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An alternative to medical marijuana for pain? Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit the widespread therapeutic use of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. THC’s side effects are produced via its actions at [...]The post An alternative to medical marijuana for pain? appeared first on PsyPost.
Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children Can loving and supportive parents unintentionally encourage their children to define their self-worth through possessions? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children who receive more material rewards from their parents grow up to be more materialistic as adults. “Using material possessions to express love or reward children for their achievements [...]The post Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children appeared first on PsyPost.
Chance as a motivator? Uncertainty can make people work harder Can uncertainty motivate people to work harder? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people will often put in more effort to obtain uncertain rewards. “When comparing the time, money, and effort people invest in order to qualify for either a certain or an uncertain reward, we find that the uncertain [...]The post Chance as a motivator? Uncertainty can make people work harder appeared first on PsyPost.
Happy Pie Some say that 50% of happiness is due to genes, 10% to circumstance, and the rest to what you do. I want to believe that but can’t.
5 Warning Signs of Manipulation in Relationships The scary thing is: You probably don’t even know it’s happening. The worst part of being manipulated in a relationship is that quite often you don’t even know it’s happening. Manipulative people twist your thoughts, actions, wants and desires into something that better suits how they see the world and...
You Can Play This Music For Your Cat (And Your Cat May Actually Like It) Cats seem pretty apathetic about a lot of things . You might think music is one of them. But according to a new study, it's not that cats don't care about music – it's that they don't care about YOUR music. So what kind of music do cats appreciate? We're so glad you asked....
Robin Williams’ Daughter: “Have a Conversation About Mental Health” It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than six months since the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. The world was left absolutely stunned when the comedian succumbed to his battle with depression, leaving behind devastated family, friends and fans. An unexpected silver lining of this extremely sad situation...
Jonathan Knight Says “Amazing Race” Helped His Anxiety In their heyday, the New Kids on the Block were one of the biggest acts in the music industry. Recently, they have enjoyed a successful comeback complete with new albums, sold out tours and even themed cruises. Over the years, Jonathan Knight, a member of the super group, has revealed...
America’s Next Top Model: How do fans contribute to the decline of their favorite TV shows? Popular TV shows can rapidly lose much of their audience. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the most devoted fans of popular TV shows could actually be contributing to their decline. “We explored a brand that was once a global powerhouse with syndication in more than 100 countries. ANTM was well [...]The post America’s Next Top Model: How do fans contribute to the decline of their favorite TV shows? appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women. Forthcoming in the journal Psychological Bulletin, the study compiled 31 years of narcissism research and found that men consistently scored higher in [...]The post Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women appeared first on PsyPost.
Time management: Why we feel busier when close to reaching a goal Is there any worse time to be interrupted than right now? Regardless of what we’re doing or the nature of the interruption, we often feel as if we have no time to spare at the moment. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers feel busier when they are close to [...]The post Time management: Why we feel busier when close to reaching a goal appeared first on PsyPost.
Deciding on a purchase: Does it matter if you look up or down while shopping? Next time you look up at a higher shelf in a store or down at your phone when making a purchase, think about how the direction you are looking could influence your decision. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers choose different products when looking up versus down. “Consumers may [...]The post Deciding on a purchase: Does it matter if you look up or down while shopping? appeared first on PsyPost.
Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick Countless couples have recited the words, ‘in sickness and in health’ on their wedding day with the intention of honoring those vows. But as it turns out, that may be easier said than done. A new Iowa State University study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious [...]The post Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick appeared first on PsyPost.
Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a genetic variation that in women significantly increases their risk of developing multiple sclerosis. The variant occurs almost twice as often among women with MS as in women without the disease, making it “one of the strongest genetic risk factors for MS discovered to date,” [...]The post Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings appeared first on PsyPost.
When “Don’t Take It Personally!” Isn’t Helpful “It’s not personal” What is it about these three words that is so maddening? As long as people have to interact with each other, there will be hurt feelings. Decisions that don’t go someone’s way, or boundaries disappoint. It’s just the way that it is: not everyone can get their...
The Case for Worrying ‘Alone’ Can sharing your worries with a friend help you problem-solve and be more productive? Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell recently wrote a book in which he explains that working out your worries with a friend could help eliminate distractions in life. “Worrying alone does not have to be toxic, but it tends...
Michelle Obama promotes awareness of mental health care The first lady asserts that mental health care is not just a policy and budget issue for America, but also a cultural issue.
Using fruit flies to understand how we sense hot and cold Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly's brain represents temperature, mapping it neuron by neuron, which has implications for understanding the much more complex human brain and how it responds to sensory stimuli. The work represents the first comprehensive mapping of the brain circuit that processes temperature information in any animal.
Negative Emotions, Anyone? In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.
What Is A Soulful Person If there is a soul, what is that really? The term “soul” is usually monopolized by religions and implies an existence after death. In psychology, we use the word “Self”, that what we identify with as a whole. But are they different from each other, or do they mean one and the...