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Diamonds Aren’t Forever For decades, the idea that spending a fortune on engagement rings and weddings is good for your relationship has gone untested and largely unchallenged. But recently, a pair of economists put De Beers et al. to the test.
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.
ADHD Has Been Good To Me Yes, ADHD has made me the success I am today. Without it I’d be … well, I’d not be me. I’d be someone else. And who that person I might have been is, I will never know. The question is, would I have been that much better off if I...
Best of Our Blogs: October 24, 2014 Something we all struggle with or have struggled with is self-worth and self-love that’s not conditional on external circumstances. And it’s not just loving yourself despite your depression, mistakes and imperfections. It’s about loving the whole of who you are and realizing you’re worthy of love regardless of the things...
How to Bargain to Get What You Want Last week’s cartoon is based on an idea of what I think marriage might be like. Too negative? Time will tell! All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook to get notified...
Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Screenplay? 9 Tips 1. Don’t compare your writing with Quentin Tarentino’s. If you fall into the category of so-called “neurotic perfectionists,” (and I feel that all writers share some of these traits), you might tend to see everything in black and white.  You might be thinking as you write, “I’m either a success or a...
As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. and responsible for one in every 10 deaths. The statistics that describe the ways in which we drink ourselves to death are staggering. A study published in the...
Ottawa Parliament Shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau An Islamic State terrorist or an individual pursued by his own demons?
Does This Person Look Trustworthy To You? Don't Be So Sure. There's little doubt humans have evolved to make useful judgements based on the appearance of a person's face – whether someone looks angry with us, for example – but is it reasonable for us to judge someone's character based on facial structure alone?...
You Must Learn to Love Yourself Before Extending Love Sometimes joy is found, not in what you receive, but in what you finally let go. I can pinpoint “the happiest moment of my life” almost to the second. I was on a plane taxiing down a runway en-route to visit my parents in Chicago. The airline attendant began the...
Married and Having an Affair: 7 Lies We Tell Ourselves An affair can keep your marriage intact is the controversial headline of a recent article (8 August 2014) published by the Economic Times. If the headline invokes a strong emotional reaction within you, you are not alone. In my professional experience, an affair can have irreversible negative consequences for a marriage relationship.  This is backed […]
Reminiscing can help boost mental performance, study finds To solve a mental puzzle, the brain’s executive control network for externally focused, goal-oriented thinking must activate, while the network for internally directed thinking like daydreaming must be turned down to avoid interference – or so we thought. New research led by Cornell University neuroscientist Nathan Spreng shows for the first time that engaging brain [...]The post Reminiscing can help boost mental performance, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Two days later: Adolescents’ conflicts with family spill over to school, vice versa The lives of adolescents at home and at school may seem quite separate, but recent research has highlighted important connections. Family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day and sometimes even spill over in both directions to the next day, with family conflict increasing the likelihood of problems at [...]The post Two days later: Adolescents’ conflicts with family spill over to school, vice versa appeared first on PsyPost.
Warning! Are Difficult People Sapping Your Energy? Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? Difficult people can leech the energy right out of you. Learn how to successfully deal with five types of these “energy vampires".
Are Difficult People Bleeding You Dry? Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? Difficult people can leech the energy right out of you. Learn how to successfully deal with five types of these “energy vampires."
Mindfulness associated with better cardiovascular health, study finds Pay attention to the implication of these new research results: People who pay more attention to their feelings and experiences tend to have better cardiovascular health. As noted more precisely in a new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers at Brown University found a significant association between self-reported “dispositional mindfulness” and better [...]The post Mindfulness associated with better cardiovascular health, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. In the largest ever study of its kind, the researchers in partnership with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, found that children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression [...]The post Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
New insight on why people with Down syndrome invariably develop Alzheimer’s disease A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute reveals the process that leads to changes in the brains of individuals with Down syndrome—the same changes that cause dementia in Alzheimer’s patients. The findings, published in Cell Reports, have important implications for the development of treatments that can prevent damage in neuronal connectivity and [...]The post New insight on why people with Down syndrome invariably develop Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Babies’ interest in human faces linked to callous and unemotional traits Scientists at King’s College London, the University of Manchester, and the University of Liverpool have found that an infant’s preference for a person’s face, rather than an object, is associated with lower levels of callous and unemotional behaviours in toddlerhood. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, assessed if 213 five-week-old infants spent longer tracking a [...]The post Babies’ interest in human faces linked to callous and unemotional traits appeared first on PsyPost.
Bradley Hospital finds sleep difficulties common among toddlers with psychiatric disorders John Boekamp, Ph.D., clinical director of the Pediatric Partial Hospital Program (PPHP) at Bradley Hospital recently led a study that found sleep difficulties – particularly problems with falling asleep – were very common among toddlers and preschool-aged children who were receiving clinical treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. The study, titled “Sleep Onset [...]The post Bradley Hospital finds sleep difficulties common among toddlers with psychiatric disorders appeared first on PsyPost.