|Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive decline
||New study results from the University of Kansas to be presented this weekend at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., bolster the adage that “heart healthy is brain healthy.” The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults. “People can walk either to get somewhere [...]The post Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive decline appeared first on PsyPost.
|Everything you wanted to know about sexting, but were afraid to ask
||Stories of teens taking and sending a naked picture of themselves with their phones have been all over the news media in recent years. The outcome? Shocking, according to reports which have suggested that humiliation and sometimes even suicide can follow. But what is the reality? Sexting is often seen as a dicey electronic version [...]The post Everything you wanted to know about sexting, but were afraid to ask appeared first on PsyPost.
|Sleep starts later as teens age, but school still starts early
||A newly published study used activity monitors to track how sleep habits changed in younger and older teens as they grew during a two-year period. Key findings, for instance that the children fell asleep later as they matured and resisted sleep longer after the nightly onset of hormonal sleep signals, lend new support to recent [...]The post Sleep starts later as teens age, but school still starts early appeared first on PsyPost.
|Genes contribute to behavior differences between fierce and friendly rats
||After many generations, rats bred for their bad attitude behave differently from those selected for a calm demeanor around humans. Research published November 7 in the journal GENETICS identifies gene regions that contribute to differences between nasty and nice rats in their behavior and the activity of genes in the brain. These results may provide [...]The post Genes contribute to behavior differences between fierce and friendly rats appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain’s response to threat silenced when we are reminded of being loved and cared for
||Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain’s response to threat, new research from the University of Exeter has found. The study discovered that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain’s threat monitor, the amygdala, subsequently does not respond to images showing [...]The post Brain’s response to threat silenced when we are reminded of being loved and cared for appeared first on PsyPost.
|Liberals are more emotion-driven than conservatives: study
||Emotions are powerful motivators of human behavior and attitudes. Emotions also play an important role in guiding policy support in conflict and other political contexts. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya have studied the interaction between emotion and political ideology, showing that the motivating power of emotions is not the [...]The post Liberals are more emotion-driven than conservatives: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|Five Things You Should Not Do After A Heartbreak
||Getting through any setback is tough. Yet sometimes the most challenging kind are the ones that involve the heart. After a breakup, we’re likely to struggle with feeling rejected, unloved, not good enough, and, just simply, not wanted. And while recovering from heartbreak isn’t supposed to be easy, we can...
|A Potential Way to Get an Extra Hour in Your Day
||For Better Than Before, when I talk to people about the habits they want to change, they often mention that they lack the time for a new habit. To clear time to schedule a new morning habit, many people try waking up a bit earlier, but this can be tough for people who...
|10 Letting Go Quotes From Those Before You
||Sad things happen in life and learning to let go is essential for our well-being. This collection of quotes from those who have been there before you will hopefully help you cope with pain and move on faster.
|Spike activity 07-11-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The odd beauty of 60-Year-old preserved brains from the Texas State Mental Hospital. Photo series from the Washington Post. The Concourse has an interesting piece by an ex-con who discusses violence as a social currency in the US prison system. Interesting contrast between forensic […]
|Beautiful online neuroscience learning
||The Fundamentals of Neuroscience is a free online course from Harvard and it looks wonderful – thanks to them employing animators, digital artists and scientists to lift the course above the usual read and repeat learning. The course is already underway but you can register and start learning until mid-December and you can watch any […]
|On Body Image: Be Stubborn
||I can’t tell you how much I love this post from Jennifer Louden (whose work is incredible, and you guys know I link to her pieces regularly). In it she talks about the importance of being stubborn. Jen has penned six non-fiction books, plenty of essays and a magazine column...
|How to Detach from Both Criticism and Praise
||Criticism stings. Many of us may be so focused on protecting ourselves from the potential pain of criticism that we start to tailor our work — and our lives — to avoid it. We may let criticism dictate everything from the ideas we bring up in a board meeting to...
|Brain's response to threat silenced when we are reminded of being loved and cared for
||Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat, new research has found. The study discovered that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain's threat monitor, the amygdala, subsequently does not respond to images showing threatening facial expressions or words. This occurred even if the person was not paying attention to the content of the first pictures.
|The Age At Which People Are Least Happy With Their Lives
Survey of 160 countries finds the age at which people are the least satisfied with life.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|On The Front Lines
||Haunting nightmares of war and trauma can keep veterans from a healthy night's sleep. The fear of wearing something on their face has driven some of my patients to not wear their CPAP masks, leaving their sleep apnea untreated. Scars from past experience can persist for decades.
|Hearing That “Stress Kills” Makes Stress Worse
||Imagine that your boss walks into your office. She’s in a pinch—the main presenter for today’s company-wide stress relief seminar can’t make it. You’re a great speaker, and your boss needs you to fill in. Although you have no problem presenting, you know little about stress management. What do you...
|Patients with ALS have difficulty with verbs: Why?
||According to many scientists the fact that ALS patients experience (in addition to severe motor deficits) greater linguistic difficulty with verbs denoting action compared to nouns denoting objects depends on their motor deficit. The idea is that the motor system plays a role in the semantic encoding of these words. A new study has tested this hypothesis and suggests a major role for the “executive function”.
|How Could We Possibly Do Better With ADHD?
||I hear from people all the time who tell me about their ADHD. I hear directly from people who comment here, and from people who email me privately (do some snooping here on the blog and you’ll find an email address for me if you are so inclined). I also...
|Best of Our Blogs: November 7, 2014
||Ever wonder how to really break up with someone in the digital age? What about chronic manipulation, i.e. how you can stop the manipulation cycle? Oh, and do you understand emotional integrity and how to establish it? Our bloggers answer these questions and more in today’s Best of Our Blogs....