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Research Reveals Key to Make Learning Easier The human mind is an intricate marvel of complexity and adaptability. Yet there are undertakings that seem relatively easy to some people, but prove to be a tremendous challenge to others. What determines if a new task is easy or difficult to learn? In NLP, we draw on existing, familiar,...
Concussions aren’t only a medical issue The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served to increase awareness of the concussion problem and encourage public debate about sport, health and safety. But what’s often [...]The post Concussions aren’t only a medical issue appeared first on PsyPost.
How Taking a Vacation Can Bring Relief Ever since the New Year, I’ve bogged myself down in worries. There have been worries about work, about relationships, about friends and about social anxiety. It got to the point where I was obsessing about things I couldn’t change, losing sleep over insignificant details. Finally, I decided it would be...
Introversion Versus Shyness: Drawing a Line in the Sand I’ve heard these two words used interchangeably, perhaps because being introverted often goes hand in hand with staying home a lot. But there is a big distinction between the two. If you don’t recognize that, social anxiety can take control of your life. I used to use introversion as an...
The Soft Animal of the Body Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. — Mary Oliver Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, reminds me of how strongly both my physical and mental condition have been shaped by trauma. Spinal arthritis, abdominal pain, chronic muscle aches, fatigue, depression,...
Sleep difficulties in adolescents can predict alcohol, drug problems Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. New research has found that sleep difficulties can predict specific substance-related problems. Problems include binge drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and risky sexual behavior. Overtiredness in childhood has also directly predicted the presence of binge drinking, blackouts, driving after drinking alcohol, and number of lifetime alcohol problems in young adulthood.
Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep 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. A study of the effects of alcohol on sleep EEG power spectra in college students has found that pre-sleep drinking not only causes an initial increase in SWS-related delta power but also causes an increase in frontal alpha power, which is thought to reflect disturbed sleep.
Adolescents who sleep poorly, insufficiently may develop alcohol, drug problems Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. New research has found that sleep difficulties can predict specific substance-related problems.Problems include binge drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and risky sexual behavior.
How To Help Infants Learn and Remember Infants could remember a new skill a day later. 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:The Basic Emotion That Makes Infants Remember What They’ve Seen You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Loving Touch is Critical for Premature Infants How We Learn: Reading and Math Ability Driven By The Same Genes
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Therapist Blog Challenge #17: Managing Social Anxiety Here’s another Therapist Blog Challenge to get your creative juices flowing! Therapist Blog Challenge #17 deals with how to cope with Social Anxiety Disorder. Those who experience this condition often feel crippling insecurity and fear in social situations. Here’s some inspiration to write a post where you explain what SAD is and also...
Alejandro Inarritu on the Creative Process “In the creative process every human being is confronted with doubts and contradictions and flaws…” Acclaimed for his films including “Amores Perros,” “Babel” and “21 Grams,” Alejandro González Iñárritu has earned a number of award nominations for directing and co-writing “Birdman.” In a theatre, we can enjoy the results of...
Genes and environment contribute to personal and peer drinking during adolescence and beyond Alcohol use typically begins during adolescence, within social contexts, and is often correlated with the drinking of one’s peers. A new study of how a person’s drinking is related to the alcohol use of their peers from early adolescence through to early adulthood has found that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the correlation [...]The post Genes and environment contribute to personal and peer drinking during adolescence and beyond appeared first on PsyPost.
Is it possible to reset our biological clocks? Imagine being able to easily get over all of the discomfort and problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Science is not quite there, but recent work by Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University has opened new therapeutic avenues for improving the synchronization [...]The post Is it possible to reset our biological clocks? appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Prevent Sex and Desire from Fading Away  “Good lovers aren’t born, they’re made. You cultivate the erotic. It takes an active focus and intention to see your partner as an erotic person”. These are the words of Ester Perel, the new star in the world of sex therapy. Her popular book “Mating in Captivity” discusses how to...
Welcome Back! Hello again! After a not quite two year long hiatus, I am ready to blog once again. In the meantime, I’ve completed my training in Imago Relationship therapy, which was such a gift to me and deepened my knowledge about relationships, couples dynamics, intimacy and sex therapy. You will read a...