|Athletes’ testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds
||A higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called “winner effect,” is not actually related to winning, suggests a new study of intercollegiate cross country runners. The International Journal of Exercise Science published the research, led byDavid Edwards, a professor of psychology at Emory University, and his graduate student Kathleen Casto. “Many people in the [...]The post Athletes’ testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson’s patients
||Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson’s patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbia University. Past research has shown that while Parkinson’s disease is a neurological reality, the brain systems involved may also be affected [...]The post Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson’s patients appeared first on PsyPost.
|That Time Scientists Electrocuted Twins to Learn About Arachnophobia
Spiders are the most feared animals in the world, despite the fact that they are overwhelmingly helpful rather than harmful. Scientists decided to investigate why, by shocking a bunch of twins....
|3 Things That Everyone Needs to Know About Ferguson
||Ferguson Missouri has been in the spotlight since August 9th, when African American teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed. There has been anger and tension in the community the past few days as we await the grand jury decision. 1. Race relations in St.Louis have been bad for a...
|Five Strategies To Help You Stop Overthinking
||Learning to stop your thoughts from running away with you takes discipline and practice, but it can be done.
|Siblings with Severe Mental Illness: Staying in Touch —
||It’s difficult to know where you stand when your sibling is diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Their treatment can take up so much time and their symptoms can be so encompassing that there may not be a lot of room for you, let alone your relationship. The dynamics of...
|Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson's patients
||Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study. "The findings highlight the power of expectations to drive changes in the brain," said a co-author of the study. "The research highlights important links between psychology and medicine."
|Giving Thanks (When It’s Been a Crap Year)
||You might be wondering why I’m even suggesting the idea of gratitude when you’ve had a lousy time of it. It’s because appreciation beats the alternative: spending your holidays in an extended wallow, reinforcing your helplessness over your life. If you’re reading, you’re considering. So I hope you’ll read...
|Self-Discipline Season has Begun
||Almost everyone struggles with some aspect of self-discipline, but never more than during the holidays. After all, from Thanksgiving to mid-January, we see-saw back and forth between over-indulging in treats, and making resolutions to exercise in the New Year. Then, when we fail to carry it all out as pledged, we...
|The Skinny Behind Weight-Loss Supplements
||Wendy Foulds Mathes, PhD, is trying to create an eating disorder in rats by allowing them to binge on Oreo Cookies. Many people would believe that getting stuffed on cookies would come natural to a rodent, but it doesn’t. By controlling when the rats are given cookies and then looking...
|Overweight and Invisible – part 4
||What follows is part four of a fictional exchange between a client, Carrie and her therapist. Carrie is 16 years old, and she weighs 173 lbs. She has a younger sister, Tori, who is just 15, pretty, popular and athletic. It has been two weeks since her last session. Therapist:...
|5 Questions that Will Test Your Sense of Meaning in Life
||The need to find meaning in your life might not be something you ponder on a daily basis but it lies at the root of your sense of worth. By answering these 5 questions, you can measure your progress toward that ultimate source of happiness.
|Thanksgiving is Much More than Saying “Thank You”
||Someone once said “it is really hard to have a good day with a bad attitude.” It is just as difficult to have a bad day with a good attitude. The same is true of the satisfaction we feel in our romantic life. It is very difficult to maintain a heathy...
|Are the Chicago Cubs Cursed?
||When Pablo Sandoval caught the final out of the 2014 season, it marked the 106th consecutive season that ended without the Chicago Cubs as champions. The absurdly long drought, a full 40 years longer than the runner-up Cleveland Indians, makes some fans wonder if their team is simply cursed. Under new general...
|Medical Negligence : Sometimes Caused by Substance Abusing Physicians
|| “Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will quit.” That is what Marc Myer, a Minnesota family practice doctor, kept telling himself every time he stole prescription opiates form his patients to maintain his addiction. But for Myer, and my doctors, “tomorrow” never came. Doctors addicted to prescription medications...
|Navigating the Holidays When You Have Depression
||For people with depression, the holidays can be a challenging time. People with the illness “tend to have a negative view of themselves and their lives,” said Selena C. Snow, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating depression in Rockville, Md. “If they have overly idealized beliefs about what...
|The Paradox of Genuine Love: Why Loving Your Self
||seyed mostafa zamani via Compfight The permission to fully love and embrace your self and life with wonder, compassion and acceptance is no small matter. Paradoxically, you need your own love and acceptance to fully and genuinely love another (and vice versa..). Why? Two reasons. First, there is no way to...
|How Yoga & Meditation Increase Creativity & Healthy Emotions
||Research continues to demonstrate the power of meditation and yoga practices to transform our entire beings. These two new studies illustrate how creativity in increased from meditation; and that yoga diminishes stress and anxiety. They add to the growing body of knowledge of the impact of these practices upon our minds, emotions and behavior.
|For holiday orphans, depression is real
||I have made it 55 years without cooking a turkey. I used to be ashamed of that fact. How could a one-time wife and mother get this far in life without ever having made a turkey? It’s a sad story with a happy ending. I don’t have much family and...
|Dementia: The Brain’s Weak Spot Found
A brain network which links dementia and schizophrenia has been discovered.
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 To Detect Dementia Before Any Symptoms Appear
How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk
The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Intense World: Autistic Brains Create 42% More Information at Rest
Major Cause of Dementia Identified Which Could Lead to New Treatments