|How brain can distinguish good from bad smells
||In fruit flies, the quality and intensity of odors can be mapped in the so-called lateral horn, scientists have found. They have created a spatial map of this part of the olfactory processing system in the fly brain and showed that the lateral horn can be segregated into three activity domains, each of which represents an odor category.
|The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System
Outgoing or introverted? Which personality types are best at fighting off infection?
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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|Stress & Cancer
||In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress & cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require discipline.
|Stress and Cancer
||In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call, and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress and cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require discipline.
|Towards a nuanced view of mental distress
||In the latest edition of The Psychologist I’m involved in a debate with John Cromby about whether our understanding of mental illness is mired in the past. He thinks it is, I think it isn’t, and we kick off from there. The article is readable online with a free registration but I’ve put the unrestricted […]
|Best of Our Blogs: December 16, 2014
||‘Tis the season when my purpose and values slip through my fingers and fall into a blanket of people pleasing and unhealthy behaviors. December feels like a desperate chase to tie up loose ends to make up for the lack of connection during the rest of the year with the...
|Self-Blame Test: Are You Too Hard on Yourself?
||Today’s test measures the degree of self-blame. In this context, self-blame is an undeserved blame where you feel that you should have done something differently in the past or that something is inherently wrong with you. These two types of self-blame are referred to as characterological and behavioral, respectively. Although both types can be quite […]
|4 Ways Our Relationships Change Who We Are
||When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we become increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?
|How Your Relationships Change Who You Are
||When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we becoming increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?
|Why We Justify Regrettable Actions: A Psychological Perspective
||In the light of the debated disclosure of the CIA interrogations, the racial tension ignited by the Ferguson shooting case of Michael Brown, the NFL’s handling of Domestic Violence and the continued evidence of Campus Rape, it is worth asking why we justify regrettable actions. The question is meant neither...
|Suicide: Ideation Happens – HOW TO DEAL
||Caption: Suicide: Ideation Happens Suicide Holiday|Suicide Ideation|Suicidal thoughts |Suicide Genes If you need to talk to someone now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you’ll be connected with a trained counselor. They can also connect you to mental health services in your area. The line is available 24/7...
|Starting a Counseling Practice Part 6: Do you need
||Before you start researching all the different Electronic Health Record (EHR) options out there, how do you know you need an EHR and how do you choose? VISION: Think about what a better private practice looks like and what it means for you to have balance. Look at a typical...
|What Psychology Says About Materialism and the Holidays
||Six questions for materialism expert Tim Kasser, PhD
|Attitudes to climate change depend on people’s sense of belonging to the planet
||New research led by the University of Exeter has found that people who have a stronger sense of place at the global than the national level are more likely to accept that climate change is caused by human activities. This is the first time that acceptance of human causes of climate change has been shown [...]The post Attitudes to climate change depend on people’s sense of belonging to the planet appeared first on PsyPost.
|War metaphors for cancer hurt certain prevention behaviors
||It’s not unusual for people to use war metaphors such as “fight” and “battle” when trying to motivate patients with cancer. But a new University of Michigan study indicates that using those words can have an unintended negative effect. David Hauser, a U-M doctoral student in psychology, and colleague Norbert Schwarz of the University of [...]The post War metaphors for cancer hurt certain prevention behaviors appeared first on PsyPost.
|Smudge a Painting, Find Your Miracle
||Imagine traveling across Spain, and wandering through the beautiful architecture of a church. Inside you see a century-old fresco that has signs of wear and tear. I’m betting – and I’m not a betting man – that you would either take a look, spend a moment in prayer, or continue...
|Neuronal circuits filter out distractions in the brain
||The next time you are in a crowded room, or a meeting, or even at the park with your kids, take a look around. How many people are on their phone? Distractions invade every aspect of our lives. Status updates, text messages, email notifications all threaten to steal our attention away from the moment. While [...]The post Neuronal circuits filter out distractions in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Virtual bodyswapping diminishes people’s negative biases about others
||What if you could, for a moment, have the body of someone of a different race, age, or sex? Would that change the way you feel about yourself or the way that you stereotype different social groups? In a paper publishing online December 15 in the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers explain how [...]The post Virtual bodyswapping diminishes people’s negative biases about others appeared first on PsyPost.
|‘Darwinian’ test uncovers an antidepressant’s hidden toxicity
||Because of undetected toxicity problems, about a third of prescription drugs approved in the U.S. are withdrawn from the market or require added warning labels limiting their use. An exceptionally sensitive toxicity test invented at the University of Utah could make it possible to uncover more of these dangerous side effects early in pharmaceutical development [...]The post ‘Darwinian’ test uncovers an antidepressant’s hidden toxicity appeared first on PsyPost.
|Linguistic methods uncover sophisticated meanings, monkey dialects
||The same species of monkeys located in separate geographic regions use their alarm calls differently to warn of approaching predators, a linguistic analysis by a team of scientists reveals. The study, which appears in the journal Linguistics and Philosophy, reveals that monkey calls have a more sophisticated structure than was commonly thought. “Our findings show [...]The post Linguistic methods uncover sophisticated meanings, monkey dialects appeared first on PsyPost.