|James Garner: An Important Man
||When James Garner died last weekend, most of us were familiar with the lengthy, laudable entertainment career of the 86 year-old actor. It’s clear from his more than 50 films and unforgettable TV roles that Garner holds a prestigious place in the pantheon of Hollywood. But perhaps even more noteworthy...
|Books, videos and other 'experiential products' provide same happiness boost as life experiences
||'Experiential products,' items such as books or musical instruments that are designed to create or enhance an experience, can make shoppers just as happy as life experiences, according to a new study. While life experiences help consumers feel closer to others, experiential products fulfill their users' need for 'competence' by utilizing their skills and knowledge. Both effects provide the same happiness boost, researchers found.
|Protein couple controls flow of information into brain's memory center
||Neuroscientists have succeeded in providing new insights into how the brain works by analyzing tissue samples from mice to identify how two specific proteins, 'CKAMP44' and 'TARP Gamma-8', act upon the brain's memory center. Brain function depends on the active communication between nerve cells, known as neurons. For this purpose, neurons are woven together into a dense network where they constantly relay signals to one another.
|A reward is valued more if you choose it yourself: New quirky byproduct of learning from reward
||Many people value rewards they choose themselves more than rewards they merely receive, even when the rewards are actually equivalent. A new study provides evidence that this long-observed quirk of behavior is a byproduct of how the brain reinforces learning from reward.
|Novel technologies advance brain surgery to benefit patients
||In a milestone procedure, neurosurgeons have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. "These minimally invasive approaches permit smaller incisions and a shorter recovery. In this case, the patient was able to go home the day after the successful removal of multiple brain tumors," said one expert.
|How to Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance
||Do you ever talk to yourself? Although it’s not always a conscious habit, most of us practice self-talk on a daily basis, as a way of guiding, motivating or supporting ourselves. Maybe you’re heading to the store and start running through a list of all the items you need to...
|Declare Your Introversion and Other Tips to Lead Positive
||In part two of this Lead Positive Profile Doug discusses how he makes his introvert nature work for him. Read about his methods for breaking the ice and the positive way he has learned to deal with harsh criticism.
|Metastatic brain tumor treatment could be on the horizon with use of SapC-DOPS
||A new study has provided hope that previously studied SapC-DOPS could be used for treatment of brain cancer that has spread. "These results support the potential of SapC-DOPS for the diagnosis and therapy of primary and metastatic brain tumors which is critically needed to increase survival rates of patients with this illness,” one researcher said.
|On Keeping Good Resolutions
||How to keep the good resolutions we make?
|Hard-to-watch commercials make quitting smoking easier
||Research shows the threat of chronic disease is more effective than the threat of a shortened lifespan.
|How Unhealthy Relationships Turn Violent
||While we all want to craft loving relationships, the fact remains that many of us are unable to. Many of us are able to make some form of progress, but somewhere along the way we falter in our efforts. Things happen, emotions get hurt, and irrationality arises. In the end,...
|Good TV Could Be Making You Eat Too Much
One of the visual codes for engrossing television is viewers sitting frozen with their spoons of ice cream half-way to their mouths. It seems like a great show might make you stop eating because you concentrate. Turns out that great television actually makes you eat more because you concentrate....
|When Your Body Feels Like a Costume You Didn’t
||This month has been a month of interesting contemplations …. specifically, about the costumes we wear and how we relate to ourselves and others when those costumes look different. For instance, my brother and his wife recently added a new little one to our all-Caucasian family – a sweet, brave,...
|Maltreatment affects the way children's genes are activated
||In a new study, researchers found that maltreatment affects the way children's genes are activated, which has implications for their long-term development and health. The researchers examined DNA methylation, a biomechanical mechanism that helps cells control which genes are turned on or off, in the blood of 56 children ages 11 to 14. Disruptions in this system affect emotional behavior, stress levels, and the immune system. These findings echo those of earlier studies of rodents.
|Promises: The Psychology of Making, Breaking or Exceeding Them
||What our attitudes to promises reveal about a fair society.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Is Sexual Harassment Natural?
||Are sexual coercion, harassment, even rape, biological imperatives?
|5 Quick Ways to Calm Anxiety at Work
||If you struggle with anxiety, you may find it especially tough to get things done at work. “Anxiety can be debilitating on its own, but in the workplace, it can be magnified immensely,” said Jennifer Hope, LCPC, a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety. With its often-fast pace and mounting...
|Can Machines Think? Misidentification of humans as machines in Turing tests
||Alan Turing led a team of code breakers at Bletchley Park which cracked the German Enigma machine cypher during WWII – but that is far from being his only legacy. In the year of the 100th anniversary of his birth, researchers published a series of ‘Turing tests’ in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence; these [...]The post Can Machines Think? Misidentification of humans as machines in Turing tests appeared first on PsyPost.
|Children as young as three recognise ‘cuteness’ in faces of people and animals
||Children as young as three are able to recognise the same ‘cute’ infantile facial features in humans and animals which encourage caregiving behaviour in adults, new research has shown. A study investigating whether youngsters can identify baby-like characteristics – a set of traits known as the ‘baby schema’ – across different species has revealed for [...]The post Children as young as three recognise ‘cuteness’ in faces of people and animals appeared first on PsyPost.
|14 Articles In One! From One-Liners to One-Paragraphers
||14 tiny articles on everything from the virtues of cattiness to snoring.