|New research finds a general tendency for humans to fear things approaching, even if non-threatening
||In our long struggle for survival, we humans learned that something approaching us is far more of a threat than something that is moving away. This makes sense, since a tiger bounding toward a person is certainly more of a threat than one that is walking away. Though we modern humans don’t really consider such [...]The post New research finds a general tendency for humans to fear things approaching, even if non-threatening appeared first on PsyPost.
|How the gut feeling shapes fear
||We are all familiar with that uncomfortable feeling in our stomach when faced with a threatening situation. By studying rats, researchers at ETH Zurich have been able to prove for the first time that our ‘gut instinct’ has a significant impact on how we react to fear. An unlit, deserted car park at night, footsteps [...]The post How the gut feeling shapes fear appeared first on PsyPost.
|Wearable computing gloves can teach Braille, even if you’re not paying attention
||Several years ago, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers created a technology-enhanced glove that can teach beginners how to play piano melodies in 45 minutes. Now they’ve advanced the same wearable computing technology to help people learn how to read and write Braille. The twist is that people wearing the glove don’t have to pay attention. They learn [...]The post Wearable computing gloves can teach Braille, even if you’re not paying attention appeared first on PsyPost.
|Veterans who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual could benefit from informed mental health services
||In 2011, the United States Military repealed its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevented gay and lesbian service members from disclosing their sexual orientation. Current estimates indicate that more than 1 million veterans identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB). Now, a University of Missouri researcher says these service members and veterans often are [...]The post Veterans who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual could benefit from informed mental health services appeared first on PsyPost.
|Achieving Your Goals: Does removing yourself from the big picture help?
||Consider the case of the adult student attending night school to earn a degree that will result in a better job with higher pay. From sacrificing time with friends and family to missing a relaxing evening watching TV, this type of long-term gain often comes with short-term pain. According to a new study in the Journal [...]The post Achieving Your Goals: Does removing yourself from the big picture help? appeared first on PsyPost.
|How Connecting with Our Authentic Self Creates a Foundation
||We long for love, connection, and understanding, but oftentimes we don’t know how to create it. Growing up in a goal-oriented society, we may develop a mindset that helps us succeed in business, but doesn’t do much to create safe and satisfying relationships. Pushing ourselves to work harder and promoting...
|Freedom of choice: When rejection and discrimination hinder minority entrepreneurs
||When it comes to The American Dream, freedom of choice is a central value for entrepreneurs. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when a person’s choices are limited due to rejection and discrimination, they are more likely to fail at business and in their personal lives. “Not only does restricting a [...]The post Freedom of choice: When rejection and discrimination hinder minority entrepreneurs appeared first on PsyPost.
|Ask the crowd: Robots learn faster, better with online helpers
||Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could one day query the larger online community, asking for instructions or input on [...]The post Ask the crowd: Robots learn faster, better with online helpers appeared first on PsyPost.
|The Dynamics of Social Networking: Anxiety and Avoidance
||Attachment styles influence our relationships in the cyber-world as well as the real world.
|Help Support TILT Magazine
||A longtime colleague of mine, DeeAnna Nagel, has asked for my help, and I’m glad to oblige. She and co-founder Kate Anthony started a beautifully produced publication called TILT Magazine to help mental health professionals and students better understand how technology impacts their profession. Where does a therapist go to...
|Doubt and Denial
|| Am I really Bipolar? Do I really have BPD? Maybe I am just having a bad week? Maybe I am too sensitive? Maybe I am too lazy? Maybe I am not mentally ill after all? I have not met one person diagnosed with a mental illness who has not...
|How The Brain Processes The Emotions
||Tastes good? Despite how individual our emotions feel to us, the brain processes them in a remarkably similar way.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|How to Recognize and Handle Manipulative Relationships
||Psychological manipulation can be defined as the exercise of undue influence through mental distortion and emotional exploitation, with the intention to seize power, control, benefits, and privileges at the victim’s expense. Here are five types of psychological manipulation you may find in unhealthy relationships...
|Silence of the Facts: Sexual Values Aren’t Beholden to Data
||Science can discover what was, observe what is, and predict what will be. But it is agnostic on the question of what should be.
|Spike activity 11-07-2014
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Your Brain Is On the Brink of Chaos. Nautilus has an interesting piece on chaos the and the brain. Neuroskeptic has a good Q&A with Zach Mainen, one of the originators of the NeuroFuture open letter demanding reform of the Human Brain Project. There’s […]
|Take Charge of Your Health, One Appointment at a Time
||“Really, it’s not you. It’s me,” I said to my psychiatrist this morning at an appointment. I felt as though I were telling a boyfriend that I needed space, that I had been having lunch with another guy and now I was confused about where to go or how to...
|Majority Choose Painful Shocks Over Being Alone with Thoughts
||Do you enjoy sitting alone with nothing but your own thoughts? Or does your mind act more like a personal torture chamber? A series of 11 Harvard studies has yielded some very interesting findings. First and foremost is this: the majority of people in the study chose to self-inflict painful...
|What IF Inner Wisdom Fails – Where Do I Go?
||Inner Wisdom we all should have it – many of us seek it and sometimes just seeking it can drive you Cra-Cra…In my Mental Health Humor cartoon, I poke fun at my own mind full of wisdom-less-ness. Guru Sign: Back in a Few Watching Dr. Phil (Follow Arrow For Generic...
|It’s OK to Have Anxiety
||Anxiety is a fickle beast. It can come on at any point during your day and completely wreck you until you’re able to find a place to unwind. A major point of contention in my struggle with mental illness has been the anxiety I feel in social situations. It goes...
|Reading Tips for Everyone
||Dear Friends, A young student of mine began reading a fun-looking (to me) book called Schooled; I smiled as soon as I saw the peace symbol and tie-dye cover. Here’s the Amazon synopsis:“Capricorn Cap Anderson has been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. When Rain is injured in a fall, Cap is...