|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.
|6 Easy Steps to Become a More Positive Person
||Our thoughts influence all aspects of our lives. Creating a habit of positive thinking can therefore transform not only the way you view the world, but how you move through it. These six simple steps can help you become a more positive person.
|Use Your Difficult Emotions to Gain Emotional Freedom
||For a number of months now hundreds of people have been taking the Basics in Mindfulness Meditation: 28 day program challenge to bring more mindfulness, self-compassion, compassion and balance into their lives. Throughout the course questions are asked that I field and one came in recently that I thought important...
|Why Being Average is the First Step Toward Greatness
||“I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.” - Theodore Roosevelt I used to hate the term “Average Joe.” I hated the term because I had an uncanny connection to it. I was an average student in high school, an average...
|Writing ‘Orange is the New Black,’ I Realized I
||“I Googled ‘How do you know if you’re a lesbian?’ There had to be, like a quiz, right?” Lauren Morelli, 31 year old newlywed, TV writer, wrote about her real-life journey across the Kinsey scale from heterosexual to gay. Orange is the New Black takes place inside a women’s prison. ...
|Adrian Peterson NFL Scandal: Culture is No Excuse for
||Issues involving domestic violence with some NFL players have cropped up in the news recently, exposing a number of behaviors that can only be described as disturbing. One story that has particularly caught the public’s attention involves Adrian Peterson, who until now had been a star player with the Minnesota...
|From rats to humans: Trial will attempt to get paralyzed humans walking again
||A completely paralyzed rat can be made to walk over obstacles and up stairs by electrically stimulating the severed part of the spinal cord. Scientists discovered how to control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high it lifts its limbs. Now a new lab will extend this technology to human patients as early as next summer.
|Brain scans reveal 'gray matter' differences in media multitaskers
||Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new research. People who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally.
|Are You a Replacement Child?
||The replacement child is a phenomenon known through early clinical papers but not well recognized in the mainstream. Many people know they are replacement children from early on while others only come to recognize themselves as such as life unfolds. Understanding the unique phenomenon of the RC may lead to better resolution for the individual.
|Childhood PTSD: Spanking Is Not ‘About Love,’ It’s About
||My first memory is of being spanked. I was 3 years old, and I didn’t know what I had done wrong. All I know is that it made me terrified of my father and forever doubtful of my safety in my home. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was recently...
|Alzheimer's patients can still feel emotion long after memories have vanished
||A new study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence -- good or bad -- on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact on how they feel.
|Chimpanzees: Former Pets or Performers Suffer For Years
||A recent study shows that chimpanzees who are reared in captivity and who lacked contact with other chimpanzees behave abnormally for years after being pets or performers. I hope this study receives a lot of attention from people working on a wide range of animals. We owe it to the animals to do the best we can so that they can live the best lives possible in our care.
|Are You With A Controlling Partner? 11 Signs To
||Are you in a relationship with a controlling partner? If so, this could be dangerous to your self-esteem and well- being. In fact, these could be signs or symptoms of behaviors that could escalate into violence. Here are 11 signs to be aware of: 1. He/She doesn’t feel comfortable around...
||Regulating emotions is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and others in your environment. Emotional regulation is really about the ability to bring yourself back on even keel, to calm yourself down when you are distressed, to lift yourself up when you are feeling dejected,...
|These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing
Eating these foods is associated with greater optimism, happiness, higher self-esteem and better relationships.
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:Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking
Urban Living: Green Spaces Improve Your Mental Health
Why the Sleep-Deprived Crave Junk Food and Buy Higher Calorie Foods
Mental Practice Makes Perfect
Psychedelic Drug Use Not Associated With Mental Health Problems