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Protein linked to longevity and enhanced cognition protects against Alzheimer's symptoms in mice Scientists report that raising levels of the life-extending protein klotho can protect against learning and memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.
Plain packaging reduces ‘cigarette-seeking’ response by almost ten percent, says study Plain tobacco packaging may reduce the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10% compared to branded packs, according to research from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol. The findings come amidst debate over whether a law introducing plain cigarette packaging in England and Wales could come into force in 2016. Last month [...]The post Plain packaging reduces ‘cigarette-seeking’ response by almost ten percent, says study appeared first on PsyPost.
Understanding how to teach ‘intelligence’ More than ever, we need problem-solving skills to be able to adapt to our fast changing economies and societies. Researchers at the University of Luxembourg believe it is possible to teach these skills which are widely known as “intelligence”. “Our research indicates that it should be possible to understand the complex psychological processes that enable [...]The post Understanding how to teach ‘intelligence’ appeared first on PsyPost.
New therapeutic principle for Parkinsonian dyskinesia shows clinical effect Involuntary dyskinetic movements induced by treatment with levodopa (L-dopa) are a common problem for people with Parkinson’s disease. Now, however, researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University in Sweden seem to be close to a novel therapy to this distressing side effect. A treatment study published in the scientific periodical Brain shows that a drug [...]The post New therapeutic principle for Parkinsonian dyskinesia shows clinical effect appeared first on PsyPost.
The Link between Bullying and Children’s Body Image The U.K. government recently released the results of a nationwide survey to better understand public perceptions of body image. Shockingly, they discovered that 87 percent of girls aged 11- 21 think that women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability. This is worrying. Evidence from academic experts...
Women’s Weight Measured in Bones “Robyn Lawley on Being the First ‘Plus-Size’ Model in SI Swimsuit Issue History” (article below.) And she’s not the only one. Calvin Klein featured a plus size model that weighed in at size 10. Ok. Now that we are showing “plus size” models in renowned magazines or ad campaigns, the first...
Creatine does not slow rate of Parkinson’s disease progression Treatment with creatine monohydrate for at least 5 years for patients with early and treated Parkinson disease failed to slow clinical progression of the disease, compared with placebo, according to a study in the February 10 issue of JAMA. Parkinson disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects approximately 6 million people worldwide and more [...]The post Creatine does not slow rate of Parkinson’s disease progression appeared first on PsyPost.
Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep, study finds A short nap can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the previous night, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Lack of sleep is recognized as a public health problem. Insufficient sleep can contribute to reduced [...]The post Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Review finds ‘significant link’ between cannabis use and onset of mania symptoms Researchers from the University of Warwick have found evidence to suggest a significant relationship between cannabis use and the onset and exacerbation of mania symptoms. In a paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, mental health researchers from Warwick Medical School carried out a review of scientific literature examining the effect of cannabis use. [...]The post Review finds ‘significant link’ between cannabis use and onset of mania symptoms appeared first on PsyPost.
MRI scans show smoking thins vital part of brain Years ago, children were warned that smoking could stunt their growth, but now a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain’s cortex. The cortex is the outer layer of the brain [...]The post MRI scans show smoking thins vital part of brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Creative Community & The Fear of Becoming “Normal” Creative people use solitude as a means of connecting with themselves and to focus while at the same time engaging in collaborations and being part of a community. Solitude and community might seem contradictory and despite appearances, they really aren’t. Regardless of personality traits and attributes (i.e. introversion) and with...
Babies can identify complex social situations and react accordingly In the social world, people constantly gather information through visual cues that are used to evaluate others and interact. A new study from researchers at the University of Missouri determined that babies can make sense of complex social situations, and that they expect people to behave appropriately. You-jung Choi, a doctoral candidate at MU, and [...]The post Babies can identify complex social situations and react accordingly appeared first on PsyPost.
Depression and anxiety may be the first manifestations of a medical disease In the current issue of P&P, Fiammetta Cosci and other Italian investigators have analyzed the data available on depression and anxiety as early manifestations of medical disease. Affective disturbances involving alterations of mood, anxiety and irritability may be early symptoms of medical illnesses. The DSM-5 provides examples of medical conditions that may be associated with [...]The post Depression and anxiety may be the first manifestations of a medical disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Patients prefer face to face psychotherapy to internet approaches An investigation in the current issue of P&P has addressed the preference of patients for the type of psychotherapy to be received. Delivery of psychological therapies via the Internet holds great promise: there are benefits of accessibility, reduced stigmatisation, as well as potential reductions in the cost of service provision. A large and expanding evidence [...]The post Patients prefer face to face psychotherapy to internet approaches appeared first on PsyPost.
Will your partner stay or stray? Study finds the answer may be revealed by finger length Both men and women may be genetically inclined to be either promiscuous or faithful according to new research from Northumbria and Oxford Universities. The study, which has just been published in the journal Biology Letters, analysed individual attitudes relating to non-committed sex and the length of the ring finger compared to the index finger. The [...]The post Will your partner stay or stray? Study finds the answer may be revealed by finger length appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Types of Books That Are Great Psychology Teachers Books! When it comes to learning about a new topic, whether it is a particular population, symptom, event, medication or therapy, there are a lot of different ways to learn: trainings, videos, supervision, and a number of different options on the internet. One of the more in-depth (but less interactive)...
Depression predicts disturbed sleep among stroke survivors Depression is a powerful predictor of nighttime sleep disturbances among stroke survivors, according to research. Sleep disturbances -- the duration and time intervals of nighttime sleep, the frequency of waking after sleep onset, and daytime sleepiness -- are common and are associated with poor health after stroke.
7 Tips for Getting Booked on TV Talk Shows So many of my readers are amazing performers and have written great books, so I've asked TV producer, Gina Rubinstein, to give you insider tips on how to get on national TV.  Enjoy! Judy                  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every time you turn on the radio or TV, you see a so-called expert being interviewed. The Today Show, CNN, Talk Radio, local morning shows and all the rest rely on these experts to give background and insight on the hot topics of the day.  For these experts, the result of being on TV or radio is that their BOOK SALES SOAR, they become an IN-DEMAND SPEAKERS, and one media booking leads to more. This can be you.   Source: Judy Carter As a TV producer, I can tell you from experience that we are always on the hunt for guests and experts who shine.  Actually, we are desperate to find smart and funny people. In my career, I’ve cast thousands of people for talk shows and other types of reality TV, and said “No” to many thousands more.  I’ve coached many authors and speakers who were looking to promote themselves and their products on TV so they could do the best job possible.  As the one you must get past, the one who says “Yes” or “No,” I can tell you what you need to get booked AND THE MISTAKES THAT CAN TORPEDO OPPORTUNITIES. Here are the top 7 tips to getting booked on TV: 1. Be authentic. So many people try to be what they think is “right” and come across stilted and rehearsed instead.  My client Judy Carter knew how to be genuine and within 30 seconds of being on TV with Marie Osmond, Marie sat on her lap because she liked her so much! Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozGvio5vMUk 2. Connect your expertise to a current hot topic.  In order to get the attention of mass media, you need to build a bridge from your expertise to what’s hot in the news. A client of mine who wrote a book on parenting got onto a show about legalizing marijuana because she had advice for parents who want to say “yes” to pot for themselves and “no” to pot for their kids. 3. Have a compelling elevator pitch. In three or four sentences I need to know who you are, why I should listen to you, what problem you’re going to solve, how if affects me and what fresh ideas you have as solutions. A client of mine literally found herself in an elevator with a radio producer, gave her pitch, and by the time the elevator got to her floor she was booked on the producer’s show. 4. Talk in sound bites. In our ADD, double latte culture, no one has the time or interest to listen to someone who rambles on or goes off on tangents. In order to be media presence you need to express yourself concisely, in a few short, punchy sentences. 5. Make your points using compelling stories. Your stories give your message the one thing that facts can’t -- heart. You need to emotionally connect with audiences and these stories are the way. 6. Work in your best credentials in a clever way.  Nothing is more boring that an arrogant name dropper. But, it’s important for the audience to know your credentials. I teach my clients to reveal their credentials in anecdotes that enhance who they are in a natural, unforced way. 7. Have a killer sizzle reel.  90% of the sizzle reels I see have bad audio, are too long, and don’t showcase the experts personality immediately. A sizzle reel should be short (3 minutes max, and shorter is better), and should present you as an attractive person who’s an expert in their field and can reach people’s hearts as well as minds. I’ve produced several sizzle reels for clients and all have gotten TV and radio appearances as a result. Gina Rubinstein (ginarubinstein.com) is a Los Angeles-based media coach who trains her clients to use the media to grow their businesses. She offers a free evaluation to anyone who fills out this short questionnaire.  Topics:  Creativity Career Subtitle:  Emmy-winning producer gives insider tips on how to get on National TV Blog to Post to:  Stress Is a Laughing Matter Teaser Text:  Want to REALLY get your career moving? Here are 7 insider tips to get you booked on National TV as an expert. Teaser Image:  Mature Audiences Only:  Images:  Content Topics:  Personality Parenting Career Quote
Overcoming the Obstacle of Anger Anger is an instinctual emotional response from a real or imagined threat. Anger is painful and we need to get relief. We almost always feel something else first before we get angry: afraid, hopeless, hurt, disrespected, disappointed, or guilty. We use anger to protect/cover up these other vulnerable feelings. We...
Smoking thins vital part of brain A major study shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain's cortex. The cortex is the outer layer of the brain in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place. Interestingly, the findings also suggest that stopping smoking helps to restore at least part of the cortex's thickness.