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Brain training can help develop building blocks needed for math and reading By Bryan Roche, National University of Ireland Maynooth A recent article in The Conversation by Emma Blakey addressed a widespread concern about exaggerated claims made by developers of brain training products. Blakey correctly pointed out that the evidence for the effects of brain training on children’s performance at school is weak. But there is a [...]The post Brain training can help develop building blocks needed for math and reading appeared first on PsyPost.
The human race evolved to be fair for selfish reasons By Rachel L Kendal, Durham University “Make sure you play fairly,” often say parents to their kids. In fact, children do not need encouragement to be fair, it is a unique feature of human social life, which emerges in childhood. When given the opportunity to share sweets equally, young children tend to behave selfishly but, [...]The post The human race evolved to be fair for selfish reasons appeared first on PsyPost.
Spontaneous mutations in key brain gene are a cause of autism Spontaneous mutations in the brain gene TBR1 disrupt the function of the encoded protein in children with severe autism. In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein. These are the main findings of Pelagia Deriziotis and colleagues at the Nijmegen Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in an article [...]The post Spontaneous mutations in key brain gene are a cause of autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Language evolution: Quicker on the uptake Defects in the gene FOXP2 result in a severe speech disorder. As LMU researchers now show, when the functional version of the human gene is introduced into mice, it facilitates learning, and alters neuronal circuits in the brain which may have played a role in the evolution of language. The ability to acquire and creatively [...]The post Language evolution: Quicker on the uptake appeared first on PsyPost.
Suggestions for Parents with Children in Therapy I greet you in the waiting room, and ask if you need to let me know anything before I bring your child back to my office. You usually say “no,” and likely wonder what is going on behind that therapy wall for the next 50 minutes. Yes, parent of my...
Can Handwriting Foster Emotions and Relationships? I have a treasure chest, well ok — a suitcase — in my office of old handwritten letters from friends, ex-sweethearts and family. Every now and then, I open this old-fashioned suitcase and pick out a letter or two reminding me of a great love, a wonderful experience, a heart...
Chimp Violence: Does It Matter For Human Self-Understanding? A recent paper argues that Chimpanzee violence is genetic (though the study only shows that human interference is not the cause). Even if violence were genetic in chimps, would it matter for humanity’s self-understanding?
What Is Your Charisma Quotient? Many people believe that charisma is some special gift bestowed on a very few lucky people. However, after more than a third of a century researching charisma, we better understand what makes a person charismatic, and it is something that can be measured, learned, and developed. Here are the basic elements of what we call “personal charisma”
Forgiving Ourselves This weekend I took out my journal and wrote a kind of letter to myself. I started with these words: I forgive myself… I wrote down the things I am ready to forgive myself for (and a few things I am not). Maybe you, too, want to focus on forgiveness,...
The Workplace Behaviour That is Unexpectedly Worse Than Bullying This workplace behaviour does more damage to people's mental and physical well-being than bullying. 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:Effects of Childhood Bullying Last at Least 40 Years The Worse-Than-Average Effect: When You’re Better Than You Think Cyberloafing at Work Makes You More Productive Our Memory for Sounds is Worse Than Touch or Sight Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse
Are Teens Texting Away their Lives? A study by the Pew Research Center and the University of Michigan found that nearly one out of three kids between 12 and 17 years old sent 100 or more texts a day. Seventy-five percent of the teens in the study owned cell phones and that figure is rising fast....
How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others—and Feel Happier! One of the easiest ways to feel bad about oneself is to compare yourself unfavorably to others. We may be tempted to compare ourselves with those who have more accomplishments, seem more attractive, make more money, or boast more Facebook friends. Here's how you can stop comparing yourself—and feel happier!
How Long Should Psychotherapy Last “How long will it last?” is one of the questions people most often ask when they are about to begin psychotherapy–especially if it’s their first time. The answer I usually give isn’t the one people want to hear, because I answer with a question: “How long should yoga last?” “How...
4 Things to Remember When the Going Gets Tough When the going gets tough, smart people make a choice. The choice often involves two options: 1.    Persist (the tough get going) 2.    Quit (which is often a smart thing to do) It’s difficult to know which is the smarter choice, so I’ve written an entire life skills post about...
Men with Tattoos: Why Do Women Dig Them?   Men with cool tattoos seem to be a major turn on for a lot of women – at least that is what a female friend of mine shared over a cup of coffee a few weeks ago.  According to her, men with tattoos were more fun, more masculine and...
The Shattered Vase Is The Fertile Ground: 5 Things Imagine that you had a treasured vase. Maybe even a family memento. Something that had enormous sentimental value to you, and could not be replaced. And then, one day, accidentally, you knock it off the shelf. To your horror, it shatters in front of you, it’s beautiful pieces flying off...
Private Practice Kickstart: Should I get certified in? I talk to therapists often who report their business plan is to get certified in “fill in the blank.” At an EMDRIA conference recently it was amazing to speak to so many therapists whose practices were going well! Many of them reported their certification in EMDR was a major determination...
Quieting the Voice of the Devil on Your Shoulder I often equate having schizophrenia to having a little devil on my shoulder that likes to whisper nasty stuff in my ear. He’s a cunning little jerk, too. If he senses a vulnerability or the potential for anxiety he’ll start screaming. In the eight years I’ve lived with the illness...
Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?  Not long ago, war trauma was treated with compassion, understanding and love. But today, the willingness to empathize with the warrior and listen to his experiences has been replaced by a psychiatric pop-a-pill “quick-fix” mentality that employs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.~*Drugging The Military Suicide in the Military...
Dare to Embrace the Uncertainty As human beings we have a natural need to understand and control. We want to make sense of our world. And in a life that is so uncertain and unpredictable, we want to have power over the outcome of our experiences. And as we struggle to find certainty in life,...