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How to Create a ‘Wake Up Call’ Personal Truth Photo credit: Josh Fults Be warned: This is twisted stuff. You may be tempted to think I am a crazy fool for writing such things. I may be. But when you look out at the world – or at yourself – and see people willingly doing all manner of behaviors...
Can youth sports foster creativity? It depends Youth sports are viewed as a rite of passage in a child’s development. If the clichés that permeate sports broadcasts and locker room speeches are to be believed, sports participation teaches children the value of hard work, builds character, and develops future leaders. While the validity of these claims are questionable, the fact remains that [...]The post Can youth sports foster creativity? It depends appeared first on PsyPost.
Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children’s literacy Children of the Information Age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens. A new Tel Aviv University study says that preschoolers should be encouraged to write at a young age — even before they make their first step into a classroom. A new study published in the Early Childhood Research [...]The post Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children’s literacy appeared first on PsyPost.
What really helps women achieve a good work-life balance? “Women continue to be underrepresented in organisational life, in professions such as surgery and in roles such as leadership. This lack of representation is both a moral issue of gender inequality and a practical issue of productivity and staff retention.” So Professor Michelle Ryan will said Thursday, 4 December, in her keynote presentation to the [...]The post What really helps women achieve a good work-life balance? appeared first on PsyPost.
OCD patients’ brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop Misfiring of the brain’s control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to researchers at the University of Cambridge, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The research, led by Dr Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins (Department of Psychology) is the latest in a series of studies from the Cambridge Behavioural and [...]The post OCD patients’ brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop appeared first on PsyPost.
Helping parents understand infant sleep patterns Most parents are not surprised by the irregularity of a newborn infant’s sleep patterns, but by six months or so many parents wonder if something is wrong with their baby or their sleeping arrangements if the baby is not sleeping through the night. Healthcare providers, specifically nurse practitioners, can help parents understand what “normal” sleep [...]The post Helping parents understand infant sleep patterns appeared first on PsyPost.
Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds Women whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people’s comments affect our health. Professor Christine Logel from Renison University College at the University of Waterloo led the study, which appears in the December issue of the journal Personal Relationships. “When [...]The post Family criticizing your weight? You might add more pounds appeared first on PsyPost.
Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety and serotonin transmission About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants. However little is known about how early exposure to these medications might affect their offspring as they mature into adults. The answer to that question is vital, as 5 percent of all [...]The post Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety and serotonin transmission appeared first on PsyPost.
Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses — the connections between brain cells, or neurons — which are destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease. The new study [...]The post Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates appeared first on PsyPost.
I’d Never Tell Anyone This, But… I was 12 years old when my 16-year-old cousin got me alone in a room and started feeling me up. I remember being so shaken and scared. I didn’t know what to do. When I came home, I told my mother. I shall never forget what she said to me:...
Writing Tip #5: Hearing Voices Part of the art of writing is letting oneself recede in order to absorb the full dimensions of another's perspective, whether a real person or a character. Here are some examples.
Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety, serotonin transmission Early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, has been studied by researchers in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants.
New Year’s Resolutions? Forget ‘Em A towel rack for someone who loves double-entendres. The calendar days are dwindling down. Winter Solstice will soon be upon us and once more, the light will return. Still, I procrastinate. All year I’ve told myself, Tomorrow, I’ll go swimming. With the New Year fast approaching, I’m starting to panic....
How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know about this fascinating and frightening prospect....
Physical Activity and Bipolar Disorder: A double edged sword? Little is known about the benefits that exercise can offer in patients who are suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Over the past years little research has been conducted and this has been limited. Generally, physical activity has been found to reduce the risk of several diseases and to improve well-being. As...
5 Mindful Ways to Protect Against Depression Cultivating a life of happiness is much the same as cultivating a garden. They both come with pests, and we can choose how we want to treat the pests. Using the example of a vegetable garden, we treat the vegetables and the soil to protect from pests that may interfere...
Gene critical for proper brain development discovered A genetic pathway has been found that accounts for the extraordinary size of the human brain. The research team has identified a gene, KATNB1, as an essential component in a genetic pathway responsible for central nervous system development in humans and other animals.
Neuroscientists identify brain mechanisms that predict generosity in children Developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes. Although young children are natural helpers, their perspective on sharing resources tends to be selfish.
The Holidays Do Not Need to Feel Like An The holidays can be particularly difficult for people to cope with. Some will want an escape from the memories of past holidays. Others will be looking for activities that will provide them with the opportunities to create new memories. Holidays also generate obligations, which can appear to occur in a...
When You’re Overwhelmed Try these Words I’m a person who tends to get triggered easily. It doesn’t take much to make me overwhelmed, to trigger the “what if?” “holy crap” pile of thoughts. I’ve gotten much better throughout the years, but lately it’s been tough with so many things to plan and do. So lately, I’ve...