|Psychology Around the Net: September 6, 2014
||From nude celebrity photos to learning how to up your happiness on the job, we have all the latest psychology-related news around the ‘net today. Psychology Behind Hacking and Sharing Nude Celebrity Photos: Why the reasons might seem obvious, the appeal actually has a psychological basis. Reframing Your Way to...
|MS breakthrough: switching off aggressive cells stops body from attacking itself
||By Bronwen Burton, University of Bristol The immune system is there to protect us from threats and infections. But to be healthy, it also needs to be tolerant of an individual’s own tissues that are harmless. If it can’t do this, the immune system does the very opposite of what it’s supposed to do – [...]The post MS breakthrough: switching off aggressive cells stops body from attacking itself appeared first on PsyPost.
|How to thrive through close relationships
||Close and caring relationships are undeniably linked to health and well-being for all ages. Previous research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better physical and mental health and lower mortality rates. However, exactly how meaningful relationships affect health has remained less clear. In a new paper, Carnegie Mellon University’s Brooke Feeney and University [...]The post How to thrive through close relationships appeared first on PsyPost.
|Caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity does not have long-term harmful effects on sleep
||Caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity has no long-term harmful effects on sleep or control of breathing, according to a new study of 201 preterm children assessed at ages 5-12, the first study in humans to examine the long-term effects of neonatal caffeine treatment on sleep regulation and ventilatory control. “Animal studies have suggested that [...]The post Caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity does not have long-term harmful effects on sleep appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain mechanism underlying the recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind
||Does a distinctive mechanism work in the brain of congenitally blind individuals when understanding and learning others’ gestures? Or does the same mechanism as with sighted individuals work? Japanese researchers figured out that activated brain regions of congenitally blind individuals and activated brain regions of sighted individuals share common regions when recognizing human hand gestures. [...]The post Brain mechanism underlying the recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind appeared first on PsyPost.
|Stigma as a barrier to mental health care
||Over 60 million Americans are thought to experience mental illness in a given year, and the impacts of mental illness are undoubtedly felt by millions more in the form of family members, friends, and coworkers. Despite the availability of effective evidence-based treatment, about 40% of individuals with serious mental illness do not receive care and [...]The post Stigma as a barrier to mental health care appeared first on PsyPost.
|Past sexual assault triples risk of future assault for college women
||Disturbing news for women on college campuses: a new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) indicates that female college students who are victims of sexual assault are at a much higher risk of becoming victims again. In fact, researchers found that college women who experienced severe sexual victimization were three [...]The post Past sexual assault triples risk of future assault for college women appeared first on PsyPost.
||I’ve just found a 2008 review article on the multisensory perception of flavour that is full of fascinating examples of taste illusions and demonstrates the surprisingly complexity of the gustatory system. The following is one of my favourites. The article first makes the interesting observation that the majority of odour names refer to objects and […]
|The Value of Stillness
||What is the value of stillness? We are indoctrinated with media in a traditional format, television and newspapers, and more informally with social media, Facebook. But what does it really mean to experience stillness and how does taking the time to implement stillness into our lives benefit us? After thinking...
|CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, It’s
||CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, it’s been canceled! I mean hate it with a passion that would make water boil, for it’s blatant stereotypical “bipolar disorder” or the fact that it just had a predictable storyline with periodical drama-less drama. Not just the over the top “sex-crazed...
|When the Listening/Talking Ratio is Out of Whack
||If you find that you do most of the listening in your relationships, perhaps it's time to consider your role in the dynamic.
|Being Happy As An Artist
||“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring one: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists need to be suffering with dark emotions, and need their pain to create. But that is a wrong and destructive idea....
|When offering someone a job hurts more than it helps
||A sociologist has made the surprising discovery that unsolicited job leads can increase symptoms of depression in people who are employed full-time or happy with their financial status.
|Our Sense Of Free Will Diminishes When We Need To Pee Or Desire Sex
Embodied cognition theory states that our thoughts and emotions are profoundly affected by our physical bodies. A new study takes this idea further, claiming that our bodily states — particularly when they're urgent — can even influence our metaphysical beliefs....
|It’s the Little Things That Lead to Happiness
||What’s the best part of your day? For me, it’s waking up early and having coffee on my porch as I watch the sun rise. There’s just something calming about this little morning ritual. I never miss it, it’s truly one of the highlights of my day. Of course there...
|Brain mechanism underlying recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind
||Researchers have discovered that activated brain regions of congenitally blind individuals and activated brain regions of sighted individuals share common regions when recognizing human hand gestures. They indicated that a region of the neural network that recognizes others' hand gestures is formed in the same way even without visual information.
|Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication Demonstrated Over The Internet
Messages sent from India to France, directly from one human brain to another.
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|To See Who Holds The Power In Your Relationships, Check Your Old Emails
Power dynamics are everywhere, from our personal relationships to our professional ones. Do you know where do you stand in yours? Here's a little psychology experiment you can run at home. Finding out could be as simple as reading through your old e-mails. ...
|Love All That Is
||Love all that is. Even stone. Even stone is awareness. Living consciousness awareness. It (stone) is a slow kind of awareness, too slow for the quick, liquid mind that we – modern-day apes – are. But all (you and all this other nameless stuff of the Universe) autopoietic entities know...