|4 Steps for Clearing Up Misunderstandings in Any Relationship
||Misunderstandings are bound to happen in any relationship. With your partner. With your kids. With your family and friends. With your colleagues. This is normal and natural. Sometimes, we might let a slew of small irritations build up, which only triggers resentment and negative feelings over time. It leads us...
|The Surprising Upside of Guilt and Shame
||Guilt and shame are extremely unpleasant emotions that can cause deep psychological wounds and impact our lives in significant ways--but might they also have an upside?
|Unhappy Marriage: Ironic Reason Miserable Partners Don’t Complain
In an unhappy marriage often one partner fails to speak up about problems affecting them both, but why?
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|Why are Men More Narcissistic than Women?
||We tend to associate the personality trait of narcissism with women who, at least in the popular sense, spend far more time and energy on their appearance than apparently do men. New research on sex differences shows clearly that there is a gender difference, but not in how we might expect.
|Is the CrossFit Open fueling my mania?
||If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, I’m on the Autobahn. I have all kinds of great, noble plans but I’m not so hot on following through. The upshot is that I feel guilty or stupid or both. Take, for instance, my decision a few weeks ago to...
|7 Habits of Highly Effective Sleuths
||People who ponder puzzles, whether writers, investigators, photographers, or physicians, will benefit from turning these skills into habits.
|Fifty Shades: Glamorizing Abuse or Harmless Escapism?
||The Fifty Shades Trilogy has provoked controversy because the story revolves around an abusive relationship. A group of researchers has argued that the books may harm women by glamorizing abuse. However, the authors' findings are inconsistent with their claims. Whether the books have a harmful influence or are simply titillating fantasy remains to be demonstrated.
|Psychology Around the Net: March 7, 2015
||Get the latest on the psychological importance of dressing for success, how distractions might affect creativity, anxiety and poor decision-making, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. An Early Bedtime Could Prevent Mental Illness, Study Finds: Canadian and French researchers propose that earlier bedtmies (and healthier meals) could...
|Spike activity 06-03-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The strange world of felt presences. Great piece in The Guardian. Nature reports that the Human Brain Project has voted for a change of leadership. But read carefully, it’s not clear how much will change in practice. Surely the worst ‘neuroscience of’ article ever […]
|Breastfeeding duration influences infants’ brain responses to emotional body expressions
||New research shows that the amount of time in which breastfed meals are the only source of sustenance has an effect on emotion perception in infants. The study, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, found that prolonged exclusive breastfeeding — when the infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink — was [...]The post Breastfeeding duration influences infants’ brain responses to emotional body expressions appeared first on PsyPost.
|Sleep-walking neurons: Brain’s GPS never stops working — even during sleep
||Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time — and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them. Such information could be useful in treating navigational problems, among the first major symptoms of Alzheimer’s [...]The post Sleep-walking neurons: Brain’s GPS never stops working — even during sleep appeared first on PsyPost.
|Can we teach intelligence?
||Hardly any other psychological concept is as important to us as intelligence. We want to make intelligent choices, be able to keep up an intelligent conversation, and simply be intelligent people. Not surprisingly, scientists have investigated intelligent and less intelligent behaviour for decades. A wide array of different, sometimes even contradicting definitions of intelligence and [...]The post Can we teach intelligence? appeared first on PsyPost.
|The brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way
||The human brain can select relevant objects from a flood of information and edit out what is irrelevant. It also knows which parts belong to a whole. If, for example, we direct our attention to the doors of a house, the brain will preferentially process its windows, but not the neighboring houses. Psychologists from Goethe [...]The post The brain treats real and imaginary objects in the same way appeared first on PsyPost.
|Have a sense of purpose in life? It may protect your heart
||Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore. The new analysis defined purpose [...]The post Have a sense of purpose in life? It may protect your heart appeared first on PsyPost.
|New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation
||Inflammatory processes occur in the brain in conjunction with stroke and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from Lund University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, in close cooperation with a group led by Professor José L. Venero at the University of Seville, have presented new findings about some of the ‘key players’ [...]The post New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation appeared first on PsyPost.
|Feeling sleepy? Might be the melatonin in your brain
||If you walk into your local drug store and ask for a supplement to help you sleep, you might be directed to a bottle labeled “melatonin.” The hormone supplement’s use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies. However, our bodies also make melatonin naturally, and until a [...]The post Feeling sleepy? Might be the melatonin in your brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Want To Be Happier Today? Do These Three Things
|| Life can often feel like there are a lot of reasons to be unhappy. A frustrating job, not enough time, money, love, respect, whatever. Sometimes, there is not a whole lot we can do about these things. And it can also feel like the changes that will lead...
|How to Eat Healthier Foods
||Regardless of whether you’re dieting or simply want to eat better, committing to a healthy, balanced diet is a habit we can all benefit from. We know eating well helps us maximize our productivity and minimize our chance of heart disease, among other things, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy....
|People with anorexia, body dysmorphic disorder have similar brain anomalies
||People with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar abnormalities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information, a new study reveals. People with anorexia have such an intense fear of gaining weight that they starve themselves even when they are dangerously thin. Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by an obsessive preoccupation with a perceived flaw in physical appearance.
|MOOD + FOOD
||Photo by Walmart Corporate I MATTER: My Nutrition, My Sleep, My Energy So, you are faithfully taking your medications as prescribed, you are seeing a therapist weekly, and you are working hard to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Sometimes we can get so caught up in making sure that we are...