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Learning to read: tricking the brain While reading, children and adults alike must avoid confusing mirror-image letters (like b/d or p/q). Why is it difficult to differentiate these letters? When learning to read, our brain must be able to inhibit the mirror-generalization process, a mechanism that facilitates the recognition of identical objects regardless of their orientation, but also prevents the brain [...]The post Learning to read: tricking the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
No ADHD Excuses … Well, Maybe Just One To those of you who noticed that I missed publishing my blog on Friday, I have a good excuse. I have ADHD. No, I’m not going to tell you that I forgot, I’ve got a better imagination than that. I’m going to tell you a wee bit of a story....
Dealing with Insults: Don’t Take Anything Personally My friend is waiting for a table at a local restaurant. She is one of those table stalkers, who intuitively knows who is getting up when. She’s been hovering over a certain table for a good half hour. She is most certain the table is hers until some guy comes...
How to Stop Your Mind Wandering “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will." -- William James Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression Meditation: The Minimum Amount That Works Mindfulness: 6 Steps to Better Memory, Verbal Reasoning and Improved Concentration Meditation Benefits: 10 Ways It Helps Your Mind Meditation Can Reduce Loneliness in the Elderly
The Pros and Cons of Psychotropic Medications Many people think I am anti-medication.  In some ways, I am—and in many others, absolutely not. It’s a tricky balance – one that takes into account wanting to feel better quickly, but one that also takes into account the risk and cost of medications and even the risk that comes with...
Eight Ways to Handle a Narcissist People with narcissistic personality tendencies, who constantly need to see themselves as the center of attention, can be annoying to say the least. If you care about someone whose narcissism tends to get out of control, these 8 strategies will help you keep their egos, and your anger, under control.
Security Online: Do You Have to Be a Married As we all do more and more of our banking and shopping and business online, a particular kind of question is becoming ubiquitous – the security question. These are questions presumably written so as to be relevant to the vast majority of the people who will be answering them. That...
Standing Up for Yourself It’s not an easy thing to do, especially if your parents never modeled it for you or if you’re in relationships where you tend to feel devalued.  But assertiveness is a skill you can learn, no matter how old you are.  Here’s how to start. 1)  Recognize that being silent...
DMT: Gateway to Reality, Fantasy or What? The bizarre phenomenon of encounters with non-human entities under the influence of DMT has inspired both mystical and scientific speculations. Greater understanding of the psychological and personality characteristics of DMT users might help shed light on this curious phenomenon.
Psychology Around the Net: August 30, 2014 Do you care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease and wonder how you can better help them — and yourself — make it day by day? What about a fear of asking for advice? Ever heard of sleep drunkenness? We have it all and more in this week’s Psychology Around...
Generation Y: From Team Members to Leaders How does the new generation of workers transform itself into leaders? In her new book, Becoming the Boss, Lindsey Pollak offers Gen Y readers advice to help them grow from team members to team leaders. Pollak is here to share some of that advice, with special angles for introverts.
Depression vs Feeling Sorry for Yourself I got some comments regarding me last blog post, “Stop feeling sorry for yourself!” Some people found what I had to say offensive. I didn’t mean to offend though was not surprised by the reaction that came my way. I understand where you are coming from, but depression and feeling sorry...
A torrent of accidental poems Neurology journal Neurocase has an interesting study of a women who started compulsively writing poetry after having brief epileptic amnesia treated with the anti-seizure drug lamotrigine. A 76-year-old woman reported having a poor memory and short periods of disorientation and was eventually diagnosed with transient epileptic amnesia – brief recurrent seizures that lead to short […]
Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain After a systematic review of clinical trials based on administering antidepressants for acute and chronic postsurgical pain, researchers have concluded that more trials are needed to determine whether these drugs should be prescribed for postsurgical pain on a regular basis. Dr. Ian Gilron, a professor and director of clinical pain research in the Department of [...]The post Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain appeared first on PsyPost.
How Alzheimer’s peptides shut down cellular powerhouses The failing in the work of nerve cells: An international team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Chris Meisinger from the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Freiburg has discovered how Alzheimer’s disease damages mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell. For several years researchers have known that the cellular energy supply [...]The post How Alzheimer’s peptides shut down cellular powerhouses appeared first on PsyPost.
A Day in the Country I thought I was allergic to life beyond the city limits. A recent visit to a rural small town helped broaden my perspective.
Vedic Psychology 101 You are not this body. That is the Vedic Psychology 101. When you get this, much changes. Almost too much. Here’s Swami Bhaktipada on this point and then a word or two from yours truly: “I am this body.” This is the greatest mistake of all, the mistake underlying all...
Research Reveals Psychological Key to Weight Loss With 25% of the adult population of England and 33% of Americans tipping the scales of obesity, researchers are now investigating the psychology of weight loss success and body image. They want to determine what makes the difference between success and failure, from a scientific point of view. The Technical...
A Reflection on Robin Williams’ Death I spoke with a friend several days after the shocking news that Robin Williams had committed suicide. How could this beloved actor and storied comedian, my friend wondered, not understand or care that fans around the world adored him? And why, he further inquired, wasn’t that alone reason enough to...
Lack of naturally occuring protein linked to dementia Scientists at the University of Warwick have provided the first evidence that the lack of a naturally occurring protein is linked to early signs of dementia. Published in Nature Communications, the research found that the absence of the protein MK2/3 promotes structural and physiological changes to cells in the nervous system. These changes were shown to [...]The post Lack of naturally occuring protein linked to dementia appeared first on PsyPost.