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Analyze your Twitter Personality The language you use is inexorably linked to your personality traits. Researchers are using that fact to analyze your social media posts and learn about who you are. This post shows you one online tool that you can use right now to analyze your own Twitter account and see the kinds of things computer scientists are discovering about you.
Be Happier by Maximizing Your Strengths As ordinary as we may feel, we each possess special gifts that make us unique. Gifts that if we were to acknowledge and apply to our lives would not only make us happier, but would provide us more satisfaction and well-being. Positive psychologists (those that study the science of happiness)...
A wife’s happiness is more crucial than her husband’s in keeping marriage on track When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials. “I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the [...]The post A wife’s happiness is more crucial than her husband’s in keeping marriage on track appeared first on PsyPost.
Zebrafish model of a learning and memory disorder shows better treatment Using a zebrafish model of a human genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF1), a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that the learning and memory components of the disorder are distinct features that will likely need different treatment approaches. They published their results this month in Cell Reports. NF1 [...]The post Zebrafish model of a learning and memory disorder shows better treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study The hallucinogenic substance found in magic mushrooms could help smokers kick the habit, according to a pilot study published this week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. “This is the first study to provide preliminary data on the safety and feasibility of psilocybin as an adjunct to smoking cessation treatment,” Matthew W. Johnson of Johns Hopkins [...]The post Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study appeared first on PsyPost.
Strength and Courage: Lessons for the Abuser This is a poem I found while searching for more information on abuse to write in my post. The site is www.drirene.com which focuses on abuse. It has many articles to read and has helped and educated those interested in learning about abuse. Check it out for yourself.   Strength and...
WATCH: How biotechnology can expand the brain’s abilities Theodore W. Berger, a professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience, and director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California, spoke at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival about integrating microchips into brains.The post WATCH: How biotechnology can expand the brain’s abilities appeared first on PsyPost.
This neural pathway explains why the new Hershey’s logo looks like the poo emoji By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of Medicine I live in the city of Hershey, otherwise known as “the sweetest place on Earth” (registered trademark). I’m surrounded by references to chocolate everyday – from the smell of it in the air to Kiss-shaped streetlamps to chocolate-brown paved roads. And yes – it’s a pretty [...]The post This neural pathway explains why the new Hershey’s logo looks like the poo emoji appeared first on PsyPost.
Spike activity 12-09-2014 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: New Scientist reports that sleeping brains can process and respond to words. Forward directly to boss. “Cyranoids” – Stanley Milgram’s Creepiest Experiment. Neuroskeptic covers the science behind a little known Milgram experiment and a curiously common TV trope. The Neurocritic reports on a case […]
TEST: How Good Is Your Relationship? Did your hopes and dreams come true? Do you even know what you really want from the relationship? Take this interactive test to find out how well you are doing and stimulate your thinking about what you really want.
Welcome to Leveraging Adversity There’s no getting around it — life is full of adversity. What you do with that adversity, however, is what matters. Some people seem to be able to bounce back pretty quickly, while others seem to get mired in the experience. So how can you be one of those people...
Outer-Directed Distractors and How They Benefit the Mind During a recent interview about my new book Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, the interviewer asked me to suggest a practical anti-self-loathing strategy. “Engage in activities that occupy your mind,” I ventured. “I get it!” the interviewer interjected. “You mean helping others! Volunteering at a food bank or animal shelter!...
A wife's happiness is more crucial than her husband's in keeping marriage on track When it comes to a happy marriage, a new study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about the nuptials.
A Trauma-Informed Perspective on Oscar Pistorius How is it that Oscar Pistorius’ case of “shoot your girlfriend and get away with it” isn’t evoking universal outrage?  There is no doubt that bullets from the gun he fired killed his girlfriend.  There is no doubt that her parents and many others are enraged with grief and want...
Bill Maher on Depression Part I On a recent episode of the Charlie Rose show, featuring the comedian Bill Maher, Rose starts a conversation about how we’ve had two comedians die this past month (Robin Williams and Joan Rivers) and opens up a dialogue on depression: Robin certainly I think that was a shock I think to...
Safety First: On Blossoming, Embracing Our Bodies And Practicing This week I talked about creating a safe space to listen to ourselves, without judgment or criticism. Because it can be scary to explore our needs and wants. Because for many of us we’re doing this for the first time. For the first time, we’re shining the spotlight on ourselves....
Brain inflammation dramatically disrupts memory retrieval networks, study finds Brain inflammation can rapidly disrupt our ability to retrieve complex memories of similar but distinct experiences, according to scientists. The study specifically identifies how immune system signaling molecules, called cytokines, impair communication among neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain critical for discrimination memory. The findings offer insight into why cognitive deficits occurs in people undergoing chemotherapy and those with autoimmune or neurodegenerative diseases.
Gray matter matters when measuring risk tolerance: May explain why risk tolerance decreases with age The gray matter volume of a region in the right posterior parietal cortex is significantly predictive of individual risk attitudes, new research has found. Using a whole-brain analysis, scientists found that the grey matter volume of a region in the right posterior parietal cortex was significantly predictive of individual risk attitudes. Men and women with higher grey matter volume in this region exhibited less risk aversion.
Generosity When Paying For Others It is no surprise that people tend to be frugal when making purchases for themselves. They look for good deals and generally want to minimize the cost of the things that they buy. But what about when buying things for other people?
Strategizing to Break Old Habits and Pick Up Better I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits – an issue very relevant to happiness. Each week, I post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. This way we can all learn from each other. If you’d...