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Why do people kiss? Science examines the body’s most exposed erogenous zone Scientists in the Netherlands have reported that we share about 80m bacteria during a passionate ten-second kiss; a finding that makes puckering up seem cringe-worthy – and downright unsanitary at the start of cold and flu season. But take heart: we’re more likely to get sick by shaking hands throughout the day than through kissing. [...]The post Why do people kiss? Science examines the body’s most exposed erogenous zone appeared first on PsyPost.
Mental disorders due to permanent stress Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. The effects of permanent stress on the immune system are studied by the research group headed by Prof Dr Georg Juckel at the LWL university clinic at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). [...]The post Mental disorders due to permanent stress appeared first on PsyPost.
Trouble with your boss? Own it Don’t get along with your boss? Your job performance may actually improve if the two of you can come to grips with the poor relationship. A new study led by Michigan State University business scholars finds that workers are more motivated if they and their supervisors see eye-to-eye about a bad relationship than if they [...]The post Trouble with your boss? Own it appeared first on PsyPost.
Research examines an emerging issue: Treatment of transgender prison populations Prison policies vary on treating transgender inmates, which could put inmates and institutions at risk. Gina Gibbs, a University of Cincinnati criminal justice doctoral student, will present a synopsis of the legal issues posed by such inmates at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. The national conference runs from Nov. 19-22 in [...]The post Research examines an emerging issue: Treatment of transgender prison populations appeared first on PsyPost.
Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness of at-risk children, study shows An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows. Self-regulation skills – the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty – are critical to a child’s success in [...]The post Self-regulation intervention boosts school readiness of at-risk children, study shows appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds that rejecting unsuitable suitors is easier said than done You’re at a slumber party with your friends. One friend asks “if a guy at school asked you out, but you weren’t really attracted to him, would you go?” You laugh and shake your head no: “Why would I, if he’s not my type?” Or imagine you’re at school, sitting in the cafeteria. A guy [...]The post Study finds that rejecting unsuitable suitors is easier said than done appeared first on PsyPost.
Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings – Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams – than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates. Women who reported symptoms of serious psychological distress [...]The post Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings appeared first on PsyPost.
Explore our back pages At our birthday party on Thursday I told people how I’d crunched the stats for the 10 years of mindhacks.com posts. Nearly 5000 posts, and over 2 million words – an incredible achievement (for which 96% of the credit should go to Vaughan). In 2010 we had an overhaul (thanks JD for this, and Matt […]
Take Advantage of the Good Days With the rollercoaster that is life with schizophrenia, you come to know not only the bad, tough periods where your symptoms are on fire but also the days where things are calm and you can sit still and listen to the breeze through the trees. The bad days are hell...
What Are Abandonment Issues Really? Embed code: PSYCHOLOGIA.CO The fear of abandonment is a no laughing matter. While most of us have experienced abandonment in some form or another, we all cope with our fears differently. A person with abandonment issues is not necessarily someone who was abandoned by his parents as a child. It could be someone who grew […]
The Science of Being Thankful to Increase Happiness With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people will get through the holiday participating in their family traditions or creating new experiences. It is easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos of the holidays. Thanksgiving (and other holidays) may be enjoyable for you, as well. Despite how you...
Music’s Amazing Effect on Long-Term Memory and Mental Abilities In General The fascinating effect of music on people's cognitive abilities. 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 Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory The Quick Exercise That Immediately Improves Long-Term Memory Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning The Type of Exercise That Most Benefits Memory, Reasoning and Mental Flexibility
What Lonely People Seek from Facebook Critics of social media argue that people who spend time on Facebook become social introverts due to their reliance on virtual rather than face-to-face interactions. However, a closer look at the research reveals that loneliness is the cause, not the result, of heavy Facebook use.
Eating Sun “What is the future of eating?” is the question that I tried to answer in “Reinventing the Meal” (2012) Transhuman Fermentation Still a cultural underground, transhumanism is a gradual churning of techno-genetic possibilities. As a social movement, transhumanism is still in the stages of fermentation. From the evolutionary standpoint, transhumanism is...
Psychology Around the Net: November 22, 2014 This week’s Psychology Around the Net is jampacked with everything (OK, some things!) you need to know about sleep habits, disclosing mental illness in the workplace, trying to achieve happiness, and more. There’s More to Sleep Cycles Than Being a Morning or Night Person: “In a small study being published...
Is Bill Cosby A Narcissist? “He was like, ‘Let’s take off your clothes and get you in to bed because you’re so sick and we need to take care of you, I’m helping you.’  He put me in bed and then started taking his clothes off, I was like ‘no, no, no’.”  – Tamara Green....
Prompts for Practicing Gratitude for Our Bodies With American Thanksgiving less than a week away (how did this happen!!), I wanted to share more ideas with you on practicing gratitude, year-round. (On Wednesday I talked about doing a gratitude alphabet. ) For instance, this month, Laura Simms, a career coach whose work I greatly admire, has been...
What Habits Are Best for Creativity? When I tell people that I’ve been working on Better Than Before, my book about habit change, many people ask, “What habits are best for creativity? What habits help people think creatively — and also, actually produce?“ Often, people make the case for adopting a particular habit by pointing to a renowned...
A Circle A couple of days ago it was my dad’s birthday. He died over 10 years ago. It’s a strange thing to think of someone’s birthday long after they have died. Also curious how even in death we burden (inadvertently) the memories of those who survive with yet another auspicious calendar...
How to Determine Whether It’s ‘Love’ Or ‘Lust’ Not sure about your feelings? Here’s how to know if what you are feeling is really love. Moving from “like” to “love” is one of the most important transitions a couple can make. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misunderstood ones. Too many couples think that love is the...