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How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting our mood and appetite. Now, new research suggests it might also play a role in our cravings for certain types of [...]The post How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food appeared first on PsyPost.
Attraction to masculine and feminine faces may be less evolution, more urban jungle Research into how humans choose a mate is often guided by evolutionary theory: because people’s choice of mate is assumed to have consequences for reproductive success, it must therefore be subject to Darwinian selection. We know that facial judgements of personality are often made very quickly (in milliseconds) and automatically. And faces seem to be [...]The post Attraction to masculine and feminine faces may be less evolution, more urban jungle appeared first on PsyPost.
When it comes to suicide, how may be just as important as why On April 15, 2014 a man jumped to his death from the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge – a massive, new concrete arch that soars over the Hoover Dam. He was the eighth known person to do so since the bypass bridge opened in October 2010. Four of the suicides at the new bridge occurred in a [...]The post When it comes to suicide, how may be just as important as why appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers identify new genetic cause of epilepsy A research team led by scientists at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has used whole genome sequencing to identify a new genetic cause of a severe, rare and complex form of epilepsy that becomes evident in early childhood and can lead to early death. The researchers found a mutation in the KCNB1 gene after [...]The post Researchers identify new genetic cause of epilepsy appeared first on PsyPost.
What One Man's Life With A Micropenis Reveals About The Human Condition New York Magazine's Alexa Tsoulis-Reay spoke with a 51-year-old English teacher from the U.K. to learn about his life with a micropenis. His response says a lot about what it means to be human – whether one possesses a penis or not....
Your Brain Might Sabotage Your Weight Loss Efforts Everyone knows weight loss is challenging. But you might not be aware of just how unsuccessful the task can be. According to the 2011 Food & Health Survey, 77 percent of Americans were trying to lose weight or were avoiding weight gain. Simultaneously, 70 percent of the population was deemed...
A Revolution in Selection Testing The military is leading the way in expanding selection testing to include non-cognitive factors. These advances have significant implications on how the military and other large organizations manage talent by selecting the right person for the right job.
How To Get Someone to Change Their Mind At the end of WW II, when the Allies pushed through the German lines into Paris, the Nazi Governor was to give the order to blow up the city. What happened that he did not? How was his mind changed?
How to Quickly Reduce Anxiety Created By Threatening Situations A quick way to reduce the brain's automatic response to threat. 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:Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy Revealed: Long-Suspected Danger of Anti-Anxiety and Sleeping Drugs How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders
Smiling at Fear Sippanont Samchai via Compfight  A while back, Linda and I attended a weekend retreat led by Pema Chodron, a long-time practitioner of Buddhist meditation and the principal teacher at the Buddhist center, Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. The retreat was based upon the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan...
Celebrity Psychings is on Hiatus Celebrity Psychings in on hiatus until 2015. You may want to check out our other celebrity- and Hollywood-focused blog, Hollywood Therapy with David Silverman. If you’d like to be considered as a blogger for this paid blogging position, please send us your resume and examples of prior blogging work to:...
Are All Parents Narcissistic? With the focus on producing narcissistic children in today’s media, it may seem less obvious to consider the possibility that narcissism works both ways. Being slightly narcissistic may, by definition, be a job hazard of parenthood.
Psychology Around the Net: November 8, 2014 This week’s Psychology Around the Net features information about the psychology of storytelling, how we recognize foreign accents, using technology to treat pet anxiety, and more! Dig in! The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling: Stories help us feel like we have control over chaos and give meaning to our lives. WATCH:...
The Neuroscience of Free Will and the Illusion of “You” Neuroscientific discoveries from the past 20 years call into question our intuitive view of free will. Hard determinism, which rejects fee will and dualism, could inform our understanding of the true nature of the self.
Autism advocates hope Jerry Seinfeld's words help fight stigma Comedian's revelation sends a positive message that the autism community is much larger and more diverse than people often understand.
Children exposed to high levels of pollution five times more likely to have ADHD Study could help solve the mystery of what causes ADHD which could lead to ways to prevent it.
Gay marriage bans in four states upheld by federal appeals court The ruling creates a split among the nation's circuit courts and virtually guarantees Supreme Court review.
Why being a workaholic is awful for you and everyone around you Workaholics display many of the same characteristics as those addicted to drugs or alcohol, such as compulsively engaging in behavior that is ultimately destructive.
Everyone Deserves a Talking Mirror Last week’s cartoon is about trust, survival, and kindness from strangers. 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 of new cartoons as I post them. I have just...
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.