|Virtual reality promises new applications for sexual offending
||Virtual reality may be the key to predicting both the behaviour of sex offenders and the effectiveness of the therapies they have undergone, according to a study undertaken by Massil Benbouriche of the University of Montreal’s School of Criminology. “It is currently impossible to define the circumstances in which patients will – or will not [...]The post Virtual reality promises new applications for sexual offending appeared first on PsyPost.
|Humans and baboons share ability to build up knowledge over generations
||The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given mankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers from the Laboratoire de psychologie cognitive (CNRS/AMU), working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh (UK), have recently found that baboons are also capable [...]The post Humans and baboons share ability to build up knowledge over generations appeared first on PsyPost.
|Stem cell transplants for Parkinson’s disease edging closer
||A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells has put researchers on a firm path towards the first ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study presents the next generation of transplantable dopamine neurons produced from stem cells. These cells carry the same properties as the dopamine neurons [...]The post Stem cell transplants for Parkinson’s disease edging closer appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research emphasizes the need to persuade parents to make their kids walk to school
||A researcher from the University of Granada participates in a US research project that emphasizes the need for public administrations to encourage children and their families to walk more often during their daily routines This research was published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 1.219 children between 8 and 11, and [...]The post Research emphasizes the need to persuade parents to make their kids walk to school appeared first on PsyPost.
|Actions versus objects in ALS: The role of the motor system
||According to many scientists the fact that ALS patients experience (in addition to severe motor deficits) greater linguistic difficulty with verbs denoting action compared to nouns denoting objects depends on their motor deficit. The idea is that the motor system plays a role in the semantic encoding of these words. A new study conducted with [...]The post Actions versus objects in ALS: The role of the motor system appeared first on PsyPost.
|The best sensory experience for learning a dance sequence
||How can a sequence of dance steps best be learned? This question was the subject of a project led by researchers from Bielefeld University and the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, who developed the study along with dancers and dance instructors. Together they researched whether dancers learn a dance sequence better by seeing or [...]The post The best sensory experience for learning a dance sequence appeared first on PsyPost.
|Jerry Seinfeld and Autism
||What does it mean, that Jerry Seinfeld speculates that he may be on the autism spectrum? His words generated a wide range of response, some welcoming and some very angry. I offer my own thoughts on the matter here
|Meditation Made Easy
||Meditation is a way to experience the vast expanse of your mind in a new way. It stills the constant mental chatter, and tunes in to what has always been beneath the surface. Timothy Leary coined the phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out” in the 1960s. It became the...
|Success Is an Inside Job
||One of the things I find delightful about writing is the way it helps me shape my views. In a recent email exchange with my friend, Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, I began by offering advice but ended up changing my opinion. Much of the text that follows is excerpted from that...
|The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging
Study finds diet that gives brain fuel to repair age-related damage.
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|Am-ful Om-ness, Om-ful Am-ness
||1. Church bells: A couple of weeks ago, while coming home from work, I heard church bells… I love the sound of church bells – not the meaning of that sound or the affiliations of that sound – but just the sound, the sound itself. There is a nice “om”...
|How Do You Manage to Do Everything When You
||One of the supposed advantages of living with a spouse – or really, living with any other person or persons who want to live cooperatively and not just share the roof – is that you get to split up the many tasks of everyday life rather than doing them all...
|Impulsivity Test: 10 Question Self-Assessment Quiz
||Here is a quick test to measure your impulsive personality traits.
|How to Talk to Your Doctor About Changing Your Meds
||As anyone who has read my posts knows, the last few weeks have been touch and go. I’ve had some depression and paranoia problems which have accounted for a lot of weirdness in my daily life, from dealing with neighbors, to just generally being out in public. There was even...
|Self-Care Sunday: Who Are You?
||In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I’m also occasionally sharing a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. A few weeks ago I shared a journal prompt for getting to know...
|Low Self-Esteem? Consider the Benefits of Actually Pampering Yourself
||She ran her hands over my cheekbones, her fingerpads expert after years of experience, and ever so soft. And it was already outrageous, already almost unbearable, because it felt so fine. The bubbly, fluffy notion of self-indulgence, which fuels the spa industry, literally terrifies many of us who struggle with...
|How I Lost All Cravings for Junk Food
||Yes, I lost my extreme desire for junk food and for overeating as well. This wasn’t an act of will. And it wasn’t luck, either. Losing my cravings for bad food – and for too much food – was the result of something else entirely. And that is what I’d...
|How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food
||We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting our mood and appetite. Now, new research suggests it might also play a role in our cravings for certain types of [...]The post How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food appeared first on PsyPost.
|Attraction to masculine and feminine faces may be less evolution, more urban jungle
||Research into how humans choose a mate is often guided by evolutionary theory: because people’s choice of mate is assumed to have consequences for reproductive success, it must therefore be subject to Darwinian selection. We know that facial judgements of personality are often made very quickly (in milliseconds) and automatically. And faces seem to be [...]The post Attraction to masculine and feminine faces may be less evolution, more urban jungle appeared first on PsyPost.
|When it comes to suicide, how may be just as important as why
||On April 15, 2014 a man jumped to his death from the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge – a massive, new concrete arch that soars over the Hoover Dam. He was the eighth known person to do so since the bypass bridge opened in October 2010. Four of the suicides at the new bridge occurred in a [...]The post When it comes to suicide, how may be just as important as why appeared first on PsyPost.