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Mind Over Meat How do we reconcile our love for animals with our desire to eat them?
Trick or treating this Halloween? Know your group behaviour Halloween is upon us tonight and it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, right? Or is there truly a dark side to Halloween? What should we make of kids getting together in groups, wearing costumes that hide their identity, and going from house to house asking for treats at the threat of a “trick”? [...]The post Trick or treating this Halloween? Know your group behaviour appeared first on PsyPost.
Spike activity 31-10-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Nautilus has an interesting piece on how artificial intelligence systems are getting better at strategy. Two neuroscientists explain why zombies have so much trouble walking in Slate Vice magazine talks to a psychologist working in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Neuroscientists manage to get […]
What is seasonal affective disorder? It’s that time of year again – the end of daylight savings and the beginning of the dark season. While many of us look forward to seasonal festivities, millions can also expect feelings of depression, fatigue, irritability and poor sleep. This form of mental illness, commonly known as the “winter blues”, is Seasonal Affective Disorder [...]The post What is seasonal affective disorder? appeared first on PsyPost.
Seven ‘great’ teaching methods not backed up by evidence What makes “great teaching”? It’s a complicated question, made more difficult by trying to measure how teachers make decisions in the classroom and what impact those decisions have on what pupils learn. In a new report for the Sutton Trust, we have tried to set out how great teaching leads to great learning. Our overall [...]The post Seven ‘great’ teaching methods not backed up by evidence appeared first on PsyPost.
Scared out of your mind: Halloween, fear and the brain Children and adults alike are digging out those spooky costumes ready for a celebration. We’ve reached that time of year again: Halloween. October 31 is dedicated to remembering the dead. We’ve all experienced fear, but Halloween is the particular time of year when we look for that rush that usually accompanies feeling scared. Are you [...]The post Scared out of your mind: Halloween, fear and the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Can Meditation be Dangerous? This is a story of Zen master, professor, poet, and essayist, Louis Nordstrom.  Over 35 years ago Louis renounced his tenure as a professor in philosophy and robed up to begin his life as a monk. In an NY Times interview with Chip Brown, Nordstrom conveyed some insights into the...
Drug tests on mothers' hair links recreational drug use to birth defects Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15 percent had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.
Not a Halloween Cartoon: How Tech Changed Bullies Title: How Tech Changed Bullies Vegan Vamp: (getting ready to tak a BITE out of an RED apple) Goth on iPhone: (Talking Text slang) Je-ge-it OMG like I know! Mummy Of Toilet Paper: YOU TEXTED EVERY ONE! (talking about the photos of him bing TP’ed) Caption: “Not a Halloween Cartoon”...
What Halloween Reveals About Our Morals Research shows that Halloween can bring out the best or worst in us.
How Mindful Analogies Can Help Kids in Therapy School-aged children (6 to 11 years) often wonder why they are sitting in your office for therapy. Many thoughts and emotions are associated with coming to a mental health provider’s office, including curiosity, anxiety and even fear. In order to help kids deal with whatever may be bringing them to...
Why Do We Like to Be Scared? Getting scared is a serious business: every year people pay millions to see scary movies that range from psychological thrillers to grotesque carnage. We also go to haunted houses, read scary books, tell scary stories, watch scary tv shows and play pranks to startle each other, all in the name...
How to Buy Happiness Instead of Selling It Life before money was sometimes unbearable. Let’s say you had two goats, some homegrown tomatoes, and a sack of salt, and you needed eggs. You would try to find someone who had eggs, but is in dire need of one of the things you have. If it turned out that...
Dear Body: A Letter of Apology Dear Body, This isn’t the first time this happened. Years ago, weeks ago, you issued the same pleas in the form of an aching back. First it started with a pinch, a whisper. This week it was an all-out roar. The act of bending down was dicey. Walking fully upright...
Can you Predict the Future? Melissa’s boss Vince is provoking her because of his own insecurity. He is trying to build himself up by tearing her down. Vince may sense her vulnerability and he sees her as a “safe” target. Instead of melting down, Melissa can choose to catch herself “transferring” old feelings from her...
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 […]