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Hookah smoking increases risk of subsequent cigarette smoking among adolescents A team of researchers at Dartmouth College and University of Pittsburgh found respondents who had smoked water pipe tobacco but not smoked cigarettes were at increased risk of cigarette smoking two years later as recently published online in JAMA Pediatrics. The study followed 2,541 adolescents and young adults for two years. Samir Soneji, PhD, a [...]The post Hookah smoking increases risk of subsequent cigarette smoking among adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
The Middling Effect of ‘Hit and Run’ Parenting Parenting the older adopted child (or any child, for that matter) can be trying. I forever seem to be competing against his impressions that I just can’t relate to his beliefs, ideas, or perceptions, however reasonable they might or might not be. After all, adults from his past likely were...
Mind is a Pigsty of Opinions I came upon this graffiti on a Pittsburgh sidewalk and it caught my clinical-philosophical eye – a face of a pig (from what I can tell) with the word “truth” inscribed on it.  Enigmatic, I thought.  I snapped a photo and continued on with my walk. And then a possible...
The Taste Of Coffee Can Be Influenced By The Color Of Your Cup If your morning brew tastes more bitter than usual, you may want to consider changing the color of your mug instead of adding more sugar....
Brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose discovered Scientists have discovered a mechanism in the brain that may drive our appetite for foods rich in glucose and could lead to improved treatments for obesity.
5 Simple Steps to Avoid Overeating this Holiday Season When you tip the scale on January 2nd, 2015, what number do you want to see? Your current weight plus 10-15 pounds? I didn’t think so. The problem is, so many of us succumb to the desire for immediate, temporary tastebud gratification (even though most holiday treats don’t really taste...
​This Medical Condition Turns Your Life Into An Out-of-Sync Video Ever had trouble getting the audio synced up with the video on your computer? Get the right kink in your brain, and you could live your whole life that way....
How are sea anemones so good at producing nerve cells? A research group at the Uni Research Sars Centre in Bergen, Norway, has revealed how a seemingly simple animal is able to produce nerve cells throughout its entire body. A study published in the journal Development shows that the stem cells that a sea anemone uses to generate its nervous system are more similar to [...]The post How are sea anemones so good at producing nerve cells? appeared first on PsyPost.
The wealthy suffer from an ‘empathy gap’ with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality Wealth and income inequality have many causes, and it’s pretty much beyond dispute that any well-functioning capitalist society will have some degree of disparity between the richest and the poorest. It’s also beyond dispute that we are approaching a social consensus that wealth and income inequality in the United States today now threatens to seriously [...]The post The wealthy suffer from an ‘empathy gap’ with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality appeared first on PsyPost.
Eyetracking technology knows your subconscious pizza desires… or not If you prefer to order your pizza without going through all the trouble of actually speaking, Pizza Hut has just the thing for you — “the world’s first subconscious menu.” You sit down, glance through the menu, and before you say anything or even make a conscious decision, the menu has figured out which toppings [...]The post Eyetracking technology knows your subconscious pizza desires… or not appeared first on PsyPost.
Eleven maps for eleven rooms: Probing the brain's extensive capacity for storing memories The brain creates and stores memories in small networks of brain cells, with the memories of events and places stored in a structure called the hippocampus. Researchers have long wondered if there is an upper limit to our capacity to store memories and how we manage to remember so many events without mixing up events that are very similar.
Behavioral and intellectual disabilities in pediatric epilepsy New research explores the complex emotional, behavioral and intellectual disabilities associated with childhood epilepsy and their effect on development.
You won’t find the data in my pants The journal contexts has an excellent article on the long history of exploring the sex lives of sex researchers as a veiled attempt to discredit their work. …these stories suggest a troubling pattern: they tend to focus on researchers’ alleged sexual proclivities, spinning them as deviant motivations which compromise the research. For example, James Miller’s […]
Animal research sheds light on harmful mood disorders in new mothers In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but that animal research could provide valuable clues to their causes.
Retina changes its 'language' with changing brightness The intricate nature of visual responses has become more clear, thanks to new research. The findings may help to improve digital cameras as well as visual prosthetics.
Let’s Get Physical! I’ll be the first to admit it; I’m not a fan of exercising. For starters, I’m the type of person that generally would like to lose 5-10 pounds before starting, just so I can feel a little sexier while moving. When I do exercise, I sweat profusely; which can be...
Do You Create Self-Imposed Disasters? When one child in the family takes life as it comes and does the best he can with it, another child might see life as a series of disasters that have to be overcome. Larry lives in fear of these “disasters” but he prides himself on his survival each time....
But what will they think of me? Are you worried about what other people will think of you? How to make sure you don't overgeneralize the relevance of others' opinions.
Fear of Success Masquerading as Fear of Failure People often justify their lack of effort at achieving a desired goal to a fear of failure - as if failure by never making an effort is somehow less of a failure than trying and failing. Why would anyone assume failure before even making an effort? Often, the "fear of failure" is really a fear of success. Their successes may often provoke severe family dysfunction.
Fear of Success Masquerating as Fear of Failure People often justify their lack of effort at achieving a desired goal to a fear of failure - as if failure by never making an effort is somehow less of a failure than trying and failing. And why would anyone assume failure before even making an effort? Often, the "fear of failure" is really a fear of success. Their successes may often provoke severe family dysfunction.