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We Want Casseroles A huge thank you to Colleen King for agreeing to share this beautiful piece on helping survivors of suicide. Let’s spread the word so survivors get more support! Instead of casseroles and hugs we are given silence and isolation. When we announce that our loved one has died by suicide...
Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” -Voltaire Although we have known instinctively for millennia that laughter, like crying, can be a powerful antidote to pain and suffering, the scientific world is finally catching up. According to the American Association for Therapeutic Humor,...
Sound or Noise? The importance of individual differences.
Tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain: Worm removed and sequenced A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient's brain has been sequenced for the first time. The study provides insights into potential drug targets within the genome for future treatments.
Can eating blueberries really help you see better in the dark? Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for not only promoting heart health, better memory and digestion, but also for improving night vision. Scientists have taken a closer look at this latter claim and have found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in [...]The post Can eating blueberries really help you see better in the dark? appeared first on PsyPost.
Revealing political partisanship a bad idea on resumes Displaced political aides looking for a new, nonpartisan job in the wake of the midterm power shuffle may fare better if they tone down any political references on their resumes, finds a new study from Duke University. The study found that applicants who shared the minority partisan view of voters where a resume was sent [...]The post Revealing political partisanship a bad idea on resumes appeared first on PsyPost.
Navigating Love in a Relationcanoe What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other travel. - Pierre Elliott Trudeau If we’re going to travel lighter toward each other in love, it’s time to change a heavy-duty word. If ever there was a tired, stodgy, lifeless word, it’s...
How You Respond to Your Partner Can Change Your Marriage When you notice something, it is quite natural to mention it to the people around you. For instance, if you said, “That’s a nice car; I’d like to buy one of them someday,” you would look to the people around you to comment back and affirm your statement. We do this to develop relationships and […]
The Borderline Parent—A Survival Guide Are you a child of someone suffering from a Borderline Personality? Do you have a friend or colleague who has a parent with BPD? It can be brutal - but there are ways to survive.
System reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques. In their report in the October issue of the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology, the research team describes how combining key physiologic measurements with a behavioral task that does [...]The post System reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep appeared first on PsyPost.
Coping Skills for Anxiety I had a rough week with little time to myself so, first of all, forgive me for the lag in blogging, but it couldn’t be helped. If you read my last blog you know that I drove to my parents’ house in North Carolina to celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday...
Economic gloom makes humans stockpile food like animals hoarding for winter Poverty is associated with a great number of health problems. One relatively recent health crisis largely attributed to poverty is obesity. According to the World Health Organisation, obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980, exceeding 500m worldwide by 2012 with 1.4bn overweight. In other words, approaching one tenth of the world population is currently [...]The post Economic gloom makes humans stockpile food like animals hoarding for winter appeared first on PsyPost.
Hunt to discover the ‘secret’ of sexuality is far from over “Undress your mind” shouts the promotional material for the Wellcome Trust’s latest exhibition, The Institute of Sexology. It’s an apt tagline, encapsulating how sexology – or the science of sex – has attempted to analyse this most physical and private of acts. Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been easy. Over the discipline’s history, there have been many obstacles. [...]The post Hunt to discover the ‘secret’ of sexuality is far from over appeared first on PsyPost.
Brains transform remote threats into anxiety Modern life can feel defined by low-level anxiety swirling through society. Continual reports about terrorism and war. A struggle to stay on top of family finances and hold onto jobs. An onslaught of news coverage about Ebola. At the heart of issues like these lies uncertainty – the unknown likelihood of how ongoing crises will [...]The post Brains transform remote threats into anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
When adopted children forget their birth language, it may not be lost without a trace How robust are languages learned in childhood but disused later in life? A new study by researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal has found that the forgotten birth language of adoptees can apparently leave its traces in the brain, many years after the adoption has taken place. International adoption is rapidly on [...]The post When adopted children forget their birth language, it may not be lost without a trace appeared first on PsyPost.
Five Reasons You Won’t Get What You Want There are a lot of things we all want — a great relationship, a meaningful career, a slimmer waistline, less stress, and maybe a little more happiness — and try as we may, the sad truth for most of us is that it won’t happen. And for all of our...
Bankers Are More Likely To Cheat -- But Only When At Work A recent experimental study sought to answer the question as to whether bankers are more likely to cheat than people in other professions. You can probably imagine the results, but you'll be surprised as to the reason why. ...
What No One Tells You About Personality Disorders 16-year-old Bruce is feeling lonely and bored on this Saturday. After buying a soda and candy bar for breakfast at the convenience store, he stops by his only friend Joe’s house to hang out. A couple of hours later, he starts to feel annoyed by Joe’s “childish” sense of humor....
Epidemic spreading and neurodegenerative progression Researchers have used a model inspired by patterns of epidemic disease spreading to map how misfolded proteins propagate within the brain.
Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.