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Psychosexual Stages: Freud’s Theory of Personality Is it true that many of our adult behaviours are a function of unresolved conflicts in childhood?
Today I Love Dark Humour Today I love dark humour of the kind my friend, Jacob C., was so aptly capable of. I love that he would deliver such quiet, powerful, toss off lines about … ...
On Finding the Perfect Partner I just love writers. It probably helps that I am a writer (which also perhaps makes me just the teensiest bit biased), but it is more than that. Writers tackle and … ...
Children of patients with C9orf72 mutations are at a greater risk of frontotemporal dementia or ALS at a younger age The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. Researchers have demonstrated that if an affected parent passes on this mutation, the children will be affected at a younger age (than the parent). There are no indications that the disease progresses more quickly.
Brain model deveolped to quantify pain beyond sensory input Scientists are just beginning to study the complex cerebral processes behind pain, and in a promising step forward, researchers have developed a functional MRI-based model that identifies brain activity patterns involved in varied pain experience, even when the input from the body is held constant.
How the brain maintains useful memories Researchers have discovered a reason why we often struggle to remember the smaller details of past experiences.
Best of Our Blogs: February 14, 2017 It’s the day most of us dread. We’re either alone and can’t stand the roses and chocolate reminders or we’re coupled and can’t stand the pressure. I think Valentine’s Day represents something we all struggle with. Rejection. A slight whether professional or personal is a … ...
Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier? The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.
ON VALENTINE’S DAY, CAN YOU ONLY BE HAPPY IF YOU ARE PRETTY? ...the surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.
Sex differences in cognition are small Lately I’ve been thinking about sex differences in brain and cognition. There are undeniable differences in the physical size of the brain, and different brain areas, even if there are no ‘female’ and ‘male’ brains categorically. These physical differences do not translate directly into commensurate differences in cognition. Indeed, there is support for a ‘gender … Continue reading "Sex differences in cognition are small"
Two psychological factors explain why education predicts decreased belief in conspiracy theories The relationship between education and conspiracy theories is the result of an “interplay of multiple psychological factors,” according to new research in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology. The study of 5,032 Dutch adults confirmed previous findings that people with high education levels are less likely to believe in conspiracy theories than people with lower education [...]
The selfie paradox: Study examines why people love taking selfies but don’t like seeing them Many people regularly take selfies, but most people don’t like them, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology. In the study, 238 people living in Austria, Germany and Switzerland completed an online survey to assess their motives and judgements when taking and viewing selfies. The survey revealed that while 77% of participants take selfies regularly, [...]
Study: High-intensity interval training elicits more enjoyment than moderate exercise A shorter but more strenuous workout appears to be more enjoyable than a longer but moderate workout, a new study published in PLoS One has found. In the study, 11 out of 12 participants found high intensity interval training more enjoyable than moderate intensity continuous exercise. The high intensity interval training consisted of eight 60 second [...]
Study finds that people are attracted to outward signs of health, not actual health Findings published in the journal Behavioral Ecology reveal that skin with yellow and red pigments is perceived as more attractive in Caucasian males, but this skin coloring does not necessarily signal actual good health. Some people are more attractive as mating partners than others. One trait that plays an important role in sexual selection is [...]
Couples and friends show similarity in personality traits after all Friends and romantic partners tend to have certain characteristics in common, such as age, education, and even intelligence — and yet, research has long suggested that personality isn’t one of these commonalities. But a new study, using behavioral data gleaned from social media, shows that people are more like their friends and partners than previously [...]
Neurons support cancer growth throughout the body Cancer cells rely on the healthy cells that surround them for sustenance. Tumors reroute blood vessels to nourish themselves, secrete chemicals that scramble immune responses, and, according to recent studies, even recruit and manipulate neurons for their own gain. This pattern holds true not just for brain cancers, but also for prostate cancer, skin cancer, [...]
Scientists biochemically ‘hard-wire’ synapses to create a mouse that resists cocaine’s lure Scientists at the University of British Columbia have genetically engineered a mouse that does not become addicted to cocaine, adding to the evidence that habitual drug use is more a matter of genetics and biochemistry than just poor judgment. The mice they created had higher levels of a protein called cadherin, which helps bind cells [...]
13 Ways to Jumpstart a Bad Kisser My last cartoon was about dog love. That’s fine, but it’s also important that your people person learn to kiss, too. Learning to kiss is an ongoing project, if you … ...
New discovery could be a major advance for neurological diseases The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative disorders such as epilepsy and dementia. The breakthrough, published in Nature Neuroscience, was [...]
Use of multiple brain-affecting drugs is rising among seniors, despite risks, study finds The number of older Americans who take three or more medicines that affect their brains has more than doubled in just a decade, a new study finds. The sharpest rise occurred in seniors living in rural areas, where the rate of doctor visits by seniors taking combinations of such drugs – opioids, antidepressants, tranquilizers and [...]