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What if No One Ever Calls You? Last week’s cartoon was about how dread about the future is kind of a waste of time. Some things are never going to happen, or they may be much better than you predict. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My main cartoon site is here....
How Real Is ADHD? So, you’ve been hearing so called experts say that there is no such thing as ADHD. Well, I’d buy that, I guess, although, I still think I have some doubts that tell me it’s real. Let’s start with the argument that it has been made up by pharmaceutical companies. That...
Best of Our Blogs: January 23, 2015 I’d like to talk about Disappointment with a capital D. It’s a sharp stomach wrenching sadness, an ache, a yearning for things to be different than what it is. I can recall rejection letters, relationships, careers, and travel plans that didn’t work out. At the time, it felt like disaster, devastation...
House abortion bill switch reveals clout of GOP moderates That’s what the headline says on the LA Times today. It’s not even a real sentence. House abortion bill switch reveals clout of GOP moderates. Now lets take a look at the title: House abortion bill (what, I thought I was legal and done with.) Switch reveals clout (Most people...
Want More And Better Sex? Get Married And Stay If you haven’t read the latest research about the sexual habits of American marrieds and singles, you are probably among the majority of people who have the belief that singles are having a lot more sex than folks who are married. Well guess what. They’re not. One of the most...
American liberals and conservatives think as if from different cultures Political conservatives in the United States are somewhat like East Asians in the way they think, categorize and perceive. Liberals in the U.S. could be categorized as extreme Americans in thought, categorization and perception. That is the gist of a new University of Virginia cultural psychology study, published recently in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. [...]The post American liberals and conservatives think as if from different cultures appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds infants can learn to communicate from videos Children under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video, such as how to use signs in sign language, and perform similarly in tests when compared to babies taught by their parents, according to a new paper in the journal Child Development. Led by researchers at Emory University, the study is the [...]The post Study finds infants can learn to communicate from videos appeared first on PsyPost.
Rare neurological disease shines light on health of essential nerve cells Ian Duncan is a Scotsman with the iron discipline and stamina of a competitive marathoner, triathlete and cross-country skier. As a neuroscientist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he’s applied his tenacity to a rare genetic disorder. Known as Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease or PMD, it’s a devastating neurological condition that, [...]The post Rare neurological disease shines light on health of essential nerve cells appeared first on PsyPost.
Low-income boys fare worse in wealth’s shadow Low-income boys fare worse, not better, when they grow up alongside more affluent neighbors, according to new findings from Duke University. In fact, the greater the economic gap between the boys and their neighbors, the worse the effects, says the new article based on 12 years of research. “Our hope was that we would find [...]The post Low-income boys fare worse in wealth’s shadow appeared first on PsyPost.
Are You a Debbie Downer? Some people see the glass as totally empty, most of the time. What makes a Debbie Downer so negative, and what can you do if suspect you are one?
She Thinks She’s Hot: Sexual Awareness or Something Else? It’s not just her clothes you notice. The way she carries herself has also changed. Her walk is now more of a saunter similar to your cat. The way she tosses back her head and laughs, you could swear she seems more like thirty than twelve. Just the other day she seemed to be batting her eyelashes at the college kid across the street when he dropped off a package.
How to Distinguish between Mature and Immature Emotions Do you wonder sometimes why people act unreasonable and childish sometimes, often many times during a single day? Childish reactions are the cause of most conflicts and relationship issues. This known as age regression. Many people don’t recognize it when they do it, and instead believe that they were provoked...
Why Exercise Really Makes You Happier Do you struggle to be active? Maye you’re just exhausted after a long day at work and have no energy to go outside for a walk? If you find yourself feeling down, exercise may just be what you need to make you happier and give you greater satisfaction. In this infographic by Happify, we are […]
Is cheating on the field worse than cheating on a spouse? Some fans think so Why did fans and sponsors such as Nike drop Lance Armstrong but stay loyal to Tiger Woods? Probably because Armstrong’s doping scandal took place on the field, unlike Wood’s off-the-field extramarital affairs, according to new studies. A series of studies conducted by University of Michigan doctoral student Joon Sung Lee suggests that when fans and [...]The post Is cheating on the field worse than cheating on a spouse? Some fans think so appeared first on PsyPost.
Family voices and stories really do help speed up coma recovery, study finds “Can he hear me?” family members are desperate to know when a loved one with a traumatic brain injury is in a coma. A new Northwestern Medicine and Hines VA Hospital study shows the voices of loved ones telling the patient familiar stories stored in his long-term memory can help awaken the unconscious brain and [...]The post Family voices and stories really do help speed up coma recovery, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Sleep tight and stay bright? Better sleep in younger years may aid memory in old age Sound sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning, but as they hit their seventh, eighth and ninth decades, they don’t sleep as much or as well — and sleep is no longer linked so much to memory, a Baylor researcher says. That raises an “alluring question” — whether improving sleep early in [...]The post Sleep tight and stay bright? Better sleep in younger years may aid memory in old age appeared first on PsyPost.
Research suggests anti-inflammatory protein may trigger plaque in Alzheimer’s disease Inflammation has long been studied in Alzheimer’s, but in a counterintuitive finding reported in a new paper, University of Florida researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which anti-inflammatory processes may trigger the disease. This anti-inflammatory process might actually trigger the build-up of sticky clumps of protein that form plaques in the brain. These plaques block [...]The post Research suggests anti-inflammatory protein may trigger plaque in Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Pro-marijuana ‘tweets’ are sky-high on Twitter Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the “Twitterverse” is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets. The findings [...]The post Pro-marijuana ‘tweets’ are sky-high on Twitter appeared first on PsyPost.
Genome-wide search reveals new genes involved in long-term memory A new study has identified genes involved in long-term memory in the worm as part of research aimed at finding ways to retain cognitive abilities during aging. The study, which was published in the journal Neuron, identified more than 750 genes involved in long-term memory, including many that had not been found previously and that [...]The post Genome-wide search reveals new genes involved in long-term memory appeared first on PsyPost.
From the machine A new film, Ex Machina, is released in the UK tomorrow and it is quite possibly one of the best sci-fi films of recent times and probably the best film about consciousness and artificial intelligence ever made. The movie revolves around startup geek turned tech corp billionaire Nathan who has created the artificially conscious android […]