|High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults
||An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education – which has a protective effect for white youth – can also increase the risk of depression for black youth. The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics also found that, among [...]The post High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research shows E.B. White was right in Charlotte’s Web: What it really means to be humble
||Before Charlotte the spider spelled the word “humble” in her web to describe Wilbur the pig, she told Templeton the rat that the word meant “not proud.” That’s probably what most people say if you put them on the spot. But if you give them time to think about it deeply, like a new study [...]The post Research shows E.B. White was right in Charlotte’s Web: What it really means to be humble appeared first on PsyPost.
|What 2 Little Words Can Have a BIG Impact
||No one — including your partner — has to do anything for you. Remember that. “Thank you.” Two simple words that feel SO good to hear. So, why do so many couples use them so infrequently? William James, the great American psychologist, said, “The deepest principle in human nature is...
|The celebrity analysis that killed celebrity analysis
||Most ‘psy’ professionals are banned by their codes of conduct from conducting ‘celebrity analysis’ and commenting on the mental state of specific individuals in the media. This is a sensible guideline but I didn’t realise it was triggered by a specific event. Publicly commenting on a celebrity’s psychological state is bad form. If you’ve worked […]
|Post-Traumatic Growth Follow Up: What It Takes To Grow
||For those in the world of psychology the idea is new. Yet for those on the other side — people simply wanting to feel better — the idea is groundbreaking. Post-traumatic growth simply defies everything we have been told about trauma, setbacks, hardship, and adversity. And the truth is...
|21 Ways to Beat Festive Burnout
||The Holiday season is prime time for burn out. Our stress goes up, our to-do list is a mile long and it takes everything within us to hold our tongue. In the article ‘Banish Seasonal Stress’ by Charmaine Yabsley in Nature & Health, 21 experts in the holistic field show us how to care for […]
|Enough Is Enough Series #3: A Hallucinogen for Depression?
||Now we have the false promise that the hallucinogen Ketamine, street name - Special K - raises hope as a treatment for depression. This tells us how far afield, my field, psychiatry has really gone - that it is even a consideration to use an hallucinogen for the treatment of depression.
|In one aspect of vision, computers catch up to primate brain
||For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match the primate brain at visual object recognition during a brief glance. Now neuroscientists have found that one of the latest generation of 'deep neural networks' matches the primate brain.
|Five Questions That Reveal How Much You Care About Animals
||Psychologists are turning to short scales to assess our attitudes and personality. We have developed several brief instruments to measure concerned for other species. You can take our 5-item Animal Attitude Scale here.
|Of bugs and brains: Striking similarities in brain structures across invertebrates
||The fundamental structures underlying learning and memory in the brains of invertebrates as different as a fruit fly and an earthworm are remarkably similar, according to neuroscientists. It turns out that the structure and function of brain centers responsible for learning and memory in a wide range of invertebrate species may possibly share the same fundamental characteristics.
|Reducing Holiday Stress
||With the end of the year coming and as we inch closer to the holiday season, I can feel my stress level rising. I’m not sleeping well and I have yet to do any shopping for the kiddos. That will come this weekend and then that’s one thing off my...
|Homing signal in brain located, explaining why some people are better navigators
||The part of the brain that tells us the direction to travel when we navigate has been identified by scientists, and the strength of its signal predicts how well people can navigate. In other words, the researchers have found where our 'sense of direction' comes from in the brain and worked out how to measure it using functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI.
|Parent, Adolescent, and How Each Other "Turns Out"
||Just as the adult child doesn't quite "turn out" like the parents expected; parents don't quite "turn out" as the adult child expected. And that has to be okay.
|How to Approach the Holidays When You’re Depressed
||It’s a myth that suicide rates skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The truth is that the month of December has the fewest number of suicides than any other time of year (Karr, 2012). What is interesting to note, however, is that there is a significant increase of suicides right after...
|You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression
Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Subtle but important memory function affected by preterm birth
||A study of children born prematurely has found differences in a subtle but important aspect of memory: the ability to form and retrieve memories about context. The study examined 33 8-to 10-year olds using magnetic resonance imaging to measure the volume of the hippocampi. The results suggest that the maturational state of the hippocampus at the time of birth influences the maturation of certain memory functions even at 8- to 10-years old.
|It’s Jesus’s Birthday, But What About Mary? (A Postpartum
||If there was ever a prime candidate for a postpartum depression poster child, Mary (as in “Jesus’ mommy”, which is how my kids describe her) would be at the top of the list. Whether you regard the biblical story as fact or as fantasy, you’ve got to admit: Mary had all the cards stacked...
|The ONLY Commitment Strategy You Will Ever Need!
||We all have different goals we wish to reach in life. Some of the goals are to be attained at some point in the future – we will call them “long term goals” – while others are more immediate – we will call them “short term goals.” Some example of...
|How to Lower Your Holiday Stress
||It’s holiday time. In addition to everything else you have to do, you now have shopping, decorating, wrapping, entertaining, organizing, cleaning and cooking to tend to. Why does life have to be so hectic? Why can’t the celestial stars align in a more efficient way? With perfect timing, you know...
|A Guide to Practicing Self-Acceptance
||For those of us who have spent a lifetime rejecting our inner experiences, it’s not easy to change. When we form long-term habits of doing that, it can seem like a Sisyphean task to change and start practicing healthier responses. But experts in the field have found effective ways to...