey shows that the number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high. Of note is a significant increase in the use of yoga since 2002. In [...]The post Nationwide survey reveals widespread use of mind and body practices appeared first on PsyPost.