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How Gratitude and Kindness Go Together for Brain-Changing Happiness You are probably not interested in my personal opinions about gratitude. If you read something about gratitude, you want to know that it’s not just relevant to me but to you as well. Well, at least I hope that’s what you want. That way you might try something that will...
​In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off When people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests. Researchers found that, in general, people use social media to connect with people who are posting positive and success-oriented updates. “But [...]The post ​In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off appeared first on PsyPost.
Does your sense of humor change as you age? TV sitcoms in which characters make jokes at someone else’s expense are no laughing matter for older adults, according to a University of Akron researcher. Jennifer Tehan Stanley, an assistant professor of psychology, studied how young, middle-aged and older adults reacted to so-called “aggressive humor”—the kind that is a staple on shows like The Office. [...]The post Does your sense of humor change as you age? appeared first on PsyPost.
Strong working memory puts brakes on problematic drug use Adolescents with strong working memory are better equipped to escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse issues, says a University of Oregon researcher. Most important in the picture is executive attention, a component of working memory that involves a person’s ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions while processing relevant goal-oriented [...]The post Strong working memory puts brakes on problematic drug use appeared first on PsyPost.
'Mini-stroke' may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder About 30 percent of transient ischemic attack or 'mini-stroke' patients had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) results from a new study show. Those with PTSD had more depression, anxiety and reduced mental and physical quality of life. Patients overestimating their stroke risk and who don't cope with their mini-stroke well are at higher risk to develop PTSD.
Are Selfies and Smartphones the New Comfort Food? Millennials have an almost compulsive attachment to all things digital. Using Phillip Cushman's concept of the "empty self," we can try to understand this behavior by considering whether it is an unconscious way of compensating for what is not being provided in the culture and society in which they live.
Connecting to Our Core Selves In her piece on the power of story and the quest for our true selves, Justine Musk includes this poem by David Whyte (the last few lines are my favorite): This is not the age of information. This is not the age of information. Forget the news, and the radio,...
Are Kids Victims of Divorce? Q: In our previous conversation about my ex-wife you said some things I didn’t like hearing, but it turned out to be very helpful. Today I’d like to talk to you a bit about how my wife is harming my poor kids. A: Your ‘poor kids’ that your wife is...
Discovery could prevent development of brain tumors in children A mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor found in children, has been discovered by researchers. The team found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage causes the cancer to develop.
Discovery could prevent development of brain tumours in children A mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumour found in children, has been discovered by researchers. The team found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage causes the cancer to develop.
Factors associated with childhood brain tumors identified Older parents, birth defects, maternal nutrition and childhood exposure to CT scans and pesticides are increasingly being associated with brain tumors in children, according to new research.
The Best Leaders are - Always - Self-Aware "How would you experience your actions if you were on the receiving end?" It's a critical question for anyone in a management role to ask himself or herself. A new book explores the role of self-awareness in business leadership.
Man's Parkinson's Tremors Vanish With The Touch Of A Button – But How? The short answer is deep brain stimulation (DBS), a targeted form of electrotherapy used to treat brain disorders like Parkinson's disease and OCD. The long answer, i.e. why DBS is sometimes so remarkably effective, remains poorly understood – but researchers this week took a big step on their path to understanding the technique....
How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. The findings could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both healthy individuals and those with neurological conditions.
Link between depression, abnormal brain response to visceral pain in patients with IBS High rates of anxiety and depression amongst patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have led many researchers to believe there could be a causal relationship between psychological factors and IBS symptoms. Now, scientists have found clear evidence that patients with IBS process pain signals from the gut abnormally, and that disturbed brain responses to pain are particularly pronounced in patients with more depression symptoms.
The Psychology of Journaling I would hazard a guess that the majority of writers keep a journal and that they have kept a journal from the moment they could write. If writing is in your soul, there is a fundamental need: to express, to expose, to exorcise — freely and often, across all forms....
12 Signs of Sexual Depression Depression manifests itself in a variety of ways. Recently I have found myself sexually depressed and, although it has been a challenge for me, it has taught me that sexual depression is a real thing.  Here are 12 signs that you might be suffering from sexual depression: You don’t feel like masturbating The...
Antibiotics in infancy may be linked to childhood obesity Kids who receive several rounds of antibiotics before age two may be at an increased risk of being overweight by age five, suggests a new study.
Ways to deal with a toxic co-worker A co-worker who is unhappy at work and shows it in a negative way can foster an emotionally draining situation for everyone else.
Helping kids take criticism constructively Receiving feedback is a skill, and like most skills, it requires practice, and a willingness to change and improve.