|A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-
||A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-hour rule" – the idea that "deliberate practice" of any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert at that skill. Fiona Rutherford breaks down the results over at NewStatesman....
|Losing weight won’t make you happy: study
||In a study of 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK, people who lost 5% or more of their initial body weight over four years showed significant changes in markers of physical health, but were more likely to report depressed mood than those who stayed within 5% of their original weight. The research, published [...]The post Losing weight won’t make you happy: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?
||Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions [...]The post In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions? appeared first on PsyPost.
|From happiness to pain: Understanding serotonin’s function
||In a study published today (August 22nd), in the scientific journal PLoS One, researchers at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme establish the effect of serotonin on sensitivity to pain using a combination of advanced genetic and optical techniques. “Serotonin is a small molecule known to be implicated in a wide range of brain functions, from the control [...]The post From happiness to pain: Understanding serotonin’s function appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
||The onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease could be reduced, according to the findings of a two-year project headed by University of Huddersfield scientist Dr Olumayokun [...]The post Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s appeared first on PsyPost.
|Use a rule of thumb to control how much wine you drink
||Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That’s the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy. Laura Smarandescu, lead author [...]The post Use a rule of thumb to control how much wine you drink appeared first on PsyPost.
|The Risks of Distracted Living
||By now, we all know the risks of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year thousands of people die in car crashes where the driver was occupied in something other than driving, mostly texting on their phones. A driver who is texting is 23 times...
|Heartbreak Happens: Get Over It!
||Don’t let one setback stop you from finding love and happiness in the rest of your life. Life is a series of events. I want you to look at that statement, and then I want you to read it again. Life is a series of events. In fact, I want...
|Some People Love Conflict and Drama
||I used to have this problem with this restaurant behind me. When I would attempt to ask for their help to resolve the issue, they would either ignore me or react with screaming and yelling. It was a resolvable issue and I often wondered why they didn’t just resolve it...
|Obsessive ‘sharenting’ could be more than digital narcissism
||By Sarah Martindale, University of Nottingham It’s summer and Facebook news feeds are awash with idyllic, sun-drenched snapshots of family life. This kind of “sharenting” is bigger than ever but we rarely stop to think about whether it is appropriate, why we do it and whether we might use social media for something less self-indulgent. [...]The post Obsessive ‘sharenting’ could be more than digital narcissism appeared first on PsyPost.
|Why People Are So Mean to Immigrant Children
||The current wave of hostility toward the influx of Central American children has its psychic roots in, first, a need to project unacceptable needs and shameful vulnerabilities onto others who then become the "enemy," and, second, by scapegoating these children, some people feel a momentary sense of community based on an "us-vs-them" or "insider-outsider" experience.
|Life is Like a Game of Tetris
||I always loved the game of Tetris as a kid. I don’t allow myself the time to play it so much anymore, but maybe it would be a useful practice now and then. Tetris, while a game of speed and strategy, also teaches us acceptance, flexibility, and gratitude if we...
|16 Quick Surefire Tips For Handling Stubborn People
||Suggestions for debate management made as simple as possible but no simpler.
|The One Thing That Is Holding You Back, And
||“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ― E.E. Cummings I think everyone has a limit on what they are comfortable doing and when they feel out of their element. Even that “adrenaline junky” who thrives on taking big risks probably has some area of life where...
|Creating Your Nourishing List of Yes
||Last week I talked about the power of saying no, and shared examples of requests, activities, habits and ideas we can say no to. Because saying no gives us the time, space and energy to say yes to what truly nourishes and serves us. But what are those things for...
|Creating Shared Memories
||When we think about memory, we often focus on situations in which we encounter some information and then recall it later. In many situations, though, after we encounter the information, we talk about it with other people. That creates a shared recollection. This can happen both socially and in education situations.
|5 Attachment-Based Activities to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships
||I tried to teach my child with books. He gave me only puzzled looks. I used clear words to discipline, But I never seemed to win. Despairingly, I turned aside. “How shall I reach this child?” I cried. Into my hand he put the key: “Come,” he said, “Play with...
|Ecstasy by the Numbers: 869,000 New Users of an
||According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 16 million people have used ecstasy at some point in their life, and during the 2012 year, 869,000 people used ecstasy for the first time, far higher than the number of new LSD and PCP users combined. The...
|10 Things Parents Wish Educators Knew about Eating Disorders
||1. Eating disorders are real and deadly illnesses and having one is not a choice. Your reaction, as an administrator or teacher, to a disclosure of an eating disorder should be the same as if you were told a child had leukemia. Certain eating disorders have a mortality rate as high as...
|How Unwanted Negative Thoughts Could Be Treated By Changing Memories
Cutting-edge research explores how memories can be modified after recall.
Hope for effectively treating unwanted negative thoughts may come from new techniques that can alter vivid, long-established memories.
Unwanted negative thoughts are core components of problems like addictions and...
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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