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Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood With the holiday season in full swing and presents piling up under the tree, many parents may be tempted to give children all the toys and gadgets they ask for or use the expectation of gifts to manage children’s behavior. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at [...]The post Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood appeared first on PsyPost.
US children are safer, better-educated, and fatter American children are generally safer and better-educated than they have been in 20 years, a new report from Duke University finds. Stubborn problems remain, including high rates of child poverty and a still-raging obesity epidemic, the 2014 National Child and Youth Well-Being Index Report notes. But “compared to 20 years ago, U.S. children are doing [...]The post US children are safer, better-educated, and fatter appeared first on PsyPost.
How, where the brain converts external inputs into behavioral responses Very little is known about how and where the brain converts external inputs into behavioral responses. Now, scientists have been able to shed light on important neural circuitry involved in the prey capture behavior exhibited by young zebrafish.
New technology advances eye tracking as biomarker for brain function, recovery from brain injury A new technology has been developed that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes. The study suggests that the use of eye tracking technology may be a potential biological marker for assessing brain function and monitoring recovery for patients with brain injuries.
What's a Healthier Option Than Mainstream News? No one needs a research study to know that mainstream news generally consists of negative news. For example, the nightly news or morning paper will tell you about a train that derailed but not the thousands of trains that didn't. Especially if you're prone to anxiety, watching or reading mainstream news can be fear and anxiety inducing. Why does this matter?
Uncovering Happiness: Four Questions that Can Transform Your Life When it comes to our self-critical thinking, Byron Katie has created a brilliant set of four questions to free us from our negative depressive minds. For example, if you say, “I’m such  an idiot,” we ask 1) Is it true? 2) Is it absolutely true? 3) What happens when you believe...
The Impacts of Narcissism Narcissistic people can ruin the lives of their families and lovers. I interviewed many people who were in or recovering from these relationships. Here are some of their thoughts.
You Can’t Please Everyone I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been talking to an agent about a book proposal. The book is already written, but in talking to the agent I’ve come to realize that in order for him to take me on as a client, I would need to entirely rewrite...
People trust typical-looking faces most Being 'average' is often considered a bad thing, but new research suggests that averageness wins when people assess the trustworthiness of a face. The research indicates that, while typical-looking faces aren't seen as the most attractive, they are considered to be the most trustworthy.
A Successful Opera Career In Spite of Her Voice Magda’s fans bootlegged her recordings for decades and adored her with such passion, police had to stop them from dashing onto the stage. Opera lovers are usually very discriminating about vocal quality, but not Magda’s fans. So what kept them enthralled—her enthusiasm? Her sparkle?
Broad receptive field responsible for differentiated neuronal activity Some neurons are more active than others, even when they are positioned right next to each other and are one and the same neuron type. Researchers now have discovered the cause for this phenomenon.
How brain can distinguish good from bad smells In fruit flies, the quality and intensity of odors can be mapped in the so-called lateral horn, scientists have found. They have created a spatial map of this part of the olfactory processing system in the fly brain and showed that the lateral horn can be segregated into three activity domains, each of which represents an odor category.
The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System Outgoing or introverted? Which personality types are best at fighting off infection? 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:The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Meditation Changes How Genes Are Expressed How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk A Highly Valued Personality Trait That Sadly Increases The Risk of Suicide Meditation Can Reduce Loneliness in the Elderly
Stress & Cancer In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress & cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require discipline.
Stress and Cancer In this time of constant motion, running at full speed, being permanently on call, and losing our Sundays – it is no wonder we are stressed. Many studies show that there is indeed a connection between stress and cancer. Learning to manage stress is not difficult but it does require discipline.
Towards a nuanced view of mental distress In the latest edition of The Psychologist I’m involved in a debate with John Cromby about whether our understanding of mental illness is mired in the past. He thinks it is, I think it isn’t, and we kick off from there. The article is readable online with a free registration but I’ve put the unrestricted […]
Best of Our Blogs: December 16, 2014 ‘Tis the season when my purpose and values slip through my fingers and fall into a blanket of people pleasing and unhealthy behaviors. December feels like a desperate chase to tie up loose ends to make up for the lack of connection during the rest of the year with the...
Self-Blame Test: Are You Too Hard on Yourself? Today’s test measures the degree of self-blame. In this context, self-blame is an undeserved blame where you feel that you should have done something differently in the past or that something is inherently wrong with you. These two types of self-blame are referred to as characterological and behavioral, respectively[1]. Although both types can be quite […]
4 Ways Our Relationships Change Who We Are When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we become increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?
How Your Relationships Change Who You Are When we are involved in serious romantic relationships, we find ourselves turning from a “me” to an “us”. That means that as we becoming increasingly committed to our partners, we find our self-concept actually changing. The “us” becomes “me”. But how does our self-concept change, and are these changes good or bad for us and for our relationships?