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Research helps explain why elderly have trouble sleeping As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering. Now, a study led by researchers at Beth Israel [...]The post Research helps explain why elderly have trouble sleeping appeared first on PsyPost.
Imaging study reveals white-matter deficits in users of codeine-containing cough syrups An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in CCS users. Researchers used diffusuion tensor imaging (DTI) (an MR imaging technique), coupled with fractional anisotropy, to investigate the white matter integrity of chronic CCS users. [...]The post Imaging study reveals white-matter deficits in users of codeine-containing cough syrups appeared first on PsyPost.
Survey finds U.S. veterans generally satisfied with mental health care A survey of U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration finds general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied. The RAND Corporation study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found that patients with a substance use disorder were less satisfied than other veterans who received mental health services. [...]The post Survey finds U.S. veterans generally satisfied with mental health care appeared first on PsyPost.
Trouble for the good genes hypothesis of attractiveness? Facial symmetry and health may not be related By Richard Cook, City University London Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. And yet, there are many faces that a majority would find beautiful, say, George Clooney’s or Audrey Hepburn’s. Psychologists interested in mate selection and the visual processing of faces have long sought to understand why some faces are [...]The post Trouble for the good genes hypothesis of attractiveness? Facial symmetry and health may not be related appeared first on PsyPost.
Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology The tone of a number of responses to the suicide of Robin Williams seem based in the insidious “Crazy Artist” mythology: that artistic creativity depends on mental disorder. A number of people have expressed the idea that his brilliance and creative comic energy were fueled by his “demons” including addiction and bipolar...
Introverts Don't Always Want To Be Alone So much discussion about introversion has focused on our need to be alone, let's not forget that we need other people, too. Here are some things one introvert values in her relationships.
Should You Simplify Your Life? Here are 4 ways to simplify your life.
Letting Go of Imagined Symbolism in Psychosis In the midst of a psychotic episode, whether the result of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, one of the main motivating factors in our jilted decisions is the imagined symbolism in meaningless circumstances or objects. I can remember when I was out on the streets of New York and Boston, deep...
Charm the pants off of everyone, all the time Making a great first impression at social functions can be a daunting task, but there are ways to make it easier.
To boost your odds of a successful marriage, have a big wedding Study shows couples who had at least 150 guests at their weddings were more likely to go on to have successful marriages.
Virginia same-sex marriage ruling is placed on hold The action stops Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least for now.
More people going to Switzerland for assisted suicide A study has found an increase in the number of people from other countries traveling to Switzerland to end their lives under the auspices of right-to-die organizations.
Does Jealousy Ruin Your Relationships? Jealousy can be a problem in any type of relationship and can appear in anyone’s life at any time. Whether you are jealous of your partner, a friend, a family member or a co-worker, the effects are the same. You can have jealousy with other people’s things, their success, their...
Claim and Champion Your Inner Adult I’m thinking of developing a workbook to help people claim and champion the inner adult. Here’s why: So many of us, myself included, do not simply march into adulthood without getting stuck. We struggle with leftovers from the past. Emotional habits developed in childhood have a way to sticking to...
To Thine Own Self Be Who? (Part 1) A free series of self-tests for determining who you really are so that you can be true to the real you.
Are You ‘Addicted’ to Something? The definition of  “addiction,” and what people can become “addicted” to, are hotly contested issues. In everyday conversation, of course, people throw around the word “addicted” a lot, as in, “I’m addicted to Game of Thrones.” Addiction, whatever it might be, is a subject that’s related to my current fascination: habits....
Secret of Adulthood: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf Now, what’s so great about an empty shelf? An empty shelf shows that I have room to expand — I’m not crowded in by my stuff, I have order and space. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, a subject that I explore at some length in Happier at Home and...
The Rise of Simplistic Language and How You Can Do Your Part Bilingualism is changing the world, and it's changing language too.
Back to School? How Play Teaches Learning Skills My first career was as a 6th grade English and Social Studies teacher and I remember that first day of school; within hours or even minutes, there was an obvious difference between students: some kids could do things for themselves and others needed (or wanted...) things done for them. ...
Targeted brain training may help you multitask better The area of the brain involved in multitasking and ways to train it have been identified by a research team. The research includes a model to better predict the effectiveness of this training.