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When Your Loved One Needs To Be Hospitalized Have you ever had to face the fact that perhaps your loved one or close friend needed to be hospitalized? Was their illness so bad and jeopardizing his or her safety that you considered discussing the need to have the person “sign themselves in?” If so, join the millions of...
Can a Psychotherapist Brainwash a Client? Over the years a number of my clients have expressed the fear that I (or any psychotherapist) might take control of their mind and lead them to a place they never intended to go. That is, they were afraid of being brainwashed. The word “brainwash” was originally coined by the...
Working memory hinders learning in schizophrenia A new study pinpoints working memory as a source of learning difficulties in people with schizophrenia. Working memory is known to be affected in the millions of people – about 1 percent of the population – who have schizophrenia, but it has been unclear whether that has a specific role in making learning more difficult, [...]The post Working memory hinders learning in schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
Intestinal bacterial protein implicated in anorexia and bulimia Eating disorders (ED) such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder affect approximately 5-10% of the general population, but the biological mechanisms involved are unknown. Researchers at Inserm Unit 1073, “Nutrition, inflammation and dysfunction of the gut-brain axis” (Inserm/University of Rouen) have demonstrated the involvement of a protein produced by some intestinal bacteria that [...]The post Intestinal bacterial protein implicated in anorexia and bulimia appeared first on PsyPost.
Large-scale ‘AWARE’ study examines the human mind and consciousness at the time of death The results of a four-year international study of 2060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals published and available now on ScienceDirect. The study concludes: The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been understood so far, or what has been described as so called near-death experiences. In some cases [...]The post Large-scale ‘AWARE’ study examines the human mind and consciousness at the time of death appeared first on PsyPost.
Acknowledging appearance reduces bias when beauties apply for masculine jobs Past research shows physical beauty can be detrimental to women applying for masculine jobs. But belles can put the brakes on discrimination by acknowledging their looks during an interview, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The paper, published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, is the first to [...]The post Acknowledging appearance reduces bias when beauties apply for masculine jobs appeared first on PsyPost.
Sharing makes both good and bad experiences more intense Undergoing an experience with another person — even if we do it in silence, with someone we met just moments ago — seems to intensify that experience, according to new research published in Psychological Science. The research shows that people who share experiences with another person rate those experiences as more pleasant or unpleasant than those who [...]The post Sharing makes both good and bad experiences more intense appeared first on PsyPost.
Toddlers regulate behavior to avoid making adults angry When kids say “the darnedest things,” it’s often in response to something they heard or saw. This sponge-like learning starts at birth, as infants begin to decipher the social world surrounding them long before they can speak. Now researchers at the University of Washington have found that children as young as 15 months can detect [...]The post Toddlers regulate behavior to avoid making adults angry appeared first on PsyPost.
7 Steps to Conquer a Painful Emotion Having intense feelings is simply a part of being alive. No one gets a free pass. But some feelings just keep coming back again and again, like an old nemesis who refuses to leave us alone. They can drive us to do unhealthy things or make poor choices. And they...
Learn to Love Your Body with These 3 Simple Steps Happiness comes from embracing the authentic beauty of our bodies and here’s how! We’re all exposed to the bombardment of images of women’s bodies, from television, movies, the internet, billboards, packaging and magazines — young, predominately white, thin, hard, flawless faces and bodies. The images with which we’re assailed to...
ABC’S “Scandal” and Mental Illness in the White House A recent episode of ABC’S Scandal featuring the First Lady of the United States Millie Grant (played by Bellamy Young) showed the First Lady suffering severe depression. One scene entails her sitting at the White House in a robe, no makeup, no pearls, and eating fried chicken. She had previously...
Behavioral Science and Local Empowerment The West African Ebola crisis is holding up a mirror to the world, and what it is reflecting back is worrisome. I was listening to the news reporting yesterday with a mixture of interest and horror. The horror was not just about what is going on in these West African countries.
No, You Are Not Sooooooo OCD. Have you ever been out, enjoying a perfectly nice day, and overheard this? I have guests coming this weekend and I’ve been cleaning all day. I’m sooooooo OCD about having a clean house. Or this? I’ve never had a past-due notice.  I’m soooooooo OCD about paying bills. Or this? My...
What happens in the hippocampus? By Mike Stewart, The Open University This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine recognises work on “cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.” Those cells are found in the hippocampus. It is just one tiny part of the brain, but this structure gets at least its fair share of research attention. The hippocampus is [...]The post What happens in the hippocampus? appeared first on PsyPost.
How genes can influence children’s exam results By Eva Krapohl, King’s College London and Kaili Rimfeld, King’s College London The idea that children can inherit the ability to get good results at school can spark heated debate. But, put simply, all this means is that children differ in how easy and enjoyable they find learning and that these differences are to a [...]The post How genes can influence children’s exam results appeared first on PsyPost.
Which Makes Goldfish Learn Faster: Vodka or Bourbon? If you want to understand how different types of alcohol affect learning, ask a goldfish. That's what one Harvard Medical School researcher did in 1969, when he had them swim around in vodka and bourbon....
Cannabis is as addictive as heroin British study shows cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, and may cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use.
Why saying is believing The science of self-talk shows that the internal sense of oneself is a powerful thing.
What's next in the fight over same-sex marriage? The Supreme Court refused to rule on gay marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to be legal in additional states.
How female flies know when to say 'yes' A fundamental question in neurobiology is how animals, including humans, make decisions. A new study reveals how fruit fly females make a very important decision: to either accept or reject male courtship. This decision appears to be generated by a very small number of excitatory neurons that use acetylcholine as their neurotransmitter located in three brain regions. This study provides the framework to understand how decisions are generated.