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Vitamin D Benefits Common Mental Illnesses By Regulating Serotonin Study reveals how vitamin D benefits mental disorders, as do omega-3 fatty acids. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production This Vitamin Stops People Feeling SAD and Promotes Good Mental Health Cooking Fish This Way Protects Brain From Gray Matter Loss With Age 9 Nutrients Which Should Be In Your Diet for Good Mental Health The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems
Having a Baby: When You Don't Agree Being on different pages about having children can be a major relationship roadblock. The key is uncovering the problem under the problem -- some likely suspects.
One brain area, two planning strategies Ready to strike, the spear fisherman holds his spear above the water surface. He aims at the fish. But he is misled by the view: Due to the refraction of light on the surface, he does not see the actual location of the fish. How must his brain now plan the arm movement? Do the brain cells (neurons) reflect the position where the fish was spotted, in other words, the visual target? Or do they plan the physical target, which is the actual direction in which the arm and spear should move in order to hit the fish? In new research, investigators tried to answer this question on the different aspects of planning a limb movement.
Rivers of Becoming   Find yourself a river to meditate on. The rest will come. What, no river nearby?! Look inside: it runs right through you. Spend a contemplative moment on the (meta-cognitive) riverbank of Being as you witness the River of Becoming flow on without you. – “The river is everywhere at...
Do Generations Exist? Is it misleading to speak about a self-absorbed “Me Generation” or jaded, cynical GenXers, overeducated and underemployed?
10 Commandments of No-Fault Relationships For many years we’ve had no-fault insurance. Then along came no-fault divorce. What’s next? How about no-fault relationships?  Over the years I’ve noticed that couples who have problems tend to play the blame game. Each blames the other for whatever’s wrong with the relationship. Making it his fault or her...
5 More Tips for Increasing Your Self-Confidence In a previous post, we discussed five tips for increasing your self-confidence. Here are five more. 1. Speak your mind. Being clear about what you want and need makes it much easier to set personal boundaries. Saying “no” sometimes gives the “yes” more meaning. Speaking up and setting boundaries does...
It’s Best to Make Your Own Drugs A significant segment of the population lives with more than one chronic medical condition. The pharmaceutical industry makes drugs for almost every type of chronic condition. However, only a handful of these drugs, such as antibiotics, actually cure disease. Most pharmaceuticals simply control symptoms to varying degrees, and they are...
In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg died on Saturday, February 7th. Rosenberg was the creator of Nonviolent Communication and the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He was 80 years old. Marshall Rosenberg dedicated his life to the study and practice of the conditions that bring about peace. As a consequence, he knew well the critical, sometimes life-saving importance of emotionally-intelligent, awareness-based communication. Dr. Rosenberg drew on his own painful experiences in racially-divided Detroit and his training in psychology to develop Nonviolent Communication, a particular approach to addressing conflict that emphasizes listening with empathy, naming and expressing feelings in responsible ways, and recognizing our common humanity, even in the midst of our most difficult moments together. Since the publication of a slender, easy-to-read book by that name, and through his own tireless presentation schedule each year, tens of thousands of us around the world have trained in the skills of expressing ourselves honestly and receiving one another empathically. We’ve practiced leaning on the four core components of the Nonviolent Communication process: speaking concretely about what we observe; naming the feelings that arise in response; uncovering the needs, values and motivations that underlie our feelings; and asking for what we need to enrich our lives. Those of us who have practiced working with anger through mindfulness and through the specific teachings of this method—stopping and breathing; identifying judgmental thoughts; connecting with one’s needs; and expressing our emotions—know from experience how deeply the practice of mindfulness supports the practice of Nonviolent Communication, and vice versa: how deeply Nonviolent Communication supports the practice of mindfulness. Dr. Rosenberg’s passing is a great loss to those inspired by his embodied, practical approach to peacemaking. And yet his work lives on as an inheritance, one that we may discover, rediscover and invest in ourselves and in one another, sharing these instruments of harmony that were meant to be shared in a diverse, complex, and complicated world.
Am I Delusional ?     Real or Not Real? Some people who struggle with the challenges of bipolar also experience psychosis in the form of delusions.  There might be a feeling, or a sense that, although you feel quite strongly about your belief, things just aren’t feeling like they “add up”. Or you...
Study maps extroversion types in the brain's anatomy Scientists have mapped the similarities and the differences in the brain between the two different kinds of extroverts: 'Agentic' go-getters and 'affiliative' people persons.
How does the human brain tackle problems it did not evolve to solve? Online dating, chatty smartphones, and social media played no role in the evolution of our ancestors, yet humans manage to deal with and even exploit these hallmarks of modern living. In the February 25 issue of the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Dartmouth College researchers review the latest social neuroscience literature and argue [...]The post How does the human brain tackle problems it did not evolve to solve? appeared first on PsyPost.
Blockbusters: Can EEGs predict a movie’s success better than surveys? Seventy five percent of movies earn a net loss during their run in theaters. A new study in the Journal of Marketing Research finds that brain activity visible through EEG measures may be a much cheaper and more accurate way to predict the commercial success of movies. “Several decades of research have shown that many important [...]The post Blockbusters: Can EEGs predict a movie’s success better than surveys? appeared first on PsyPost.
Understanding faith and teaching evolution not mutually exclusive: study Discussing the relationship between science and faith, rather than avoiding the discussion, may better prepare future high school biology teachers for anticipating questions about evolution, according to Penn State political scientists. In a series of focus group meetings with biology students at four Pennsylvania institutions — three universities and a college — students from a [...]The post Understanding faith and teaching evolution not mutually exclusive: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Parkinson’s disease patients have reduced visual contrast acuity Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often have difficulties with visual acuity in low-contrast images. Because they may have normal high-contrast vision, this is often overlooked during routine eye exams. In the current issue of the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, researchers report that PD patients had significantly worse vision for low-contrast images at close (40 cm) and [...]The post Parkinson’s disease patients have reduced visual contrast acuity appeared first on PsyPost.
The Lies Our Abuse Tells Us For years now I’ve heard the statement “Depression Lies” circling around blogs and social media. It’s true. Depression does lie. It tells us we’re lazy, a burden to our friends and, sometimes, of so little value that the world would be a better place without us. I wish every depression...
Vaccine hesitancy: A PLOS Currents collection investigating vaccination decision-making Researchers explore individuals’ confidence or reluctance to vaccinate their families and the associated effects on global health, in a collection published on February 25, 2015 by the open-access journal, PLOS Currents: Outbreaks. The collection is accompanied by the editorial “Hesitancy, trust and individualism in vaccination decision-making” by Jonathan E. Suk et al. from the European [...]The post Vaccine hesitancy: A PLOS Currents collection investigating vaccination decision-making appeared first on PsyPost.
Unusual disease that causes acute confusion may be underdiagnosed An unusual disease called Susac syndrome, which can cause acute confusion and problems with hearing and eyesight, is rare but probably under reported, Loyola University Medical Center physicians report in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. Classical neurology textbooks do not list Susac syndrome as a possible diagnosis of acute confusional states. And Susac [...]The post Unusual disease that causes acute confusion may be underdiagnosed appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows less aggressive behavior toward strangers in autism spectrum disorder model While aggression toward caregivers and peers is a challenge faced by many individuals and families dealing with autism, there has been much speculation in the media over the possibility of generally heightened aggression in those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. A new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) [...]The post Study shows less aggressive behavior toward strangers in autism spectrum disorder model appeared first on PsyPost.
People-persons vs go-getters: Study maps extroversion types in the brain’s anatomy Everyday experience and psychological studies alike tell us that there are two different types of extroverts: The gregarious “people-persons” who find reward in sharing affection and affiliation with others, and the ambitious “go-getters” who flash those bright-white smiles in their pursuit of achievement and leadership agendas. A new study shows that these overlapping yet distinct [...]The post People-persons vs go-getters: Study maps extroversion types in the brain’s anatomy appeared first on PsyPost.