|The Psychology of Rewarding Yourself with Treats
||In my book Better Than Before, I describe the many strategies that we can use to change our habits. We all have our favorites — but I think most of us would agree that the Strategy of Treats is the most fun strategy. “Treats” may sound like a self-indulgent, frivolous strategy, but it’s not. Because...
|Can a blood biomarker predict the presence of intracranial lesions following mild traumatic brain injury?
||In cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), predicting the likelihood of a cranial lesion and determining the need for head computed tomography (CT) can be aided by measuring markers of bone injury in the blood. The results of a new study comparing the usefulness of two biomarkers released into the blood following a TBI are [...]The post Can a blood biomarker predict the presence of intracranial lesions following mild traumatic brain injury? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation
||Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK. A two-year project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Exeter in [...]The post Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation appeared first on PsyPost.
|Women don’t run? Study examines gender gap in political candidates
||An interest in the gender gap between the representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two University of Pittsburgh professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three years of research. Associate Professors of Political Science Kristin Kanthak and Jonathan Woon have published an article about the first [...]The post Women don’t run? Study examines gender gap in political candidates appeared first on PsyPost.
|Children learn to lie from the age of two: Here’s how to get them to tell the truth
||Lying is often seen as bad behaviour in children. Fairy tales and folk stories, from Aesop’s Peter who cried wolf to Washington’s cherry tree tell children to be honest and never lie. But what can we do to encourage children to tell the truth? Children learn to lie from about the age of two. The [...]The post Children learn to lie from the age of two: Here’s how to get them to tell the truth appeared first on PsyPost.
|Leaving a Written Legacy
||There are photos and videos that capture certain moments. Birthdays. Anniversaries. The everyday. There are stories that get retold to every generation. But largely when a family member dies, their stories die with them. This holiday season a beautiful gift you can give to a loved one is a glimpse...
|Here’s The Curious Secret To Perfect Learning While You Are Distracted
How to learn while distracted as if you were totally focused.
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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|Spike activity 12-12-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The new trailer for upcoming Pixar movie Inside Out is very funny and has a remarkably accurate depiction of brain function. Neuroskeptic covers hipster neuroscience. Is the ‘bilingual advantage’ in cognitive performance a result of publication bias? Maybe, suggests the Science of Us. The […]
|I Hate My Job: The Power of Negative Self-Talk
||Are you hating your job right now? Perhaps you are doing or thinking in ways that are sure to make you feel less worthy, stress you out, and take away your ability to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Negative self-talk (NST) might be part of the problem. NST is quite productive...
|Psychology Around the Net: November 13, 2014
||Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net for information on mindfulness during the holidays, beating stress at work, making insecurity work for you (yes, you read that correctly!), and more. 3 Ways to Embrace Your Need for Solitude and Quiet Time: The holidays are a great time for this...
|Why Romantic Relationships Fail: reason #2
||In Why Romantic Relationships Fail: reason #1, I discussed the reason why we tend to pick the wrong partners. In this article I’ll discuss the second major reason why romantic relationships fail, which is because we tolerate immaturity—our own immaturity and that of our partners. Based on what I observe...
|Reinvent Yourself This New Year and Step Into Your
||“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – A. C. Benson What if who you are today is nothing compared to who you can become? I believe this is the case for all of us. I believe we can transform and reinvent ourselves....
|Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug
||A patient who had suffered a traumatic brain injury unexpectedly recovered full consciousness after the administration of midazolam, a mild depressant drug of the GABA A agonists family. This resulted in the first recorded case of an “awakening” from a minimally-conscious state (MCS) using this therapy. Although similar awakenings have been reported using other drugs, [...]The post Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug appeared first on PsyPost.
|Immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat
||Immune cells perform a previously unsuspected role in the brain that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. When the researchers fed mice a diet high in saturated milk fats, microglia, a type of immune cell, underwent a population explosion in the brain region called the hypothalamus, which [...]The post Immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat appeared first on PsyPost.
|Effective vs. Ineffective Communication
||We are social beings. Assertiveness is a style of communication and is the most effective type of the four types of communication. Unfortunately, assertiveness is not used as often as people should. All of us use each of the four styles of communication, and as a result some of our interactions...
|Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar
||The brain responds differently to two kinds of sugar, according to a report today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix Arizona. The study suggests that fructose heightens the response of brain reward circuits to food cues, promoting feeding behavior. Currently, roughly two out of three U.S. adults are overweight and one [...]The post Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar appeared first on PsyPost.
|Enzyme identified which could lead to targeted treatment for PMS
||Low doses of fluoxetine – better known as the anti-depressant Prozac – could hold the key to preventing PMS symptoms, an international team of researchers has found. Up to 80 per cent of women are thought to suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which can be a debilitating condition with symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, fatigue, [...]The post Enzyme identified which could lead to targeted treatment for PMS appeared first on PsyPost.
|People with dementia suffer less depression in care homes – but why?
||These days, you have to try hard to not come across a daily article or news piece about dementia, and care homes receive a great deal of negative press. The Care Quality Commission recently released a report on the standard of dementia care in care homes and hospitals, across England. It found that in 34% [...]The post People with dementia suffer less depression in care homes – but why? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do
||Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But in our study, however, we’ve found that he may understand more than he lets on. Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can [...]The post Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do appeared first on PsyPost.
|My brain made me do it, but does that matter?
||Imagine that Brian promises to drive you to the airport but never shows up, and you miss your flight. When you confront Brian, he tells you that he remembered his promise but decided to watch a movie instead. Would you be angry? You betcha! But then suppose Brian pleads, “Don’t be angry at me. My [...]The post My brain made me do it, but does that matter? appeared first on PsyPost.