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5 TV Characters Distracting Themselves A recent study conducted by Timothy Wilson, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia, looked at our ability to occupy ourselves with our own thoughts as opposed to the plethora of modern technological options we tend to entertain ourselves with. Dr. Wilson asked participants to put away distractions and focus instead...
4 Ways to Build a Thriving Practice in an Since the economic downturn of 2008, my practice has experienced significant growth. I attribute that growth to these four strategies. Our economy took a turn for the worse in 2008, stock market crashed, and many companies were forced to downsize.  It was a hard time for many Americans, financially and...
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Find Motivation to Get Through Your Day with Less I came across this video the other day. Eric Thomas (the speaker in the video) has such a great message. Although this video does not directly relate to children’s therapy, it is so inspiring that I felt the desire to share it with my readers. For anyone who struggles at...
Scientists go looking for an actual ‘Homo economicus’ — and find a few The hyper-rational and absolutely self-interested person — the Homo economicus — is used as model for behavior in certain schools of economic theory. But do people really consistently act in a rational and self-interested way? It turns out, a minority of people do, according to new research published in Psychological Science. Japanese researchers found that a sample of 446 nonstudent adults living in the [...]The post Scientists go looking for an actual ‘Homo economicus’ — and find a few appeared first on PsyPost.
Does Social media give people an illogical sense of Social Networks connect with the world Social Networks connect with the world – not just via websites or forums or email, but directly to people. Sharing everything from your most important thoughts like, on twitter you might tweet: “I just got up and I’m hungry.” Or post a photo on...
You'll probably have a better day if you strike up a conversation with a stranger on the bus or trai You'll probably have a better day if you strike up a conversation with a stranger on the bus or train. New psychological research shows that commuters mostly believed that talking to strangers would make their journeys worse, but discovered after doing it that it almost always made them better....
8 Ways You Can Avoid Turning Help into Hurt Fortunately, we live in a society in which helpfulness and kindness are fairly common values. We typically consult with our friends on our troubles, help a neighbor out and offer problem-solving assistance to our spouses, family and friends. This is a beautiful thing. However, if we are not mindful, helpfulness...
3 Ways to Tell if Someone is Stuck When trauma happens, there’s a fissure between then and now. I’ve had the sense that I’m a different person before and after and I’ve heard this echoed from others. Most people who experience a trauma event don’t develop PTSD, but for most everyone recovery can still take some time while...
Study reveals how to be socially successful: Recognize when the rules change Romantic, personal and professional relationships are fraught with danger, but a University of Queensland researcher has found the secret to interacting successfully with others in such settings. A study co-authored by Professor Bill von Hippel from UQ’s School of Psychology has found it is crucial to recognise when the rules of social engagement shift in [...]The post Study reveals how to be socially successful: Recognize when the rules change appeared first on PsyPost.
Resistance training can produce reliable and robust decreases in anxiety Weight lifting and other types of resistance training produce “reliable and robust decreases in anxiety,” but only when the exercises are performed at moderate-to-low intensities, according to a review of the current scientific research published July 10 in Frontiers in Psychology. “Numerous studies have documented the beneficial effects of resistance exercise on strength and performance-related outcomes, [...]The post Resistance training can produce reliable and robust decreases in anxiety appeared first on PsyPost.
Anti-aging protein Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer’s disease, study finds Boston University School of Medicine researchers may have found a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They discovered that pre-treatment of neurons with the anti-aging protein Klotho can prevent neuron death in the presence of the toxic amyloid protein and glutamate. These findings currently appear in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Alzheimer’s disease [...]The post Anti-aging protein Klotho is neuroprotective against Alzheimer’s disease, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Physicists create tool to foresee language destruction impact and thus prevent it There have been numerous cases of cultural changes throughout history. Either by imposition or assimilation, cultural traits are transmitted between neighbouring regions and often one replaces the original cultural traits of the other. Physicists Joaquim Fort, from the University of Girona (UdG), and Neus Isern, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), are experts in [...]The post Physicists create tool to foresee language destruction impact and thus prevent it appeared first on PsyPost.
Jackson Laboratory researchers find new mechanism for neurodegeneration A research team led by Jackson Laboratory Professor and Howard Hughes Investigator Susan Ackerman, Ph.D., have pinpointed a surprising mechanism behind neurodegeneration in mice, one that involves a defect in a key component of the cellular machinery that makes proteins, known as transfer RNA or tRNA. The researchers report in the journal Science that a mutation in [...]The post Jackson Laboratory researchers find new mechanism for neurodegeneration appeared first on PsyPost.
Using media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure It seems common practice. After a long day at work, sometimes you just want to turn on the TV or play a video game to relax, decompress. This is supposed to make you feel better. But, a recent study published in the Journal of Communication, by researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, and VU [...]The post Using media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of guilt and failure appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers uncover an unexpected role for endostatin in the nervous system Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered that endostatin, a protein that once aroused intense interest as a possible cancer treatment, plays a key role in the stable functioning of the nervous system. A substance that occurs naturally in the body, endostatin potently blocks the formation of new blood vessels. In studies in mice [...]The post Researchers uncover an unexpected role for endostatin in the nervous system appeared first on PsyPost.
New research: It hurts your relationship to think ‘we were made for each other’ Aristotle said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Poetic as it is, thinking that you and your partner were made in heaven for each other can hurt your relationship, says a new study. Psychologists observe that people talk and think about love in apparently limitless ways but underlying such diversity are [...]The post New research: It hurts your relationship to think ‘we were made for each other’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Background TV can inhibit children’s learning and development: study Parents, turn off the television when your children are with you. And when you do let them watch, make sure the programs stimulate their interest in learning. That’s the advice arising from University of Iowa researchers who examined the impact of television and parenting on children’s social and emotional development. The researchers found that background [...]The post Background TV can inhibit children’s learning and development: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Teens pay a high psychiatric toll when raised in conditions of geopolitical conflict The latest flare-up in the Middle East catches children in the midst of their long-anticipated summer break. The wail of sirens replaces the jingle of ice cream trucks, and boys and girls dash to a bomb shelter instead of playing tag at the park. Young people are enduring a summer of violence, devastation, panic, and [...]The post Teens pay a high psychiatric toll when raised in conditions of geopolitical conflict appeared first on PsyPost.
Who’s Afraid of the Mentally Ill? Better to Fear Headline reads, “Attorney: Mental Health Could Factor in Dog Killings.”  The story is out of Reno, Nevada.  The man dismembered six—count them—six dogs.  “Mental Illness Cases Swamp Criminal Justice System,” the USA Today headline reads, describing a 2006 Justice Department study.  When a person diagnosed with mental illness commits a...