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Study on malicious joy in kids suggests schadenfreude evolved as a response to unfairness Children as young as 24-months-old show signs of pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others, according to new research published July 2 in PLoS One, an emotion that appears to be triggered by the end of an unequal situation. “It has been suggested that negative reactions to an unequal reward distribution in regard to the effort invested may [...]The post Study on malicious joy in kids suggests schadenfreude evolved as a response to unfairness appeared first on PsyPost.
Kids from same-sex families fare as well as peers – or better By Simon Crouch, University of Melbourne It’s often suggested that children with same-sex parents have poorer outcomes because they’re missing a parent of a particular sex. But research my colleagues and I published in the journal BMC Public Health shows this isn’t the case. In fact, we found children in same-sex families scored better on [...]The post Kids from same-sex families fare as well as peers – or better appeared first on PsyPost.
A Codependent’s Take on the Disney Song ‘Let It I finally broke down and watched the movie Frozen. I just don’t have any compelling reasons to watch Disney these days, with no kids under 10 in my household. So it took me a while to get around to it. Of course, I’d heard the hit song during and after...
Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Can Kill There is a new threat to modern teenagers—a threat that doesn’t end with the boundaries of the home, but can pass right through physical barriers with ease. Coming to a computer screen near you—meet the cyber bully.
Treating Social Anxiety with Meditation and Mindfulness Training Meditation is at the core of a new generation of treatments for social anxiety. Kevin Schjerning, a 48-year-old film and video editor, doesn’t simply dislike social gatherings; he finds them overwhelming. “I basically feel claustrophobic,” he says. “I have to get out of there.” An estimated 22 million people in...
OCD and My Dirty House   Let’s start off by defining Obsessive Compulsive Disorder shall we? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). –National Library of Medicine I have been plagued with...
Priming the Brain’s Learning Pump   Dear Friends, Each summer I teach a low-cost SAT class at my local community college, and during each session I present various learning and study tips based on brain science. These are pointers that apply to ALL learners, of all ages! We started with our study of the 100 Most Common...
Take off your watch. It’s making you depressed. I don’t wear a watch. I have watches, very nice watches, in fact. I don’t even know where they are – probably in a drawer somewhere. I don’t wear a watch because I have a thing with time. I learned early on in my recovery from alcoholism and depression that...
Psychology Around the Net: July 5, 2014 From Facebook’s creepy psychological experiment to the new “Happiness Blanket” from British Airways, check out what’s been going on around the ‘Net this week! Selfie Psychology: Is There an Age Expiration Date for This New Trend? Ask yourself these questions to determine whether you should (still) be taking selfies. Facebook...
20 Questions for Connecting to Yourself & Your Needs “The only journey is the one within.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The foundation for self-care is knowing who you are — knowing your needs, wants, wishes. Because in order to respond to our needs and innermost desires, it’s important to know what they are in the first place. As such,...
Survey On Instant Gratification: Please Take It Here Special thanks to:   You are invited to participate in research on the motivation behind instant gratification. Click here to take this brief survey. Average completion time is just two minutes. Learn about your subconscious motivation for instant gratification as you answer the 12 questions. And contribute to the body...
Ethical robots and brain implants for mental illness Two recent grants provide funding for research into robot ethics and brain implants for the with mentally ill. These are both projects with exciting potential, but are not without opportunities for misuse.
Brisk walking may improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease People with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease who regularly walk for exercise may improve their motor function, mood, tiredness, fitness and some aspects of thinking abilities, according to a study published in the July 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “The results of our study suggest that [...]The post Brisk walking may improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
New approach to treating conversion disorder reduces seizures, improves co-morbid symptoms A new study led by a Rhode Island Hospital researcher has found that a cognitive behavior therapy-informed psychotherapy significantly reduces the seizures in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), a conversion disorder present worldwide and that affects up to 400,000 people in the U.S. The study led by W. Curt LaFrance Jr., M.D., M.P.H., director [...]The post New approach to treating conversion disorder reduces seizures, improves co-morbid symptoms appeared first on PsyPost.
4 Ways Dreams Can Help You I tend to have bizarre dreams. Perhaps they feature sporadic compilations of the day, current happenings, abstract symbols or completely random montages. But sometimes, my dreams assist me; my land of nod attempts to tie up a few loose ends from waking life. If you look closely enough, dreams could...
Sometimes Not Helping Really Helps! The toughest lessons can be the most powerful ones. (Charlie) It isn’t always necessary to travel to exotic places to have enlightening experiences.  In fact, some of my most enriching moments have come from my local neighborhood, or in this case, my health club.  The other day, after spending an...
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...