||Creativity is important and fun. Now let’s look at the dark side. Can it drive a wedge between us?
|Knowing What You've Never Learned
||What theory could possibly account for suddenly knowing something – intensively, thoroughly, and often obsessively – that you’ve never been taught? This is what happens with prodigies and savants.
|Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations
||Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. This is according to a study from Umeå University in Sweden published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. A fundamental characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, so-called first-order neurons in the tactile system, is that they branch in [...]The post Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations appeared first on PsyPost.
|Is pot safer? Study compares consequences of teen alcohol and marijuana use
||The study found that for high school seniors, alcohol consumption led to unsafe driving and compromised relationships with peers, while marijuana consumption was found to compromise relationships with authority figures Growing public support for marijuana legalization in the U.S. has led to public debate about whether marijuana is “safer” than other substances, such as alcohol. [...]The post Is pot safer? Study compares consequences of teen alcohol and marijuana use appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain-training isn’t just a modern phenomenon, the Edwardians were also fans
||By Benjamin Katz, University of Michigan Brain-training programmes are all the rage. They are part of a growing digital brain-health industry that earned more than US$1 billion in revenue in 2012 and is estimated to reach US$6 billion by 2020. The extent to which they actually improve brain function remains hotly debated. But there is [...]The post Brain-training isn’t just a modern phenomenon, the Edwardians were also fans appeared first on PsyPost.
|We’re self-obsessed – but do we understand the nature of the self?
||By Michael Allen Fox, University of New England We live in an age of self-obsession. Everywhere we look, we encounter a preoccupation with self-interest, self-development, self-image, self-satisfaction, self-love, self-expression, self-confidence, self-help, self-acceptance … the list goes on. An internet headline sounds a warning: Facebook and Twitter are creating a vain generation of self-obsessed people with [...]The post We’re self-obsessed – but do we understand the nature of the self? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Training your brain to prefer healthy foods
||It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan [...]The post Training your brain to prefer healthy foods appeared first on PsyPost.
|So I Got My Test Back; Now What?
||Dear Friends, It’s such a shame that in our culture testing has such a bad name. The dad of one of my students is a physician; he recalls that: Medical school is all about being tested. We were constantly quizzing, taking tests, and flipping flash cards (each flash card is...
|Lady Valor: Kristin Beck, gender-role freedom and love
||Lady Valor, airing this Thursday, is an inspiring CNN documentary about transgender activist Kristin Beck. As a decorated Navy Seal, Christopher Beck crossed enemy lines to fight for freedom. As Kristin, she crosses equally scary enemy lines; the gender taboos that hold all of us back from full self-expression and deeper intimacy.
|Is It Guilt or Shame?
||I started this column about guilt — why it stalks me. Why, no matter how hard I try to be a good girl, I can’t get rid of the knot in my stomach that says I’ve been busted, just like I was with a bottle of vodka at band camp...
|Past-Gazer Versus Future-Gazer
||The other night I was watching something…..I think it might have been “Longmire” but don’t quote me on that. Speaking of which, while watching, I paused the show to write down this great quote: There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it….only a present that builds...
|How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music
How you can get that beautiful chills-down-the-spine feeling.
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||Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN): A parent’s failure to respond enough to a child’s emotional needs. “After reading Running on Empty I told my therapist that I’m pretty sure I was emotionally neglected as a child. He understood what I meant but he never mentioned it again”. “I’ve been seeing my...
|Relationship Test: 31 Questions to Ask
||Wondering how healthy is your relationship? Here are 31 questions to ask yourself about you and your partner. Free and interactive self-assessment quiz.
|#114 When Home Becomes a Holy Place
||Our model of commitment, connection, and balance would never survive without the recognition of the intangible aspect of human souls and the indefinable structure that is created when they are joined as a family. Somewhere along the way, I came to understand that elusive nature and I caught a glimpse...
|When a Friend Struggles with Anxiety, Fear, and Depression
||What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the...
|16 Quirks Of ADHD
||We are unique. We are unusual. We are people with ADHD. Some people say we’re no more creative then others. Well, we may not be more creative, but if we aren’t, we are more likely to let our creativity flow unchecked. I call that a plus, though it does often...
|The One Thing You can Do Right Now to Grow Younger
||In his 1982 hit “Jack and Diane”, rock singer John Mellencamp describes two high-school sweethearts, who are oblivious to the inevitable awakening of adulthood, waiting around the corner. In the famous chorus, using only a handful of words, Mellencamp conveys one of the saddest processes that many people experience: “Oh...
|4 Types of Subtle Manipulation
||Manipulation can be very subtle. We often talk about how manipulative addicts are. And in particular we talk about how sex addicts manipulate others in order to avoid discovery, throw their partner off the scent and “gaslight” their partners. In gaslighting, a term taken from the 1944 movie Gaslight, a...
|Why plants in the office make us more productive
||‘Green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery, new research shows. In the first field study of its kind, published today, researchers found enriching a ‘lean’ office with plants could increase productivity by 15%. The team examined the impact of ‘lean’ and ‘green’ offices on staff’s perceptions [...]The post Why plants in the office make us more productive appeared first on PsyPost.