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The Real News About Shoes Why are so many people obsessed with shoes? Is there something about them that makes them a ready portal for fantasies of all kinds? Early development may hold a key as to why shoes have such special significance in our minds and within our culture.
The 3 Levels of Sex Addiction Sex addiction is a term that’s becoming more and more prevalent in all aspects of the addiction community.  This is particularly true as we discover more about the addiction interaction disorder of stimulants and sex.  A spirited debate as to whether there’s even such a thing as sexual addiction has...
La Beouf: Not Shy About Acting Out Last week, when actor Shia La Beouf made headlines for his outrageous public behavior at a New York theater, it was no surprise to those who have followed the career of the 28 year-old actor. La Beouf is probably best known for his leading role in the first three “Transformer”...
Self-care; How to have Peace in these Busy times Whether you work full-time or part-time or stay at home with your kids, life can feel so busy these days. It can seem like there are a million things to do and as if you are constantly running to get everything done. You might also feel like you are always...
Who will binge-drink at age 16? European teen imaging study pinpoints predictors Neuroscientists leading the largest longitudinal adolescent brain imaging study to date have learned that predicting teenage binge-drinking is possible. In fact, say the researchers in the group’s latest publication, a number of factors – genetics, brain function and about 40 different variables – can help scientists predict with about 70 percent accuracy which teens will [...]The post Who will binge-drink at age 16? European teen imaging study pinpoints predictors appeared first on PsyPost.
Burst spinal artery aneurysm linked to Ecstasy use Taking the street drug Ecstasy could lead to a potentially fatal weakening and rupture of the spinal cord artery, doctors warn. Posterior spinal artery aneurysms -- a blood-filled swelling of the spinal cord artery, caused by a weakening and distension of the vessel wall -- are rare, with only 12 cases reported to date. But all of them caused spinal bleeding which affected the function of the spinal cord. Doctors discovered one of these aneurysms in a previously healthy teenager who had taken Ecstasy or MDMA.
Headbanging: Doctors highlight potential dangers at hardcore rock 'n' roll acts German doctors highlight the potential dangers surrounding headbanging. Authors detail the case of a man who developed a chronic subdural haematoma after headbanging at a Motörhead concert. "This case serves as evidence in support of Motörhead's reputation as one of the most hardcore rock'n'roll acts on earth, if nothing else because of their music's contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury," authors conclude.
A dominant hemisphere for handedness and language? Through an innovative approach using a large psychometric and brain imaging database, researchers have demonstrated that the location of language areas in the brain is independent of left- or right-handedness, except for a very small proportion of left-handed individuals whose right hemisphere is dominant for both manual work and language.
From pro athletes to amateur exercisers, a sports psychologist explains how to up your game By Andrew Lane, University of Wolverhampton The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Andrew Lane, professor of Sport Psychology at Wolverhampton University, discussed subjects from the Suarez bite to getting yourself out of a performance slump. Here are the highlights. If you had one main tip for athletes what would it [...]The post From pro athletes to amateur exercisers, a sports psychologist explains how to up your game appeared first on PsyPost.
Psychologists thought meddling parents were good for couples – they were wrong By Justin Lehmiller, Harvard University In 1972, a study showed scientific support for the so-called “Romeo and Juliet effect”: that the more parents interfere in a couple’s relationship, the more intense their romantic bond becomes and the stronger the relationship actually gets. Given both the name and intuitive appeal of this idea, it is perhaps [...]The post Psychologists thought meddling parents were good for couples – they were wrong appeared first on PsyPost.
Marriage between unwed parents more likely when child is young, but bonds are fragile If unwed parents are going to get married, the best window of opportunity for that union seems to be before their child turns 3, says a new study from Duke University. But patterns vary greatly by race, with more African-American mothers marrying much later than mothers of other races or ethnicities. Federal policies have often [...]The post Marriage between unwed parents more likely when child is young, but bonds are fragile appeared first on PsyPost.
The banality of evil: violence against women By Hannah Piterman, Monash University “How do you describe it? What alphabet do you employ? What words? What language? What silence, what scream?” The late Jacob Rosenberg, author and poet, poses these questions in explaining the evil of the Holocaust. Hannah Arendt coined the term “the banality of evil”, to suggest that the Holocaust was [...]The post The banality of evil: violence against women appeared first on PsyPost.
What Death Taught Me About Life: 5 Inspirational Lessons It was 3 o’clock in the morning when I opened my eyes and felt like my body had been hit by a Mack Truck. I was in the guest bedroom of my parents’ home in Ohio. As I became conscious, I recalled the previous day’s unseemly events—selecting a casket, shopping...
Glitch in brain’s garbage removal enhances risk of neurodegenerative diseases An international team of researchers identified a pathogenic mechanism that is common to several neurodegenerative diseases. The findings suggest that it may be possible to slow the progression of dementia even after the onset of symptoms. The relentless increase in the incidence of dementia in aging societies poses an enormous challenge to health-care systems. An [...]The post Glitch in brain’s garbage removal enhances risk of neurodegenerative diseases appeared first on PsyPost.
Low brain protein levels associated with neurodegeneration Persons with reduced levels of the TREM2 protein could be at greater risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia, according to an international study which included the participation of the UAB and the IBB Sant Pau. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, reveals the molecular mechanism by which the mutated [...]The post Low brain protein levels associated with neurodegeneration appeared first on PsyPost.
Cleveland Clinic researchers identify urgent need for Alzheimer’s drug development Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health have conducted the first-ever analysis of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), revealing an urgent need to increase the number of agents entering the AD drug development pipeline and progressing successfully towards new therapy treatments. The paper, “Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development Pipeline: Few Candidates, [...]The post Cleveland Clinic researchers identify urgent need for Alzheimer’s drug development appeared first on PsyPost.
How Depression Damages Your Relationship & What You Can Depression is a difficult illness that darkens your thoughts and feelings. It saps your self-esteem, energy, motivation and interest in anything. It’s also tough on romantic relationships. According to psychologist Shannon Kolakowski, PsyD, in her book When Depression Hurts Your Relationship: How to Regain Intimacy and Reconnect with Your Partner When...
The 4th of July Mania My mental status deteriorates around every holiday. Even a holiday as simple as The 4th of July sends me into an upward spiral of mania. We all have our triggers, but mine truly seems to be holidays. I could feel a manic episode coming on a few days ago. I...
Do we really hate thinking so much we’d electrocute ourselves rather than do it? By Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield The headlines The Guardian: Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain than being made to sit and think Nature: We dislike being alone with our thoughts Washington Post: Most men would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts   The story Quiet contemplation is so awful […]
People Choose Electric Shocks Over Sitting Quietly for 15 Minutes and Thinking In psychology experiment one man shocked himself 190 times rather than sit doing nothing.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:People Choose Spouses With Similar DNA Meditation Can ‘Debias’ the Mind in Only 15 Minutes Five Effortless Postures that Foster Creative Thinking Neuroscience Reveals The Deep Power of Human Empathy What Might Have Been: The Benefits of Counter-Factual Thinking