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Anticipating experience-based purchases more enjoyable than material ones To get the most enjoyment out of our dollar, science tells us to focus our discretionary spending on trips over TVs, on concerts over clothing, since experiences tend to bring more enduring pleasure than do material goods. New research shows that the enjoyment we derive from experiential purchases may begin before we even buy. The findings are published in Psychological [...]The post Anticipating experience-based purchases more enjoyable than material ones appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows 25 percent fewer opioid-related deaths in states allowing medical marijuana On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain. A new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal [...]The post Study shows 25 percent fewer opioid-related deaths in states allowing medical marijuana appeared first on PsyPost.
Yellow pigment in eye may aid vision through haze Individuals with greater amounts of yellow pigment in the eye may be better able to see distant objects in hazy conditions, suggests a study in the September issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. Increased macular pigment [...]The post Yellow pigment in eye may aid vision through haze appeared first on PsyPost.
New research: Parents of anxious children can avoid the ‘protection trap’ Parents naturally comfort their children when they are scared, but new research shows that some reactions may actually reinforce their children’s feelings of anxiety. A new Arizona State University study shows that parents whose children suffer from anxiety often fall into the “protection trap” that may influence their child’s behavior. The paper, “Variations in the [...]The post New research: Parents of anxious children can avoid the ‘protection trap’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Learning by watching, toddlers show intuitive understanding of probability Most people know children learn many skills simply by watching people around them. Without explicit instructions youngsters know to do things like press a button to operate the television and twist a knob to open a door. Now researchers have taken this further, finding that children as young as age 2 intuitively use mathematical concepts [...]The post Learning by watching, toddlers show intuitive understanding of probability appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Chick Flix Rules For Finding and Sustaining True Love Rule Number One: Be physically perfect. Right, so let's move on to the other rules because they're the source of true and lasting romantic chemistry in the movies and real life too.
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Grieving the Loss of Time Sometimes starting a new life can bring up grief and regret for the old life. While I am happy to have new experiences without the pain and anxiety of the past, it makes me wish there had been more of it. Time is such a tricky aspect of the human...
The Unplug Challenge Technology has become so engrained into our lives, that its hard to imagine what it was like before the industry boom.  A few days ago, I heard some media source say, “if you were born before 1985 then you were the last generation to remember what it was like before...
Why Do We Pay It Forward? What happens when customers are given the choice to pay whatever they want for a product? A new research article recently published in the Journal of Personality ad Social Psychology may provide the answer.
Frustrated Scientist Makes Movie Elaine Aron, Ph.D., okays a documentary about high sensitivity—here's how you can help.
#113 Achieving Balance in the Family The third element of our model, balance, is essential but difficult to achieve because it is also an action concept. Sometimes we are up and sometimes we are down. But if all the weight or all the power is on one side, the system will be out of balance and...
Mindfulness training beneficial for the memory impaired and their caregivers Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study. “The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members and caregivers,” said study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology [...]The post Mindfulness training beneficial for the memory impaired and their caregivers appeared first on PsyPost.
Exposure to toxins makes great granddaughters more susceptible to stress Scientists have known that toxic effects of substances known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), found in both natural and human-made materials, can pass from one generation to the next, but new research shows that females with ancestral exposure to EDC may show especially adverse reactions to stress. According to a new study by researchers from [...]The post Exposure to toxins makes great granddaughters more susceptible to stress appeared first on PsyPost.
Bipolar II: Walking & Talking Some people used to think I was a jerk by the way I walked. If I were with a friend I would walk which, according to them, was speed walking. “Slow down” would often scream out of their mouths. I would have to stop in my tracks turn and wait,...
Five supplements that may help with depression By Jerome Sarris, University of Melbourne Over two-thirds of Australians are thought to use complementary medicines ranging from vitamin and mineral supplements to herbal to aromatherapy and homeopathic products. Mental health concerns are one of the reasons why people use supplements, but are they really useful? While there’s evidence for the efficacy of some supplements [...]The post Five supplements that may help with depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) Monitoring An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain. EEG Shows Different Brain Waves in ADHD Subtypes Electroencephalography (EEG) EEG Used as Diagnostic Tool for Autism    ...
A long childhood feeds the hungry human brain The long-standing mystery of why human children grow so slowly compared with our closest animal relatives has been addressed by new research. A study has shown that energy funneled to the brain dominates the human body's metabolism early in life and is likely the reason why humans grow at a pace more typical of a reptile than a mammal during childhood.
Taung Child's brain development not human-like? CT scan casts doubt on similarity to that of modern humans By subjecting the skull of the famous Taung Child to the latest CT scan technology, researchers are now casting doubt on theories that Australopithecus africanus shows the same cranial adaptations found in modern human infants and toddlers.
How Much Innuendo Do Kids Understand? Almost all of us have, as adults, gone back to the stuff we watched as a kid and realized it contained some "dirty" stuff that went over our heads. Innuendo in kids comedies is pretty common. But how much innuendo do kids understand?...