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Myth: Little Things Aren’t Worth Getting Upset About “Take it easy. Chill out. Relax. Cool down. Don’t stress out. Lighten up. You’re making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s not a big deal.” These are some of the things that I used to say back in the day when I didn’t want to hear Linda’s complaints when...
Body Position, Learning and Memory Lots of factors can influence how well you can learn, remember, and perceive the things around you — even the position of your body. For example, if you see someone pinch a fake hand near where your hand is positioned, you may think you feel real pain in your hand....
The Way You Look Counts More than What You Say Your face is just one of the many aspects of your appearance on which others judge you. However, new research shows that it might be one of the most significant. Controlling your impression might ultimately turn out to be a matter of controlling your expression.
Fact, Fiction, and Religious Education Parents typically want to equip their children for success. One tactic is to teach kids how the world works—what to watch out for, what to take advantage of, and how. Most U.S. parents also think that a religious upbringing is important. But some religions teach that God can change how the world works. Are we confusing our kids?
Suicide prevention: When the Second Amendment trumps the First Last week a federal appeals court ruled that the Second Amendment trumps the First. The case involved a Florida pediatrician who routinely asks the families of his patients if their are guns in their homes. He also asks if they use car seats, smoke or have a pool in the...
How Much Does It Take To … DEF To The Rescue DEF To The Rescue Someone once said to me, “I don’t know how women, especially mothers, do all that they do.” I assumed he was impressed with the juggling and how good we are at it. Yes, we women know how to take on projects and we get things done....
The Happiness Equation: It Can Predict How Good You Will Feel Moment-by-Moment The vital role expectations play in our happiness is revealed by data collected from 18,420 people worldwide.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:The Sobering Up Effect: Why People Get More Pessimistic As The Moment of Truth Gets Closer How to Set Goals That Lead to Happiness Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness 4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness The Key to Happiness: Brainpower or Social Connectedness?
Why patients with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty noticing 'being imitated' Persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have decreased activity in an area in the brain critical for understanding if his/her movement was imitated by others, researchers have found. Persons with ASD are known to have difficulty in interpersonal communication and have trouble noticing that their movement was imitated. Behavioral intervention research to alleviate ASD is proceeding and indicates that training utilizing imitation is useful.
5 Tips To Quit Overthinking An astute reader commented that thinking can become an addiction.  We spend so much thinking, we forget to really experience our lives.  Here are some tips to break out of that cycle. 1)  Recognize that you’re in it. As in, when you’re not in the moment, realize that you’re not. ...
Best of Our Blogs: August 5, 2014 “During childhood, I always felt ‘different,’ that I didn’t fit in. Many nights I’d gaze at the stars and fantasize that a spaceship would land on our front lawn to take me back to where I came from. I felt like an alien who’d landed in an unfamiliar world that...
Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing Researchers have uncovered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s thinking skills decline in old age. Age-related declines in intelligence are strongly related to declines on a very simple task of visual perception speed, the researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on August 4. The evidence comes from [...]The post Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing appeared first on PsyPost.
Video-game playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children A new study suggests video game-playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers. The research, carried out by Oxford University, found that young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with being better adjusted than those who had never played or those who were on [...]The post Video-game playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children appeared first on PsyPost.
Blood-oxytocin levels in normal range in children with autism, study finds Autism does not appear to be solely caused by a deficiency of oxytocin, but the hormone’s universal ability to boost social function may prove useful in treating a subset of children with the developmental disorder, according to new findings from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Low levels of [...]The post Blood-oxytocin levels in normal range in children with autism, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
New information on transcranial ultrasound therapy A recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland provides new information on the limitations and potential new directions for the future development of transcranial ultrasound therapy. Active research is taking place in the field of transcranial ultrasound therapy, which in the future can potentially be applied to the treatment of brain tumours and [...]The post New information on transcranial ultrasound therapy appeared first on PsyPost.
Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function In the first study of its kind, Prapti Gautam, PhD, and colleagues from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts. These novel findings suggest a possible neural mechanism for the persistent attention [...]The post Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function appeared first on PsyPost.
Soulmates Have Best Relationships Recently there was another article published in PsychCentral with the title Soulmates Have Worst Relationships. The idea was based on research done by Spike W. S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz, recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The quick summary is that if you frame your relationship with...
Prenatal Influences in Autism A maternal infection during pregnancy – or the occurrence of stress, trauma, injury, deprivation, or exposure to environmental toxins – could cause the fetal brain to be hyper-connected, setting the stage for conditions (including autism) where sensitivity is prominent.
Trauma: Vitamin ‘T’ for the Soul Vitamin (‘vītǝmĭn; noun): Any of various … substances essential in minute amounts for normal growth and activity. Imagine a supplement that could increase human compassion and sensitivity. Would you add it to your diet? If it meant enduring discomfort, as experiences that spur empathy often do, many of us would decline. Our culture...
Reinventing Tom Welling Reinventing Yourself with Tom Welling as a Blueprint Tom Welling is one of my favorite male celebs. He is funny, smart and charming – all wrapped up into one. Best known for his role as Clark Kent on the CW’s Smallville, this former Abercrombie and Fitch model turned actor became...
Psychopaths: The Worst People Who Don’t Exist Psychopathy, whilst a favorite term for popular psychologists, fails to provide convincing grounds for why people do terrible things. Instead, it demonizes those we should be trying to help and causes us to avoid facing our own capacity to suspend judgement and commit evil.