|Relatives: On Cousins "Once Removed" and Unrelated Aunts
||On Thanksgiving, we gather with relatives: and in some circles, we debate how we are related. How did that question become expert knowledge? An anthropologist should know the answer... but it isn't that simple.
|5 Tips to Manage Stress Over the Holiday Season
||As much as the holiday season is full of fun and food, it invariably also involves people dynamics. This is great when we want to look like a picture perfect Hallmark greeting card of a family, but we all know this is simply not true. Below the surface of the grins, laughter and greetings of, […]
|Plagued with Low Self-Esteem? You Might Suffer from ‘The
||Few states of mind are more synonymous with low self-esteem than uncertainty. People with medium or high self-esteem are confident and secure. This confidence and security might wane a bit under stress, but it bounces back eventually: a basic, taken-for-granted assumption that one is okay, that one is capable and,...
|Study suggests homosexuality evolved to promote social bonding in humans
||Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. The results of a preliminary study provide the first evidence that our need to bond with others increases our openness to engaging in homosexual behaviour. Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, and colleagues examined the relationship between progesterone [...]The post Study suggests homosexuality evolved to promote social bonding in humans appeared first on PsyPost.
|‘Trigger’ for stress processes discovered in the brain
||At the Center for Brain Research at the MedUni Vienna an important factor for stress has been identified in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden). This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain [...]The post ‘Trigger’ for stress processes discovered in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety
||Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and Region Skåne. This is the first randomised study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioural therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary [...]The post Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression and anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
|How to Avoid Bargain-Brained Holiday Shopping Pitfalls
||With so much to choose from we have to have a reason to buy—for many it's all about the bargain. Especially for gifts, make it about the product instead. Here's how.
|Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment
||People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer. Researchers who have identified a chemical pathway that goes awry in the brains of Fragile X patients say the drug could reverse their behavioural symptoms. The scientists have found that a [...]The post Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
|Stroke damage mechanism identified
||Researchers have discovered a mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims–and are now searching for drugs to block it. Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off but much of the harm to survivors’ memory and other cognitive function is often actually caused by “oxidative [...]The post Stroke damage mechanism identified appeared first on PsyPost.
|What is traumatic brain injury and how is it treated?
||Life-threatening brain injuries are thankfully rare in cricket and other sports, even those that involve collisions. But Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident yesterday shows how little control players have over these events. It also highlights the importance of getting immediate medical attention whenever someone suffers a blow to the head that leads to altered [...]The post What is traumatic brain injury and how is it treated? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Sex and the size effect: Why reporting on gender is often overhyped
||Evolutionary psychology, the field that uses the process of natural selection to provide a theoretical framework to explain human behaviour, gets in the press a lot. And if there’s one thing that gets web hits, it’s stories about sex. But just how relevant are such sexy facts to the reader? How does a scientific truth [...]The post Sex and the size effect: Why reporting on gender is often overhyped appeared first on PsyPost.
|Woods of “What Is”
||On a walk through the woods a thought pops into my mind: “There is a lot of trash in the woods. And I am a piece of it.” A thought of humility, not of self-deprecation. Woods do that to you: they gently put you down and, in so doing, root...
|Brain inspired data engineering
||What if next-generation ICT systems could be based on the brain’s structure and its cognitive and adaptive processes? A groundbreaking paradigm of brain-inspired intelligent ICT architectures is being born.
|Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression, anxiety
||Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study. This is the first randomized study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.
|Happy Thanksgiving: The benefits of gratitude
||Because one student wanted to conduct a happiness intervention, gratitude started spreading through my lab—everyone has been thanking everyone else. And, as you would expect, the entire lab seems authentically happier after we started our own gratitude intervention. This is a story about how developing a thesis project transformed my entire life.
|5 Easy Activities Proven To Enhance Life (Perfect for Thanksgiving)
Five prosocial activities proven to be perfect for boosting happiness and well-being.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Why ADHD is Misunderstood
||Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is regularly misunderstood. In fact, some believe that ADHD doesn’t even exist. One reason is the media. Some media perpetuate the myth that pharmaceutical companies created ADHD in order to cash in, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach. “This couldn’t be...
|If You Have an RV, Is Every Day a Holiday?
||The stretch of Southern California where I live is criss-crossed with all sorts of trails, and I make my way to one of them nearly every day. Right now, my favorite runs along the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. About a half-mile in, there’s a seal sanctuary, and then, after...
|'Trigger' for stress processes discovered in brain
||An important factor for stress has been identified by scientists. This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain to be transmitted to the pituitary gland and then onwards to the organs.
|Drug to reduce side-effects of 'binge drinking' developed
||A drug that could reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’, especially by teenagers, has been successfully developed and tested by a team of scientists. Researchers say that this development may also link to new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain.