|Your Decision-Making Processes Are a Lot More Random Than You Realize
For the most part, we make decisions based on our prior experiences. But what about those situations that are completely new or unpredictable? A new study suggests that when facing an excessively uncertain or challenging scenario, the brain chooses randomness as the best strategy....
||What is it that characterizes an a-hole? I think more than anything else it is an insensitivity to the feelings of other people; it’s a kind of forgetting that we live in a world where we coexist with others and that what we do and say affects them.
|This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain
Multitasking may affect crucial areas of the brain's emotional and cognitive centres.
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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|Forgiveness: Not Right Now, Thank You
||Forgiving can be sweet. But are there times this counsel can cause pain instead of healing? You better believe it!
|Yet Again: A Blood Test for Depression? I’m Not
||The news articles are breathless. “Objective Blood Test Can Diagnose Depression,” “Blood Test Flags Depression, Predicts Treatment Response,” and “There’s A Blood Test That Can Diagnose Depression!” Wow! That’s just darned amazing. You mean we can draw blood from a patient (in a lab, which is usually some place separate...
|ADHD: Brains not recognizing angry expressions
||The characteristics of facial expression recognition of children with ADHD has been initially identified by researchers by measuring hemodynamic response in the brain. They showed that children with ADHD showed significant hemodynamic response to the happy expression but not to the angry expression. This difference in the neural basis for the recognition of facial expression might be responsible for impairment in social recognition and the establishment of peer-relationships.
|How brain handles tactile sensations: New findings
||The traditional understanding in neuroscience is that tactile sensations from the skin are only assembled to form a complete experience in the cerebral cortex, the most advanced part of the brain. However, this is challenged by new research findings that suggest both that other levels in the brain play a greater role than previously thought, and that a larger proportion of the brain’s different structures are involved in the perception of touch.
|Personalizing Mental Illness
||Several years ago a friend called and asked me if I wanted to go with him to see a film called, simply, “Milk.” I like movies in general, and this one sounded innocuous enough. So I said, “Sure!” I left the theater sobbing. I was furious with my friend –...
|What do Heroes and Psychopaths Have in Common?
||Recent research looks at whether heroes and psychopaths are "twigs from the same branch." People who have performed heroic actions to help others often have a history of antisocial behavior as well. There may be loose connections between heroism and having "psychopathic" qualities, but the reasons for this remain unclear.
|Infographic: Psychopath Vs. Sociopath
||What's the difference between psychopath and sociopath? Our visual representation of their key traits includes their commonalities and differences and will help you understand these two manifestations of same disorder.
|Your Best Online Narcissism Stories
||Last week, I asked you to share your best stories of online narcissism. You shared some good ones from the online AND offline world. Here are some of the best ones.
|Cryptogenic strokes may find explanation in heart
||More than half of the patients who have suffered a stroke with no well-defined aetiology have an enlarged left atrial appendage of the heart, according to a study. The results indicate that the enlargement of the left atrial appendage may be an independent risk factor of strokes with cardiac origin.
|When Our Leader Goes to War
||Children lurk in their rooms and lie low when their parents are fighting. They know they can’t do anything to stop the fighting. They have tried talking to one parent or the other, begging them not to fight, and the parents have promised not to fight. But as soon as...
|Adults with ADHD: Shrinking ‘Shoulds’
||Adults with ADHD often hold all kinds of “shoulds.” These include everything from I should be able to remember that to I shouldn’t need a pill to do what I’m supposed to do to I shouldn’t need all these reminders or alarms, according to Ari Tuckman, PsyD, a clinical psychologist...
|Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help
||By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. I was shocked by the spelling, as much as the message. Surely, I thought, if it was a real message then the spelling would be correct. Spelling [...]The post Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help appeared first on PsyPost.
|How neuroscience can teach children about mental health
||By Rebecca Slack, University of Sheffield At a recent talk I gave as a Sheffield NeuroGirl, a group of three female PhD students who aim to bring interesting and exciting research on the brain to the public, I carried out a little experiment. I asked everyone to get to their feet and then for everyone [...]The post How neuroscience can teach children about mental health appeared first on PsyPost.
|How to tell if your child has a speech or language impairment
||By Elise Baker, University of Sydney and Natalie Munro, University of Sydney Babies are born communicating. Their cries and coos speak volumes. However, much-anticipated first words do not appear until 12 months later. By 18 months, the average child says about 50 words. By the time a child is ready to start school, their vocabulary [...]The post How to tell if your child has a speech or language impairment appeared first on PsyPost.
|Psychiatrists alleviate mental illness – don’t attack them
||By Peter Woodruff, University of Sheffield Psychiatrists are here to try to make sense of the complexities of human behaviour in those who see them, and to help them get better. Many of those who are seen by psychiatrists are very ill indeed, and suffer greatly – hence the battles psychiatrists face are in understanding [...]The post Psychiatrists alleviate mental illness – don’t attack them appeared first on PsyPost.
|Using Your Senses to Gain a Richer Life
||Being present is the essence of a mindfulness meditation practice. When we think of meditation, we often think of sitting on the floor, eyes closed, legs crossed, chanting “om,” but you don’t have to begin here — nor do you have to chant om. Actual “sitting” practice is what we...
|Money Can't Buy You (Self) Love
||New research shows that economic hard times can make us less narcissistic and self-absorbed. But what happens when the economy recovers? Paul Roberts explores the complicated connection between prosperity and personality.