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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.
Conflicted Putin The Munich security conference revealed divisions within the Western camp. What does this period reveal about divisions within President Putin?
The Best Way To Recover From A Break-Up — According To Science A break-up can feel like the end of the world. And almost everybody goes through these jarring transitions at some point in their romantic lives, experiencing unbearable loss, confusion and despair. Luckily, a growing number of evidence-based strategies can help you cope. We talked to the experts to find out more....
Learning to Enjoy Life by Watching Dogs Bev Flaxington In the United States today over 43 million households have dogs; approximately 36.5% of the population. Research shows us that owning a dog can lead to a healthier lifestyle and possibly help fight off diseases. The medical research is clear, but dog lovers also know that dogs teach ways of living that you might want to emulate. Watching your canine friend – or someone else’s – and imitating some of their behaviors can be your guide to improving moods and learning to enjoy life more fully. What teachings do dogs have to offer? Here are nine ways you can learn to enjoy life more fully the canine way: Run around for the sake of running around. At a certain point in life, most people don’t just run and play anymore. There has to be a purpose – a sports event, preparing for a marathon or running to catch a bus. Watch a dog. They run just for the sheer fun of running. It doesn’t matter where they go, and in fact they can enjoy running in circles. Try running across a field, or down a hill or around your apartment building, and just feel the wind on your face. Then plop down like the dog and pant to recover! Friends are everywhere. Visit a dog park and watch dogs who don’t know one another joyfully approach for play time. Most dogs enjoy the company of other dogs (they are pack animals, after all) and can’t wait to join in the fun with others. Unfortunately, most people avoid eye contact and speaking even at the park so for one day, be like the dog and find a person to smile at and talk to wherever you go. Play is good, but rest is good too. Dog beds are a popular purchase for dog owners because dogs know that a good playtime should end with a good rest time. It doesn’t have to be sleeping at night; it can be resting with eyes open or eyes closed during the day. Now, most people can’t do this at work but look for those times when you are home that you can choose rest. There is always something to do, so make rest time a conscious choice. Smiling is natural. There is something about the canine face that makes it look like they are perpetually smiling. Of course many dogs snarl and make angry faces, but the natural, peaceful face of the dog is one where the corners of the mouth turn up. They look happy to see you, and happy about life. Practice smiling – it uses fewer muscles than frowning. Be loyal. Dogs love their people. Even when left in a kennel or puppy day care when an owner is at work or traveling, the dog knows their owner when they return. They could have had a wonderful time playing and romping but as soon as the owner comes through the door, the dog responds. Watch videos of dogs greeting their military owners after months of being apart to get the sense of just how loyal and committed a dog is to its owner. Loyalty is a wonderful trait. Practice it with those you love. Greet those you love with enthusiasm. You don’t have to jump up on your sibling or partner like an undisciplined dog might do, but practice the same energy and enthusiasm every time you see people you care about. Your dog is happy to see you when you come back from the mailbox! They seem to treat every interaction as if there has been a long separation. It feels great to have someone want to see you so much. Be enthusiastic about those you love. Cuddle. Life is short and dogs know that much of it should be spent in cuddling time. The warmth of a dog’s body is what makes many dog owners break down and say, “Okay, you can come in the bed just this ONE time.” Having someone to snuggle with is the perfect medicine on cold days and any time you need a hug. Investigate life. Dogs like to walk because they have an instinct to sniff out new smells. They like to explore and dig. Every walk, even in the same neighborhood, is a new walk for a dog. There is always some new sight or smell to entertain them. Be like the dog and become more curious about life. Investigate the sights, smells and sounds around you. Become attuned to your environment and see what you can learn about your surroundings. There is something new every day if you seek to find it. Forgiveness can be hard, but it’s often worth it. Unfortunately, many dogs have had hard lives. They were not treated well by owners, may have lived on the streets, and been abandoned or sick. In almost all cases a dog with a terrible background learns to love again when offered a loving and supportive home. Dogs forgive and forget and move on, grateful for the love they are given. People can do this too. Everyone is hurting somehow and some manage to deal with it better than others. Instead of practicing revenge, practice peace and forgiveness when possible. You can learn a lot by watching man’s – and woman’s – best friend. Even though they don’t talk in human language, they communicate powerfully by the way they live. Watch and learn, and see if you can’t incorporate one new thing you have learned from a dog to make your life more joyful. Topics:  Animal Behavior Behaviorism Happiness Self-Help Subtitle:  The Teachings of the Canine Blog to Post to:  Understand Other People Teaser Text:  Research shows us that owning a dog can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Dog lovers know that dogs teach ways of living that we might want to emulate. Watching your canine friend – or someone else’s – and imitate some of their behaviors. This can be your guide to improving moods and learning to enjoy life more. Mature Audiences Only:  Images:  Content Topics:  Environment Forgiveness Gratitude Sleep Punishment Family Dynamics Sport and Competition Personality Scent Quote
Feminist Pedagogy in the Classroom One way to integrate critical thinking into classrooms is through feminist teaching. But, what is feminist teaching? How can educators use feminist teaching as a means to bring critical thinking to classrooms?