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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...
Do You Have a Life Plan? Some of us build our lives, some of us discover them. What's important isn't the actual content of our goals, but the larger question of defining our way of determining them. Some food for thought.
Are YOU an Internet Troll? Yesterday, I posted about a study that describes internet trolls as narcissistic, sadistic, and psychopathic. A lot of people commented about their own internet behavior, and wondering if provocative comments count as "trolling". Here are the four questions of the Global Assessment of Internet Trolling that can help you find out how much of a troll you are.
Baby Poop Sausage, And Other Winners From The 2014 Ig Nobel Awards Last night, scientists from around the world gathered at Harvard's iconic Sanders Theatre for the "24rd First Annual" Ig Nobel Awards, the wonderfully peculiar annual awards ceremony that recognizes those achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think....
Are You Worried Your Husband or Wife Is A I just did an article on dealing with a narcissist and I got a HUGE onslaught of readers who were wondering if they were married to or in a relationship with a narcissist. It would make sense then for you to be feeling confused, overwhelmed, and lonely.  So, I thought I...
Humans Evolved To Be Fair For Selfish Reasons New research suggests we're motivated to seek equal rewards — despite the disadvantages to ourselves — to prevent our partners from being unhappy and to avoid any negative outcomes that may follow. ...
Addicts Just Want to Have Fun (in Recovery) All Work and No Play… Jack a 52-year-old divorced high school guidance counselor, after a stint of inpatient substance abuse rehab, had nine months sober from both alcoholism and marijuana addiction. In addition to working 8 to 5 every weekday, Jack kept a journal, meditated daily, and attended at least...
Dogs can be pessimists too, study finds Dogs generally seem to be cheerful, happy-go-lucky characters, so you might expect that most would have an optimistic outlook on life. In fact some dogs are distinctly more pessimistic than others, research from the University of Sydney shows. “This research is exciting because it measures positive and negative emotional states in dogs objectively and non-invasively. [...]The post Dogs can be pessimists too, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Study examines the evolution of responses to (un)fairness The sense of fairness did not evolve for the sake of fairness per se but in order to reap the benefits of continued cooperation, so say Frans de Waal, PhD, and Sarah Brosnan, PhD, co-authors of a review article about inequity aversion (IA), which is defined as a negative reaction to unequal outcomes. The review [...]The post Study examines the evolution of responses to (un)fairness appeared first on PsyPost.