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Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training Teen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study. The effects persisted over a three-month period following the training, said clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe, lead author on the pilot study from Southern Methodist [...]The post Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training appeared first on PsyPost.
Trying to project an image of success? It could make you dwell on your failures Life is full of experiences that challenge how we see ourselves and we often compensate by buying products that reinforce our ideal self-image. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that this type of retail therapy could backfire and lead us to think more about our failures. “When consumers experience a psychological [...]The post Trying to project an image of success? It could make you dwell on your failures appeared first on PsyPost.
A new vaccine that could help you quit smoking New research from the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry may help millions stick to a common resolution: quitting smoking.The post A new vaccine that could help you quit smoking appeared first on PsyPost.
Marketing a new product? Getting consumers to visualize using it could backfire Companies often provide detailed information that encourages consumers to visualize using a new product. But does this make consumers more likely to buy it? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, it depends on whether consumers picture themselves using a new product in the past or in the future. “Getting consumers [...]The post Marketing a new product? Getting consumers to visualize using it could backfire appeared first on PsyPost.
Your Identity Versus Your Stuff: Letting Go of Things It’s long been said that the things you own end up owning you. They fill our lives and take up space. We buy new homes just to accommodate all this stuff. How come it always seems like we’re getting more and more stuff? And why is it so hard to...
What is emotional intelligence and why do you need it? British politician, Andrew Mitchell is clearly a highly intelligent man. He’s well-educated, good at his job and was once tipped for the political heights. But his behaviour that came to light as a result of the “Plebgate” saga showed him to lack another ingredient which is increasingly being seen as vital in an effective leader: [...]The post What is emotional intelligence and why do you need it? appeared first on PsyPost.
Sleeping on stomach may increase risk of sudden death in epilepsy Stomach sleepers with epilepsy may be at higher risk of sudden unexpected death, researchers report, drawing parallels to sudden infant death syndrome in babies. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes repeated seizures and affects an estimated 50 million people worldwide.
Keeping Up With the Kardashian: Rob Kardashian & Depression “I’ve been the unhappiest person for about a year and a half.” (Season 9: Rob Kardashian) Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been on the air for years now. Whether you love them or hate them, most people have an opinion about them, and at the very least, know who...
pwned by a self-learning AI Backchannel has a fascinating profile of DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis which although an interesting read in itself, has a link to a brief, barely mentioned study which may herald a quiet revolution in artificial intelligence. The paper (available online as a pdf) is entitled “Playing Atari with Deep Reinforcement Learning” and describes an AI system […]
Staying Mentally Healthy While You Are Physically Sick Being sick sucks. I know. I am holed up under a quilt my mom made me drinking orange juice and I feel like I could sleep for the rest of this winter and I look juuuuuuuust about as good as I feel. Yuck. Getting physically sick when you live with a...
Creatives: How to deal with an unsupportive partner. Creative people rely on their affect, talents, and techniques to engage in creative endeavors. A lot of the work you do takes places in solitude, as this is the space where creative ideas have the room to emerge and expand in an uncensored way. You reach deep within into the...
Neuroscientists lead global consortium to crack brain's genetic code About 300 scientists used more than 30,000 brain scans and DNA samples to find eight gene mutations that affect the size of specific parts of the brain. The study could help identify people who would most benefit from new drugs designed to save brain cells, but more research is necessary to determine if the genetic mutations are implicated in disease, the researchers say.
Psych 101: Did You Grow Up In A Home When I was a teenager, my friend, let’s call her Gina, was placed in a psychiatric hospital for a short time because she was having thoughts of harming her mother. People saw Gina as troubled. Yet, I had been over to her house many times and her drunk, wasted mom would...
Post Your Question for Irvin Yalom Spoiler alert: You will have a chance to submit a question for Irvin Yalom and join a Book Club on his latest book! Have you ever been reading an amazing book and wished you could come through the pages and ask a question directly? As I was reading an advanced...
Blood vessels in older brains break down, possibly leading to Alzheimer's Researchers used high-resolution imaging of the living human brain to show for the first time that the brain's protective blood barrier becomes leaky with age, starting at the hippocampus, a critical learning and memory center that is damaged by Alzheimer's disease.
How the brain stores trivial memories, just in case Study shows that memory is an adaptive process, continually updating itself according to what knowledge may be important in the future.
Parents may be able to lower kids' autism risk With the help of videos and trained therapists, parents of at-risk kids may eventually help their toddlers to avoid an autism diagnosis.
True Greatness: The Pain of Hidden Illness I had a very good friend named Mary who suffered from a disease called Lupus. Lupus can be a mild disease, or it can be horrific and fatal. It can go from mild to severe, back to mild again. My friend was very sick, and we’d often talk about how...
Editing the brain: How new epigenetic tools could rewrite our understanding of memory and more Epigenetic changes are implicated in a host of neural conditions, from Alzheimer's-related memory loss to depression. Now, a revolutionary set of molecular editing tools is allowing scientists to alter the epigenome like never before.
Fill in the Blank: X Is a Good Servant I love to collect variations on phrases, such as the “X is the new Y”; “Orange is the new black”; “Breakfast is the new lunch”; “Forties are the new thirties”; “Halloween is the new Christmas”; or — and I was inspired by this one for Happier at Home — “September is the...