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Psychological factors play a part in acupuncture treatment of back pain People with back pain who have low expectations of acupuncture before they start a course of treatment will gain less benefit than those people who believe it will work, according to new research from the University of Southampton. Conversely, those people who have a positive view of back pain and who feel in control of [...]The post Psychological factors play a part in acupuncture treatment of back pain appeared first on PsyPost.
A mathematical formula for predicting scientific innovation By the time she was six years old, Nadya Bliss had already figured out her professional calling. She knew that one day she would be a mathematician. “I’m a geek at heart,” confesses Bliss, now the assistant vice president for research strategy in Arizona State University’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “But I’ve never wanted [...]The post A mathematical formula for predicting scientific innovation appeared first on PsyPost.
Cannabis: World-renowned researchers discuss a new frontier in therapeutics While debate about recreational marijuana use continues, researchers are investigating the effectiveness of cannabis for treating pain, spasticity, and a host of other medical problems. In a symposium organized by the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as part of the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting held this week in San Jose, California, world-renowned [...]The post Cannabis: World-renowned researchers discuss a new frontier in therapeutics appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Cope with PMS Those who know me know that I tend to be rather vocal about my menstrual cycle (sorry to all the male readers, but it’s the truth). PMS — and the lovely symptoms that incorporate menstruation — rear its ugly head every month via mind-numbing cramps, and moments where I want...
Aesthetic Sensibility Test: Form or Function? How open are you to perception of beauty? Are you imaginative, creative person or rational, down-to-earth type? Take this quiz to find out.
Mr. Putin, Would You Lie Still So We Can Scan Your Brain? How do we predict dangerous leaders' actions when they won't answer our proven psychological questionnaires or lie still for our fMRI bran scans? Well, here are a couple of choices.
The Trouble with "Gotcha" Management It's a management style that focuses on catching employees doing something - anything - wrong. And it's a drain on productivity.
When You Feel Frustrated with Your Body I appreciate my body. I respect it. I try to protect it. And yet there are days when frustration fills my bones at the same rate my breath does.   Days I wish I had more energy Days I don’t understand why I’m slower than everyone else in a workout...
Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James' racy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has been called an amusing, romantic tale of a woman's exploration of sexual desire that has captured the interest and imagination of over 19 million readers. But, is there something more to the subject matter of this racy novel that has led to its huge success and the making of a movie? See this post!
Lifestyle Interventions for Depression Clinical depression is a complicated condition. Stress of course is known and easily accepted to be the main cause, but two people may endure the same stress with only one developing depression. What lifestyle factors can make us more resilient, and why?
Are You an Empathizer or an Instigator? The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. — George Bernard Shaw Statistically, about 50 percent of all people are Empathizer communicators and 50 percent are Instigators. Neither type is better or worse, they’re just different. Learning your own and your opposite communicator type...
Pornography: Ways It Blocks Healthy Sexual Relations, 2 of Whereas intimacy is an emotion of safety and love, a felt state of mind and body that builds an essential foundation for healthy sexual relations, pornography makes sex about body parts and persons objects at the disposal of other persons to do as they wish. A key block to healthy...
The Blood, Sweat and Tears of Middle School Math Many middle school students struggle with math, often for the first time. Math becomes harder in middle school, and teacher expectations are higher. These changes are appropriate as kids mature; the achievement bar must be raised so that students’ intellects are challenged to grow. The teacher who waters down instruction...
Are Sexy People Really More Selfish? New Study Reveals Men and Women Differ Study finds unexpected difference between attractive men and women in their selfishness. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles:Men Want Women to Split Dating Costs But Are Scared to Ask The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups Are Narcissists As Sexy As They Think? A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment
Will the True Narcissist Please Stand Up It seems like everyone is throwing around the word “narcissist” these days.  And it might seem harmless enough, but actually, it’s bad for the people being mislabeled and the people doing the labeling. To find out if you’re really involved with a narcissist, find my more exhaustive checklist here.  In...
Creativity and Multicultural Experiences In a recent study, children whose parents were born in different countries were generally more creative than children whose parents were born in the same country. The mystery is why.
Human neural stem cells restore cognitive functions impaired by chemotherapy Human neural stem cell treatments are showing promise for reversing learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy, according to radiation oncology researchers.
How to Practice Self-Compassion When You Think You Can’t Self-compassion is powerful. It promotes inner peace. Self-criticism, the opposite of self-compassion and what most of us are used to practicing, “is an experience of inner conflict,” according to Ali Miller, MFT, a therapist in private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco, Calif.. Miller specializes in helping adults live more...
Will You Be Making Up or Breaking Up After It goes without saying that opportunities to celebrate the people we love are good things. In some ways Valentine’s Day is one of those opportunities. At the same time Valentine’s Day might also be considered a point of reflection for relationships. For some partners it is an opportunity to further...
WELCOME WELLNESS-CREATE A PLAN Take Action: Plan for Wellness What is a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP ®)? A Wellness and Recovery Action Plan® is a type of Action Plan created by YOU.  This plan will be your blueprint for maintaining your serenity and balance, and for providing support should you feel yourself...