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Language and reward: Study examines the pleasure of learning new words From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings. First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established. In a study published in the journal Current [...]The post Language and reward: Study examines the pleasure of learning new words appeared first on PsyPost.
Tai Chi may favorably affect the inflammatory system A randomized controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates effects of a meditation technique, Tai Chi, on the inflammatory system. In older adults high levels of loneliness and/or psychological stress are associated with nuclear factor (NF)-κB increased activity. NF-κB controls the expression of genes that code for multiple inflammatory cytokines, [...]The post Tai Chi may favorably affect the inflammatory system appeared first on PsyPost.
When fever is psychological: New mechanisms unraveled A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicates that psychological fever may have some specific biologic characteristics. Psychogenic fever is a psychosomatic disease especially seen in adolescents and young adults. The underlying mechanism for adolescent patients developing such high temperatures is not fully understood. Animal studies demonstrated that psychological stress-induced hyperthermia [...]The post When fever is psychological: New mechanisms unraveled appeared first on PsyPost.
Omega 3 fatty acids can help children with ADHD Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD. These are the findings of a dissertation at the Sahlgrenska Academy, which also indicates that a special cognitive training program can improve problem behavior in children with ADHD. Between three to six percent of [...]The post Omega 3 fatty acids can help children with ADHD appeared first on PsyPost.
Dietary cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, published today in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience, provides the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused [...]The post Dietary cocoa flavanols reverse age-related memory decline appeared first on PsyPost.
CNiFERs: Scientists create real-time readout of neurochemical activity Scientists have created cells with fluorescent dyes that change color in response to specific neurochemicals. By implanting these cells into living mammalian brains, they have shown how neurochemical signaling changes as a food reward drives learning, they report in Nature Methods online October 26. These cells, called CNiFERs (pronounced “sniffers”), can detect small amounts of a [...]The post CNiFERs: Scientists create real-time readout of neurochemical activity appeared first on PsyPost.
Activity in dendrites is critical in memory formation Why do we remember some things and not others? In a unique imaging study, two Northwestern University researchers have discovered how neurons in the brain might allow some experiences to be remembered while others are forgotten. It turns out, if you want to remember something about your environment, you better involve your dendrites. Using a [...]The post Activity in dendrites is critical in memory formation appeared first on PsyPost.
Are You a Love Addict? 5 Signs You Simply Do you have a pattern of instantly falling for a person without getting to know them? Does your relationship history include a pattern of becoming instantly attached to emotionally unavailable people? Do you jump from one caustic relationship to another, searching for “the one?” Finally, do you abandon your physical,...
Secrets of Adulthood: Nothing Is More Exhausting Than the Agree, disagree? For the research for my forthcoming book about habit change, Better Than Before, I asked people about the habits they most wanted to change. I found that most habits fall into the “Essential Seven“: 1. Eat and drink more healthfully (give up sugar, eat more vegetables, drink less alcohol). 2. Exercise regularly. 3. Save,...
The Top 5 Personal Fears of Americans Here is what people are most afraid of. 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 13 Most Universal Phobias How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power Are People Born Nice or Nasty? The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
Play and the Brain Here is a great video about the brain and play. It is important to incorporate truly playful activities into your everyday life. Life is so stressful, busy, and overwhelming at times but it is really helpful for your productivity, happiness, and overall well-being to incorporate play into your life whether...
Does Your Child Need Stimulants? Parenting is no easy feat, especially with an ADHD child. So what's a parent to do? Guest blogger, Kevin Kalikow, M.D. invites you into his office for a virtual visit.
Self-Care Sunday: Exploring Who You’ve Been In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I’m also occasionally sharing a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. Right now I’m reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. (I know. I’m always late...
How to Make People Believe Your Expert Lies If you're an accomplished and knowledgeable expert, how do you persuade people to come over to your way of thinking? Rank manipulation, of course! Here's how to rope people in with lies....
Being Content When the World is Falling Apart ISIS is taking over Iraq. North Korea is threatening to send missiles to America. Terrorists are taking down soldiers and police in Canada. Global Warming is at an all-time high. The American economy is wavering prices are soaring. Quality or life is dropping like a elevator with busted cables. Each...
Pure Experience “I suddenly realize that at last after more than seventy years of looking I see things as they are – what a phrase, “as they are” – and not, as in all past years, wrapped in concepts, e.g. man, woman, flowers, trees.  I see them now as islands of black...
Relationships: Evaluating Your Return On Investment For nearly 20 years I have been teaching at CEO Space, an entrepreneurial training and business growth conference. Being steeped in the concept of Return on Investment as it relates to money, I can’t help but transfer that concept to the realm of relationships. Most of us start with “What...
Dangerous Personalities Recognizing and responding to people who make us feel uncomfortable.
Remembering the Little Things I feel I was never able to forget anyone I’ve been with because each person has their own specific qualities. You can never replace anyone. What is lost is lost. - “Before Sunset” When relationships run their course, we cope in various ways. Some try to move forward quickly, which...
5 Mindful Tips to Crank Up Sexual Intimacy in One of the major reasons couples break up can be traced to boredom in the bedroom. Let’s be honest folks – sexual intimacy is kind of a big deal in romantic relationships! To be sure, this is an issue that affects almost all couples from time to time and in...