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Marijuana dependence alters the brain’s response to pot paraphernalia New research from The University of Texas at Dallas demonstrates that drug paraphernalia triggers the reward areas of the brain differently in dependent and non-dependent marijuana users. The study, published July 1 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, demonstrated that different areas of the brain activated when dependent and non-dependent users were exposed to drug-related cues. The [...]The post Marijuana dependence alters the brain’s response to pot paraphernalia appeared first on PsyPost.
4 Steps to a Deeper Gratitude We know that feeling and expressing gratitude is a good thing. But what needs to happen inside us so that we’re more mindful and present for the experience of gratitude? How can the experience of gratitude open us to life more deeply and connect us more intimately with each other?...
Join the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in DC The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will present cutting-edge information on early intervention, relapse prevention and recovery at Discovery to Recovery: A Path to Healthy Minds. The mental health conference for caregivers, family members, people living with mental illness, and mental health professionals takes place Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9...
Do Women Talk More Than Men? Depends on the Context The received wisdom about which gender talks more needs adjusting.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Are Men or Women More Cooperative? Are Men or Women Better at Multitasking? Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Men Want Women to Split Dating Costs But Are Scared to Ask Movie-and-Talk: Can This Simple Exercise Help Save a Marriage?
A 9-Item Test to Find Out Who's Lying to You There's never been a perfect way to detect deception, but this 9-item questionnaire will give you a set of research-tested guides. Whether in your love life or your work life, using this simple scale will give you the tools you need to become your own personal lie detector.
Your Teenager: A Narcissist in Training? There are numerous studies showing narcissism is on the rise, and altruism and empathy are declining.  When that’s the greater social context in which we live, what’s a parent to do? 1)  Recognize that while you don’t have ultimate control over your teen, you do have influence. That means modeling...
Now Featuring: The Woman Who Wanted to Live Alone In a world awash with matrimania and the easy story lines it suggests, it is startling to find something, even in the most prestigious of publications, that dispenses with the romantic clichés and tells a whole different story. So it was with the short story in the July 7 &14,...
Psychology Around the Net: July 19, 2014 We cover everything from the pain of being a redhead (yes, there’s potentially such a thing) to the pain of making up from an argument in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. The Psychology of Making Purchases With Cash and Credit: Australian Dr. Paul Harrison dives into the psychology behind...
Explainer: what is superintelligence? By Andrew Snyder-Beattie, University of Oxford and Daniel Dewey, University of Oxford Humans are currently the most intelligent beings on the planet – the result of a long history of evolutionary pressure and adaptation. But could we some day design and build machines that surpass the human intellect? This is the concept of superintelligence, a [...]The post Explainer: what is superintelligence? appeared first on PsyPost.
Adding alcohol to energy drinks leads to an increased urge to drink Public health advocates in recent years have become concerned not with the consumption of energy drinks by youth but also their joint consumption with alcohol by young adults. New research provides evidence of a mechanism through which energy drinks may increase binge drinking: combining energy drinks with alcohol increases people’s desire to keep drinking more [...]The post Adding alcohol to energy drinks leads to an increased urge to drink appeared first on PsyPost.
A national study of colleges identifies gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws College students, when compared to their age-matched peers who are not in college, report higher rates of previous 30-day drinking as well as binge drinking. Not surprisingly, this can lead to academic problems, high-risk sexual behavior, sexual assaults, violence and aggression, serious injuries, driving while intoxicated, and traffic fatalities. A new study of campus law [...]The post A national study of colleges identifies gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws appeared first on PsyPost.
Politically driven legislation targeting dangerous dogs has had little impact Rachel Orritt, a PhD student of psychology at the University of Lincoln says that dog bites present a “public health risk of unknown magnitude but no scientific evidence upon which to base a reliable UK estimate has been obtained in the past two decades.” She also says that discussion by medical professionals about the impact [...]The post Politically driven legislation targeting dangerous dogs has had little impact appeared first on PsyPost.
How to say NO: To Save Your Sanity & Soul Have you ever said YES to someone, and then instantly regretted it? You felt like when you gave away that YES it stripped away a part of your soul that you could never recover again? I may sound a tad soap opera-ish, but some YES’s do have serious, enduring consequences.
How to Say No: To Save Your Sanity and Soul Have you ever said yes to someone, and then instantly regretted it? You felt like when you gave away that "yes" it stripped away a part of your soul that you could never recover again? I may sound a tad soap opera-ish, but some "yes's" do have serious, enduring consequences.
Do I Have to Stop Taking My ADHD Medication Drug rehab centers put a number of guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their patients, many of which are challenged by recovering addicts looking for as much normalcy and comfort as possible during the difficult early stages of recovery. One of the most frequently asked questions is: Why...
Therapist Blog Challenge #14: Feedback in Romantic Relationships   Therapist blog challenge #14 topic focuses on when to ask for and to consider feedback about a significant other. Headline  Come up with a catchy title for your blog post.  Here are a few examples: Dating & the Peanut Gallery: What Other People Say About Your Love Life...
Researchers identify brain network with mapping technique A new image-based strategy has been used to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical trials for brain disorders. The researchers used a network mapping technique to identify specific brain circuits underlying the response to sham surgery in Parkinson's disease patients.
Mass Grief and Public Traumas UNDERSTANDING MASS GRIEF In recent days, we have been reminded once again just how fragile life truly can be with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While details and specifics about what exactly happened are still emerging, one thing is for sure – the incident has touched off a...
Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood Prior research has shown strong associations between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse outcomes in early adulthood. A first-of-its-kind study of linkages between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse adult outcomes has examined the influence of differences in familial background and shared genetics on this association; findings are consistent with a causal relationship between adolescent drinking and [...]The post Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood appeared first on PsyPost.