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The Latest on Healthy, Long-Lasting Relationships? Both Partners Cultivate It seems unfair. Of the many couples that get married each year, hoping to find lifelong companionship, lasting joy, friendship and fulfillment, only about 50% will stay married, and of those that do, the vast majority, about 70%, devolve into arrangements that are unsatisfying at best, and dysfunctional or even destructive at worst. Cheer...
e-Cig Research Raises as Many Questions as It Answers A recent study commissioned by the Ministry of Health in Japan, has found that e-cigarettes may hold more carcinogens than traditional cigarettes. One brand which was tested contained ten times as many toxins. The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has raised significan controvery among public health authorities. Organizations as disparate as...
Addicted to Affluence Many people mistake affluence for self-worth. You can buy what you want to buy. Live where you want to live. Own what you want to own. You’ve made it! What a worthy, wonderful person you are! So how come you’re still feeling that it’s not enough? You bought what you...
Steven Pinker on a Burrito Bag! Can one find wisdom on a burrito bag? My wife discovered a long quote from psychologist Steven Pinker on her Chipotle’s lunch sack. Right there, wrapped around a bowl full of carnitas and guacamole, Pinker offered a two-minute summary of scientific data addressing the question: Is the world becoming a better or worse place to live?
Help for the Daydreaming Child Children who display disrupting behaviors, such as hyperactivity, talking when they are not supposed to, aggression, fidgeting, and other more challenging behaviors are often the children who receive the most attention in terms of being identified as a child in need of support services in school or as a child...
The Psychology of Rewarding Yourself with Treats In my book Better Than Before, I describe the many strategies that we can use to change our habits. We all have our favorites — but I think most of us would agree that the Strategy of Treats is the most fun strategy. “Treats” may sound like a self-indulgent, frivolous strategy, but it’s not. Because...
Can a blood biomarker predict the presence of intracranial lesions following mild traumatic brain injury? In cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), predicting the likelihood of a cranial lesion and determining the need for head computed tomography (CT) can be aided by measuring markers of bone injury in the blood. The results of a new study comparing the usefulness of two biomarkers released into the blood following a TBI are [...]The post Can a blood biomarker predict the presence of intracranial lesions following mild traumatic brain injury? appeared first on PsyPost.
Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK. A two-year project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Exeter in [...]The post Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation appeared first on PsyPost.
Women don’t run? Study examines gender gap in political candidates An interest in the gender gap between the representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two University of Pittsburgh professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three years of research. Associate Professors of Political Science Kristin Kanthak and Jonathan Woon have published an article about the first [...]The post Women don’t run? Study examines gender gap in political candidates appeared first on PsyPost.
Children learn to lie from the age of two: Here’s how to get them to tell the truth Lying is often seen as bad behaviour in children. Fairy tales and folk stories, from Aesop’s Peter who cried wolf to Washington’s cherry tree tell children to be honest and never lie. But what can we do to encourage children to tell the truth? Children learn to lie from about the age of two. The [...]The post Children learn to lie from the age of two: Here’s how to get them to tell the truth appeared first on PsyPost.
Leaving a Written Legacy There are photos and videos that capture certain moments. Birthdays. Anniversaries. The everyday. There are stories that get retold to every generation. But largely when a family member dies, their stories die with them. This holiday season a beautiful gift you can give to a loved one is a glimpse...
Here’s The Curious Secret To Perfect Learning While You Are Distracted How to learn while distracted as if you were totally focused. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep 10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory
Spike activity 12-12-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The new trailer for upcoming Pixar movie Inside Out is very funny and has a remarkably accurate depiction of brain function. Neuroskeptic covers hipster neuroscience. Is the ‘bilingual advantage’ in cognitive performance a result of publication bias? Maybe, suggests the Science of Us. The […]
I Hate My Job: The Power of Negative Self-Talk Are you hating your job right now? Perhaps you are doing or thinking in ways that are sure to make you feel less worthy, stress you out, and take away your ability to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Negative self-talk (NST) might be part of the problem. NST is quite productive...
Psychology Around the Net: November 13, 2014 Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net for information on mindfulness during the holidays, beating stress at work, making insecurity work for you (yes, you read that correctly!), and more. 3 Ways to Embrace Your Need for Solitude and Quiet Time: The holidays are a great time for this...
Why Romantic Relationships Fail: reason #2 In Why Romantic Relationships Fail: reason #1, I discussed the reason why we tend to pick the wrong partners. In this article I’ll discuss the second major reason why romantic relationships fail, which is because we tolerate immaturity—our own immaturity and that of our partners. Based on what I observe...
Reinvent Yourself This New Year and Step Into Your “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – A. C. Benson What if who you are today is nothing compared to who you can become? I believe this is the case for all of us. I believe we can transform and reinvent ourselves....
Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug A patient who had suffered a traumatic brain injury unexpectedly recovered full consciousness after the administration of midazolam, a mild depressant drug of the GABA A agonists family. This resulted in the first recorded case of an “awakening” from a minimally-conscious state (MCS) using this therapy. Although similar awakenings have been reported using other drugs, [...]The post Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug appeared first on PsyPost.
Immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat Immune cells perform a previously unsuspected role in the brain that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. When the researchers fed mice a diet high in saturated milk fats, microglia, a type of immune cell, underwent a population explosion in the brain region called the hypothalamus, which [...]The post Immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat appeared first on PsyPost.
Effective vs. Ineffective Communication We are social beings. Assertiveness is a style of communication and is the most effective type of the four types of communication. Unfortunately, assertiveness is not used as often as people should. All of us use each of the four styles of communication, and as a result some of our interactions...