|Study shows cognitive training can improve brain performance of students in poverty
||The cognitive effects of poverty can be mitigated during middle school with a targeted intervention, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published today in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers for the first time examine the efficacy of cognitive training in [...]The post Study shows cognitive training can improve brain performance of students in poverty appeared first on PsyPost.
||This comment was posted on the Ask Dr. Webb Page of my website. It describes an experience that many can relate to: the feeling of being overlooked. I have a question about invisibility. I was at a study group and afterwards everyone was chatting with each other except me. I...
|Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide
||Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person’s life, including their health and interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around the world, as shown by data from more than 89,000 individuals in 31 countries analyzed for a study published [...]The post Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain structures devoted to learning and memory are highly conserved in the animal kingdom
||Whether you’re cramming for an exam or just trying to remember where you put your car keys, learning and memory are critical functions that we constantly employ in daily life. It turns out that the structure and function of brain centers responsible for learning and memory in a wide range of invertebrate species may possibly [...]The post Brain structures devoted to learning and memory are highly conserved in the animal kingdom appeared first on PsyPost.
|A clear, molecular view of the evolution of human color vision
||Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow. Now, after more than two decades of painstaking research, scientists have finished a [...]The post A clear, molecular view of the evolution of human color vision appeared first on PsyPost.
|High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults
||An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education – which has a protective effect for white youth – can also increase the risk of depression for black youth. The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics also found that, among [...]The post High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research shows E.B. White was right in Charlotte’s Web: What it really means to be humble
||Before Charlotte the spider spelled the word “humble” in her web to describe Wilbur the pig, she told Templeton the rat that the word meant “not proud.” That’s probably what most people say if you put them on the spot. But if you give them time to think about it deeply, like a new study [...]The post Research shows E.B. White was right in Charlotte’s Web: What it really means to be humble appeared first on PsyPost.
|What 2 Little Words Can Have a BIG Impact
||No one — including your partner — has to do anything for you. Remember that. “Thank you.” Two simple words that feel SO good to hear. So, why do so many couples use them so infrequently? William James, the great American psychologist, said, “The deepest principle in human nature is...
|The celebrity analysis that killed celebrity analysis
||Most ‘psy’ professionals are banned by their codes of conduct from conducting ‘celebrity analysis’ and commenting on the mental state of specific individuals in the media. This is a sensible guideline but I didn’t realise it was triggered by a specific event. Publicly commenting on a celebrity’s psychological state is bad form. If you’ve worked […]
|Post-Traumatic Growth Follow Up: What It Takes To Grow
||For those in the world of psychology the idea is new. Yet for those on the other side — people simply wanting to feel better — the idea is groundbreaking. Post-traumatic growth simply defies everything we have been told about trauma, setbacks, hardship, and adversity. And the truth is...
|21 Ways to Beat Festive Burnout
||The Holiday season is prime time for burn out. Our stress goes up, our to-do list is a mile long and it takes everything within us to hold our tongue. In the article ‘Banish Seasonal Stress’ by Charmaine Yabsley in Nature & Health, 21 experts in the holistic field show us how to care for […]
|Enough Is Enough Series #3: A Hallucinogen for Depression?
||Now we have the false promise that the hallucinogen Ketamine, street name - Special K - raises hope as a treatment for depression. This tells us how far afield, my field, psychiatry has really gone - that it is even a consideration to use an hallucinogen for the treatment of depression.
|In one aspect of vision, computers catch up to primate brain
||For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match the primate brain at visual object recognition during a brief glance. Now neuroscientists have found that one of the latest generation of 'deep neural networks' matches the primate brain.
|Five Questions That Reveal How Much You Care About Animals
||Psychologists are turning to short scales to assess our attitudes and personality. We have developed several brief instruments to measure concerned for other species. You can take our 5-item Animal Attitude Scale here.
|Of bugs and brains: Striking similarities in brain structures across invertebrates
||The fundamental structures underlying learning and memory in the brains of invertebrates as different as a fruit fly and an earthworm are remarkably similar, according to neuroscientists. It turns out that the structure and function of brain centers responsible for learning and memory in a wide range of invertebrate species may possibly share the same fundamental characteristics.
|Reducing Holiday Stress
||With the end of the year coming and as we inch closer to the holiday season, I can feel my stress level rising. I’m not sleeping well and I have yet to do any shopping for the kiddos. That will come this weekend and then that’s one thing off my...
|Homing signal in brain located, explaining why some people are better navigators
||The part of the brain that tells us the direction to travel when we navigate has been identified by scientists, and the strength of its signal predicts how well people can navigate. In other words, the researchers have found where our 'sense of direction' comes from in the brain and worked out how to measure it using functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI.
|Parent, Adolescent, and How Each Other "Turns Out"
||Just as the adult child doesn't quite "turn out" like the parents expected; parents don't quite "turn out" as the adult child expected. And that has to be okay.
|How to Approach the Holidays When You’re Depressed
||It’s a myth that suicide rates skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The truth is that the month of December has the fewest number of suicides than any other time of year (Karr, 2012). What is interesting to note, however, is that there is a significant increase of suicides right after...
|You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression
Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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