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Psychology Around the Net: July 12, 2014 Think seasonal depression is limited to the winter months? Ever wonder why some of us are so drawn to vampires? learn more about these topics and more in today’s Psychology Around the ‘Net! 10 Signs of Summer Depression: Winter isn’t the only month when people start to feel seasonal blues....
A thought lab in the sun Neuroscientist Karl Friston, being an absolute champ, in an interview in The Lancet Psychiatry “I get up very late, I go and smoke my pipe in the conservatory, hopefully in the sunshine with a nice cup of coffee, and have thoughts until I can raise the energy to have a bath. I don’t normally get […]
Do Comedians Possess Bipolar Traits? Do Comedians Possess Bipolar Traits?
The development of neurological disorders: Blame it on the astrocytes? In the brains of all vertebrates, information is transmitted through synapses, a mechanism that allows an electric or chemical signal to be passed from one brain cell to another. Chemical synapses, which are the most abundant type of synapse, can be either excitatory or inhibitory. Synapse formation is crucial for learning, memory, perception and cognition, [...]The post The development of neurological disorders: Blame it on the astrocytes? appeared first on PsyPost.
New technology reveals insights into mechanisms underlying amyloid diseases Amyloid diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, and the spongiform encephalopathies, all share the common trait that proteins aggregate into long fibers which then form plaques. Yet in vitro studies have found that neither the amylin monomer precursors nor the plaques themselves are very toxic. New evidence using two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) [...]The post New technology reveals insights into mechanisms underlying amyloid diseases appeared first on PsyPost.
Women perceive other women in red as more sexually receptive Previous research has shown that men perceive the color red on a woman to be a signal of sexual receptivity. Women are more likely to wear a red shirt when they are expecting to meet an attractive man, relative to an unattractive man or a woman. But do women view other women in red as [...]The post Women perceive other women in red as more sexually receptive appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction Pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behaviour – known commonly as sex addiction – similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts, according to a University of Cambridge study published in the journal PLOS ONE. However, the researchers caution that this does not necessarily mean that pornography itself is [...]The post Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction appeared first on PsyPost.
Scripps Florida scientists shed new light on nerve cell growth Amidst the astounding complexity of the billions of nerve cells and trillions of synaptic connections in the brain, how do nerve cells decide how far to grow or how many connections to build? How do they coordinate these events within the developing brain? In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps [...]The post Scripps Florida scientists shed new light on nerve cell growth appeared first on PsyPost.
10 Reasons to Love Your Body In our culture there are conditions. There are conditions that dictate when we can — and can’t — love our bodies. For instance, we can love our bodies when we’re thin. We can love our bodies when we’ve lost weight. We can love them when our waists and thighs are...
The Dark Side of Dependency Compared to other personality disorders such as antisocial or borderline personality disorder, not nearly as much research attention had been devoted to dependent personality disorder. However, interpersonal dependency is associated with a variety of both negative and positive consequences.
How to Ask for Help in a Crisis I have lived with schizophrenia for eight years. In those eight years I have gone through cycles of wellness. While it primarily gets better with each passing day, there are still periods here and there where life becomes too overwhelming or where I push myself too hard. Then I feel...
My Interview with the Horse Whisperer on Human Psychology Most people have heard of the Horse Whisperer because of the 1998 movie of the same name, starring Robert Redford. Many people don’t realize that there is a real life Horse Whisperer by the name Monty Roberts. It is upon Monty’s work that the movie was based. Additionally, the real...
Are Cleveland Sports Fans Really Cursed? With the release of The Letter, Lebron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. His departure was not momentous for the city, and perhaps his return will end the Cleveland sports curse. You see, the city of Cleveland probably has had many redeeming factors, but the success of its...
Let it Go, Let it Go… Have you ever been told to just “let it go”? Many of us hear that from well meaning friends or family members trying to calm us down when we are upset or concerned. Heck, they may even sing you a song about it! We have often wondered what “let it...
Extreme obesity shortens your life more than smoking Researchers compared normal weight smokers to extremely obese non-smokers and found that the smokers lived longer on average.
Women see other gals dressed in red as a sexual threat Study shows female onlookers, when shown photos of another woman wearing red, jumped to the conclusion that she would be a sexual threat.
Motherhood, apple pie and replication Who could possibly be against replication of research results? Jason Mitchell of Harvard University is, under some conditions, for reasons described in his essay On the emptiness of failed replications. I wrote something for the Centre for Open Science which tries to draw out the sensible points in Mitchell’s essay – something I thought worth […]
Identifying Illness Through Scent It’s been known for some time that rats and other animals can detect illness in others of their species based on scent. Rats will actively avoid sick packmates shortly after they fall ill, when there are few visible symptoms. Most people might believe that humans don’t notice sick friends quite...
Considering ECT And Sleep Issues I finally got some sleep in. It wasn’t a lot, only about 5 solid hours, but I’ll take it. It’s better than none. I plan on taking a nice nap this afternoon and passing the day by that way and hopefully getting some better sleep tonight. Hubs is right, when...
Kids of Same-Sex Couples Do Better; Therefore… How many times have you read a story in the media claiming that the children of married parents do better than the children of single parents, and therefore people should get married before they have kids, or they should refrain from divorcing? The claim about the children of married parents...