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The Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend: Best New Thing for Have you heard about the new, hot things called The Invisible Boyfriend and The Invisible Girlfriend? It’s getting buzz all over the place. NPR explains that “Matthew Homann says he came up with the idea a few years ago, when he was newly single from a divorce and people wouldn’t...
Understand the Difference: Creativity vs. Artistic Ability There is a myth going around about creativity being the same thing as artistic ability. People use these two terms interchangeably and in doing so they continue to promote a lot of confusion in both themselves and the people around. You will hear “I can’t draw, I am not creative”...
Three Dead Grannies, or: the Psychology of Deadlines A deadline is a blunt cudgel to beat students (and others) into submission. Can we do without them? [this is a rhetorical question]
In pursuit of happiness: Why some pain helps us feel pleasure The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximising pleasure and minimising pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different. Pleasure alone cannot not make us happy. Take Christina Onassis, the daughter of shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. She inherited wealth beyond imagination and spent it on extravagant pleasures in an attempt [...]The post In pursuit of happiness: Why some pain helps us feel pleasure appeared first on PsyPost.
WATCH: Professor Jonathan Haidt shares the secrets of happiness Professor Jonathan Haidt shared the secrets of happiness to more than 300 captive audience made up of working executives, the SMU Community as well as teachers and students from the various Junior Colleges and Polytechnics. A renowned social psychologist from New York University Stern School of Business, Professor Haidt discussed the keys to happiness: strong relationships of trust and love, engagement with work that allows people to use their strengths, and a sense of purpose and connection to something larger than themselves.The post WATCH: Professor Jonathan Haidt shares the secrets of happiness appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk For 150 years, the iconic Broca’s area of the brain has been recognized as the command center for human speech, including vocalization. Now, scientists at UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland are challenging this long-held assumption with new evidence that Broca’s area actually switches off when we talk out loud. The findings, reported [...]The post Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk appeared first on PsyPost.
Generations Divided We live in a society acutely conscious of age. Ours is also an intensely age segregated society that denigrates whole groups of people based on their age.
Awakening Farm animal abuse has been core to the animal rights movement for many years. The author reviews a new book, "Turning Points in Compassion," which portrays the personal narratives of many animals advocates as they journey through their own turning points towards "radical kindness."
Why scandals aren’t bad for business in the long term HSBC has been receiving a lot of bad press recently, but it doesn’t seem to be hurting its stock performance. Should we be surprised by this? My research into corporate scandals shows that they tend to hurt companies in the short term, but have no long term impact. The questions raised over HSBC’s Geneva subsidiary [...]The post Why scandals aren’t bad for business in the long term appeared first on PsyPost.
Teens from single-parent families leave school earlier A new study from researchers at New York University, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Chicago finds that that by the age of 24, individuals who live in single-parent families as teens received fewer years of schooling and are less likely to attain a bachelor’s degree than those from two-parent families. The [...]The post Teens from single-parent families leave school earlier appeared first on PsyPost.
In the YouTube universe, alcohol is funny, drinkers are attractive, consequences minimal A variety of socio-demographic, personal, and environmental factors have been linked to negative alcohol-use consequences during adolescence and young adulthood. Media exposure to alcohol is one of these factors. A recent study of the content of leading YouTube videos involving alcohol intoxication has found the videos commonly juxtaposed intoxication with humor and attractiveness while infrequently [...]The post In the YouTube universe, alcohol is funny, drinkers are attractive, consequences minimal appeared first on PsyPost.
Binge drinking is strongly associated with eating problems among Russian girls Adolescent binge drinking has been linked to a host of problems, including worse school performance, risky sexual behaviors, illicit drugs, and a greater risk of suicide. Binge drinking may also be linked to problematic eating behavior, yet little research exists. A study of the relationship between binge drinking and eating problems among Russian adolescents has [...]The post Binge drinking is strongly associated with eating problems among Russian girls appeared first on PsyPost.
A lower IQ has been linked to greater and riskier drinking among young adult men Although several studies have shown an association between intelligence and various health-related outcomes, the research on cognitive abilities and alcohol-related problems has been inconsistent. A new study of the association between IQ-test results and drinking, measured as both total intake and pattern of use, has found that a lower IQ is clearly associated with greater [...]The post A lower IQ has been linked to greater and riskier drinking among young adult men appeared first on PsyPost.
Ancient and modern cities aren’t so different Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder. Previous research has shown that as modern cities grow in population, so do their efficiencies and productivity. A city’s [...]The post Ancient and modern cities aren’t so different appeared first on PsyPost.
Diabetes and depression predict dementia risk in people with slowing minds People with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression, finds a new review led by UCL researchers. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a state between normal ageing and dementia, where someone’s mind is functioning less well than would be expected for their [...]The post Diabetes and depression predict dementia risk in people with slowing minds appeared first on PsyPost.
Are you addicted? Smoking is an addiction that is costly for the smoker, for their loved ones and for society. some of the common myths of quitting smoking (and other addictions) are explored.....
My Dis-Stress ABC’s What’s Really Bothering You? In my last blog I promised to show you an effective way to identify triggers, environmental stressors, antecedent precursors, and reinforcers of your cycle of “dis” order. As I mentioned; taking the time to do this is crucial as this self understanding will help you identify...
Fear and Loathing in Ferguson Is the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri another illustration of our Borderline Society?
How To Be Content I got a good sleep last night, that may be one of the keys to contentment but I’m not sure. I know it helps. It seems like a lot of people are looking for happiness though, they’re looking for a feeling of peace in their chest and a mind that’s...
Why eating late at night may be bad for your brain Experts studying the body’s internal clock have discovered eating at the “wrong time” of the day, may disrupt learning and memory.