|People prone to delusions make rushed decisions, research shows
||People who are prone to delusions gather insufficient information before making decisions, according to research published October 2 in the journal Psychological Medicine. Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, led by PhD student Leslie van der Leer, assigned participants a computer task in which they observed the colour of a black or white fish caught from [...]The post People prone to delusions make rushed decisions, research shows appeared first on PsyPost.
|Self-made billionaires more likely to give to charities than inheritors
||A study by economists at the University of Southampton suggests that billionaires who have built their own fortunes are more likely to pledge to donate a large portion of their wealth to charities, than those who are heirs to family fortunes. The researchers examined written testaments of wealthy philanthropists who have signed up to The [...]The post Self-made billionaires more likely to give to charities than inheritors appeared first on PsyPost.
|‘Mini-stroke’ may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder
||A “mini-stroke” may increase your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Transient ischemic attack (TIA), like stroke, is caused by restricted blood supply to the brain. A TIA is temporary and often lasts less than five minutes, without causing permanent brain damage. “We [...]The post ‘Mini-stroke’ may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers find evidence for their feminists-as-masculinized-females theory
||The scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology has published research on feminism that is bound to be controversial. The study, published online September 9, proposes that feminist activists are masculinized women. “Taking the psychology of sex-dimorphic traits and biomarkers into account, this theory makes very specific predictions. Using indicators of prenatal testosterone exposure, feminist activists should [...]The post Researchers find evidence for their feminists-as-masculinized-females theory appeared first on PsyPost.
|Selectively rewiring the brain’s circuitry to treat depression
||A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports how magnetic stimulation treatment works On Star Trek, it is easy to take for granted the incredible ability of futuristic doctors to wave small devices over the heads of both humans and aliens, diagnose their problems through evaluating changes in brain activity or chemistry, and then treat behavior [...]The post Selectively rewiring the brain’s circuitry to treat depression appeared first on PsyPost.
|Medical discovery first step on path to new painkillers
||A major medical discovery by scientists at The University of Nottingham could lead to the development of an entirely new type of painkiller. A drug resulting from the research, published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, would offer new hope to sufferers of chronic pain conditions such as traumatic nerve injury, for which few effective [...]The post Medical discovery first step on path to new painkillers appeared first on PsyPost.
|Fibromyalgia and the role of brain connectivity in pain inhibition
||The cause of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome is not known. However, the results of a new study that compares brain activity in individuals with and without fibromyalgia indicate that decreased connectivity between pain-related and sensorimotor brain areas could contribute to deficient pain regulation in fibromyalgia, according to an article published in Brain Connectivity, a [...]The post Fibromyalgia and the role of brain connectivity in pain inhibition appeared first on PsyPost.
|Being Able to Hear Yourself Think
||How many thoughts do we have in a day? There seem to be several conflicting numbers in the current literature, ranging from 12,000 to 80,000 per day. With this high volume of mental activity, not all of our thoughts can be true, useful, or noteworthy. We often act like our...
|This Illusion Starts With Scientists Creepily Stroking Your Tongue
Want someone to pet your tongue? No? How about if they find a way to pet someone else's tongue and make you feel the touch on your own? ...
|How To Enhance Learning: Even of Things You Are Not Interested In
The mental state which enhances learning, even of things we're not that interested in.
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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|How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence ― 6 Essentials
||Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) can be defined as the ability to understand, manage, and effectively express one's own feelings, as well as engage and navigate successfully with those of others. Here are six keys to increasing your emotional intelligence...
|3 Insights from Artists on the Creative Process
||“Creativity is a gift, from life to us,” according to Tom Sturges in his book Every Idea is a Good Idea: How Songwriters and Other Working Artists Get It Done. It exists in various forms and flavors, but all of us have it. And when we tap into our creativity,...
|Self-Care Sunday 10.5.14
||In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I’ll also occasionally share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves. Yesterday, I was reading one of my favorite blogs “Eat This Poem.” It’s...
||I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have […]
|Helping the Emotional Child (and Adult)
||Every child, every person, is unique. Each child has their own unique personality, their own strengths, their own areas for growth, and their own particular character traits. Some children tend to be more laid back and adjust to changes more easily than others while other children tend to be more...
|Sharing Responsibly: Grief, Loss and Social Media
||A lot of folks these days are talking about unplugging from social media. Maybe not permanently, but for a period of time in order to have face-to-face connections with people again. But what if not logging onto Facebook meant you wouldn’t know that your friend had died? That’s what happened...
|Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression: study
||Patients with increased inflammation, including those receiving cytokines for medical treatment, have a greatly increased risk of depression. For example, a 6-month treatment course of interferon-alpha therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection causes depression in approximately 30% of patients. Omega-3 fatty acids, more commonly known as fish oil, have a long list of health [...]The post Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|Internet addicts often suffer from additional disorders
||Internet addicts often suffer from concomitant disorders, most frequently from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHS. PD Dr med. Bert te Wildt studies this phenomenon at the Ruhr-Universität’s LWL Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. Spectrum of concomitant disorders similar to that in alcohol addicts The researcher from Bochum has compiled a so-called comorbidity profile [...]The post Internet addicts often suffer from additional disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
|Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising
||Going it alone and setting targets are part of the ‘perfect ask’ fundraising formula to generate the most online donations for charity events, according to research. Economist Professor Kimberley Scharf, from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, led a team who analysed data from the online [...]The post Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising appeared first on PsyPost.
|Digital Dream Research
||A new digital word search method has been designed to provide greater accuracy, objectivity, and speed in the study of dreams. The results of this study show that a digital approach can accurately identify many of the same distinctive patterns of dream content found by previous investigators using much more laborious and time-consuming methods.