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8 Household Items Newly Found to Lower Children’s IQ Significantly Chemicals that may cause a drop in children's IQ are in products all around our houses. 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:Free Play: Simple Items More Fun For Children Autism Related to Lipid Levels During Pregnancy Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night Do Posh People Cheat More Than the Lower Classes? Chronic Stress Early in Life Causes Anxiety and Aggression in Adulthood
What's Your Leadership Style? A look at healthy and unhealthy styles of leadership whether it be head of the PTO, a company, a middle manager, even a parent. Time to fill in the gaps.
India tackles worryingly high level of suicides among young people India has the highest suicide rate worldwide for ages 15 to 29.
Obese children's brains more responsive to sugar The brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar, a new study has found. This elevated sense of "food reward" -- which involves being motivated by food and deriving a good feeling from it -- could mean some children have brain circuitries that predispose them to crave more sugar throughout life, researchers say.
Which is More Important, Your Intent or Your Actions? Last week’s cartoon was about online flirtations. I looked it up: will affairs started online last? If you don’t go, you won’t know! All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to...
Best of Our Blogs: December 12, 2014 In a culture that applauds fame and favors accomplishment and external success, it’s understandable that those that live quiet, humble lives might feel less than. A mom friend told me recently she stopped using Facebook because her life seemed dull in comparison to everyone else’s. How many of us can...
All My ADHD Needs Is A List And An Audience I can maintain my focus. I don’t need much to maintain my focus. All I need is a list and an audience. The night before last I had a job to do. I was the Master of Ceremonies for a concert. I welcomed everyone to the show, made some announcements,...
Another study for the "fake it 'til you make it" pile: forcing yourself walking with a spring in you Another study for the "fake it 'til you make it" pile: forcing yourself walking with a spring in your step can improve your mood. On the flip side, slumping your shoulders can make your mood more negative. Be conscious walkers! [via Scientific American]...
Weight Loss: How Paying Attention to your Emotions Increases Do you believe you need a better nutritional strategy in order to lose weight? Research has shown that, chances are very high that you already know enough about how to eat well and lose weight. That isn’t the problem at all! Our good friend Dr. Jeremy Dean  from the superb PsyBlog...
Affluence, not political complexity, explains the rise of moralizing world religions The ascetic and moralizing movements that spawned the world’s major religious traditions–Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity–all arose around the same time in three different regions, and researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 11 have now devised a statistical model based on history and human psychology that helps to explain [...]The post Affluence, not political complexity, explains the rise of moralizing world religions appeared first on PsyPost.
Early identification of modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline Signs of cognitive decline related to aging populations, and even the severe cognitive losses seen in Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders, may emerge many years earlier, according to a report presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix (Arizona). The study suggests that early signs of cognitive decline are already present [...]The post Early identification of modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline appeared first on PsyPost.
Memory lapses among highly educated may signal higher stroke risk People with a high level of education who complain about memory lapses have a higher risk for stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. “Studies have shown how stroke causes memory complaints,” said Arfan Ikram, M.D., associate professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. “Given the shared [...]The post Memory lapses among highly educated may signal higher stroke risk appeared first on PsyPost.
Left wing ‘armchair socialists’ more physically active than political centrists In fact, political centrists would do well to stop ‘sitting on the fence’ and boost their physical activity levels to improve their health, say the researchers. The term “armchair socialist” was coined in the 19th century by German economists who scoffed at academics advocating social policy, dubbing them “socialists of the chair” (Kathedersozialisten). The term [...]The post Left wing ‘armchair socialists’ more physically active than political centrists appeared first on PsyPost.
Finnish study establishes connection between gut microbiota and Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s disease sufferers have a different microbiota in their intestines than their healthy counterparts, according to a study conducted at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH). “Our most important observation was that patients with Parkinson’s have much less bacteria from the Prevotellaceae family; unlike the control group, practically no one [...]The post Finnish study establishes connection between gut microbiota and Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Study sheds new light on relationship between personality and health Researchers have found new evidence that explains how some aspects of our personality may affect our health and wellbeing, supporting long-observed associations between aspects of human character, physical health and longevity. A team of health psychologists at The University of Nottingham and the University of California in Los Angeles carried out a study to examine [...]The post Study sheds new light on relationship between personality and health appeared first on PsyPost.
Study supports the theory that men are idiots Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. Males are more likely to be admitted to an emergency department after accidential injuries, more likely to be admitted with a sporting injury, and more likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision. However, little is known about sex [...]The post Study supports the theory that men are idiots appeared first on PsyPost.
​Weighing in on the role of mindfulness in slimming down If dieting is on your New Year agenda, it might pay to be mindful of a study suggesting there is little hard evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers reviewed 19 previous studies on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Thirteen of the studies documented weight loss among participants [...]The post ​Weighing in on the role of mindfulness in slimming down appeared first on PsyPost.
Obese children’s brains more responsive to sugar A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. Published online in International Journal of Obesity, the study does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and overeating but it does support the idea [...]The post Obese children’s brains more responsive to sugar appeared first on PsyPost.
Dishonesty, feelings of entitlement and creativity are often intertwined Creativity – the generation of novel and useful ideas, products, or solutions – is seen as a valuable trait for people and organizations to possess. Organizations harness it to develop innovative products, services, or processes, all of which promote profitability, long-term sustainability, and a competitive advantage. For the individual, research has shown that creativity is [...]The post Dishonesty, feelings of entitlement and creativity are often intertwined appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Reversing Alzheimer’s Memory Decline With Holistic Therapy A new UCLA study has found that when individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) switched to a healthy diet and exercise program, their memory and cognitive function began to return in a dramatic way. In fact, six out of the 10 patients who had been struggling in their jobs, or had...