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Say ‘No’ to interruptions, ‘Yes’ to better work Modern office workers are expected to multitask regularly, often juggling multiple projects and priorities over the course of a day. Studies have shown that the typical employee in an office environment is interrupted up to six times per hour, but how does that impact the finished product? New research published in Human Factors evaluates how [...]The post Say ‘No’ to interruptions, ‘Yes’ to better work appeared first on PsyPost.
Why do we bite our nails? It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I all have in common? We all are (or were) nail biters. It’s […]
Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages until about 8 months of age when their brains start to focus only on the sounds they hear around them. It’s been unclear how this transition occurs, but social interactions and caregivers’ use of exaggerated “parentese” style of speech seem to help. University of Washington [...]The post Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics appeared first on PsyPost.
Genetic study finds truth to ‘friends are the family you choose’ If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study is coauthored by James Fowler, professor of [...]The post Genetic study finds truth to ‘friends are the family you choose’ appeared first on PsyPost.
Grieving the Loss of Addiction An addict who has tried to kick their habit for years finally makes their way into recovery. What could they possibly have to grieve about? Actually, recovering addicts have a lot to grieve. The activity that has been the central focus of their lives is now something they can never...
Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice Many media outlets have been talking for a number of years now about how ubiquitous mindfulness is, the impact it’s having in a variety of sectors and all the wonderful science that continues to be published. But I noticed that many people in the media don’t talk much about the actual formal...
Older adults nearly twice as likely to have memories affected by distractions Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions.
The Crucial Factor in Making Real Change in Your Life “People don’t change.” If I had a nickel for every time I heard that sentence, I’d be rich. And it is a sentence, not just grammatically-speaking, but those words sentence the speaker and anyone who has a close relationship with him or her to a future in which substantive life...
Ultrasound tracks odor representation in the brain A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity in the piriform cortex of rats during odor perception. This deep-seated brain structure plays an important role in olfaction, and was inaccessible to functional imaging until now. This work also sheds new light on the still poorly known functioning of [...]The post Ultrasound tracks odor representation in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco NPR has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market ‘relaxing’ cigarettes and a way for them to argue that it was stress, not cigarettes, that was to blame for heart disease and cancer. They did this by funding, guiding and […]
Validity of change in DSM-5 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder age of onset criterion confirmed A recent study published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry confirms the validity of the DSM-5 change to the age of onset criterion for diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In DSM-5, age of onset criterion for ADHD, previously set at 7 in DSM-IV, has [...]The post Validity of change in DSM-5 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder age of onset criterion confirmed appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Noisy’ memory in schizophrenia The inability to ignore irrelevant stimuli underlies the impaired working memory and cognition often experienced by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, reports a new study in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry. Our brains are usually good at focusing on the information that we are trying to learn and filtering out the “noise” or thoughts that [...]The post ‘Noisy’ memory in schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
Research indicates Internet browsing can improve millennial’s attention to tasks “Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing,” a recent research article out of Australia and published inHuman Performance (Routledge), is the first to empirically test the theory of Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing (WILB), its effectiveness in restoring overall attention to workplace tasks, and attitudes toward workplace Internet browsing among differing age groups.  The implication of this dual study is [...]The post Research indicates Internet browsing can improve millennial’s attention to tasks appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Negative reputation of ‘No Child Left Behind’ is undeserved The public perception that No Child Left Behind has increased burnout and lowered job satisfaction among teachers is unfounded, according to a recent study co-authored by UT Dallas researcher Dr. James R. Harrington. The study, which was published online in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, found that, [...]The post Study: Negative reputation of ‘No Child Left Behind’ is undeserved appeared first on PsyPost.
Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities Children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at a typical rate. So far, there was little evidence of specific parental behaviors that were associated with the risk, but a SLU study finds inappropriate expectations and lack of empathy play a significant role in triggering the [...]The post Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities appeared first on PsyPost.
Study confirms creative energy in Parkinson’s sufferers is greater than in healthy individuals Prof. Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University’sSackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sagol Neuroscience Center at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, documented the exceptional creativity of Parkinson’s patients two years ago in a review forBehavioral Neuroscience. Since then, she has conducted the first empirical study to verify a link between Parkinson’s disease and artistic inclination. That empirical study, [...]The post Study confirms creative energy in Parkinson’s sufferers is greater than in healthy individuals appeared first on PsyPost.
Older adults nearly twice as likely to have memories affected by environmental distractions Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli), according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Whereas other studies had [...]The post Older adults nearly twice as likely to have memories affected by environmental distractions appeared first on PsyPost.
Acute glaucoma discovered to be an inflammatory disease Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen University in China have shown that acute glaucoma in mice is largely an inflammatory disease and that high pressure in the eye causes vision loss by setting in motion an inflammatory response similar to that evoked by bacterial infections. The study, [...]The post Acute glaucoma discovered to be an inflammatory disease appeared first on PsyPost.
How To Distract People Into Accepting Propaganda Propaganda is all about seizing your attention and your will. It turns out, though, that a few moments of distraction can actually enhance the effectiveness of some types of propaganda. Here's how distracting people can be as good as convincing them....
Study: Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent Girls and young women who post sexy or revealing photos on social media sites such as Facebook are viewed by their female peers as less physically and socially attractive and less competent to perform tasks, a new study from Oregon State University indicates. “This is a clear indictment of sexy social media photos,” said researcher [...]The post Study: Young women with sexy social media photos seen as less competent appeared first on PsyPost.