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New study casts sharpest light yet on genetic mysteries of autism Our picture of how genetic errors contribute to autism has just gotten sharper. The latest series of clarifications in what, in its totality, is a very complex puzzle, emerges from new research published in Nature today by a team co-led by investigators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Yale University, the University of California, San [...]The post New study casts sharpest light yet on genetic mysteries of autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative. In a study to be published in an upcoming issue of Current Biology, an international team of scientists led by Virginia Tech reports that the strength of a [...]The post Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings appeared first on PsyPost.
Tweeting much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy, study finds The imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient. This was confirmed [...]The post Tweeting much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Anti-social behaviour a consequence, rather than a cause of homelessness Anti-social behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse are often the consequence, rather than the cause of homelessness, according to a series of studies from Northumbria University presented at the Economic and Social Research Council’s 2014 Festival of Social Science. The studies suggest that contrary to common belief, unexpected life events could lead to anyone [...]The post Anti-social behaviour a consequence, rather than a cause of homelessness appeared first on PsyPost.
How do we punish norm violators? An international team of researchers including Loukas Balafoutas (University of Innsbruck), Nikos Nikiforakis (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Bettina Rockenbach (University of Cologne) has conducted pioneering research on the question of how people punish strangers for norm violating behavior. In their article on direct and indirect punishment, which appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National [...]The post How do we punish norm violators? appeared first on PsyPost.
Who dumped me? A profile emerges of Facebook ‘unfrienders’ during Israel-Gaza conflict New research conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem paints a picture of the Jewish Israelis who cut ties with their Facebook friends during the recent Israel-Gaza conflict. Dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” in Israel, the fighting began in early July 2014 and lasted about seven weeks. With the Internet serving as an important forum for [...]The post Who dumped me? A profile emerges of Facebook ‘unfrienders’ during Israel-Gaza conflict appeared first on PsyPost.
What’s the Meaning of Your Life? In his classic bestseller, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl explains that among the first things that he had to do once he arrived at Auschwitz was to surrender his clothes. This is humbling in itself, of course. But this was extraordinarily painful for Frankl, because...
The Type of Exercise That Most Benefits Memory, Reasoning and Mental Flexibility Study compared the mental effects of aerobic exercise, weight training and balance and co-ordination. 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:The Quick Exercise That Immediately Improves Long-Term Memory Power Up: The Performance Benefits of a Simple Mental Exercise Get Motivated to Exercise: Here’s a Simple Mental Trick You Can Do Right Now Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration Painless Brain Stimulation Improves Mental Arithmetic in Five Days
How to Stop Blaming Others—and Be Free and Powerful! Blame can be defined as holding others responsible for our misfortunes. it may seem easy and convenient to blame others for our unhappiness, but in the long run we lose out. Here's how to let go of blame, and be free and powerful!
Mental health problems related to superstorm Sandy endure After superstorm Sandy, many people reported feeling betrayed by the ocean or afraid of it.
Mind Hacks – Live! At the end of November, we’ll be celebrating 10 years of Mind Hacks, and we’re putting on a live event in London to celebrate. You are cordially invited. Mind Hacks – Live! will be like the blog, but live, and with less scrolling. Some of the details are still under construction, but here’s what we […]
Early Signs of Love Addiction As I strengthen my relationship with my wounded child, I realize that my childhood showed signs of a developing love addiction. There were aspects of my home life that primed me for neediness and a tendency to define my value in the eyes of others. Deprivation played a key role....
Mind’s Eye, Mind’s Nose Smell helps mind see at night. So does hearing and touch. Point is: all sensations reduce to vision. See what I mean? In case you don’t, let me “show” you again: each sense gives mind a model of reality and to model a reality is to envision it. So, whether...
The Human Psychology behind Facebook’s Success Facebook allows us to connect not only with loved ones, but with our fundamental human needs. The same way that grocery stores are habituated into our routine to meet our need for physical sustenance, Facebook has become a daily destination for millions due to its ability to meet our need for psychological fulfillment.
7 Ways to Unchain Your Brain and Do More, Better Hyperconnectivity and multitasking are so common today that most of us don’t realize there are other ways of working and being. But when we overdo either of them, we shortchange ourselves and limit our brain’s potential. Ponder these 7 insights.
Branson's Folly The normalization of narcissism may be the result of an explosive growth of internet media outlets in which the more excessive - and thus the more pathological the narcissism - the more the person is showered with what narcissists want most: attention.
How to Manage Your Negative Thinking “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”  ― Abraham Lincoln When it comes to getting what we want or simply living a more fulfilling life it starts with the way we think. Our thinking influences our attitude, decision making, motivation, and overall experience...
Is Kaci Hickox, the Ebola Nurse, Being Irresponsible? There is the right to move around but it isn't always right to do so.
The Power of Befriending Our Feelings As a psychotherapist, I often invite my clients to notice and welcome their genuine feelings. Many clients feel relieved that it’s okay to feel whatever they happen to experiencing. And they feel reassured that someone (namely, me!) is interested in hearing their authentic feelings without judging them. But some people...
Expectant mothers with epilepsy face tough choices over their medication A new study published today in The Cochrane Library, highlights the difficult decisions women with epilepsy have to face when they become pregnant. Taking certain drugs used to control epilepsy during pregnancy may be linked to developmental problems in children. The authors of the study say evidence on the safety of anti-epileptic drugs is limited [...]The post Expectant mothers with epilepsy face tough choices over their medication appeared first on PsyPost.