|How to Start Making Choices that Enhance Your Life
||“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” - Eleanor Roosevelt Decisions, decisions, decisions! There are so many decisions we make on a daily basis. Some decisions will have an...
|Where’s the ‘Individual’ in the Mental Health Care Reform
||Much has been written in the last several months about national mental health care reform in response to two separate bills making their way through Congress. The most well-known is the Murphy bill introduced by U.S. Representative Timothy Murphy from Pennsylvania. Rep. Murphy is a credible expert on the topic....
|Your essential guide to the rise of the intelligent machines
||By Stuart Armstrong, University of Oxford The risks posed to human beings by artificial intelligence in no way resemble the popular image of the Terminator. That fictional mechanical monster is distinguished by many features – strength, armour, implacability, indestructability – but Arnie’s character lacks the one characteristic that we in the real world actually need [...]The post Your essential guide to the rise of the intelligent machines appeared first on PsyPost.
|A ticking clock can speed up a woman’s reproductive timing: study
||The metaphor of a ticking clock is often used to refer to a woman’s growing urge – from puberty onwards to menopause – to conceive before her childbearing years are over. New research in Springer’s journal Human Nature shows that there’s more truth to this phrase than you might think. The subtle sound of a ticking clock can quite [...]The post A ticking clock can speed up a woman’s reproductive timing: study appeared first on PsyPost.
|Bypass commands from the brain to legs through a computer
||Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. An artificial connection that bridges the lost pathway and connects brain to spinal circuits has potential to ameliorate [...]The post Bypass commands from the brain to legs through a computer appeared first on PsyPost.
|Researchers identify a brain ‘switchboard’ important in attention and sleep
||Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a “switchboard,” directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder typically [...]The post Researchers identify a brain ‘switchboard’ important in attention and sleep appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mass layoffs linked to increased teen suicide attempts
||Mass layoffs may trigger increased suicide attempts and other suicide-related behaviors among some teenagers, says new research from Duke University. Lead author Anna Gassman-Pines found that when 1 percent of a state’s working population lost jobs, suicide-related behaviors increased by 2 to 3 percentage points among girls and black adolescents in the following year. Among [...]The post Mass layoffs linked to increased teen suicide attempts appeared first on PsyPost.
|Message to parents: Babies don’t ‘start from scratch’
||There’s now overwhelming evidence that a child’s future health is influenced by more than just their parents’ genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers. In a feature paper called “Parenting from before conception” published in today’s issue of the [...]The post Message to parents: Babies don’t ‘start from scratch’ appeared first on PsyPost.
|Adults with autism at higher risk of sexual victimization
||Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization than adults without, due to lack of sex education, but with improved interventions that focus on sexual knowledge and skill building, the risk could be reduced, according to a recent study by York University researchers. “Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) gain more of [...]The post Adults with autism at higher risk of sexual victimization appeared first on PsyPost.
|In Play Therapy, Do You Engage or Observe?
||Engaging can feel like "invading" but observing can feel like "lurking". This article based on a paper by Dr. Sally Robinson lays out the dilemma....
|Anxiety Relief: 3 Activities to help Kids Manage Their
||Kids have a lot to worry about including meeting expectations from school, meeting the expectations of all the adults in their life, bullying, navigating natural life changes that come with things such as starting school, having a new baby sibling, moving to a new home, and simply growing up. And...
|A Unique Way to Approach Your Inner Critic
||Most of us have a mean — maybe even cruel — inner voice that says everything from “You’re too big to wear that!” to “You’re so stupid!” Understandably, we may grow to dislike — maybe even despise — this inner voice. We might dislike it because it sounds like someone...
|Opposite-Sex Friendships and Romantic Relationships
||When you’re romantically involved with someone, it might be considered taboo to maintain a friendship with a member of the opposite sex. It may be frowned upon to share yourself, emotionally, with said friend — to have conversations that are genuine and deep and filled with substance. I personally don’t...
|Here’s The Real Secret to Detecting Lies (And It’s Not Body Language)
Until now studies have found that people do no better than chance at detecting lies.
Despite all the advice about lie detection going around, study after study has found that it is very difficult to spot when someone is lying.
Previous tests involving watching videos of suspects typically find that both experts and non-experts come in at around 50/50: in other words you might as well flip a coin.
Now, though, a new study...
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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|Six Ways to Win any Argument
||Arguments are an inevitable part of daily life no matter how hard you may try to avoid them. By using these six strategies, you’ll make sure to come out on the side of the winner, no matter what the conflict is about. In the end, both you and your relationships can benefit.
|New To Meditation? Try These Tiny Stepping Stones From
||When I was a teenager, my friends and I broke a few "No Loitering" rules (and got in trouble for it). But as an adult, I need to remind myself that it's perfectly fine to sit for the sake of sitting -- and to do nothing for the sake of...
|Psychology Around the Net: August 16, 2014
||This week’s Psychology Around the Net explores suicide and depression, happiness, and finding your life’s purpose. Robin Williams Death Spotlights The Growing Risk Of Suicides Among Baby Boomers: Not only has Robin Williams’ suicide shined a spotlight on depression and how it can take hold of even those who make...
|Feels Great To Sleep and Other Stuff
||I have to say I never thought I’d say this, but God it feels so good to be sleeping again. I’ve been getting about seven hours. That’s awesome compared to the 2-3 hours I was getting before the doc switched me back on to Seroquel. It’s been a life saver....
|What Are Your Key Skills and Abilities?
||A self-assessment to help you find career success.
|Spike activity 15-08-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: An important editorial in Nature describes the pressing problem of how research is not being turned into practice for treating children with mental health problems caused by armed conflict. Not Exactly Rocket Science covers a swarm of self-organising autonomous robots that have the potential […]