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Zoo of Consciousness I reject zoos. If I didn’t have a child young enough to still see zoos as entertainment rather than incarceration (conservation rationalizations aside), I’d never go to a zoo. But as it stands, I even have a yearly membership. Wittgenstein wrote: “Consciousness in the face of another.  Look into someone...
3 Ways to Cultivate Hope I’m not a mental health professional. I’m a hope builder. I feel like that, more than anything else I do on this earth, is my purpose. Because hope, when you really think about it, is the only thing you need to get better (besides lots of drugs, exercise, fish oil,...
Can a Narcissist Change? Many of us are involved with narcissists (people who have difficulty empathizing with others, and behave accordingly, often manipulatively.)  The narcissist may be your parent, your significant other, even your child.  In order to decide what your options are in this relationship, you’re wondering: Can a narcissist change? I’m a...
Fear, safety and the role of sleep in human PTSD The effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment may hinge significantly upon sleep quality, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in a paper published today in the Journal of Neuroscience. “I think these findings help us understand why sleep disturbances and nightmares are [...]The post Fear, safety and the role of sleep in human PTSD appeared first on PsyPost.
Self-deceived individuals deceive others better Over confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, a study has found. These ‘self-deceived’ individuals could be more likely to get promotions and reach influential positions in banks and other organisations. And these people are more likely to overestimate other people’s abilities and take greater risks, possibly [...]The post Self-deceived individuals deceive others better appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain networks ‘hyper-connected’ in young adults who had depression Depression may be better predicted and understood now that University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have discovered that young adults who previously experienced the mental illness have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks in the brain. UIC researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine the brain connectivity of young adults ages 18 to 23 while [...]The post Brain networks ‘hyper-connected’ in young adults who had depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Study identifies cooperative breeding as the root of human altruism Scientists have long been searching for the factor that determines why humans often behave so selflessly. It was known that humans share this tendency with species of small Latin American primates of the family Callitrichidae (tamarins and marmosets), leading some to suggest that cooperative care for the young, which is ubiquitous in this family, was [...]The post Study identifies cooperative breeding as the root of human altruism appeared first on PsyPost.
Gamblers are greedy bird-brains, University of Warwick research finds Gamblers show the same tendencies as pigeons when they make risky decisions, new research has shown. Researchers, led by Dr Elliot Ludvig of the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology, conducted tests that found that both human gamblers and pigeons were 35% more likely to gamble for high-value than low-value rewards. Published in Biology Letters, the [...]The post Gamblers are greedy bird-brains, University of Warwick research finds appeared first on PsyPost.
New study throws into question long-held belief about depression New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin — a chemical messenger in the brain — plays a central role in depression. In the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been “depressed” by conventional wisdom) did [...]The post New study throws into question long-held belief about depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Will We Accept Pornosexuals As We Have Homosexuals? Pornosexuals are people who get their sexual release from porn. People shun them in ways that echo discrimination against gays. Is it the same thing or different?
Employers: Celebrate Labor Day By Showing That You Value Your Workers APA survey links employee recognition to satisfaction, motivation and work effort
Are We Becoming Psychologically Overly Sensitive I concern myself that we have become, or are becoming, psychologically overly sensitive. I suppose it’s not true of everyone, but I suspect it’s true for many people reading blogs like this one on Psychcentral. I know there is great value in developing self-awareness, but when does it become excessive?...
Protein glue shows potential for use with biomaterials Scientists have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce on a large scale. This could help overcome a major challenge in nerve tissue engineering.
Help Kids Learn Anger Management Skills In this video, Amy Wickstrom demonstrates an activity that can be used to help children manage their feelings of anger. The activity, “Angry Toilet Paper Toss”, is a fun activity that allows children an opportunity to relieve the negative energy from stress and frustration that may be experienced from typical...
Taking Charge of Back-to-School Fears All anxiety starts with the same experience. The “yikes” button gets pushed and kids think: “Yikes! Can I really do that?" The answer of course is yes, but worry's automatic reaction is—no! Better than any reassurance, when you teach your child that worry is something to test, not trust, you are teaching them skills that will serve them well all throughout their life.
Inside the teenage brain: New studies explain risky behavior It’s common knowledge that teenage boys seem predisposed to risky behaviors. Now, a series of new studies is shedding light on specific brain mechanisms that help to explain what might be going on inside juvenile male brains.
No cookie-cutter divorces, so what info should online co-parenting classes offer? Required online classes for divorcing couples who have children are good at teaching parents how to deal with children’s needs and responses to their family’s new situation. But co-parenting couples would benefit from content that helps adults cope with their own emotions and from unique tracks for families with special circumstances such as intimate partner [...]The post No cookie-cutter divorces, so what info should online co-parenting classes offer? appeared first on PsyPost.
It Must Be My Fault When I was a child, I was told that everything was my fault. Eventually, I believed it. In reality, none of it was my fault. As an adult in recovery, I intellectually understand that now. But my unconscious parts are still working that out. My unconscious parts are still trying...
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others Christopher MacDougall says “Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.”   This actually isn’t true. Gazelles are herd animals. Any given gazelle in the herd doesn’t have to be faster than any lion—it just has...
Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows. Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers from [...]The post Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.