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Despite resolutions, people buy more food after New Year Despite New Year’s resolutions to eat better and lose weight, people buy the greatest amount of food and calories after the holidays, finds a study led by a University of Vermont researcher. The study, published by PLOS ONE, finds consumer spending on food increases by 15 percent over the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year), [...]The post Despite resolutions, people buy more food after New Year appeared first on PsyPost.
Study quantifies the effect of depressive thoughts on memory For people with depressed mood, memory and concentration difficulties are often a day-to-day reality, greatly affecting job performance and personal relationships. While those with the disorder report that these cognitive problems are some of the most deeply troubling, previous studies have been unable to observe this phenomenon in a laboratory setting. In a study published [...]The post Study quantifies the effect of depressive thoughts on memory appeared first on PsyPost.
International research effort gives neuroscientists better feeling about sense of touch Our sense of touch is one we often take for granted, until our leg falls asleep and we aren’t able to stand, or when we experience acute pain. The sense of touch also has been taken for granted in neuroscience, where it’s the sense scientists know the least about. An international group of researchers, including [...]The post International research effort gives neuroscientists better feeling about sense of touch appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers map direct gut-brain connection After each one of those big meals you ate over the holidays, the cells lining your stomach and intestines released hormones into the bloodstream to signal the brain that you were full and should stop eating. Researchers at Duke University have now mapped out another system, a cell-to-cell connection between the gut and the nervous [...]The post Researchers map direct gut-brain connection appeared first on PsyPost.
Becoming a Minority Fuels Conservatism Psychologists are presently very interested in understanding factors that predict political ideology. A recent series of studies asks whether White Americans, when facing the future as a minority group, shift politically to the right.
How to Deal with Mental Illness Stigma I’ve seen the worst of it. I’ve been asked if I’ve ever killed anybody and I’ve seen the disgust on people’s faces when I disclose the simple fact that I have schizophrenia. Nine years in and this illness is so much a part of who I am. I imagine it’s...
Remapping the damaged brain A time-dependent interplay between two brain regions that contributes to the recovery of motor function after focal brain damage, such as a stroke, has been identified by scientists. The research shows that when motor functions are remapped through rehabilitative training, brain regions relatively distant from a lesion are recruited during the initial stages and functional connections with regions near the lesion are strengthened during the latter stages.
MRI scan sensitive to metabolic changes reveals brain differences in bipolar disorder Sometimes, a new way of looking at something can bring to light an entirely new perspective. Using a different type of MRI imaging, researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered previously unrecognized differences in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder. In particular, the study, published Jan. 6 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, revealed [...]The post MRI scan sensitive to metabolic changes reveals brain differences in bipolar disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Positive personality traits may protect police at high risk for PTSD Personal traits such as resilience, satisfaction with life and a grateful disposition may help shield police officers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of a natural disaster. This is the case even though repeated exposure to traumatic events has been found to provoke PTSD and police officers are exposed repeatedly to [...]The post Positive personality traits may protect police at high risk for PTSD appeared first on PsyPost.
An unexpected way to recover from a breakup Breaking up is truly hard to do. And recovery from a breakup can be even harder. Your friends may consul you to put the whole thing out of your mind. But new research suggests that repeatedly reflecting on a break-up – even through participation in a research study – actually speeds emotional recovery. “Breakups are [...]The post An unexpected way to recover from a breakup appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Men who post a lot of selfies score higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy The picture isn’t pretty for guys who post a lot of selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. A new study showed that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy. In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before [...]The post Study: Men who post a lot of selfies score higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy appeared first on PsyPost.
Men who post a lot of selfies score higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy The picture isn’t pretty for guys who post a lot of selfies on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. A new study showed that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy. In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before [...]The post Men who post a lot of selfies score higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy appeared first on PsyPost.
What motivates males who commit sexual assault on campus? The shocking statistic that about one in five women will be the victim of sexual assault while in college is made even more so by the fact that most of those women will know their assailants. No one-size-fits-all approach to rape prevention will be effective, as some offenders are driven by hostility toward women, while [...]The post What motivates males who commit sexual assault on campus? appeared first on PsyPost.
Study pinpoints autism-linked protein for sculpting brain connections Shortly after birth, human brains expand rapidly with the experience of an entirely new world. During this period, neurons in the newborn brain compete with one another to form lasting connections, called synapses. A new study by Duke researchers provides a close-up of synapse refinement and identifies a protein that is crucial in this process. [...]The post Study pinpoints autism-linked protein for sculpting brain connections appeared first on PsyPost.
Test-driving the brain could reveal early signs of Alzheimer’s In some ways the human brain is like a well-oiled car engine, purring along without being noticed, until something goes awry. Neuro-imaging techniques such as electroencephalogram (EEG) or fMRI – which measures brain activity by detecting associated changes in blood, give us different ways of peering into the working brain, but mostly this happens in [...]The post Test-driving the brain could reveal early signs of Alzheimer’s appeared first on PsyPost.
Many people use drugs, but here’s why most don’t become addicts Drug use is common, drug addiction is rare. About one adult in three will use an illegal drug in their lifetime and just under 3m people will do so this year in England and Wales alone. Most will suffer no long-term harm. There are immediate risks from overdose and intoxication, and longer-term health risks associated [...]The post Many people use drugs, but here’s why most don’t become addicts appeared first on PsyPost.
The secret vocal cues of flirting Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When it comes to corny pick-up lines and geeky flirting strategies, science doesn’t seem to favor the smooth operator with her, or his, routine phrases–this, according to a new study out of the University of Stirling. Researchers found that certain “paralingual” features of the human voice can [...]The post The secret vocal cues of flirting appeared first on PsyPost.
I am PMSing! What P-M-S really stands for… “What? Are you having your period or something?” “She must be on the rag.” Hmmm… A 2005 Medical News Today article detailed the results of the Men’s Attitude of PMS survey – in which one finding was that 12% of men believe PMS is not real and that “it’s all...
The 10 Best Gifts Cost Nothing Even though the holidays are over, the time to give a gift is always here. In fact, gifts given when they aren’t expected have a bigger impact. And gifts that involve making things with your own hand and heart (and cost nothing) have a much bigger impact than gifts that...
Keys to Creativity: Taking Risks. The creative process demands a lot from the person who engages with it. In retrospect, most creative people agree that the rewards of the creative endeavor are sizable and still, like anything worthwhile, creativity requires taking risks. Solitude, self-awareness, honesty with self, and vulnerability are some of the areas that...