|Left behind: LGBT homeless youth struggle to survive on the streets
||Despite the gains made for gay rights in recent years, homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are struggling to find safe shelter.
|Small DNA modifications predict brain's threat response
||Epigenetic changes to a gene that is well known for its involvement in clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder can affect the way a person's brain reacts to threats, according to a new study. The results may explain how the well-understood serotonin transporter leaves some individuals more vulnerable than others to stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders.
|Fault trumps gruesome evidence when it comes to punishment
||Issues of crime and punishment, vengeance and justice date back to the dawn of human history, but it is only in the last few years that scientists have begun exploring the basic nature of the complex neural processes in the brain that underlie these fundamental behaviors. A new brain imaging study has identified the mechanisms involved in balancing blameworthiness and the emotion-driven urge to punish.
|90210, Sex and the City: Reading the signs of
||You know you have problems and you might be depressed when are watching Sex and The City reruns (2008) and Beverly Hills 90201 reruns (2009). The numbers are not when anything aired but when I was lost in depression and watched it. And to be fair, 90210 was from my high school...
|What Goes on Inside an Intervention?
||Interventions have become a household word for the general public, thanks to television shows such as “Celebrity Rehab” and “Intervention.” Although an intervention is not necessary in every situation, some situations benefit greatly from one. Every situation is different, but most interventions do follow a similar structure. An intervention is...
|Diagnosing: The 5 Step Empowerment Model
||Many clinicians who are working in the systems are set up to not have all the information. In the three states I’ve worked in, I’ve never heard of a public agency that pays for diagnostic tools anyway—so I know I’m talking to clients that have often landed diagnoses without ever...
|Realistic Expectations for Bipolar Disorder
||A discussion of the importance of conveying realistic expectation to university students recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder
|A 70-year analysis shows Disney is killing nature (in its animated movies)
||The extinction of experience, nature-deficit disorder, environmental generational amnesia — all of these terms have been used to describe the disconnection between human beings and the natural world. Now, a new study on Disney films confirms what many have suspected: there is a growing trend of “nature disconnection” in Western culture. “Disney films are part [...]The post A 70-year analysis shows Disney is killing nature (in its animated movies) appeared first on PsyPost.
|Congressional rift over environmental protection sways public
||American citizens are increasingly divided over the issue of environmental protection and seem to be taking their cue primarily from Congress, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar. The gap between conservatives who oppose environmental protection and liberals who support it has risen drastically in the past 20 years, a trend seen [...]The post Congressional rift over environmental protection sways public appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study: Noise-induced hearing loss alters brain responses to speech
||Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published this week in Ear and Hearing, researchers demonstrated for the first time how noise-induced hearing loss affects the brain’s recognition of speech sounds. [...]The post Study: Noise-induced hearing loss alters brain responses to speech appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research reveals pervasive implicit hierarchies for race, religion, and age
||As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values. The study findings appear in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. [...]The post Research reveals pervasive implicit hierarchies for race, religion, and age appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study on social networks finds misinformation is spreading faster online
||The spread of misinformation through online social networks is becoming an increasingly worrying problem. Researchers in India have now modeled how such fictions and diffuse through those networks. They described details of their research and the taxonomy that could help those who run, regulate and use online social networks better understand how to slow or [...]The post Study on social networks finds misinformation is spreading faster online appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study examines why some people favor higher taxes on the rich and others don’t
||Why do some people support higher taxes on the rich, while others believe such taxes are unfair? According to new research, stereotypes about wealthy people have a significant influence on Americans’ tax policy preferences — especially among conservatives. “With an economic recession and mounting public debt, debate in the United States has focused on the [...]The post Study examines why some people favor higher taxes on the rich and others don’t appeared first on PsyPost.
|Have difficulty managing stress? Simple tips to fend off freak-outs
||There’s sad news in the study of happiness. Rest assured, there is a happy ending, though. University of Cincinnati research on perceived happiness shows that many college students are stressed out and aren’t coping. This is despite the fact that there are simple ways for students to relieve stress and feel happier, says Keith King, professor [...]The post Have difficulty managing stress? Simple tips to fend off freak-outs appeared first on PsyPost.
|VIDEO: Pinpointing genetic links to schizophrenia may open doors to better treatment
||Judy Woodruff of PBS Newshour interviews Dr. Steven Hyman of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research about schizophrenia. Read the story here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/pinpointing-genetic-links-schizophrenia-may-open-doors-better-treatment/#transcriptThe post VIDEO: Pinpointing genetic links to schizophrenia may open doors to better treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
|3 Tips for Talking to Children about Traumatic Events
||It is almost impossible to shield children from negative world events. In our ever-connected society, breaking news stories reach far beyond the evening news. All too often, these tragic stories involving mass casualties are in the news for days and become the topic of conversation for many. We see this...
|Superstition Might Be Practical In Some Circumstances
Here's some research which shows that, while superstitious behavior won't stop events from happening, it does have practical value to people. It won't stop bad things from happening to you - but it may stop you from feeling bad things....
|Reflecting On the People In Your Life
||Right now I’m reading the book The Power of No: Because On Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance and Happiness by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher. I came across a line that struck me: “We often are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”...
|Are the Upper Classes the Most Biased Against Single
||We don’t need to wonder whether single people are stereotyped. Years ago, my colleagues and I conducted a series of studies to see how people view single people. The results documented widespread singlism – people viewed singles more harshly than married people in many ways (for example, as less mature,...
|Why Exercise and Relaxation Techniques Benefit The Socially Anxious
||Both exercise and relaxation techniques change the way we see the world.Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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