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Hugs help protect against stress and infection, say Carnegie Mellon researchers Instead of an apple, could a hug-a-day keep the doctor away? According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, that may not be that far-fetched of an idea. Led by Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty University Professor of Psychology in CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the researchers tested whether hugs act [...]The post Hugs help protect against stress and infection, say Carnegie Mellon researchers appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Microlesions’ in epilepsy discovered by novel technique Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy. The findings, by researchers at [...]The post ‘Microlesions’ in epilepsy discovered by novel technique appeared first on PsyPost.
New evidence shows electronic cigarettes facilitate smoking cessation Do electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit? Yes, but…. New Cochrane review finds emerging evidence that smokers who use electronic cigarettes can stop or reduce their smoking. The first Cochrane review on this subject published today in the Cochrane Library gives some early insights in to electronic cigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking and [...]The post New evidence shows electronic cigarettes facilitate smoking cessation appeared first on PsyPost.
8 Surprising Habits that Might Prevent Authentic Happiness “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” – John Dryden This may look good, sound good, and maybe even feel good at first, but it’s not serving you well in the end! I’d hear this thought in my head over and over and still not believe it....
We know mental illnesses run in families but we still don’t protect children Mental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost nothing. A parent with mental illness is several times more likely to have a child with psychological problems than a healthy parent. For example, a child whose parent [...]The post We know mental illnesses run in families but we still don’t protect children appeared first on PsyPost.
The lives of street children ‘cry out for attention’ Psychologists and other professionals working with or studying street children must avoid the twin temptations of seeing everything as victimisation demanding sympathy and of romanticising their lives. That is the conclusion of an article on the state of research on the street children of Latin America by Graham Pluck from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, [...]The post The lives of street children ‘cry out for attention’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Faces that distract from actions The sudden appearance of a face within our visual field can affect the motor action accompanying a gesture even if the face is totally unrelated to what we are doing and even if we try to ignore it. At one condition, though: the face must display an emotionally significant expression. A study conducted by scientists [...]The post Faces that distract from actions appeared first on PsyPost.
Small molecules researched for the regeneration of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s disease Researchers in the University of Helsinki plan to develop orally administrable small molecules that act similarly to neurotrophic factor GDNF. Parkinson’s UK has granted Professor Mart Saarma and postdoctoral researchers Yulia Sidorova and Merja Voutilainen from the Institute of Biotechnology, Finland, a grant of £35,000 over 8 months to develop orally administrable small molecules that [...]The post Small molecules researched for the regeneration of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Many children and adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine. When their caffeine intake from other sources such as cola and chocolate is included, every second child and more than one in three adolescents aged 15-17 consume too much caffeine. This is the finding of a new study conducted by the [...]The post Many children and adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks appeared first on PsyPost.
Natural Dandruff Cures for Alcoholics   The early stages of recovery from alcoholism can be tricky. With AA sponsors encouraging individuals to watch what they eat and drink, many people also become concerned, with some justification, about the other products that they use on a regular basis. The choice between chemical-based solutions and natural treatments...
Watch out Internet meanies. Game could soon be over for you. Bullies and mean girls have been around forever but, with the arrival of smartphones and social media, meanness has taken on new forms and dramatically extended its reach. Digital abuse is now so widespread, and such are its dramatic effects on victims, that the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a stern warning about the [...]The post Watch out Internet meanies. Game could soon be over for you. appeared first on PsyPost.
Is there a better way to treat substance use in adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders? The majority (55-74%) of adolescents entering substance use treatment also have psychiatric disorders, such as depression, ADHD and trauma-related problems. Unfortunately, these youth face poorer treatment outcomes (e.g., relapse), and their mental health issues are often not directly addressed. Furthermore, few studies exist to guide those clinicians who would like to use integrated care to [...]The post Is there a better way to treat substance use in adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders? appeared first on PsyPost.
A Facebook application knows if you are having a bad day and tells your teacher Computer languages and systems researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid have developed an application called SentBuk, which is capable of deducing the emotional states of Facebook users by analysing their messages using algorithms. The authors believe that this tool could be useful to online educators, as it would furnish them with similar information to [...]The post A Facebook application knows if you are having a bad day and tells your teacher appeared first on PsyPost.
The Latest on Healthy, Long-Lasting Relationships? Three Types of In addition to measuring the physiological responses of partners as they interact with one another, as discussed in Part 1, Drs. John and Julie Gottman also reported findings in the same article in The Atlantic from a study of day to day behaviors of 130 newlyweds, noting that: the “bids for connection” of partners in couple relationships that...
The Latest on Healthy, Long-Lasting Relationships? EXTRA Accepting your partner for who they are as a person — and making requests to stop or start some behavior for the sake of improving your relationship work go hand-in-hand. Similar to oil and vinegar in a salad dressing, they’re designed to work together, build on each other’s strength. In a couple relationship,...
Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know Here are two trainable personal qualities which predict success four times more than intelligence. 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:Can People’s Personalities Change? 4 Qualities of Truly Horrible Managers Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life Intelligent People Are More Inclined to Trust Others The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System
ADHD Tip: A Simple System for Managing Paperwork For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), paperwork can become a big problem. ADHD impairs executive functioning, making it difficult to make decisions, sort and prioritize. Clients commonly come to psychotherapist and ADHD coach Terry Matlen needing help with paperwork — everything from bills to receipts to school papers...
Lost memories might be able to be restored, suggests research into marine snail New research indicates that lost memories can be restored, according to new research into a type of marine snail called Aplysia. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
10 Tips for Surmounting In-Law Difficulties “Neutral” is rarely a word associated with in-laws: most are puzzling or problematic in some way. Find out how to build a healthy relationship with your in-laws.
What’s the #1 Source of Joy in the Lives The age at which people think of themselves as adults has been creeping upward, to the extent that a new stage of development has been added to the familiar ones such as childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. “Emerging adulthood,” the term coined by social scientist Jeffrey Arnett, refers to those years...