|Fifty Shades Puts the Transfer of Power on the Table
||Fifty Shades is not just a curious sociological phenomenon to be mused over in academic seminars. With this kind of impact, it is like throwing a hand grenade into the sex garage. What has been the real impact of Fifty Shades on the sexual scene?
|Even without kids, couples eat frequent family meals
||Couples and other adult family members living without minors in the house are just as likely as adults living with young children or adolescents to eat family meals at home on most days of the week, new research suggests. The study is the first large-scale look at family-meal eating patterns in American adults. While a [...]The post Even without kids, couples eat frequent family meals appeared first on PsyPost.
|Neurons express ‘gloss’ using three perceptual parameters
||Japanese researchers showed monkeys a number of images representing various glosses and then they measured the responses of 39 neurons by using microelectrodes. They found that a specific population of neurons changed the intensities of the responses linearly according to either the contrast-of-highlight, sharpness-of-highlight, or brightness of the object. This shows that these 3 perceptual [...]The post Neurons express ‘gloss’ using three perceptual parameters appeared first on PsyPost.
|Simple test can help detect Alzheimer’s before dementia signs show: study
||York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia. Faculty of Health Professor Lauren Sergio and PhD candidate Kara Hawkins who led the study asked the participants to complete [...]The post Simple test can help detect Alzheimer’s before dementia signs show: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mayo researchers reveal pathway that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease
||Researchers at Jacksonville’s campus of Mayo Clinic have discovered a defect in a key cell-signaling pathway they say contributes to both overproduction of toxic protein in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients as well as loss of communication between neurons — both significant contributors to this type of dementia. Their study, in the online issue of Neuron, offers [...]The post Mayo researchers reveal pathway that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
|Powerful Questions to Inspire Positive Change
||Good questions can be powerful in life-changing ways. They can spark exciting ideas and inventions. They can spark personal discoveries, which lead to fulfilling, meaningful lives. According to historian David Hackett Fischer, questions “are the engines of intellect — cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” Author and journalist...
|How to Instantly Tell If Someone is About to Make a Good Decision (Or Not)
Study finds intriguing link between decision-making and this subtle signal.
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|Prejudice in the Bedroom: How Many Pillows Does a
||Some societies, such as Finland, care deeply that every citizen has a respectable standard of living. A report on what should count as a decent minimum standard of living in Finland begins like this: “In recent years, the level of basic security has dropped, and the income of those relying...
|Darkness, Romance, and the Dark Triad in Personality
||We associate romance with dimly-lit settings and candlelight. However, people with dark intent are more likely than others to improve their romantic odds when shrouded in darkness. Watch out for those tell-tale signs that someone’s interest in you is less than sincere, especially when that someone is lurking in the shadows.
|Getting Over a Breakup
||We’ve all been there: stuck on the one that got away. If you’re having trouble moving on, this post’s for you. 1) Find out whether it’s really over, or if there’s a chance to reconcile. That means having an honest, adult conversation with the one who broke your heart. Sometimes...
|Psychology Around the Net: September 20, 2014
||Blood tests for depression, happiness in the workplace, and tricking your brain to be more productive — it’s all in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Study Diagnoses Med Test Anxiety: Tend to “freak out” when it’s time to take a test? This recent Yale study suggests a possible treatment...
|Scientists discover ‘dimmer switch’ for mood disorders
||Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as “disappointment.” The discovery of what may effectively be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down is reported Sept. 18 in the online edition of Science. “The [...]The post Scientists discover ‘dimmer switch’ for mood disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
|How stress tears us apart
||Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at EPFL have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills and cognitive impairment. When triggered by stress, an [...]The post How stress tears us apart appeared first on PsyPost.
|Gun deaths twice as high among African-Americans as white citizens in US
||The researchers looked at all recorded gun deaths across the USA between 2000 and 2010, to include murders, suicides, and unintentional shooting, using data from the Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System. Hawaii recorded the lowest rate of gun deaths at 3.02 per 100 000 citizens, while the District of Columbia topped the league table [...]The post Gun deaths twice as high among African-Americans as white citizens in US appeared first on PsyPost.
|Extra stress in same-sex couples may raise risk of domestic abuse, study finds
||Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently, and likely even more so, between same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples, according to a review of literature by Northwestern Medicine® scientists. Previous studies, when analyzed together, indicate that domestic violence affects 25 percent to 75 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals. However, a lack of representative [...]The post Extra stress in same-sex couples may raise risk of domestic abuse, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study provides insight about providing private mental health service to veterans
||A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could provide a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, [...]The post Study provides insight about providing private mental health service to veterans appeared first on PsyPost.
|Middle school dilemma: Girls’ body image affected by older peers
||The media is highly criticized for contributing to body image issues in adolescents. However, a study out today in Psychology of Women Quarterly finds a different source for body dissatisfaction among young girls: older girls at school. A research team led by Jaine Strauss, Professor of Psychology at Macalester College, surveyed 1,536 5th through 8th-grade female students [...]The post Middle school dilemma: Girls’ body image affected by older peers appeared first on PsyPost.
|Kids eat better if their parents went to college
||Children of college-educated parents eat more vegetables and drink less sugar, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. But it’s still not enough, the study goes on to say, as all kids are falling short when it comes to eating healthier at school The research suggests a parent’s educational attainment, an [...]The post Kids eat better if their parents went to college appeared first on PsyPost.
|The Reverberations of Fear
||Extreme fear registers not just in the individual but can actually make his or her children - and his or her children's children - more sensitive to the same fearful stimuli.
|This Instruction May Seem Simple, Yet it is Very
||Make this week a week to be mindful of your diet. Not just the food you take in, but what you take into all of your senses — into your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and sense of touch. What kind of diet are you feeding your senses? Are they on...