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7 Things Sex Addiction Doesn’t Want You to Know! Hi there – my name is sex addiction. You know me by several other names, including sex addict, behavioral addiction and process addiction. I’m an insidious form of dependency that is often not discussed with anyone because I use shame and guilt to silence you. If left unchecked, I grow in...
Is Good Psychotherapy Worth the Investment? Nick, age 55, gets unstuck when he and wife Barbara join together to invest in their own depth therapy to deal with how to feel passion, be more cognitively flexible, and create a happier marriage. They are glad they did.
Snow and The Choice of Joy I grew up in a warm country, and always fantasized about the snow. It seemed magical, romantic, beautiful, and the ultimate state of calm. As a child, snow represented the world that is outside of my small country. A world that is vast and exciting, where white flakes fill the...
5 Tips to Manage Personal Relationships in the Workplace When we enter the workforce, we never want to be ‘that’ person: the one who got that job through their connection with the boss, or the employee who already has a romantic relationship with someone on staff. In these times, it can be hard to work with a clean slate. People can undermine your work, […]
Can Law Improve People's Lives? Can law make people's lives better? The answer is yes, and treating mental illness more effectively is one place to start.
Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that people are willing to take these risks because they view God as providing security against potential negative outcomes. “References to God pervade [...]The post Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers develop method for mapping neuron clusters A team of scientists has developed a method for identifying clusters of neurons that work in concert to guide the behavior. Their findings, which appear in the journal Neuron, address a long-standing mystery about the organization of the prefrontal cortex (PFC)–one of the most recently evolved parts of the primate brain that underlies complex cognitive [...]The post Researchers develop method for mapping neuron clusters appeared first on PsyPost.
Research suggests anesthetics could have long-term impact on children’s brains A group of anesthesiologists and toxicologists today issued a caution to parents and health care professionals about the use of general anesthetics in children. Each year millions of infants, toddlers and preschool children require anesthesia or sedation for various procedures. The University of Toronto’s Professor Beverley Orser and a team of anesthesiology investigators and toxicologists [...]The post Research suggests anesthetics could have long-term impact on children’s brains appeared first on PsyPost.
Optogenetic stimulation of the brain: Researchers use beams of light to control pain A new study by a University of Texas at Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Samarendra Mohanty, an assistant professor of physics, leads the Biophysics and Physiology Lab in the UT Arlington [...]The post Optogenetic stimulation of the brain: Researchers use beams of light to control pain appeared first on PsyPost.
The Lies We Tell The previous post focused on pathological lying. This post will focus on the different types of lies people tell. Lying is a bad habit and can be a big and destructive problem. Let’s identify the different kinds of lies and see if you recognize them. Do you or anyone you...
Can You Get Drunk Off of Water? Don't blame it on the alcohol! Blame it on your expectations about drinking.
Why debunked autism treatment fads persist The communication struggles of children with autism spectrum disorder can drive parents and educators to try anything to understand their thoughts, needs and wants. Unfortunately, specialists in psychology and communication disorders do not always communicate the latest science so well. These factors make the autism community especially vulnerable to interventions and “therapies” that have been [...]The post Why debunked autism treatment fads persist appeared first on PsyPost.
Anxiety 101: Don’t Cross the Rocky Mountains in February I know what you’re thinking. “Of course you shouldn’t cross the Rockies during the coldest, snowiest time of year.” But while it may seem obvious that you could be setting yourself up for disaster, worriers like me throw ourselves headlong into harrowing obstacles all the time. We ignore that voice in our...
Full Body Transplant, Sound Tempting? I just got back from vacation, so my apologies for being gone for so long. I couldn’t believe the headline. An Italian doctor thinks he can figure out how to transplant a person’s head on to a donor body in the near future. The doctor told New Scientist how he...
Does Science Really Say That Hot Guys Are Jerks? There have been many recent media stories—with titles like "Science Says: Hot Guys Are A-Holes"—about a new study on attractiveness and behavior. I was lead author on this study, and I'll clarify here what our study really showed.
Intermediary neuron acts as synaptic cloaking device A specific type of neuron might be thwarting researchers' efforts at mapping the connectome by temporarily cloaking the synapses that link a wide field of neurons, report scientists. The researchers found that somatostatin cells send out a signal -- much like a cloaking device - that silences neighboring neurons, making the synapses invisible to researchers. By doing this, somatostatin neurons can change the way the brain functions, heightening some perceptual pathways and silencing others.
Method for mapping neuron clusters developed A method for identifying clusters of neurons that work in concert to guide the behavior has been developed by researchers. Their findings address a long-standing mystery about the organization of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) -- one of the most recently evolved parts of the primate brain that underlies complex cognitive functions.
Neurons that help predict what another individual will do identified Investigators have discovered two groups of neurons that play key roles in social interactions between primates -- one that is activated when deciding whether to cooperate with another individual and another group involved in predicting what the other will do.
Is Couples Counseling a Quick Fix? 1.Is couples counseling a “quick fix” or a long-term commitment? Counseling doesn’t need to be a long process, especially if you feel you’re starting out with a very solid foundation and only need some clarifications and goal-setting. For some people who are a “higher conflict” couple or have deeper issues...
Why It’s Important to Face Awkward Situations I was propelled into a situation recently where my integrity was attacked. I asked a girl out who had no interest in me. I knew that. Yes I overstepped my normally very solid bounds to do something I regret doing but what I did was vastly innocuous compared to the...