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Friends have more DNA in common than strangers Findings suggest that choosing friends who share similar genes is a behavior that may have contributed to human evolution.
Playing games boosts your brain volume Studies show games like checkers can boost your brain strength.
What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis? (Video) A short documentary made by a person with lived experience of psychosis, on what it's like and recovery....
What's The Difference Between Guilt And Shame? Shame and guilt are often used interchangeably, but they're not the same. There are people who are prone to guilt, and people who are prone to shame, and there are major psychological differences between the two groups. So what's the difference? ...
3 Mindful Ways to Navigate Anger Anger is a natural and normal emotion. It’s also a valuable one. It lets us know when our boundaries have been crossed in all areas of our lives. However, anger also can distract us. We may become lost in our anger, blind to the blessings around us. Anger can isolate...
Should Pedophiles Be Allowed To Use Child Sexbots? It won't be much longer before we start using personal robots to fulfil our erotic desires. But what if these sexbots will be used to mimic illegal sexual activities, such as pedophilia? The answer is surprisingly complicated. ...
5 Tips for Breaking Up This post was inspired by a client of mine who was talking for years (literally) about ending a relationship, and she finally pulled the  trigger.  (Go, you! and you know who you are!)   If you’re having trouble breaking up with someone, here’s how to get it done. 1)  Itemize....
The Neuroscience of Addictive Love: Attributes of Love Addiction What is this thing called ‘love’? Plato labeled an ‘irrational desire” and song titles such as “The Things We Do For Love” or lyrics “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” often describe as befuddling of our otherwise overall logical brains. For the human heart and mind, men and women alike,...
You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep.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:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Later School Start Times Improve Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents The Miracle and Mystery of Sleep: 12 Remarkable Psychological Studies
On the Border of What?     Of my mental illnesses, borderline personality disorder has to be the hardest for me to explain to my friends and family. It happens the same way every time. I tell them I have borderline personality disorder and they ALWAYS say “So, like multiple personalities”? NO, it’s not like...
Hidden Variations in Neuronal Networks May Explain Differences In Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes Hidden differences in the properties of neural circuits can account for whether animals are behaviorally susceptible to brain injury, new research shows. These results could have implications for the treatment of brain trauma. People vary in their responses to stroke and trauma, which impedes the ability of physicians to predict patient outcomes. Damage to the brain and nervous system can lead to severe disabilities, including epilepsy and cognitive impairment.
Perfectionism: Uncertainty Training Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized,...
Opioid Drug Deaths Cost Half a Million Years of In 1991, the band Nirvana released the classic album Nevermind and Kurt Cobain was the face of the grunge scene that spread from Seattle across the United States. If you’re old enough, remember back: it was a gritty time that seemed defined by self-destructive heroin use. A new study on...
Don’t Marry Yourself. Period. – Guest Post by Terri Bella's intro: Probably about once a year, someone asks me what I think of the idea of marrying yourself. I've never written about the topic. Happily, the very insightful Terri Trespicio has some smart ideas on the matter, and I was delighted that she was willing to share them...
Best of Our Blogs: July 15, 2014 It could come from disappointing others or being disappointed. It could start from grief and an accumulation of bitterness, resentment, and years of feeling misunderstood. It could spiral down from a bad morning, a critical thought, a negative image of yourself and your body. It could even come from disease...
Increasing the IQs of Children in Small Sample Studies In the field of psychology and IQ testing, large sample studies are better than small sample studies. Right? Well, it's not so simple. Large sample studies might generate very significant results - but do many of us take the time to understand why a large sample study might be needed for a particular experimental designs?
Changes in generic pill color and shape disrupt use Generic versions of the same prescription drug are clinically interchangeable but often look different depending on the manufacturer. The FDA does not require consistent pill appearance among interchangeable generic drugs, and the shape and color of patients’ pills may vary based on the particular supply at the patient’s pharmacy. Studying a national cohort of patients [...]The post Changes in generic pill color and shape disrupt use appeared first on PsyPost.
Study of noninvasive retinal imaging device presented at Alzheimer’s conference A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. The researchers will present their findings July 15 in an oral presentation at the Alzheimer’s [...]The post Study of noninvasive retinal imaging device presented at Alzheimer’s conference appeared first on PsyPost.
Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ continued long after invention of writing An archaeological dig in southeast Turkey has uncovered a large number of clay tokens that were used as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it had been believed. But the new find of tokens dates from a time when writing was commonplace – thousands of years after it was previously assumed [...]The post Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ continued long after invention of writing appeared first on PsyPost.
Repetitive drumming combined with shamanic instructions induces dreamlike states: study A small study conducted in Vienna has found that repetitive drumming combined with shamanic instructions induces specific subjective experiences. “Shamanic journeys are associated with an ancient spiritual practice to reach shamanic trance states, typically described as ‘journeys to a non-ordinary reality,’” researchers Bruno Gingras, Gerald Pohler, W. Tecumseh Fitch wrote in their study, which was published in PLoS [...]The post Repetitive drumming combined with shamanic instructions induces dreamlike states: study appeared first on PsyPost.