|The biology of addiction risk looks like addiction
||Research suggests that people at increased risk for developing addiction share many of the same neurobiological signatures of people who have already developed addiction. This similarity is to be expected, as individuals with family members who have struggled with addiction are over-represented in the population of addicted people. However, a generation of animal research supports [...]The post The biology of addiction risk looks like addiction appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain cells in the amygdala respond to subjective opinions instead of true emotion expressed
||When evaluating another person’s emotions – happy, sad, angry, afraid – humans take cues from facial expressions. Neurons in a part of the brain called the amygdala “fire” in response to the visual stimulation as information is processed by the retina, the amygdala and a network of interconnected brain structures. Some of these regions respond [...]The post Brain cells in the amygdala respond to subjective opinions instead of true emotion expressed appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study finds online bullying creates off-line fear at school
||Cyberbullying creates fear among students about being victimized at school, a recent study by Sam Houston State University found. While traditional bullying still creates the most fear among students, cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of victimization at school among students who have experienced bullying or disorder At school, such as the presence of [...]The post Study finds online bullying creates off-line fear at school appeared first on PsyPost.
|Studies: Addiction starts with an overcorrection in the brain
||The National Institutes of Health has turned to neuroscientists at the nation’s most “Stone Cold Sober” university for help finding ways to treat drug and alcohol addiction. Brigham Young University professor Scott Steffensen and his collaborators have published three new scientific papers that detail the brain mechanisms involved with addictive substances. And the NIH thinks [...]The post Studies: Addiction starts with an overcorrection in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Video games could provide venue for exploring sustainability concepts
||Could playing video games help people understand and address global sustainability issues such as pollution, drought or climate change? At least two researchers believe so, outlining their argument in a concept paper published in the journal “First Monday.” Video games have the potential to educate the public and encourage development of creative solutions to social, economic [...]The post Video games could provide venue for exploring sustainability concepts appeared first on PsyPost.
|The power of the mind: Can meditation really slow ageing?
||Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so. It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of [...]The post The power of the mind: Can meditation really slow ageing? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Explainer: What is emotional contagion and can you catch it on Facebook?
||By Bhismadev Chakrabarti, University of Reading Facebook has faced a storm of protest since it revealed that it had carried out a large-scale secret experiment to find out if it could make users feel more positive or negative by editing feeds to expose more “positive emotional” or “negative emotional” content. The researchers behind the study [...]The post Explainer: What is emotional contagion and can you catch it on Facebook? appeared first on PsyPost.
|On the Nature of Words: Part 1
||The meanings of words are less transparent than many assume.
|Mental health wins when teens play school sports
||Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research. "There is surprisingly little known about school sport, so we can only speculate as to the unique effects, but we suspect it might be due to school sport providing adolescents with opportunities to bond with other students, feel connected to their school, interact with their peers and coaches, thus, really providing a social and active environment," one investigator explained.
|Addiction starts with an overcorrection in brain, study shows
||A trio of new studies show how the brain overcorrects to drugs and alcohol in a way that suppresses dopamine long-term, leading to withdrawal symptoms. "Addiction is a brain disease that could be treated like any other disease," one researcher said. "I wouldn't be as motivated to do this research, or as passionate about the work, if I didn't think a cure was possible."
|Finally — Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Approved
||For decades, mental health advocates in the community have been calling for one of the most popular and iconic suicide sites in the world to erect a suicide barrier. We’ve been talking about it for nearly a decade here on this blog and noted 6 years ago that a suicide...
|Get Angry to Get Happy
||"Stop crying this instant!"
"Don't take that attitude with me!"
You might not hear these commands anymore, but the things your parents and caregivers told you when you were angry as a child have stuck with you.
|People on Autism Spectrum at Increased Risk for Substance
||Generally, people on the autism spectrum tend to be personally cautious and socially withdrawn. As you would expect, previous research shows that people with autism tend to have low rates of substance abuse – the preference for low risk and avoidance of social situations means less drinking or drug use....
|Shifting Emotions With The Paintings Of Karen Hollingsworth
||Karen Hollingsworth's paintings can be moody, serene, or whimsical, evoking powerful emotions in the viewer....
|Words in Our World Part 1: Meaning Is Everything
||Psychologists are not sufficiently critical of the validity of verbal report
|20 Things That Cause Anxiety
||Whether it is big or small, most of us experience anxiety. It can be a long dark anxious cloud or a short moment of piercing anxiousness but, whatever form it takes, it’s terrible. Here are 20 things that cause me anxiety: The clock when I am trying to fall asleep...
|One Night of Sleep Deprivation Leads to Increased Food
||When you have been sleep deprived for just one night, you are more likely to experience a greater hunger for food the following day. You will also be subject to impulsive food buying, according to a new study out of Sweden. A study by the Obesity Society, which was published...
|President Obama: Enneagram Type 9, Part 1
||If there’s one thing that is consistent with Obama throughout his life, it’s his desire to see all sides of issues. This and his desire to be fair, especially, indicate that he is primarily a 9-Peace Seeker.
||Words have special properties and are not proxies for events.
|Could Playing Immoral Video Games Promote Good Behaviour in The Real World?
||Could violent video games make you a more caring person, at least initially?Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
Advertisement:→ A new PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on WHAT BEAUTY MEANS TO YOU is at http://CitiesBeautiful.org
Related articles:Why Being In a Group Causes Some to Forget Their Morals
Memory is Not Like a Video Camera: Rather The Present Can Be Spliced into the Past
6 Purely Psychological Effects of Washing Your Hands
Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour
3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food