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Study finds religious factors linked to searches for online pornography in the United States A state-level analysis has found that religion is correlated to searches for online pornography in the USA. The study, published in the The Journal of Sex Research, found that states with a higher percentage of Evangelical Protestants, theists, or biblical literalists had a higher proportion of Google searches for “porn” from January 1, 2011, to July [...]
Does trait masculinity relate to expressing toughness? A study recently published in Psychology of Men & Masculinity found that men expressed increased toughness when they were faced with a threat to their masculinity. It is often reported that men feel pressure to exhibit gender specific characteristics such as masculinity, invulnerability and toughness. As a result of this gender expectation men die at [...]
Research reveals how family history can affect your memory of hangovers People with a family history of alcoholism are already known to be at a greater risk of developing a drinking problem, but new research led by Psychologist Dr Richard Stephens at Keele University has found they are also more likely to hold onto the painful memory of hangovers. Dr Stephens’ latest research paper, “Does familial [...]
How prenatal maternal infections may affect genetic factors in autism spectrum disorder For some infections, such as Zika, the virus passes through the placenta and directly attacks the fetus. For others, such as the H1N1 influenza, the virus induces maternal immune activation (MIA) by triggering a woman’s immune system during pregnancy. Both Zika and MIA mechanisms may lead to potentially disastrous neurological repercussions for the unborn child, [...]
Food insecurity in early childhood linked to young children’s skills in kindergarten In the United States, estimates show that a substantial number of children under age 5 live in households that are food insecure. That means that they do not have food, or they lack sufficient quantity or quality of food to fuel a healthy and active lifestyle. A new study has found that children who experience [...]
Individuals with autism at substantially heightened risk for injury death Deaths in individuals with autism increased 700 percent in the past 16 years and were three times as likely as in the general population to be caused by injuries, according to a new study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Public Health. The [...]
Study: GPS navigation ‘switches off’ parts of the brain that would otherwise be used Using a satnav to get to your destination ‘switches off’ parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research. The study, published in Nature Communications and funded by Wellcome, involved 24 volunteers navigating a simulation of Soho in central London while undergoing brain scans. The researchers investigated [...]
Genetic assessment developed to determine risk for age-associated Alzheimer’s disease An international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of California San Francisco, has developed a novel genetic score that allows individuals to calculate their age-specific risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), based upon genetic information. A description of the polygenic hazard scoring (PHS) system [...]
Energy drinks mask alcohol’s effects, increase injury risk People who mix highly caffeinated energy drinks with their alcoholic beverages may be at increased risk for injury, according to a review in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Researchers at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC), in Canada, searched for peer-reviewed journal articles [...]
Suicide risk is higher in first year after deliberate self-harm New findings suggest that American adults who survive deliberate self-harm are at increased risk of suicide in the first year after such an event, indicating a need to direct clinical interventions in the critical 12 months following such episodes. The suicide risk is greatest in the month immediately following a self-harm attempt using a firearm, [...]
Children of older mothers have fewer behavioral, social and emotional difficulties The average maternal age has increased steadily for the past many years – and that is actually not so bad. New research from Aarhus BSS shows that older mothers are less likely to punish and scold their children while raising them, and that the children have fewer behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. The result should [...]
How the brain sees the world in 3-D: Scientists record visual cortex combining 2-D and depth info We live in a three-dimensional world, but everything we see is first recorded on our retinas in only two dimensions. So how does the brain represent 3-D information? In a new study, researchers for the first time have shown how different parts of the brain represent an object’s location in depth compared to its 2-D [...]
Tailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert says With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for gender-sensitive and age-appropriate sexual health campaigns that are tailored to young women’s motivations for taking sexual risks while traveling, a new study suggests. More than 850 young women participated in an online survey about their sexual experiences [...]
Disability and Strengths: We Need Phase 3! 5 practical strategies to move you into Phase 3, helping you take on a character strengths-based mindset.
Learning from the First Lovers Bruce Feiler, author of THE FIRST LOVE STORY, explores the biblical tale that continues to illuminate contemporary unions.
Boys secure in their racial identity seek more diverse friendships Kids often seek answers from parents, friends and media to better understand their racial identity. Middle school boys who feel secure about their race during this ongoing information gathering will likely befriend diverse people, according to a new University of Michigan study. The study’s researchers sought to explain how ethnic-racial identity exploration and resolution might [...]
Changes in the vascular system may trigger Alzheimer’s disease As the average age of Americans increases, so too does the problem of Alzheimer’s, one of the world’s most common neurological diseases. In recent years, scientists have explored many new approaches to clear the plaques and tangles in the brain that characterize the condition, but the new drugs have largely turned out to be disappointing. [...]
You Don’t Get to Choose Your Trauma Symptoms Sometimes you can be triggered by your symptoms. It is now widely recognized that traumatized people are easily triggered by external things that remind them of the original trauma.  But it remains poorly recognized that the internal emotions and body responses that follow trauma also … ...
My Favorite Coping Skills for Dysregulated Children As a therapist, I am frequently working with children who are emotionally dysregulated. This means, I see a lot of behavioral issues, difficulties containing behaviors, emotions, and reacting instead of responding to difficult situations. My favorite example is when a parent makes a grilled cheese … ...
Closure is a Crock Closure is a Crock We seek so often to have our endings neat and tied with a bow. Death that occurs in the first fifteen minutes of a TV show … ...