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Are You Nice But Not Good? An inventory to self-assess the extent to which you’re a phony.
Playing action video games can boost learning A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally. “Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better [...]The post Playing action video games can boost learning appeared first on PsyPost.
Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements An educational approach focused on the development of children’s executive functions – the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and regulate impulsive behavior – improved academic learning in and beyond kindergarten, according to a new study by researchers at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Because [...]The post Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Ways to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation Difficult conversations are hard. They create the potential for conflict and conflict can be tough to confront. A little while ago, I knew I had to have a difficult conversation with an old friend. I needed to obtain a sense of closure and clarity from what was rocky emotional terrain.Needless...
5 Tips for Healing after Childhood Adversity 1. Reframe Vulnerabilities Those of us who experienced abuse, grief, or neglect during childhood feel different from those who didn’t. We are more easily hurt, which leads to withdrawal or rage. We feel less confident in ourselves, which leads to under- or over-achievement. We have problems with attention, suffering either...
Do You Blame Yourself First When Things Go Wrong? A girlfriend of mine just finished putting on a magnificent affair for 1000+ people to honor our servicemen on Veteran’s Day. She spent hours and hours, voluntarily, to help in this huge event. As well as everything went, there were still a few glitches, one of which led to some pretty icky interaction with a...
More on the enigma of blindness and psychosis A long-standing enigma in psychiatry has been why no-one has been able to find someone who has both congenital blindness and a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The newest and most comprehensive archive study to date has just been published on exactly this issue although it raises more questions than it answers. Evelina Leivada and Cedric Boeckx […]
Transplant of stem-cell-derived dopamine neurons shows promise for Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s disease is an incurable movement disorder that affects millions of people around the world, but current treatment options can cause severe side effects and lose effectiveness over time. In a study published by Cell Press November 6th in Cell Stem Cell, researchers showed that transplantation of neurons derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) [...]The post Transplant of stem-cell-derived dopamine neurons shows promise for Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Do stricter controls curb opioid abuse? Americans consume a staggering amount of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone – about 99% of the world’s supply. In October, after 10 years of debate the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reclassified medications like Vicodin, and products that combine hydrocodone with other drugs, as Schedule II controlled substances. This means that the DEA can regulate them like [...]The post Do stricter controls curb opioid abuse? appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers provide first peek at how neurons multitask Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown how a single neuron can perform multiple functions in a model organism, illuminating for the first time this fundamental biological mechanism and shedding light on the human brain. Investigators in the lab of Shawn Xu at the Life Sciences Institute found that a neuron in C. elegans, [...]The post Researchers provide first peek at how neurons multitask appeared first on PsyPost.
The Costco effect: Do consumers buy less variety at bigger stores? Do consumers make the same choices when products such as beer, soft drinks, or candy bars are sold individually or in bundles? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers purchase a greater variety of products when they are packaged individually rather than bundled together. “When consumers choose multiple products, they [...]The post The Costco effect: Do consumers buy less variety at bigger stores? appeared first on PsyPost.
Memories of pain during childbirth tied to intensity rather than length of labor Childbirth is physically intense and, for many women, it is the most painful experience they will have. And yet, new research shows that the amount of time a woman spends in labor doesn’t seem to impact how she remembers her labor pain afterwards. The research, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for [...]The post Memories of pain during childbirth tied to intensity rather than length of labor appeared first on PsyPost.
What May Be the Best Advice Any President Ever Carnie Lewis via Compfight Like many of us of a certain age, I remember President John F. Kennedy’s famous words that he spoke in his 1961 inaugural address:  “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Over the years, I’ve found...
Perceived racial discrimination may impact kidney function Perceived racial discrimination may contribute to disparities related to kidney disease, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2014 November 11-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Psychosocial factors such as perceived racial discrimination have been associated with chronic diseases, but little is known about the relationship between [...]The post Perceived racial discrimination may impact kidney function appeared first on PsyPost.
Why do I always give up……? Have you ever said, with grit and determination, that you are going to do something only to then give up? Have you heard your friends say the same and then watched them slide back to their old ways? Such failures are common. In fact, they are more common than successes. Ben Fletcher discusses why and how to turn failure into success......
Overcoming 3 Common Obstacles in Therapy If you’re new to therapy, you may not know what to expect. To help you make the most of the process, we asked seasoned clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, to share the three biggest obstacles in therapy along with how to overcome each one. 1. Shame Howes believes shame is...
4 Things Psychologists Know That You Should Know Too It’s fun being a psychologist. Just as an engineer is fascinated by the true mechanics of electrical circuitry, we mental health professionals are intensely curious about the human brain. What people feel and what those feelings mean; why people do what they do; it’s all of interest to us. In the process...
Women’s Hormones and Mental Health   I often talk to women about hormonal issues.  Most of the time it conversations start with, “I don’t know if I’m crazy, but”, followed by a list of symptoms that sound like mental illness.  By the end of the conversation, it can be difficult to determine which is the...
The 4 Elements of Transformational Leaders What makes the best leaders so effective? Outstanding leadership and great parenting have similar elements.
New Friendship Study Has Great Message for Social Anxiety Sufferers Hopeful message for social anxiety sufferers about their friendships. 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:Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment Revealed: Long-Suspected Danger of Anti-Anxiety and Sleeping Drugs How People Use Social Media to Manage Their Emotions Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain Happiness is Contagious and Powerful on Social Media