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Myth: Nothing Good Can Come From Conflict Conflict, especially in relationships, has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years and for good reason. Unresolved differences are the source of an awful lot of physical, mental and emotional distress. Many couples have concluded that arguing and fighting is painful that it’s better to avoid acknowledging differences at...
Personal Stories Week: Dr. Russell Morfitt Discusses Online Counseling How would you feel if you could stay home, open your computer or laptop, and have a therapy session? What about if your therapist offered to speak with you over Skype or some other online platform? Would you feel like a fish out of water or would you very much...
How to speak the language of thought We are now beginning to crack the brain’s code, which allows us to answer such bizarre questions as “what is the speed of thought?” When he was asked, as a joke, to explain how the mind works in five words, cognitive scientist Steven Pinker didn’t hesitate. “Brain cells fire in patterns”, he replied. It’s a […]
How You Can Recover From Depression We can never talk too much about depression. One in every five people will experience depression- that could be you, it could be your partner, child or parent, and it could be a colleague at work. 1 in 5 people include doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and celebrities, ministers of religion, teachers and counsellors. Knowledge, social status, […]
Mouse model for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s gives window into the working brain University of Utah scientists have developed a genetically engineered line of mice that is expected to open the door to new research on epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The mice carry a protein marker, which changes in degree of fluorescence in response to different calcium levels. This will allow many cell types, including cells called [...]The post Mouse model for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s gives window into the working brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Children with autism have extra synapses in brain Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the [...]The post Children with autism have extra synapses in brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Learning to play the piano? You get better after a night of sleep, study finds According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies’ movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep.  While researchers knew that sleep helped us the learn sequences of movements (motor learning), it was not known [...]The post Learning to play the piano? You get better after a night of sleep, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). The research showed that frequent health service users who received mindfulness-based cognitive [...]The post Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits appeared first on PsyPost.
Reading ‘Fifty Shades’ linked to unhealthy behaviors Young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, finds a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher. Further, women who read all three books in the blockbuster “Fifty Shades” erotic romance series are at increased [...]The post Reading ‘Fifty Shades’ linked to unhealthy behaviors appeared first on PsyPost.
Influenced by self-interest, humans less concerned about inequity to others Strongly influenced by their self-interest, humans do not protest being overcompensated, even when there are no consequences, researchers in Georgia State University’s Brains and Behavior Program have found. This could imply that humans are less concerned than previously believed about the inequity of others, researchers said. Their findings are published in the journal Brain Connectivity. These [...]The post Influenced by self-interest, humans less concerned about inequity to others appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Orgasm rates for single women less predictable than men’s, vary by sexual orientation A new study of American singles found that during sex with a familiar partner, men have the highest orgasm rates. On average, men experience orgasm 85.1 percent of the time, with their sexual orientation making little difference. For women, however, orgasm occurrence is less predictable. On average, women experience orgasm 62.9 percent of the time [...]The post Study: Orgasm rates for single women less predictable than men’s, vary by sexual orientation appeared first on PsyPost.
Difficulty assessing effort drives motivation deficits in schizophrenia, study finds Individuals with schizophrenia often have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves, and a new study from San Francisco State University suggests the reason might be their difficulty in assessing the amount of effort required to complete tasks. The research, detailed in an article published this week in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, [...]The post Difficulty assessing effort drives motivation deficits in schizophrenia, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Understanding the Cycle of Guilt The cycle of guilt is the ultimate Catch-22 situation, an emotional prison where no matter what you do, you end up feeling bad. I know this place, because it’s taken me weeks to write this article, and all the while I’ve been running laps on the hamster wheel of guilt. And...
The dangers of workaholism for you and your employer By Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University The term “workaholism” has been around since the 1971 publication of Wayne Oates’ book Confessions of a Workaholic. But, despite increasing research into the idea, there is still no single concept of this phenomenon. This is problematic for tackling the issue which, if classified as an addiction, should be [...]The post The dangers of workaholism for you and your employer appeared first on PsyPost.
What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background By Sam Friedman, City University London Among the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the [...]The post What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background appeared first on PsyPost.
4 Poisonous Communication Patterns and the Antidotes Communication isn't always good for a couple. Sometimes it can poison love...but there are antidotes.
Pets and PTSD “My dogs save my life every day. They keep me sane, grounded. When I see how much they love me, I feel worth something. Plus, they rely on me to take care of them, so they give me a reason to get healthy.” –trauma survivor Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is...
The Truth about Gay Conversion Therapy Therapists are Trained, Governors are Not A few weeks ago Texas Governor Rick Perry, speaking in San Francisco, defended his state’s Republican Party Platform endorsing gay conversion therapy (also called reparative therapy), essentially stating that homosexuality is a choice. So once again this topic is in the news and in...
Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology – Part 2 Continued from Part 1 As Dr. Webb explains “Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence… (or ‘ultimate concerns’) – death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness.” Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression. His related book: Searching for Meaning:...
What Do Animals Really Dream About? If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Some scientists have discovered that we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures to find out....