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Pros and Cons of Exposing Kids to Fairytales Many parents are apprehensive about the messages fairytales convey. However, some say that such narratives illustrate important lessons. According to an article by Elizabeth Danish, fairy tales provide us with what Joseph Campbell called “the hero’s journey,” a quest that reflects a universal truth. “The hero’s journey essentially begins with...
Expectant fathers experience prenatal hormone changes Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones–testosterone and estradiol–for men, even before their babies are born, a new University of Michigan study found. Other studies indicate that men’s hormones change once they become fathers, and there is some evidence that this is a function of a decline after the child’s birth. The new U-M study is [...]The post Expectant fathers experience prenatal hormone changes appeared first on PsyPost.
Can toys really be ‘educational’? Well that depends on the parents Being a child in the 21st century is very different, and some would say more complex, than in previous times. What remains constant is that children love playing and that play is regarded as the most effective way of learning in childhood. In play scenarios young children are being imaginative, creative, posing problems and solving [...]The post Can toys really be ‘educational’? Well that depends on the parents appeared first on PsyPost.
It’s Okay to Lose it Now and Then Oh. Sweet, sweet holidays. I’m going to be honest with you, as I always am, I’ve been a little nutty the past few days. (Please don’t take alarming offense to the fact that I used the word “nutty” and write me a scathing comment. It’s how I talk, and I...
Study reveals mature motorists worse at texting and driving A Wayne State University interdisciplinary research team in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has made a surprising discovery: older, more mature motorists — who typically are better drivers in many circumstances — are much worse than their younger counterparts when texting while driving. Currently published online and scheduled to be published [...]The post Study reveals mature motorists worse at texting and driving appeared first on PsyPost.
E-cigarettes may recruit lower risk teens to nicotine use Researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and University of Hawaii Cancer Center find that one-third of Hawaiian adolescents have tried e-cigarettes, half of whom have never used another tobacco product. “This is a markedly different pattern of use compared to their peers in the continental U.S., where teen e-cigarette use is less than half [...]The post E-cigarettes may recruit lower risk teens to nicotine use appeared first on PsyPost.
Alcohol blackouts: Not a joke The heaviest drinking and steepest trajectory of increasing alcohol problems are typically observed during the mid-teens to mid-20s. One common and adverse consequence is the alcohol-related blackout (ARB), which is reported by up to 50 percent of drinkers. However, there are few studies of the trajectories of ARBs over time during mid-adolescence. A new study [...]The post Alcohol blackouts: Not a joke appeared first on PsyPost.
Parkinson’s patients identify balance and anxiety treatments among top ten research priorities Patients with Parkinson’s, medics and carers have identified the top ten priorities for research into the management of the condition in a study by the University of East Anglia and Parkinson’s UK. Commissioned by Parkinson’s UK, people with direct and indirect personal experience of the condition worked together to identify crucial gaps in the existing [...]The post Parkinson’s patients identify balance and anxiety treatments among top ten research priorities appeared first on PsyPost.
Curiosity is the main motivator: Study examines fake pot use among college students A survey of more than 300 college students reveals that college students who use “fake weed” or synthetic THC are most likely to have tried the drug because they were curious. Rebecca Vidourek, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of health promotion and assistant director of the Center for Prevention Science; Keith King, a UC [...]The post Curiosity is the main motivator: Study examines fake pot use among college students appeared first on PsyPost.
Show us how you play and it may tell us who you are The way in which toys are handled and combined with one another during object play can tell use a lot about the cognitive underpinnings of the actors. Object-object combinations, such as placing one toy on top of another can even be considered precursors of technically complex behaviours such as the use of tools. An international [...]The post Show us how you play and it may tell us who you are appeared first on PsyPost.
Do caffeine’s effects differ with or without sugar? Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks can affect the body’s metabolism, causing changes in heart and respiratory rate and weight gain. The results of a new study exploring whether individuals respond differently to caffeinated drinks that do or do not contain sugar and to sugar alone are published in Journal of Caffeine Research: The International Multidisciplinary [...]The post Do caffeine’s effects differ with or without sugar? appeared first on PsyPost.
Making sense through order: Study examines the brain’s tendency to detect patterns “Most researchers have treated the order in which the information is shown as a nuisance that can bias the interpretation of data,” said Ting Qian, lead author and a former graduate student in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. But as Qian’s co-author and thesis advisor, Professor Richard Aslin explained, “We see [...]The post Making sense through order: Study examines the brain’s tendency to detect patterns appeared first on PsyPost.
A new study provides a first step in arriving at accepted definitions of basic emotions Emotions are complicated and never more so than in the realm of the scientific, where commonly accepted definitions are lacking. In a paper published in the journal Qualitative Inquiry, UC Santa Barbara’s Thomas Scheff examines the basic emotions of grief, fear/anxiety, anger, shame and pride as they appear in scientific literature in an attempt to [...]The post A new study provides a first step in arriving at accepted definitions of basic emotions appeared first on PsyPost.
Seasoned policymakers drive the fairest bargain of all Is an experienced policymaker a more rational and a more self-interested bargainer than the average person? That is what nearly all prior research has assumed. But a new study from the University of California, San Diego shows just the opposite. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study by David Victor [...]The post Seasoned policymakers drive the fairest bargain of all appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers uncover a mechanism regulating dopamine levels in the brain Researchers in Montréal led by Jacques Drouin, D.Sc., uncovered a mechanism regulating dopamine levels in the brain by working on a mouse model of late onset Parkinson’s disease. The study, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Rory A. Fisher from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, is published online [...]The post Researchers uncover a mechanism regulating dopamine levels in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Understanding how emotions ripple after terrorist acts The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing motivated mass expressions of fear, solidarity, and sympathy toward Bostonians on social media networks around the world. In a recently released study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University analyzed emotional reactions on Twitter in the hours and weeks following the attack. The study is the first large-scale [...]The post Understanding how emotions ripple after terrorist acts appeared first on PsyPost.
Many US workers are sacrificing sleep for work hours, long commutes A new study shows that paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep and suggests that chronic sleep loss potentially could be prevented by strategies that make work start times more flexible. Results show that work is the dominant activity exchanged for less sleep across practically all sociodemographic categories. Compared to normal [...]The post Many US workers are sacrificing sleep for work hours, long commutes appeared first on PsyPost.
Happy-go-lucky CEOs score better returns A CEO’s natural sunny disposition can have an impact on the way the market reacts to announcements of company earnings, according to research from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. The study shows that leaders’ inclinations to express themselves with optimism carries over into their tone when disclosing company performance – a [...]The post Happy-go-lucky CEOs score better returns appeared first on PsyPost.
Study examines effects of family-friendly workplace policies A happy worker is a productive worker. That adage may be true, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Dallas. Two UT Dallas public affairs researchers found that family-friendly policies are beneficial for increasing productivity of employees in public organizations, and the authors said the finding likely lends itself to job [...]The post Study examines effects of family-friendly workplace policies appeared first on PsyPost.
Play Therapy Tips for Children with Autism Children with an autism spectrum disorder can benefit from a number of different treatment modalities. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based approach to helping children with Autism grow and develop. Additionally, many play-based methods can also benefit children with Autism. When an adult, whether a parent or a trained professional,...