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Is lower stress the secret to finding empathy? How is it that people can sometimes show such empathy when other times our ability to feel compassion seems to be in such short supply? A study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 15 shows that stress is a major factor. A drug that blocks stress hormones increases the ability of [...]The post Is lower stress the secret to finding empathy? appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists developing imaging test for autism spectrum disorder Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes. This test, while far from being used as the clinical standard of care, offers promising diagnostic potential once it undergoes more research and evaluation. “Our brains have a perspective-tracking [...]The post Scientists developing imaging test for autism spectrum disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep, study finds For individuals who drink before sleeping, alcohol initially acts as a sedative – marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) – but is later associated with sleep disruption. Significant reductions in EEG delta frequency activity and power also occur with normal development between the ages of 12 and 16; [...]The post Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Building trust through the olfactory fragrance of lavender People’s trust  in others increases after smelling the olfactory fragrance of lavender. Leiden psychologists Roberta Sellaro and Lorenza Colzato published their findings in Frontiers in Psychology. Aromatherapy Sellaro and her fellow researchers were the first to investigate whether the calming olfactory fragrance of lavender has a positive effect on mutual trust. Aromatherapists already known that [...]The post Building trust through the olfactory fragrance of lavender appeared first on PsyPost.
How thoughts and behavior affect mood The mood swings of people with bipolar disorder are influenced by their thoughts according to researchers. A study by Lancaster University showed that how people interpret everyday experience affects their behaviour and hence mood. The research “Response styles, bipolar risk and mood in students: The Behaviours Checklist” published in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & [...]The post How thoughts and behavior affect mood appeared first on PsyPost.
Autonomous toddlers have higher cognitive skills Higher cognitive skills are found in the children of mothers who are consistently able to support the development of their baby’s sense of autonomy, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Montreal. The researchers specifically looked at executive functioning, which refers to a range of cognitive processes that are essential for [...]The post Autonomous toddlers have higher cognitive skills appeared first on PsyPost.
Neuroscientists investigate how 100 billion nerve cells produce a clear thought or an action We have approximately 100 billion nerve cells in our brains, all of which communicate with one another. Why do they lead to clear thoughts or purposeful actions instead of mere gibberish? The reason lies, among other things, in a small group of inhibitory nerve cells that can use the messenger GABA to curb the activity [...]The post Neuroscientists investigate how 100 billion nerve cells produce a clear thought or an action appeared first on PsyPost.
Cosmetic customization reflects identity, builds attachment to mobile phones What does your mobile phone say about you? In a recent study featured in the Routledge journal Media Psychology entitled “Cosmetic Customization of Mobile Phones: Cultural Antecedents, Psychological Correlates,” authors Seoyeon Lee of LG Electronics & S. Shyam Sundar of Penn State University explored how cosmetic customization of cellphones correlates with its user’s culture and [...]The post Cosmetic customization reflects identity, builds attachment to mobile phones appeared first on PsyPost.
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