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The Type of Daydreaming That Makes The Mind More Efficient Not all daydreaming is bad for focused thinking, new study finds. 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:How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation A Blood Test for Depression Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful The Type of Yoga That Boosts Memory and Attention
Happiness With Life 2: Practice Perspective Life is full of frustrations, disappointments, and adversities. But, happiness busting depression, anxiety, and bitterness do not result from these hardships, but rather from the catastrophizing we do about them. Learn in this blog how to live a life of perspective, devoid of awfulizing and horriblizing, thereby being able to find happiness even amidst adversity.
Computer game could help visually impaired children live independently A new computer game is being test that researchers hope could hold the key to helping visually-impaired children lead independent lives. Developed by a team of neuroscientists and video game designers, the Eyelander game features exploding volcanoes, a travelling avatar and animated landscapes. The idea is to improve the functional vision of children who have sight issues due to a brain injury rather than damage to the eye itself.
Are You a Desert Crawler, Too? Last week’s cartoon is about things that go bump in the night. and where it might actually come from. Thanks for so many shares on that one, everyone. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can...
Interactive Anxiety Test: Are You Emotionally Unstable? The questions below are designed to measure your anxiety levels as well as your emotional endurance. It is a great way to get an idea about your overall ability to cope with life’s challenges, your resilience and flexibility. This test is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. You need […]
Best of Our Blogs: October 31, 2014 Today is Halloween. Why is this dark holiday so popular with adults, not just kids? I think dressing up offers the opportunity to: 1) shed our seriousness for the night by being someone else 2) wear our shadows on our sleeves and 3) make fun of what scares us. Someone...
Divide And Conquer ADHD Overwhelmishness What is being overwhelmed for someone with ADHD? For us, being overwhelmed can be a sensation that spans the spectrum from annoyance to paralysis. It is the feeling that the task or situation in front of us is beyond our ability to cope with. And it is the thing that...
The Science of Smiling Can there really be a science of smiling. Using the research of cross-cultural, evolutionary and social psychology researchers have built up a surprising amount of interesting information about the smile
9 Ways to Stop Procrastinating on Your Screenplay Now According to writer-therapist Dennis Palumbo, a friend, Facebook friend and personal mentor,  procrastination is ultimately about a fear of being judged. He tells his clients (writers, tv writers, and novelists)that instead of obsessing about it, they should write about it, as a dialogue with themselves, or as if they were writing...
Jian Ghomeshi -His Antics -And Me Canadians have been rocked by a sex scandal this week. Beloved radio and tv host/journalist Jian Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC because of his sexual antics. Faced with being outed by an ex-girlfriend regarding his sexual preferences (BDSM) he decided to take a leave of absence from his show...
Link seen in brain between seizures, migraines Seizures and migraines have always been considered separate physiological events in the brain, but now a team of engineers and neuroscientists looking at the brain from a physics viewpoint discovered a link between these and related phenomena.
Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain Seizures and migraines have always been considered separate physiological events in the brain, but now a team of engineers and neuroscientists looking at the brain from a physics viewpoint discovered a link between these and related phenomena. Scientists believed these two brain events were separate phenomena because they outwardly affect people very differently. Seizures are [...]The post Link seen between seizures and migraines in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Together we are strong – or insufferable How do we as individuals prompt our fellow humans to behave socially? This is one of the central questions relating to social dilemmas in game theory. Previous studies assumed that it is almost impossible to control cooperation in large groups. Nonetheless, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology have now demonstrated that each [...]The post Together we are strong – or insufferable appeared first on PsyPost.
Sadness lasts longer than other emotions Why is it that you can feel sad up to 240 times longer than you do feeling ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored? It’s because sadness often goes hand in hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents. You need more time to mull over and cope with what happened to fully [...]The post Sadness lasts longer than other emotions appeared first on PsyPost.
Can parents make their kids smarter? Probably not, study suggests Reading bedtime stories, engaging in conversation and eating nightly dinners together are all positive ways in which parents interact with their children, but according to new research, none of these actions have any detectable influence on children’s intelligence later in life. Florida State University criminology professor Kevin Beaver examined a nationally representative sample of youth [...]The post Can parents make their kids smarter? Probably not, study suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families faced with significant challenges such as parental deployment and frequent moves. New research published online in Applied Developmental Science supports the idea that, along with other key resources, strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. [...]The post Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children appeared first on PsyPost.
Social psychology has lost its balance The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them. Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, […]
5 Tips for Changing Negative Self Beliefs “Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” - Robert Gary Lee A year ago, I began to accept that I was depressed, and had been for a long time. It was scary. I broke up with my live-in boyfriend of almost three years, quit my job, and though I didn’t...
Halloween: Sexy Costumes & Who’s Behind The Mask Halloween is just around the corner and women can get a lot of grief for selecting costumes that are considered sexy, however, a costume can tell you a lot about a person. Those of us that are attending Halloween parties this year have the opportunity to mingle and meet new...
Understanding Anxiety We all feel anxious at different times in our lives. Whether we are stressed about bills, relationships or work, it is a physical and mental sensation we all must work through. For many of us, anxiety can be far more than a momentary feeling, and we live with an anxiety disorder which causes unnecessary and […]