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An Apriori of Forgiveness: You Can Blame a Human Most of the time we move forward/onward without any philosophy of living, without any ideology, mindlessly! In mindlessness we are all equal – from saint to sinner (not that I believe in these distinctions). But when something aversive (bad) happens to us or those that we relate to (i.e. identify...
Fish study links brain size to parental duties Male stickleback fish that protect their young have bigger brains than counterparts that don't care for offspring, finds a new study. "This suggests that regular sticklebacks have bigger brains to handle the brain power needed to care for and protect their young," says the study's lead author. "This is one of the first studies to link parental care with brain size."
Physically fit kids have beefier brain white matter than their less-fit peers A new study of 9- and 10-year-olds finds that those who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. 'White matter' describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one brain region to another. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity.
5 Tips for More Effective Parenting These are equal opportunity parenting tips.  They apply no matter the age of your kids (be they toddlers, teenagers, somewhere in between, or even adult children.)  Once you’re a parent, you can’t really quit or retire, so might as well keep doing it better. 1)  Aim to listen as much...
Best of Our Blogs: August 19, 2014 For the past few years I’ve been battling an autoimmune disease. On bad days, it wreaks havoc on my physical and emotional health. The hardest part of dealing with the illness, however, is not fighting it, but myself. When things are going well, it’s almost a non-issue. As a result,...
How To Improve Relationship Closeness–”Stop Talking” While almost everyone working with couples and every self-help book underscores communication as central to any good relationship, there are times when the last thing that brings a couple together is “ talking.” If you have ever said or heard someone say “ We Need to Talk,” you know that...
A Mother and Her Son’s Struggle With Schizophrenia Are you the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult child with severe mental illness? How do you feel right now? Tired? Lonely? Discouraged? Or even stronger? Some parents say that they are struggling every single day of their lives with the reality that their child, teen, or adult child...
Dress for success: Research examines male influences on ‘looking’ middle class They might be called a chip off the old block, but when it comes to upward social mobility, they might call Dad a lesson in what not to wear. University of Cincinnati research takes a new approach to examining the socialization of male children into the middle class. The research by Erynn Masi de Casanova, [...]The post Dress for success: Research examines male influences on ‘looking’ middle class appeared first on PsyPost.
Ten-hut: New discoveries on how military organization affects civilians Researchers are reporting new discoveries about how militarization affects the general, civilian population, and the biggest positive impact is adequate sanitation and access to education. The research led by Steve Carlton-Ford, professor and head of the University of Cincinnati Sociology Department, was presented at the 109th meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. Pooling data [...]The post Ten-hut: New discoveries on how military organization affects civilians appeared first on PsyPost.
A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health. In fact, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function, leading to diseases from autism to cancer. Still, it is [...]The post A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape appeared first on PsyPost.
DNA methylation involved in Alzheimer’s disease A new study led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Rush University Medical Center, reveals how early changes in brain DNA methylation are involved in Alzheimer’s disease. DNA methylation is a biochemical alteration of the building blocks of DNA and is one of the markers that indicate whether the DNA is open [...]The post DNA methylation involved in Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Men viewed more favorably than women when seeking work-life balance While some suggest that flexible work arrangements have the potential to reduce workplace inequality, a new study finds these arrangements may exacerbate discrimination based on parental status and gender. Study author Christin Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at Furman University, analyzed the reactions both men and women received when making flexible work requests — [...]The post Men viewed more favorably than women when seeking work-life balance appeared first on PsyPost.
Study identifies ‘bonus effect’ for certain multiracial daters While previous research has documented the existence of a racial hierarchy within the dating world with white women and men on top, a new study finds that in certain circumstances multiracial daters are actually seen as more desirable than individuals from all other racial groups, including whites. “The most interesting and surprising finding from our [...]The post Study identifies ‘bonus effect’ for certain multiracial daters appeared first on PsyPost.
New study profiles ‘the cutters’ — those who perform underground genital castrations New research shows being raised in a devoutly Christian household and growing up on a farm are two defining characteristics of “the cutters” — what the eunuch subculture calls people who perform medically unnecessary genital castrations on others. “Individuals, who perform surgeries without a license, put themselves at serious legal risk — in addition to [...]The post New study profiles ‘the cutters’ — those who perform underground genital castrations appeared first on PsyPost.
Gestalt of Self Self is a Gestalt: an illusory Oneness made of (information) parts....
#112 Being Physically and Emotionally Present If we want to be connected to our children in loving ways we need to spend time with them—a lot of time! This statement isn’t meant to make people feel guilty. It just happens to be true. In order to connect with another person you have to spend time with...
Answering Children’s Questions about Foster Care Recently, a colleague came to me for advice on addressing a very tough question from a child: Why don’t I live with mommy anymore? With roughly 400,000 children in out-of-home placements in the United States, this is a question that gets asked by hundreds of thousands of children every year....
Targeted brain stimulation aids stroke recovery in mice, Stanford scientists find When investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine applied light-driven stimulation to nerve cells in the brains of mice that had suffered strokes several days earlier, the mice showed significantly greater recovery in motor ability than mice that had experienced strokes but whose brains weren’t stimulated. These findings, which will be published online Aug. [...]The post Targeted brain stimulation aids stroke recovery in mice, Stanford scientists find appeared first on PsyPost.
Study examines how genes, gender and environment influence substance abuse Social integration, including strong family ties, can protect one’s well-being and even reduce the impact high-risk genes have on health. Scientists call this phenomenon a gene-environment interaction. An Indiana University study focusing on substance abuse, however, found that a three-way interplay of gender, genetics and social integration produced the different outcomes for men and women. [...]The post Study examines how genes, gender and environment influence substance abuse appeared first on PsyPost.
Children as young as 6 are biased toward their social group when combating unfairness Just about every parent is familiar with the signs: the crying, the stomping feet and pouting lips, all of which are usually followed by a collapse to the floor and a wailed insistence that, “It’s not fair!” While most people – including many parents – see such tantrums merely as part of growing up, a [...]The post Children as young as 6 are biased toward their social group when combating unfairness appeared first on PsyPost.