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Religious youths are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a new study. The study of 195 juvenile offenders was done by researchers at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University School of [...]The post Religious youths are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol appeared first on PsyPost.
How age alters our immune response to bereavement Young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one, according to new research from the University of Birmingham, providing insight into how different generations cope with loss. The study, published in the journal Immunity and Ageing, shows how the balance of our stress hormones during grief changes as we age [...]The post How age alters our immune response to bereavement appeared first on PsyPost.
Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids Paying attention all day in school as a kid isn’t easy, especially for those who are at a higher risk of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A new study from Michigan State University and University of Vermont researchers shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing the [...]The post Exercise before school may reduce ADHD symptoms in kids appeared first on PsyPost.
6 Ways To Deal With The Pathological Liar Have you ever communicated with a person who seemed to live in a fantasy world where everything said “felt” false? What about having an experience with a person who always seems mysterious and nothing they say ever comes to fusion? Well…if so, you might have been dealing with a sociopath...
Mysteries of Biography A new book about Sigmund Freud and a documentary about the musician Nick Cave shed some light on the nature of biography.
Embracing Death in Life Deprived of a sense of peace regarding our mortality, we suffer self-imposed existential homelessness.
Six Lessons Preschoolers Learn about Personality Learning about personality isn't just child's play...
Are You Affected By Public Service Announcements: Remember – “This Is Your Brain on Drugs or the Rachael Leigh Brain on Heroin?” You may not remember the PSA for the: “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign.  I remember these Public Service Announcements from 1980′s.  I think due to the simplicity and effectiveness of the message…they got...
3 Thorny Obstacles to Being Authentic We long for intimate connections, which are essential for our emotional and physical health. But oftentimes we don’t know how to create the connections we desire. Summoning the courage to reveal what we’re experiencing inside allows people to see us and know us. Showing our authentic heart rather than blaming,...
Brain structure could predict risky behavior Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, health, and safety at risk without a thought. Researchers have found that the volume of the parietal cortex in the brain could predict where people fall on the risk-taking spectrum.
Agents, social encounters and hallucinated voices I’ve written a piece for the new PLOS Neuro Community about how the social aspects of hallucinated voices tend to be ignored and how we might go about making it more central in psychology and neuroscience. It came about because the PLOS Neuro Community have asked authors of popular papers to write a more gentle […]
Estrogen receptor expression may help explain why more males have autism The same sex hormone that helps protect females from stroke may also reduce their risk of autism, scientists say. In the first look at a potential role of the female sex hormone in autism, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University have found expression of estrogen receptor beta – which enables [...]The post Estrogen receptor expression may help explain why more males have autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Liberal countries have more satisfied citizens while conservatives are happier individuals People living in more liberal countries are happier on average than those in less liberal countries, but individually, conservatives are happier than liberals no matter where they live, according to a study of people in 16 Western European countries. “Liberal governments tend to do more to shield citizens against certain hardships, such as unemployment and [...]The post Liberal countries have more satisfied citizens while conservatives are happier individuals appeared first on PsyPost.
New molecular target is key to enhanced brain plasticity As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it kills brain cells mainly in the hippocampus and cortex, leading to impairments in “neuroplasticity,” the mechanism that affects learning, memory, and thinking. Targeting these areas of the brain, scientists hope to stop or slow the decline in brain plasticity, providing a novel way to treat Alzheimer’s. Groundbreaking new research has [...]The post New molecular target is key to enhanced brain plasticity appeared first on PsyPost.
Domestic Violence: A New System to Repair the Pain The Ray Rice video has put a renewed spotlight on domestic violence. The Department of Justice reports: ■ Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. ■ Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. ■ Everyday...
Positive outlook and social support help diabetes patients cope A positive outlook and support from people around them help patients with diabetes cope with psychosocial challenges of the disease, according to an international study that included researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. A better understanding of the emotional, psychological and social challenges people with diabetes face could improve health outcomes. The Second Diabetes [...]The post Positive outlook and social support help diabetes patients cope appeared first on PsyPost.
Poverty, not bias, explains racial/ethnic differences in child abuse Poverty—rather than biased reporting—seems to account for the higher rates of child abuse and neglect among black children, reports a study in the September Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. States with a [...]The post Poverty, not bias, explains racial/ethnic differences in child abuse appeared first on PsyPost.
Xenon gas protects the brain after head injury Treatment with xenon gas after a head injury reduces the extent of brain damage, according to a study in mice. Head injury is the leading cause of death and disability in people aged under 45 in developed countries, mostly resulting from falls and road accidents. The primary injury caused by the initial mechanical force is [...]The post Xenon gas protects the brain after head injury appeared first on PsyPost.
Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests. An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence for people being addicted to the chemical substances in certain foods. The brain does not respond to nutrients in [...]The post Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says appeared first on PsyPost.
Gambling is just plain fun for those players who are in control People who are in control of their gambling habits play for fun and like the idea of possibly winning big. They set limits on how much money and time they can spend, and they are likely to gamble on the internet. But gambling is just one of several leisure activities these players undertake. In contrast, [...]The post Gambling is just plain fun for those players who are in control appeared first on PsyPost.