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Aging Well I was going to use the phrase “aging gracefully” but honestly, I’ve never done anything gracefully in my life.  I’m more of a lurcher.  And I’m okay with that. That’s the key point of this blog, and–I believe–the key to aging well: being okay with who and where you are...
It’s Hard to Go to Your Psychiatrist It’s a hard thing, for me, to go to my psychiatrist. I know it’s coming on the calendar, and I dread it. I actually forget the date and have to call my psychiatrist and leave a message: “Hey Dr. I think my appointment is on Thursday the 15th….at 2:30? If...
The Power of Vulnerability to Create Intimacy To be alive is to feel insecure sometimes. We’re wired with a desire to feel physically safe and emotionally secure. Our heart longs for love; we want intimacy to feel connected with the fabric of life — and not so painfully alone. Being human means being vulnerable. We may open...
Spike activity 09-01-2015 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Game theorists crack poker according to a fascinating report from Nature. First nuclear war, now poker. Whatever next! Harvard Business Review has a genuinely interesting piece on the psychology of office politics. Child mental health services have been secretly cut by £50m according to […]
More sun means fewer children and grandchildren Gine Roll Skjaervoe at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Biology has studied church records from the period 1750-1900 and looked at life history variables: how old were women when they had their first child, and their last? How many years passed between the birth of each child, and how many [...]The post More sun means fewer children and grandchildren appeared first on PsyPost.
Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their results are reported in studies available online to subscribers in advance of print in two journals: Electromyography and Kinesiology, and Experimental Brain Research. [...]The post Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors appeared first on PsyPost.
What can beagles teach us about Alzheimer’s disease? Every 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and new estimates suggest that it may be the third leading cause of death of older people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with losses in memory in older people that become severe enough over time to interfere with normal daily functions. Other signs [...]The post What can beagles teach us about Alzheimer’s disease? appeared first on PsyPost.
Writing Vows to Ourselves When we got married, Brian and I wrote our own vows. Writing my vows to him, and him reading his vows to me are moments that I will never forget. Writing our vows gave us both the opportunity to reflect on our relationship, to consider where we started, where we...
Twenty years of research says: Eat with your kids As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia back up my enthusiasm for family dinners. It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is [...]The post Twenty years of research says: Eat with your kids appeared first on PsyPost.
What can your online avatar say about your personality? More communication among individuals is occurring online, and often between individuals who do not know each other offline. Researchers at York University are looking to understand the potential impressions and their limitations of those we meet in a digital context. In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the researchers specifically looked at [...]The post What can your online avatar say about your personality? appeared first on PsyPost.
The scan says we adds fries and call it a special Marketing magazine has an interview with the marketing director of KFC who explains why he thinks neuroscience holds the key to selling deep-fried junk food. “Marketing as a whole is undergoing transformation,” he says. “We now know through neuroscience how people’s brains work and what affects their decision-making. So what we’re trying to do is […]
Study identifies two genes that boost risk for post-traumatic stress disorder Why do some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others who suffered the same ordeal do not? A new UCLA discovery may shed light on the answer. UCLA scientists have linked two gene variants to the debilitating mental disorder, suggesting that heredity influences a person’s risk of developing PTSD. Published in the February 2015 [...]The post Study identifies two genes that boost risk for post-traumatic stress disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Stress from racism passes from mother to child A little bit of stress is normal. But too much, and at a vulnerable time, can lead to long-lasting problems that cut across generations. A new study from the University of Colorado Denver has found the stress that comes with racial discrimination during a woman’s pregnancy may get passed on to her newborn child. A [...]The post Stress from racism passes from mother to child appeared first on PsyPost.
Optimistic people are twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health: study People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults. “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said lead author [...]The post Optimistic people are twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Milgram’s infamous study of humanity’s ‘dark side’ may actually show how to keep it at bay In 1961, with memories of Holocaust atrocities and the prosecution of Nazi officials at Nuremburg still fresh, psychologist Stanley Milgram undertook a series of now infamous experiments on obedience and reprehensible behavior. About two-thirds of Milgram’s nearly 800 study subjects, pressed by an authoritative experimenter, were willing to administer increasingly powerful electric shocks to an [...]The post Milgram’s infamous study of humanity’s ‘dark side’ may actually show how to keep it at bay appeared first on PsyPost.
Ritual circumcision linked to increased risk of autism in young boys Research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10. Risk is particularly high for infantile autism before the age of five. The research was carried out in Denmark among a cohort [...]The post Ritual circumcision linked to increased risk of autism in young boys appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers develop blood test to measure concussions Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When an athlete suffers a concussion, the decision to return them to the field of play is based on a number of subjective tests – like asking the person about headaches, dizziness or disorientation. According to a new study in the Journal of Neurotrauma, researchers from the [...]The post Researchers develop blood test to measure concussions appeared first on PsyPost.
4 Radical Things You Can Do To Make Your How well do you communicate? No one taught us how to talk to each other and rarely have any of us had good role models for what this might look like. If we learn how to have healthy adult/adult conversations, we’ll avoid a great deal of the tension and hurt...
85% Report Increase In Willpower Through Free Online Course In a recent voluntary survey on willpower, 85% of participants reported an increase in willpower through a free, 5-day online willpower boot camp conducted via email. As of this writing, 121 people have participated in the online willpower course. Updates may be posted at intervals as more data is acquired...
Why Should I Forgive? We have all gotten hurt and the wounds can leave you feeling anger or bitter. So why should we forgive the person that hurt us the most? Forgiveness is to let go of resentment. To let go of revenge. To let go of the bitterness inside you. By forgiving, you...