|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,...
|When Fighting Becomes an Addiction
||Therapists who work with couples are familiar with couples who can’t stop fighting. They come in week after week. We calmly and earnestly speak of the importance of constructive communication. They listen for a few minutes, and then they go at it. “He never listens to me,” one will say....
|Before Children, After Children
||You can be so smart. You have a college-educated pedigree. You are a mature person with sophistication and depth. You know what you want out of life. You know how to maintain a loving relationship. You have well-thought-out ideas about how to raise your children. You surely must be living...
|The Essential Brain System That is Hijacked in OCD, Alcoholism, Binge Eating And More
Study of OCD finds this indispensable system could be the key to multiple psychological problems.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Self-Care Sunday 12.21.14
||On some Sundays I share my favorite links on everything from taking compassionate care of ourselves to embracing imperfection to leading a meaningful life on our own terms. “I remember that this life isn’t meant to be perfect.” Try an “End of Year Personal Summit.” Self-compassion is most definitely a...
|3 Tips for Staying Present with Your Kids
||Being present with your kids is fundamental to connecting with them. As clinical social worker Carla Naumburg, Ph.D, writes in her brilliant book Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters: It is not possible to truly see and soothe our children if we aren’t...
|Why is Australia Afraid of Borderline Personality Disorder
||A rising crisis and process of discrimination is largely being ignored in mental health within Australia. If people with mental illness are stigmatised within the general community, then people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are sometimes stigmatised and discriminated against within the mental health system itself. BPD is a disorder...
|Cartoons of Christmas Past – The Mayans
||Caller: Mayan apocalypse is coming! Box sign: the end is here! Volunteer ringing the bell: pal, you’re too late… They are at the height of apathetic gifting. Caption: December 21, 2012: ARE you ready? I love the way this cartoon came out, and took me a long time to draw...
|5 Loving Ways To Remember Someone You Have Lost
||Are you facing your first holiday season in a place of grief and despair? Did someone close to you die this past year, causing you to feel overwhelming sadness right now? Do you find yourself faking a smile when others attempt to spread yule tide cheer? If you can relate,...
|Study looks at marijuana's impact on the brain
||Though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country, little is definitively known about its impact on the brain.
|Are you helping your toddler’s aggressive behaviour?
||Physical aggression in toddlers has been thought to be associated with the frustration caused by language problems, but a recent study by researchers at the University of Montreal shows that this isn’t the case. The researchers did find, however, that parental behaviours may influence the development of an association between the two problems during early [...]The post Are you helping your toddler’s aggressive behaviour? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Can music can enhance the flavor of your food?
||Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste.