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More than words: Saying ‘thank you’ does make a difference By Lisa A Williams Most of us were taught that saying “thank you” is simply the polite thing to do. But recent research in social psychology suggests that saying “thank you” goes beyond good manners – it also serves to build and maintain social relationships. This premise has its base in the find-remind-and-bind theory of [...]The post More than words: Saying ‘thank you’ does make a difference appeared first on PsyPost.
How the brain finds what it’s looking for Despite the barrage of visual information the brain receives, it retains a remarkable ability to focus on important and relevant items. This fall, for example, NFL quarterbacks will be rewarded handsomely for how well they can focus their attention on color and motion – being able to quickly judge the jersey colors of teammates and [...]The post How the brain finds what it’s looking for appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers identify new rare neuromuscular disease An international team of researchers has identified a new inherited neuromuscular disorder. The rare condition is the result of a genetic mutation that interferes with the communication between nerves and muscles, resulting in impaired muscle control. The new disease was diagnosed in two families – one in the U.S. and the other in Great Britain [...]The post Researchers identify new rare neuromuscular disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Visualising plastic changes to the brain Tinnitus, migraine, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s: all these are examples of diseases with neurological causes, the treatment and study of which is more and more frequently being carried out by means of magnetic stimulation of the brain. However, the method’s precise mechanisms of action have not, as yet, been fully understood. The work group headed [...]The post Visualising plastic changes to the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Breakthrough study identifies genetic link between the circadian clock and seasonal timing Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time provided experimental evidence for a genetic link between two major timing mechanisms, the circadian clock and the seasonal timer. New research from the Tauber laboratory at the University of Leicester, which will be published in the academic journal PLOS Genetics on 4 September, has corroborated previous [...]The post Breakthrough study identifies genetic link between the circadian clock and seasonal timing appeared first on PsyPost.
Public trust has dwindled with rise in income inequality Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. The findings are forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Compared to Americans in the 1970s-2000s, Americans in the last few years are less likely to say they can trust others, [...]The post Public trust has dwindled with rise in income inequality appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows no difference in emotional reaction between 2-D and 3-D formats The increased visual realism of 3-D films is believed to offer viewers a more vivid and lifelike experience—more thrilling and intense than 2-D because it more closely approximates real life. However, psychology researchers at the University of Utah, among those who use film clips routinely in the lab to study patients’ emotional conditions, have found [...]The post Study shows no difference in emotional reaction between 2-D and 3-D formats appeared first on PsyPost.
The yin and yang of overcoming cocaine addiction Yaoying Ma says that biology, by nature, has a yin and a yang—a push and a pull. Addiction, particularly relapse, she finds, is no exception. Ma is a research associate in the lab of Yan Dong, assistant professor of neuroscience in the University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. She is [...]The post The yin and yang of overcoming cocaine addiction appeared first on PsyPost.
News media losing role as gatekeepers to new ‘social mediators’ on Twitter, study finds The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of media organizations, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher. The study looked at the U.S. State Department’s use of social media and identified [...]The post News media losing role as gatekeepers to new ‘social mediators’ on Twitter, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Why using Myers-Briggs at work Might Be a Terrible Idea (MBTI) By Jesse E. Olsen, University of Melbourne and Peter Gahan, University of Melbourne The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most popular personality test, boasting millions of test-takers each year. Developed in the 1940s by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs, the MBTI is based on the ideas of Carl Jung. Upon completion, test-takers are [...]The post Why using Myers-Briggs at work Might Be a Terrible Idea (MBTI) appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Ways to Say No It is far easier to agree with someone than say no. Maybe it’s because we fear conflict, are scared of disappointing the other person or don’t feel we have the right to disagree. Often, a person will ask us what they believe to be a perfectly reasonable request. It may demand our time, or finances, […]
Reader Question: How Can I Spice Up My ‘Monotogamy’? Reader Monotogamous (do you see how I’m trying to coin that phrase?  Monotonous monogamy?  Come on, that’s pretty good) writes: My boyfriend and I have been together for almost three years and I feel I am getting emotionally detached from him because we never have sex … I saw that...
I built a website for my private practice… but How do I get new clients from my therapy website? Can you believe it? It took all you had to finally click “publish” and feel like your website is “done.” And then you sat… and a little part of you hoped that the phone would just start ringing. However, it...
Healing for Daughters of Narcisssistic Mothers Daughters of narcissistic mothers often fear if they tell their therapist the truth about their moms that they may not be believed. They'll say something like, "She makes Joan Crawford look like a saint."
The Science of Groovin' Grooves in life as in music are sustained expectations, expectations that fit your circumstances so well you don't have to think about them and as a result are free to roll around inside them.
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When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do Anger gets a bad rap. Sure, when there's too much of it or when it's improperly applied it can cause damage, but you could say that for nearly any other emotion. Learn how anger can make you smarter, more competent, and more realistic....
TEST: How Independent Are You? Ever wanted to find out how independent and self-sufficient are you? This five question quiz will help you get a good idea how you compare to others in this area.
Afraid of Your Own Anger – Part 2 Therapist: “Why did you wait so long to let your girlfriend know that her critical remarks made you angry?” Sam: “When you ask me that question, it reminds me of my big sister, Cara. She used to beat me up. She was five years older, and a lot bigger than...
Top 15 Quotes About Living with Purpose and Doing Have you ever wondered, “Why am I here?” “Who am I meant to be and what am I meant to do?” We all ask these type of questions at on point or another, and the answers are certainly different for everyone. Regardless what you connect with as a “higher purpose”...