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Molecular network identified underlying autism spectrum disorders Researchers in the United States have identified a molecular network that comprises many of the genes previously shown to contribute to autism spectrum disorders. The findings provide a map of some of the crucial protein interactions that contribute to autism and will help uncover novel candidate genes for the disease. The results are published in [...]The post Molecular network identified underlying autism spectrum disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids A suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly 5-fold that a child would attempt suicide, according to a report published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Other studies have established that suicidal behavior can run in families but few studies have looked at the pathways by which suicidal behavior is transmitted in families. David A. [...]The post Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids appeared first on PsyPost.
Nature, nurture and time: Study finds genetic risks vary over history Nature and nurture have found a new companion — historical context. A new study has produced the best evidence yet that the role of genetics in complex traits, including obesity, varies over time. Both the era in which scientific research is conducted and the era in which subjects were born may have an impact on [...]The post Nature, nurture and time: Study finds genetic risks vary over history appeared first on PsyPost.
Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive Dogs and other pets play an important role in individuals’ social lives, and they can act as catalysts for social interaction, previous research has shown. Although much media attention has focused on how dogs can improve the social skills of children with autism, a University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have [...]The post Children with autism who live with pets are more assertive appeared first on PsyPost.
Using Yoga to Return to Your Body The yoga that we practice here in North America has a fascinating and complex history and lineage. There are influences from different branches of Hindu religion, Buddhist philosophy, and the maligned wandering Hatha yogis who displayed extreme postures in the streets of India in the late 1800s. As a result,...
Five Things You Should Stop Protecting Your Kid From   We want them to be successful, to make good grades, get into the top colleges, land great jobs, and of course, be happy. Parents today face a lot of challenges. Yet for all of this worrying, planning, preparing, and structuring of kids lives, are we really preparing our kids...
The Good Old Days Made Me Grow Does nostalgia promote meaning in life and personal growth?
7 Steps to Create High Willpower This is the time of year to dig deep and muster some willpower, right? What if you did more, however, than muster what you’ve got? This article contains systematic steps to increase your willpower far beyond what you’d expect under typical circumstances. Just read and follow the steps. If you...
Only 8% of People Keep Their New Year’s Resolution Think about the various commitments you and many others have made over the years. We did, and came up with this very brief list of common resolutions we typically hear before the new year: I’ll lose weight. I’ll stop smoking. I’ll spend more time with my partner, or with my children....
Think Before You Drink Think Before You Drink Even though many of us are aware of the higher rates of alcohol-related traffic fatalities on New Year’s Eve, myths about drinking and driving persist. These myths are related to how quickly alcohol affects the body and how long these effects can last. Scientific studies supported...
Checklist: Is Your Partner a Narcissist? The label narcissist is used loosely these days, typically to indicate someone who is vain and selfish, but the personality disorder and the traits of narcissism run much deeper than this and carry long-term debilitating effects for those involved with narcissists.
Stress, Depression, & The Bacteria In Your Gut Do the bacteria in our gut determine our behavior and reaction to stress?...
Think Differently about Intelligence: It's All in Your Head Which do you think is more predictive of success: innate ability or hard work? Do you think anyone can rise up to meet a challenge with enough effort, or are some people just more intelligent and able than others? It seems like there should be a true answer to these questions, but according to Dr. Carol Dweck, the truth is all in your head.
Resolutions: Letting Go of Shoulds this New Year Around this time of year, you’ll inevitably see articles about how so many of us fail to follow through on our resolutions. Within a few months or even weeks, we drop whatever intentions we originally had. I think a big reason why we fail to stick to our resolutions is...
A Tale of Three Psychopaths: A Decade Later Three films in 2005, Lord of War, Match Point, and Capote came out within months of each other and were character studies of American-style sociopathy, the blind hunger to conquer and the emptiness within. They were eerily prescient of the tone of the decade to follow, economic crashes, social media wars, and more.
Saying No! The Secret To Getting Over The Guilt Women often ask me what the secret is to setting a boundary or saying “no” to someone and not feeling guilty and bad about it—as if this was a really big secret. Perhaps they are thinking, If I say it like this, maybe she won’t get mad, or If I phrase it just...
How Do You Really Know When You’re An Adult? When you stop and think about yourself, do you feel that you’re truly an adult, or do you still think of yourself as a “kid?” The journey to adulthood begins earlier for some people than others, but there are surprising ways to find out when and how people make this important life transition.
Why You Need to Examine Your Expectations Unfulfilled expectations can lead to anger. What are your expectations of yourself and others for this situation? Are you expecting more than is realistic for this person in this particular situation? Examine your underlying expectations about what you need to be happy and live the type of life you want....
Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2014 Another year has passed and with it, we’ve all grown a little older. And perhaps a little wiser as well. But we’ve also experienced deep loss this year as well, with the tragic suicide of Robin Williams — just one of the estimated 800,000 people who take their own lives...
Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014 Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the...