|Self Doubt: Challenging Negative Assumptions about Yourself
||Client: “I believed that my judgment couldn’t be trusted.” Therapist: “That’s right. That was something you have come to accept as ‘fact’. You didn’t question it rationally or objectively when you were a child. And you never went back to check it out as an adult” Client: “I’ve been struggling...
|emotional association of memories changed by researchers
||By manipulating neural circuits in the brain of mice, scientists have altered the emotional associations of specific memories. The research reveals that the connections between the part of the brain that stores contextual information about an experience and the part of the brain that stores the emotional memory of that experience are malleable.
|Neuroscientists reverse memories' emotional associations: Brain circuit that links feelings to memories manipulated
||Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings. A new study from neuroscientists reveals the brain circuit that controls how memories become linked with positive or negative emotions.
|Flexing the brain: Why learning tasks can be difficult
||Learning a new skill is easier when it is related to an ability we already have. For example, a trained pianist can learn a new melody easier than learning how to hit a tennis serve. Scientists have discovered a fundamental constraint in the brain that may explain why this happens.
|Impact of cultural diversity in brain injury research
||The implications for cultural diversity and cultural competence in brain injury research and rehabilitation has been the focus of recent study. Risk for brain injury is higher among minorities, as is the likelihood for poorer outcomes. More research is needed to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes among minorities with brain injury, experts say.
|Myth: When It Comes To Relationships, Security is Always
||The notion that great marriages are not about comfort and security isn’t news to those of us who have been married for a while or anyone who has ever been in a stagnant relationship. While the idea that formalizing a commitment to a shred partnership may be news to those...
|Why You Might Not Take Your Partner's Perspective
||First comes love, then comes the realization that we are navigating life’s journey with another person who may have different thoughts, feelings, and beliefs than us. Perspective-taking is a fundamental social skill that helps us smoothly steer through the many bumps in the road, unfortunately not everyone is good at perspective-taking.
|Serotonin deficiency? Study throws into question long-held belief about depression
||New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin -- a chemical messenger in the brain -- plays a central role in depression. Scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been 'depressed' by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.
|Staying Present When the Babysitter Calls Out Sick
||The babysitter called in sick yesterday. Actually, she texted in sick. (For the record, I have come to dread any texts that come in before 8 AM.) I had spent my shower planning out the work I was going to get done once she showed up (so much for mindful awareness,...
|We All Need to Take it Easy Sometimes
||This past few weeks has been pretty chaotic for me. Money has been an issue, I moved to a new city, my nephew was born, I got a new writing job, I had my 29th birthday, I had to housesit for a while and on top of everything else I’ve...
|The Item of Clothing That Can Help People Feel Less Angry
How to turn that frown upside down.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Follow the Breadcrumbs of Metaphor into a Child’s Trauma
||How do children experience trauma? How do they report it? How can we help to treat it? The questions are especially complex within a framework where we could do more harm than good if we’re not careful....
|Is This a First for Humans? People Eat Alone
||What could be more sociable than the act of sharing a meal or a drink? For years, I’ve been researching and writing about one particular variety of eating alone – dining alone in restaurants. I have found that people are often very self-conscious about dining solo. They think other people...
||It’s almost school time for a lot of us and to be honest I can’t wait for the summer to be over. The kiddos are getting bored and I’m running out of ideas to keep them happy. That said, the start of the school year can be mighty tough on...
|Video Games and Risky Behavior
||One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior.
|8 Building Blocks for Resilience
||Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and change, to bounce back and rebound from negative experiences and the wear and tear of daily life. Resilience is a skills set that may be learned and practiced and benefits grow and accumulate over time. These are a few of the...
|All Apples Are Round! ADHD Thoughts
||I detest false logic. I particularly detest its use in the marketing of so called “ADHD cures.” You know the stuff I’m talking about, “My son goes wild whenever he eats certain foods. My son has ADHD. Therefore, if you keep your child from eating these foods your problems will...
|Young children’s sipping/tasting of alcohol reflects parental modeling
||Previous research had determined that whether or not a child sips or tastes alcohol is associated with the child’s attitude toward sipping and with a family environment supportive of alcohol use. This study extends this former research to examine antecedent predictors of childhood initiation of sipping or tasting alcohol. Findings indicate that initiation of sipping/tasting [...]The post Young children’s sipping/tasting of alcohol reflects parental modeling appeared first on PsyPost.
|Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with later excess weight/obesity during adolescence
||Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refer to a range of disabilities, and include individuals with neurocognitive impairments as well as growth irregularities ranging from deficient to normal. However, very little is known about the prevalence of excessive weight and obesity as components of FASD in the long-term. A study examining body mass index (BMI) in [...]The post Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with later excess weight/obesity during adolescence appeared first on PsyPost.
|Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts
||Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users, McMaster University research has shown. In a paper published today by the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers say addiction treatment may need to change to address the side-effect. The study found men using methadone, which is used for opioid addiction [...]The post Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts appeared first on PsyPost.